In talking with a friend recently, movies and even a little bit about award seasons were among shared topics of interest. At one point, I said how I’ve always wanted to have an Oscars-themed party. Maybe one for next year. Of course, it’d be fun to have small get-togethers for movie nights throughout the year; whoever could make it on any such occasion. That’s why I’d love to have a designated entertainment room for movie gatherings and I’ve got a lot of ideas for how I want it to look.

Popcorn Machine

A popcorn machine with a vintage design is a must; I love them! Depending on space, I imagine having a mini kitchen area with a few small appliances. One section of a counter and 50s-diner-style stools can serve as extra spots to eat and watch movies. My DVDs / Blu-Rays would all be kept in storage that’s built into the wall, saving floor space. The same goes for cinema-themed books, of which I have a lot from film classes and those I’ve bought out of my own interest. A large, comfortable sectional couch and a few individual chairs will be ready for my movie fan guests to relax in and enjoy the show. Or guess at award winners when it’s that time of year.

Various items such as the “King Kong climbing the Empire State Building” statue will decorate shelves.

King Kong Statue

Also, I don’t have one yet, but I’ve seen a little model of the cool Mustang that Steve McQueen drives in “Bullitt.”

Then there are posters to liven up the walls with Hollywood flair, some depicting favorite stars as well as movies. Of course, it’d be difficult to narrow down the choices. However, I recently saw a poster sale on the TCM store website and found over a dozen that I’d buy right now if I had the wall space. Or, at least, one or two at a time whenever poster prices are marked down again:

  • “Creature from the Black Lagoon”
  • “East of Eden”
  • “Giant”
  • “King Kong”
  • “Rebel Without a Cause”
  • “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • “The Artist”
  • “The Blob”
  • “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
  • “The War of the Worlds”
  • “The Wizard of Oz”
  • “Them”
  • “Titanic”
  • “West Side Story”

Altogether, they’d be great decorations, with the movies featuring talented stars and spanning multiple genres and decades. I’d have to add one of those artist-rendition posters showing a group of classic stars (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Humphrey Bogart, etc.) together in a particular setting. It’s difficult to decide on a favorite among those scenes featuring such iconic faces.