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Movie Scheduling


In my original article about showing movies in your retirement community, I spoke about the basics of planning your movie schedule and offered movie suggestions to show in your retirement community. In this article, I will address the rest of the movie story.

As the activities director my goal is to get the residents OUT of their apartment! I don't remember who it was that talked me into showing the movies in their apartments to start with.... but I wish that I never started it. It has been years now since Fridays have been movie nights and residents have the choice of watching from their home or from their apartment. But, after Labor Day, that is about to change! Yeah!!

I started a Monday Movie Matinee feature on my calendar during the summer months last year. This year, it really caught on in the community and they were well attended. I offered free popcorn and punch to those who came to the show. I also showed movies that I felt were the "cream of the crop" for the season.

At my last activities committee meeting, we discussed the movies and my feelings about trying to get residents out of their homes instead of giving them a reason to stay at home.... and the committee agreed. They really liked the idea of having popcorn and punch at the shows, and realized that it was not as inciting after dinner on a Friday night as it would be in the middle of the afternoon.... so it was decided that we would go to Monday matinees. I also had a request to use the closed caption feature on the shows. I think that I will try that and see what the opinion is after a few weeks.

I would love to see the idea of having the movies during the day work out instead of having them in the evening! It will help me also when I can assure that the movie gets started and stopped at the correct time. (I had to rely on our security guard to do it in the past, but now it will be up to me... and I have a new secret weapon that I have to learn how to use.... it is part of the new TouchTown system that I got. The movie can be scheduled into the in-house TV system to run at the right time.)

I found a good and legal website to watch classic movies and documentaries on your computer, IPad, Iphone or Android device. Check out This would be great to have on a community Ipad that you can take from room to room for those needing that service

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