Have you completed building your home theater? Not if you haven’t added a concession stand! We believe that snacks make up half the enjoyment of watching a movie in a theater.
This is why it’s only natural that you need to have snacks while you’re watching movies in your home theater as well. However, getting snacks from a different part of the house or outside can be a hassle and may break you out of the immersion of the movie or TV show you are watching.
Which is why it becomes imperative that you build a home theater concession stand for quick access to snacks and to enjoy the full theater experience.
That’s why this step by step guide has all the info that you need to set up your home theater concession stand.
So let’s get right into it!
Step #1: Plan it All Out
Before starting any task, planning how exactly you’ll accomplish it is the most important. In this case, you’re going to have to plan out the position, space and cost of your concession stand.
Do some research by reading reviews and exploring online. Furthermore, calculate the minimum to maximum amount you can spend on buying and customizing your home theater snack bar.
Once you’ve done that, the next step is to find an adequate location which is not too close yet not too far from the sitting or viewing area.
In case you have home theater curtains, make sure that your concession stand color matches with the drapes for an overall attractive look.
Step #2: Choose a Home Theater Snack Display
Depending on the budget you’ve decided on and the space available in your home theater, there are plenty of different options available for a home theater snack display.
Ranging from a full bar containing your favorite adult drinks and beverages to make you feel like you’re at the fanciest movie theater in town, to a small microwave oven that’ll cost you about $100 and you can use it for your popping needs.
There’s also the option of building it yourself if you don’t want to buy one. It would be pretty easy if you have glass panels and wooden tabletops lying around.
Essentially, you’re making only a stand to store snacks, so it doesn’t have to be too fancy, as long as it gets the job done.
Step #3: Decorate the Home Theater Snack Bar
Unlike the concession stands in actual cinema theaters you are allowed to customize your home concession stand to your heart’s content and that’s most of the appeal.
So, go all out and embellish it with your favorite posters, sculptures and other items that are dear to you.
Perhaps you could post posters and paintings of your all-time favorite movies and TV shows. You could also decorate it with multiple different colored lights.
In short, there are a multitude of ways you could decorate your small home theater snack bar just to make sure that it represents you.
Step#4: Fill it Up with Snacks
Last but not least, let’s talk about the most important items you need in a snack bar, snacks! Now, there are several different options available to you when it comes to filling up your concession stand.
You could go the usual route and fill it up with snacks like popcorn, potato chips, cookies and drinks.
However, according to SurveyMe, only 49% of moviegoers visit the concession stand every time. Which we interpret as standard food items in movie theaters are losing popularity.
Hence, you could also experiment with food ideas and introduce your own home-made foods like corn dogs, which aren’t a regular feature in the concession stands of the theaters in America, soft pretzels, nachos and chicken skewers.
Point is that you now have the freedom to put whatever you like in your personal concession stand and give it as much of a comfy and homely feel as you can.
Home Theater Snack Bar: In Closing
Even though many consider a concession stand a bonus and non-mandatory step after the completion of the home theater, we don’t share that belief.
Some even decide to stuff snacks in the compartments of their TV table, but what’s the fun in that? The freedom to set up, customize with portraits and paintings, and fill a concession stand with your favorite snacks is a thrill no one should pass over.
Plus, if you’ve already spent so much on your home theater system then spending a little more for a concession stand shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.