Many organizations rent a movie and hold movie night fundraising events. This works especially well if you have a large room and projection/large screen TV. Make money by charging a single price for the movie and refreshments; provide the movie free but sell refreshments; or charge nothing and just ask for donations. Make sure you select a movie that will be of special interest to your group. Allow plenty of time for socialization before and after the movie. Some groups have held all-nighters where movie-goers bring their sleeping bags and blankets and have a movie marathon.
The Faribault Lions Club was able to obtain the movie Grumpy Old Men from Warner Brothers to show as a premier before it opened at the movie theaters. They sold 220 tickets at $25 each, and held a fundraising party before the movie. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer were included, along with viewing the movie. The screen writer, Mark Steven Johnson, was there to visit with people, and they auctioned off a script that was signed by all of the stars! It was a huge success! The tickets were sold before they were printed. Part of the movie was filmed in Faribault, so it had a special appeal to the local public, as well as being a Minnesota movie. Source: Faribault Lions Club (Faribault, Minnesota)