Everything you need to know about cinema
Stardew Valley is packed with content for players to enjoy. There’s a rich history and sense of community, as well as plenty of post-game content. In this guide, we are going to focus on the cinema.
Updated on January 12, 2022 by Ashely Claudino: The cinema is one of the last places you will unlock in Stardew Valley. It’s endgame content, you either have to complete the Joja route or the community center and it’s definitely worth accessing this awesome place where you can take your NPC friends. We’ve updated this article and added some more details on certain characters like Linus and Krobus, and how movie rotation works.
How to unlock the movie theater
To unlock the movie theater you will need to complete the community center. Once the community center is completed, JojaMart will vacate its building, leaving it abandoned.
When you enter the abandoned building, you will see a small plaque for the missing package. This is the final bundle in the game. Check out our complete guide on how to finish the missing bundle.
Once the missing pack is complete, Junimo will renovate the abandoned building into a movie theater!
If you chose to follow the story of JojaMart and convert the community center into a warehouse, you can still get the cinema. A payment of 500,000 g will turn the building into a movie theater.
Buy a ticket
Once the cinema is unlocked, you can start watching movies!
To enter the cinema, you will need a ticket beforehand. Tickets can be purchased at the front of the theater, at the window on the right side. You can see the circled window above.
One ticket will cost you 1000g. You can use this ticket for yourself, but you can also invite villagers to accompany you. If you plan to go with a villager, remember to buy two tickets; one for each of you.
After buying a ticket, give it to the villager you want to watch the movie with. Then just walk into the movie theater on the day you gave them. If you wait for a day, the villager will forget and not attend the movie. You can buy more tickets for future use, but don’t give them to a villager unless you plan to go that day.
Each villager has different movie preferences, so let’s go through every movie the theater has to offer.
* Eight different movies are playing in the theater. These films are released on a two-year cycle and unlock at different times. This means that you will be able to see different movies over time. The first movie to unlock will depend on the season in which the player unlocks the movie theater. So if the theater is built in the spring, The Brave Little Sapling will be the first movie to air, but if it’s unlocked in the fall, Mysterium will be the first movie.
Outside the cinema hall, there will be two different posters. The poster on the left corresponds to the film currently playing and the poster on the right corresponds to the film which will be broadcast the following week.
Villagers can like, like, or dislike a movie. When you invite a villager to see a movie they like, you earn 200 friendship points. If they like the movie, you’ll earn 100 friendship points instead. If you take them to see a movie they don’t like, their friendship won’t be affected.
Below you can check out the 8 movies and their unlocks. Plus, you’ll see which villagers prefer each movie.
|Villagers who like this movie
|The brave little tree
|Spring, Year 1
|Caroline, Dwarf, Jas, Penny, Sandy, Vincent
|Voyage of the Prairie King: The Movie
|Summer, Year 1
|Caroline, Dwarf, Jas, Robin, Sandy, Vincent
|Fall, Year 1
|Abigail, dwarf, Elliott, Leah, Sandy, Sebastian, wizard
|The Miracle at Coldstar Ranch
|Winter, Year 1
|Dwarf, Emily, Evelyn, Gus, Harvey, Marnie, Sandy
|Natural Wonders: Exploring Our Vibrant World
|Spring, Year 2
|Demetrius, Dwarf, Jas, Lewis, Lion, Maru, Sandy
|Summer, Year 2
|Alex, Demetrius, Dwarf, Gus, Jas, Maru, Stone, Sam, Sandy, Shane, Vincent
|It howls in the rain
|Fall, 2nd year
|Abigail, Alex, Dwarf, Sandy, Sebastian, Shane
|Zuzu City Express
|Winter, Year 2
|Dwarf, Evelyn, George, Harvey, Jodi, Sandy
Above you may notice that some villagers don’t have a favorite movie. These villagers include Haley, Clint, Kent, Krobus and Willy. Let’s take a look at the preferences of each of these villagers.
|like all movies except:
|like all movies except:
|like all movies except:
|only love Mysterium
|love all movies
Linus does not like all the films available at the cinema. Maybe, since he’s an outcast and doesn’t get along with anyone in town, he’d rather just hang out with his day than go to the movies.
In addition, random villagers will have a chance to be in the audience. If the villager is Pam, then Penny will love whatever movie it is. The random villager in the audience won’t be affected by the movie playing, so you won’t gain any friendship points from their presence.
While at the theater you will also have the opportunity to purchase different concessions.
Like movies, villagers will have preferences for their movie snacks. A popular snack will earn you 50 friendship points, and a liked snack will earn you 25 friendship points. Hated snakes will not affect friendship.
Below is a full list of all snacks and villager preferences. Of the 24 snacks, 5 will be randomly selected for you to purchase.
|Villagers who love this snack
|George, Krobus, wizard
|Cappuccino mousse cake
|Elliott, Evelyn, Gus, Haley
|Hummus Snack Pack
|ice cream sandwich
|Harvey, Lewis, Sebastian
|Sam, Peter, Shane
|Alex, Linus, Willy
|Evelyn, Gus, Maru, Wizard
|Star drop sorbet
|Everyone (except Krobus)
|Caroline, Elliot, Gus
Each villager has a favorite snack. The purchase of a snack is optional, but if a villager’s favorite is available, you should definitely buy it.
How to play crane game
Finally, we have the crane game. When you enter the movie theater, you will see the crane game in the upper left corner. This game can be played before movies. There is a 25% chance that someone is in front of the machine and you cannot play it. Also, you cannot play the crane game after a movie ends.
Above you can see the crane game in action. It seems a bit confusing at first, so let’s look at how to play.
The crane game costs 500g and you will have three chances to win a prize. Every attempt will last 15 secondsfrom the first movement of the crane.
First, you will move the crane horizontally. After moving horizontally, you will move the crane vertically. The crane will then drop and attempt to grab a prize. Prizes will be on conveyor belts, but you can find rare prizes hidden in decorative bushes. These will reveal if you drop another prize on top.
Like crane games in real life, this crane has a chance to drop the item while moving it to the collection bin.
Below you can see all the prizes offered by the crane game. Each season there will be a new selection of prizes. Prizes will stay the same each year, so if you miss a seasonal prize, you can try again the following year.
Not all of these prizes will be available at the same time. Each time you play a game, the prizes will be random. If you play twice in one visit, the prizes will be different.
Tips for visiting the cinema
Taking a villager to the movies works a little differently than giving gifts. You can gift a villager twice a week, resetting every Sunday. This means you can give gifts on Friday and Saturday, and then again on Sunday.
*With films, there is a “cooldown” period. If you invite a villager to the cinema, he won’t want to go back for seven days. Try alternating the people you invite to the movies. Krobus, however, does not go to the cinema on Fridays, perhaps for the same reason, he prefers to remain silent on the same day, paying homage to Yoba.
When watching movies, remember to enjoy! Every movie has a story, and we’ve even categorized all the movies for you.
All in all, the cinema is a great place to get to know your villagers. It’s unlocked later in the game, so you may already have strong friendships with the villagers of Pelican Town, but don’t forget to bring Krobus the Dwarf and Leo from Ginger Island!
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