A Complete Movie Theater Guide in Stardew Valley

Nathan

Are you fond of little stories while playing Stardew Valley? How about an excellent complement for befriending villagers? Don’t miss this Movie Theater guide as we talk about everything you should expect inside and how to unlock it.

The player at the Movie Theater's entrance in both the former Community Center and JojaMart.
You can find a Movie Theater in either the former JojaMart or Community Center.

ConcernedApe – Stardew Valley’s developer – brought spicy concepts that echoed throughout the gaming community during version 1.4. The update remains one of the largest in-game before the rise of Ginger Island.

One of the new features of the same version is the Movie Theater. This new hub for players who want relaxing mini-cutscenes becomes the go-to place. However, getting your hands on the area is challenging – especially if you’re a beginner.

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the place and what it can offer. We’ll also include the best tips to unlock it before Year 3 and help you decide which path is better between JojaMart or Community Center.

What is the Movie Theater in Stardew Valley?

Every seven in-game days, you can access the cinema with a ticket costing 1000g. Here’s where players challenge their luck with the arcade machine to get fantastic prizes. And of course, movies play here depending on the year and season.

You can spot the Movie Theater from the Abandoned JojaMart or after converting the Community Center into a Warehouse.

Unlocking the Movie Theater

Morris and his workers turning the Joja Warehouse into a Movie Theater (left); The final Junimo fixing the abandoned JojaMart into a Movie Theater.
Fun Fact: There’s no point in converting the Community Center as a Joja Warehouse since it’ll eventually become a Movie Theater.

There are two ways to unlock this new area in Stardew Valley: joining Morris or helping the Junimos. Let’s keep it debate-free as either choice gives you the same benefits – new content and a better chance to discover each of the villagers’ preferences.

Once you’re done with Community Center bundles, a cutscene will trigger before a rainy or stormy night. A lightning bolt will strike the entrance, which will stay there until the Missing Bundle is finished.

For your guidance, here’s everything you’ll need to complete the final bundle:

Item DonationWays to Obtain
Ancient Fruit (Gold Quality – 5)Plant Ancient Seeds and use fertilizers to boost quality.
CaviarPlace a Sturgeon Roe in a Preserves Jar and wait for four days. Make sure you’re raising enough Sturgeons on a Fish Pond to get its Roe.
Dinosaur MayonnaisePlace one Dinosaur Egg in the Mayonnaise Machine and wait for three hours.
Prismatic ShardMining mystic stones.
Wine (Silver or better quality)Buy one from Gus at the Ginger Island resort or insert any fruit inside a Cask and wait 14 days.

Alternatively, you can pay 500000g from Morris to convert the Joja Warehouse into a Movie Theater. Regardless of the route, the day after completion will trigger the cutscene where Morris’ people and the Junimos will convert either of the two buildings into a Movie Theater.

Inside the Movie Theater

Movie Theater’s interior.

The entrance ticket costs 1000g. However, you may give one to an NPC and go directly towards the place. You’re wasting money if you fail to show up on the same day because they will forget the ticket afterward.

If it’s your first time entering the theater, the Crane Machine will be occupied on the left of the lobby. On the other side are film-goers gathering and enjoying their visit. You can also find a Concessions Counter in the middle and some random appearances such as the Governor, Famous Painter Lupini, Welwick, and Marcello.

Movies: Likes, Dislikes, and Rotation

The Brave Little Sapling, Journey of the Prairie King, Mysterium, and the Zuzu City Express posters.
Here are some of the best films you can watch at the Movie Theater.

Eight films will rotate after unlocking the Movie Theater on a two-year basis. You can either watch it alone or with a guest from Stardew Valley.

While you can purchase tickets during festivals, entry is denied. The same scenario happens if you attempt to treat someone where they give the same response. 

Regardless, each villager has favorites, so check this table for guidance before your first date:

Movie TitleShort PlotRelease DateLoved By (200 Friendship Points)Liked By (100 Friendship Points)Disliked By (No Effect)
The Brave Little SaplingA little sprout’s life-long journey as it becomes a mature tree within seconds.Year 1 Spring• Caroline
• Dwarf
• Jas
• Penny
• Sandy
• Vincent
• Abigail
• Alex
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Gus
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Willy
• Krobus
• Linus
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Wizard
Journey of the Prairie King: The Motion PictureA silver screen adaptation of the Prairie King (video game) saving a wagon full of treasures.Year 1 Summer• Caroline
• Dwarf
• Jas
• Penny
• Sandy
• Vincent
• Abigail
• Alex
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Gus
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leo
• Lewis
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Willy
• Elliott
• George
• Haley
• Harvey
• Krobus
• Leah
• Linus
• Wizard
MysteriumA Halloween special to spook your kids out.Year 1 Fall• Abigail
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Leah
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Wizard
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Haley
• Jodi
• Krobus
• Leo
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Shane
• Willy
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Gus
• Harvey
• Jas
• Kent
• Lewis
• Linus
• Penny
• Vincent
The Miracle at Coldstar RanchThe Coldstar family is going through rough times, but despite the odds, they keep the spirit of the Winter Star in their hearts.Year 1 Winter• Dwarf
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Gus
• Harvey
• Marnie
• Sandy
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Elliott
• George
• Haley
• Jas
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Willy
• Abigail
• Demetrius
• Krobus
• Linus
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard
Natural Wonders: Exploring Our Vibrant WorldThe lands of the Ferngill Republic have four parts: Stardew Valley, Prairie Land, Ginger Island, and Zuzu City. This short documentary is all about showcasing what each region offer.Year 2 Spring• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Jas
• Leo
• Lewis
• Maru
• Sandy
• Abigail
• Caroline
• Clint
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Gus
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Marnie
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Willy
• Alex
• Krobus
• Linus
• Vincent
• Wizard
WumbusWumbus’ absurd sci-fi comedy coming from a different place.Year 2 Summer• Alex
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Gus
• Jas
• Maru
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sandy
• Shane
• Vincent
• Abigail
• Clint
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Marnie
• Pam
• Penny
• Robin
• Sebastian
• Willy
• Caroline
• Haley
• Krobus
• Linus
• Wizard
It Howls in the RainIn the midst of rain, a group of youngsters investigates a mysterious sound no one has ever heard.Year 2 Fall• Abigail
• Alex
• Dwarf
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Gus
• Haley
• Jodi
• Leo
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Willy
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Harvey
• Jas
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leah
• Lewis
• Linus
• Penny
• Vincent
• Wizard
The Zuzu City ExpressA story of a lady lost between heart and mind. It’s a beloved movie classic and is now in modern theaters.Year 2 Winter• Dwarf
• Evelyn
• George
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Sandy
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• Emily
• Gus
• Haley
• Jas
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Willy
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Krobus
• Linus
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard

It’s important to note that Linus hates going to the cinemas – so don’t bother inviting him. But it won’t affect your Friendship Points, which we’ll leave the decision to you.

However, Dwarf and Sandy are opposites, so you’ll make good friends with them the fastest. 

Krobus, on the other hand, won’t go on Fridays.

Concessions

Store at the Concessions Counter where the player can pick snacks.
A sneak peek of available snacks at the Movie Theater.

Something to munch or slurp while enjoying seasonal films has become a staple routine in Stardew Valley. Thankfully, the Movie Theater offers 24 varieties ranging from sweet and sour to freshly-cooked fruits and veggies to satisfy your guest’s belly. However, you can only choose from five every session, so make sure to pick the best one!

Here’s a complete list of the available items in the Concessions Counter and which is the best one to give to a villager:

SnackPriceLoved By (50 Friendship Points)Liked By (25 Friendship Points)Disliked By (No Effect)
Apple Slices100g• Harvey• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Demetrius
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Jas
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Vincent
• Clint
• Dwarf
• George
• Gus
• Jodi
• Krobus
• Pam
• Sam
• Shane
• Willy
• Wizard
Black Licorice25g• George
• Krobus
• Wizard
NONEAll villagers except the three who loves it.
Cappuccino Mousse Cake220g• Elliott
• Evelyn
• Gus
• Haley
• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Emily
• Harvey
• Jas
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Vincent
• Dwarf
• George
• Krobus
• Pam
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Willy
• Wizard
Chocolate Popcorn130g• Jodi• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Gus
• Haley
• Jas
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Dwarf
• George
• Harvey
• Krobus
• Wizard
Cotton Candy50g• Penny
• Sandy
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Jas
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• George
• Gus
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Robin
• Willy
Fries100g• Clint• Abigail
• Alex
• Demetrius
• George
• Gus
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Lewis
• Leo
• Linus
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Caroline
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jas
• Leah
• Marnie
• Wizard
Hummus Snack Pack90g• Shane• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• George
• Gus
• Jas
• Jodi
• Pam
• Sam
• Vincent
• Willy
• Wizard
Ice Cream Sandwich150g• MarnieAll villagers except those who loves and dislikes it.• George
• Harvey
• Krobus
Jasmine Tea50g• Caroline
• Harvey
• Lewis
• Sebastian
• Alex
• Elliott
• Emily
• Haley
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Shane
• Willy
• Wizard
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Evelyn
• George
• Gus
• Jas
• Pam
• Sam
• Vincent
Jawbreaker250g• Vincent• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Jas
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Wizard
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• George
• Gus
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Robin
• Willy
Joja Cola40g• Shane• Pam
• Sam
All villagers except those who loves and likes it.
JojaCorn10g• Shane• PamAll villagers except those who loves and likes it.
Kale Smoothie120g• Emily• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• George
• Gus
• Jas
• Jodi
• Pam
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Wizard
Nachos100g• Pam
• Shane
• Abigail
• Alex
• Clint
• Demetrius
• George
• Gus
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Vincent
• Willy
• Caroline
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jas
• Leah
• Marnie
• Wizard
Panzanella Salad200g• Gus
• Leah
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• George
• Jas
• Jodi
• Pam
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Wizard
Personal Pizza150g• Pierre
• Sam
• Shane
• Abigail
• Alex
• Clint
• Demetrius
• George
• Gus
• Jas
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Robin
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Vincent
• Willy
• Caroline
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Leah
• Wizard
Popcorn120g• Demetrius
• Kent
• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• George
• Gus
• Jodi
• Krobus
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jas
• Leah
• Wizard
Rock Candy90g• Abigail
• Dwarf
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Jas
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• George
• Gus
• Harvey
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Robin
• Willy
Salmon Burger150g• Alex
• Linus
• Willy
All villagers except those who loves it.NONE
Salted Peanuts120g• Robin• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• George
• Gus
• Jodi
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Harvey
• Jas
• Leah
• Marnie
• Wizard
Sour Slimes80g• Jas• Abigail
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Emily
• Evelyn
• George
• Haley
• Harvey
• Krobus
• Leah
• Leo
• Linus
• Marnie
• Maru
• Pam
• Pierre
• Sam
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard
• Alex
• Caroline
• Elliott
• Gus
• Jodi
• Kent
• Lewis
• Penny
• Robin
• Sandy
• Willy
Star Cookie150g• Evelyn
• Maru
• Wizard
• Abigail
• Alex
• Caroline
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Dwarf
• Elliott
• Emily
• Gus
• Haley
• Jas
• Jodi
• Kent
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Marnie
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sam
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Shane
• Vincent
• Willy
• George
• Harvey
• Krobus
Stardrop Sorbet1250gAll villagers except those who likes and dislikes it.• Leo• Krobus
Truffle Popcorn180g• Caroline
• Elliott
• Gus
• Abigail
• Alex
• Clint
• Demetrius
• Emily
• George
• Harvey
• Kent
• Krobus
• Leah
• Leo
• Lewis
• Linus
• Maru
• Pam
• Penny
• Pierre
• Robin
• Sandy
• Sebastian
• Willy
• Dwarf
• Evelyn
• Haley
• Jas
• Jodi
• Marnie
• Sam
• Shane
• Vincent
• Wizard

Crane Game

An in-game prompt of the Crane Game (at the machine) inside the Movie Theater.
The Crane Game inside the Movie Theater.

At the left corner of the Movie Theater is a Crane Game machine that’s accessible if unoccupied. After the “first-time” curse, you only have a one in four chance of not playing the mini-game before watching a film.

Explaining the Mechanics

By default, your “D” key will move horizontal (to the right) while “S” for vertical (downwards). Upon pressing the horizontal key, the game will commence, where you have three chances to get something within 15 seconds. The crane will lock once you stop moving to the right while dropping at its shadow upon releasing the vertical key.

A session costs 500g, and the prizes you can get are randomized every time you exit the Crane Game. The goal is to pick up anything you want and claim it using the Box on the left side. However, be more wary since the item is more likely to drop the farther away it is from the crane’s initial position.

Prizes

A Storage Shed in Stardew Valley full of decoration and loot rewards from the Crane Game.
Here are all the rewards you can get by playing the Crane Game.

Depending on the season or what film is being played, the rewards pool will change. Here’s a better visualization so you’ll know what items you can expect during your visit at any time

Any SeasonSpringSummerFallWinter
Deluxe TreeIndoor Hanging BasketBobo StatueDried SunflowersBig Green Cane
Dinosaur EggLawn FlamingoIndoor PalmGrave StoneBig Red Cane
Exotic TreePlush BunnyLong CactusGreen Serpent StatueGreen Canes
Futan BearSeasonal DecorLong PalmPurple Serpent StatueMixed Cane
Futan RabbitSeasonal Plants 1-6Wumbus StatueSmall Wall PumpkinRed Canes
House Plant 13  Wall PumpkinTree of the Winter Star
Lg. Futan Bear   Winter Tree Decal
Mega Bomb    
Movie Poster (seasonal)    
Movie Ticket    
Omni Geode    
Small Junimo Plush (all colors)    
Warp Totem: Farm    

Farming Friendship Points with the Movie Theater

An in-game prompt of the Friends List in Stardew Valley.
Make sure to know every villager’s preferences to win their hearts!

Assuming you have less time before, now’s the best time to rack up hearts to unlock recipes and cutscenes from NPCs.

Giving a gift to someone fills one to three hearts or 400 to 640 points. It doesn’t matter if you give presents on Friday and Saturday since it’ll reset on Sunday. However, the same can’t be said with snacks and movies, as inviting them over for the treat won’t reset the next day, even if it’s Saturday.

On the other hand, you might fill an extra heart with the right movie and concession snack!

meet the Author

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Nathan
Stardew Valley is my go-to comfort world after playing competitive CSGO. I am incredibly fond of pixel arts and games regardless of the genre.

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