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Our 8th grade school dance theme last year was a "Red Carpet Affair" fashioned after the red carpet doings for the Oscar or Emmy Awards.
Entering into the gym, we had a large red carpet runner and a person interviewing each person coming in along with a spot light pointed in their direction. A large sign was made for the gym wall which looked like a movie theater marquee, with large red drapes on each side made out of rolls of red plastic table cover. The draping theme continued around the gym with large cut out black spot lights with yellow beams of paper shining out of the ends.
We cut out large old time movie reels, large and a little smaller and had black crepe paper rolls which we punched holes into to look life film. The film was snaked from reel to reel and along the film we hung appropriate movie posters which were donated by the local theaters. We made clap boards and tickets for wall decorations.The local party store had great stuff for those decorations.