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Best WordPress Movie Themes For Creating A Movie Review Site

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If you’re into movies in a big way or run a movie review site, or maybe thinking of setting one up, we have two of the best WordPress movie themes that could be of interest to you.

WordPress Movie Themes For Your Film Review Site

There’s no denying that films are a fantastic medium; they make us laugh, cry, and think about things. More importantly, they create conversations.

These Conversations Can Spark Debate:

  • Why was a specific character hellbent on his ways?
  • I didn’t see that ending coming!
  • Why do you think the heroine did what she did?

All questions that you can answer, with your love of film. Wouldn’t it be great if you could create a WordPress movie site showcasing trailers? Sharing your thoughts and opinions, and of course, your review.

Engage countless movie fans with your perspective, using the WordPress comment system; you can foster conversations and respond to questions.

If you’re currently running a movie review site or thinking of setting one up, we have two of the best WordPress movie themes available, perfect for running a film site with WordPress.

Let’s look at some WordPress movie themes and see how they could benefit you with examples.

First up were going to take a look at VideoZoom 4.0.


Videozoom 4.0 Perfect for a Magazine Style Movie Review Site

Videozoom 4.0 is packed full of features; with its magazine styling, it could be the perfect fit for your review site. Available in two different styles, dark (easy on the eyes) and light, this movie theme is excellent for showcasing film trailers.

As you will see from the above image, the theme is responsive and works well on mobile devices, meaning your audience can view your content on the go.

Video Embeds & Self-hosted Video Content

With support for video content from Youtube, Facebook Video, Instagram Video, DailyMotion, Brightcove, Vimeo, Amazon S3, and even self-hosted video, wherever the movie trailers you need to showcase are, you can count on them being supported. 

Videozoom 4.0 supports embeds from 99% of video content sites.

Featured Images From Video Thumbnails

We know how painful it can be when sourcing featured images for blog posts. With Videozoom 4.0, you don’t have to worry about that; we’ve taken care of it for you.

Featured images from movie thumbnails

How easy was that?

We’ve had a little bit of fun with the Videozoom 4.0 theme to demonstrate how you can use it for a movie review site. When creating a post, all you have to do is mark it as featured on the homepage to show up in your slider.

Take a look at the below experiment to see what we mean:

WordPress movie themes example With Videozoom 4.0

With minimal effort, you can get your film site up in a relatively short amount of time. Freeing you up to do what you do best, review movies!

There’s an awful lot more to Videozoom 4.0 in terms of features, such as post layouts, widgets, and selecting specific categories to show on the homepage, to name but a few.

Writing up movie reviews is all well and good; what about the need to advertise? At some point, you’ll more than likely want to run adverts on your review site.

Videozoom has two areas where you can add Google Adsense, upload an image, and set a destination URL for whatever advertising platform you decide to go for.

Advertising slots

As you can see, we have a nice wide banner at the top of the site, and in the image, you’ll notice the sidebar ad slot. So plenty of space to add the advertiser of your choice.

Here are Some of the Features Available in Videozoom

  • Automatic Video Thumbnails.
  • Light & Dark Skin styles (change the colors further using the Customizer).
  • Post Layouts, choose from full width or with a sidebar. Use Global options for all posts, or adjust on a post by post basis.
  • Supports Video embeds from 99% of video sites + self-hosted video content.
  • Custom Video Slider, showcase your movie reviews.
  • Post options such as show or hide the display date, author, tags, author box.
  • Choose to display comments or not as the case may be.
  • Social sharing buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, deactivate, or activate.
  • Supports WooCommerce; great if you decided to sell merch for your review site.

There’s plenty of options available for our Videozoom WordPress theme; if you’d like to find out more or want to take a look at the demo, please do.

View Demo


Videobox WordPress Theme, Great for Movie Reviews & Highlighting Trailers

VideoBox WordPress Movie Theme

Our VideoBox theme is incredibly popular with video content creators and podcasters. Showcasing video content or audio content is a snap with VideoBox.

We think it makes for a unique WordPress movie theme, thanks to its features and overall design aesthetic. Again, we’ve taken the liberty of tweaking the looks of the VideoBox to show you how it could look like a movie review site.

WordPress movie themes example

For this particular example, we’ve used the horror genre. If you have a favorite film genre and are looking for a movie-style WordPress theme, you could apply a different color scheme using VideoBox settings and the native WordPress customizer.

While VideoBox is geared towards showcasing video content and podcasts, there’s no reason not to use it for a movie review site. Thanks to the themes feature set, it makes perfect sense to use it as one.

Feature-wise, VideoBox has plenty to offer for your potential or existing movie review blog. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.


Single Posts in VideoBox

As Videozoom 4.0 allows the creation of featured images from the video content, so does VideoBox. The VideoBox theme uses the featured image as a background behind your video content.

Top of posts in VideoBox

I think we can all agree it makes the video content stand out even more! There’s another feature that lends itself to a movie review theme, one we think you’ll love.


Floating Video Box On Scroll

Many web users usually skim through content; using the floating video box feature, you can ensure the video content stays with them. See below for an example of it in action:

Sticky Video Box

Enabling this option for single posts, you can choose from left top, right top, left bottom, and right bottom. It’s a great way to highlight your video content, and having multiple places to show the floating video means it won’t interfere with your advertising slots.

There’s a lot more to VideoBox, with widgets and enabling/disabling specific post categories from displaying on the front page to full-width posts, posts with a sidebar, to name but a few.


Colored Categories & Featured Category Images

If you’re thinking of running a film review site covering a wealth of different genres, then VideoBox’s category settings could be of real interest.

category options

You can add a cover image and nominate a color to attribute to the category via the color picker. An incredibly useful feature, helping you separate categories with imagery and color.

See an example of this in action below:

colored categories

The Homepage & Popular Posts

VideoBox has an option available called post views, and you can enable or disable it as you need. With this option enabled, users can click on Latest or Popular; by clicking on Popular, the post order will change to the most viewed.

post views

Post views are a great way to drive user engagement, allowing them to click on Latest or Popular and find out what everyone else is reading on your movie review site!


Highlighting Movie Trailers On The Homepage

If you’d like to call to action to view the latest movie trailers, it’s easy to set up. Using one of the widget areas, we can add the WPZOOM Carousel slider widget.

Carousel slider option in our WordPress movie themes

Here we’ve given our Carousel slider a title and set a max amount of posts to slide through. Four visible posts will look good in the case of our horror movie review example. We’ve also set the aspect ratio to portrait and selected the Latest Trailers category. See below:

Showcasing Trailers in our WordPress movie themes

We’ve added this slider to the base of the homepage just before the footer, and it’s a great place to highlight new or upcoming trailers for your movie review site!


Prefer to Talk About Movies Instead?

VideoBox also offers support for audio (thanks to our customer feedback); many of our users wanted a way to showcase their podcasts. They talked, we listened.

podcast version of VideoBox in post of Best WordPress movie themes

 

So if you’re currently running a podcast covering film, you’d do well to look into VideoBox, or why not merge the two? Highlight podcasts and video content!

Some of the Features Available in VideoBox

  • Automatic Video Thumbnails.
  • Post Layouts, choose from full width or with a sidebar. Use Global options for all posts, or adjust on a post by post basis.
  • Homepage featured slider with options, reorder posts, select, or hide.
  • Carousel widgets for showcasing content, trailers, posts.
  • Post views option for highlighting popular posts.
  • Post options such as show or hide the display date, author, tags, author box.
  • Hamburger menu option, drag and drop order for the header.
  • Full support for audio content self-hosted or external.
  • Full support for WooCommerce.
  • + More!

If you’d like to find out more about VideoBox, please look at our demo and check out the video version and the audio version.

View Demo


In Conclusion

We hope you liked our examples of what’s possible with our WordPress movie themes. We wanted to show you what both of these themes can do, with real examples rather than a bullet point list of features! Showing real-world examples of what is possible and maybe fuel your imagination in the process.

We look forward to seeing what you can come up with using either of these movie themes!

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