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(No Film School)   Ever wanted to rent out a movie theater? Got $99 on you?   (nofilmschool.com) divider line
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798 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 Oct 2020 at 10:35 AM (10 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-10-14 9:51:31 AM  
That's actually a great deal, and you can have up to 20 people. I'd think about it if there was an AMC near me.
 
2020-10-14 10:01:49 AM  
One a couple towns over is doing it for $50. It's an older theater and I'm not sure of the restrictions though.
 
2020-10-14 10:10:34 AM  
I would probably spring for this if there were any movies out that I wanted to see.
 
2020-10-14 10:37:18 AM  
It's actually as low as $49 at AMC for certain weekday slots.
 
2020-10-14 10:43:58 AM  
Sure. I could do this.
 
2020-10-14 10:56:21 AM  

ChrisDe: That's actually a great deal, and you can have up to 20 people. I'd think about it if there was an AMC near me.


Cinemark has been doing it for the past 5 months.

You can even rent it for a video game party.
 
2020-10-14 11:03:59 AM  
I would host a screening of every Steven Seagal film ever made.
 
2020-10-14 11:05:42 AM  
Isn't this all BYODVD? I thought the price did NOT include access to their current running releases. We're planning to arrange a small group viewing on Halloween, but still for us, 'home' viewing seems better. We'll do it outside to maximize distancing, and the projector we ordered was only about $100 too. Probably not as good visual quality as most rented cinemas, but with much better convenience & cleanliness.
 
2020-10-14 11:13:58 AM  
Rich folks around me rent theaters for their kids' birthday parties.  Usually that includes a party room, pizza and cake - but probably costs $400.  Once word gets out about this, all the AMCs near me are likely to be booked solid every weekend for months.
 
2020-10-14 11:14:22 AM  
Still not cheaper than two adult tickets, two large buckets of popcorn, two boxes of candy, and two large sodas.
 
2020-10-14 11:14:38 AM  

OccamsWhiskers: Isn't this all BYODVD? I thought the price did NOT include access to their current running releases. We're planning to arrange a small group viewing on Halloween, but still for us, 'home' viewing seems better. We'll do it outside to maximize distancing, and the projector we ordered was only about $100 too. Probably not as good visual quality as most rented cinemas, but with much better convenience & cleanliness.


No, they have a list of movies you can choose from on the website, you are correct that they do not appear to be current releases.
 
2020-10-14 11:17:31 AM  

ChrisDe: That's actually a great deal, and you can have up to 20 people. I'd think about it if there was an AMC near me.


Website says "starting at $99" so I'm not sure if the additional costs are related to additional people, concessions, or both.


OccamsWhiskers: Isn't this all BYODVD? I thought the price did NOT include access to their current running releases.


A quick look at the list shows Tenet as an option.
 
2020-10-14 11:22:59 AM  
This would be awesome if there was a far larger list of films to choose from.
 
2020-10-14 11:31:20 AM  
Our apartment complex in Hong Kong had a 20-seat theater you could rent for about $10/hr. Great for hosting movie nights with friends, and even for just a family of four it was about the same price to buy the Blu-ray, snacks, etc. and rent the theater as it was to go to the one at the mall.
 
2020-10-14 11:50:50 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: ChrisDe: That's actually a great deal, and you can have up to 20 people. I'd think about it if there was an AMC near me.

Website says "starting at $99" so I'm not sure if the additional costs are related to additional people, concessions, or both.


OccamsWhiskers: Isn't this all BYODVD? I thought the price did NOT include access to their current running releases.

A quick look at the list shows Tenet as an option.


Unfortunately Tenet is in the "$149-$349 depending on location" category.  And I doubt it's at the $149 end...
 
2020-10-14 11:55:59 AM  
I've been doing this since July.  BYODVD or the owner has Netflix run through the system.  Plus popcorn and candy.  Tenet was an option when it came out and a few others will be in play soon.
 
2020-10-14 12:10:59 PM  
I saw Nightmare Before Christmas, Jurassic Park, and Empire Strikes back in the theater the first time around, although I barely remember seeing Empire.   The lack of options shows how the industry is not only out of touch, but the parts are all at odds with each other.

I'm surprised to see any Disney owned films.    Prior to Corona they were pulling all of their back catalog films from classic/cult movie showings, which meant the entire Fox catalog.
 
2020-10-14 12:14:14 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: BYODVD


480p resolution on a screen the size of a basketball court? Yuck.
 
2020-10-14 12:33:35 PM  

Oliver Twisted: I've been doing this since July.  BYODVD or the owner has Netflix run through the system.  Plus popcorn and candy.  Tenet was an option when it came out and a few others will be in play soon.


Wow that's super illegal and if this were normal times that theater would get flagged and wouldn't get any content from studios and eventually sued
 
2020-10-14 12:37:33 PM  

mrmopar5287: OccamsWhiskers: BYODVD

480p resolution on a screen the size of a basketball court? Yuck.


It wouldn't look great, but depending on where you sat wouldn't be much different than watching it on your tv at home.
 
2020-10-14 12:42:35 PM  

vudukungfu: Still not cheaper than two adult tickets, two large buckets of popcorn, two boxes of candy, and two large sodas.


Barely.  Depending on where you live, a family of 4 can easily blow $100 to go see a movie.
 
2020-10-14 1:24:47 PM  
Back in my marketing agency days years ago, another project team rented multiple screens for the launch of some exclusive PlayStation release the night it became available. They had twitch running too, but the idea was that you could play against a friend on the giant screen.

It was a dud. I think their plan was solid, but it was too obscure a game to draw a big crowd.

Anyway, I think they paid about $2000 for 3 screens from like 9pm till midnight. That was the rate before these places got desperate.

// Csb
 
2020-10-14 3:10:01 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: ChrisDe: That's actually a great deal, and you can have up to 20 people. I'd think about it if there was an AMC near me.

Cinemark has been doing it for the past 5 months.

You can even rent it for a video game party.


That's more promising. We have a single AMC theater, but Cinemark is a decent player around here. I'd totally do this.
 
2020-10-14 3:54:11 PM  

Gonzo317: No, they have a list of movies you can choose from on the website, you are correct that they do not appear to be current releases.


Being Halloween, they do have Coco on the list.
 
2020-10-14 6:04:53 PM  
Looks like the Cinemark here is doing this. I can surprise the wife and daughter with Hocus Pocus for $100. A present from myself and my stepsons, so even if it's just the family, it's only $33 for each of us, and totally worth it.
 
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