Movies | August 11, 2020 12:14 pm

Alamo Drafthouse’s Pandemic Plan: Let People Rent Out Entire Theaters

You can now book a private showing with up to 30 friends

Alamo Drafthouse dine-in movie theater in Denver, Colorado
The Alamo Drafthouse in Denver, Colorado.
Amy Brothers/ The Denver Post

Going to a movie and ending up with the entire theater to yourself is always a fun perk. Now, as cinemas struggle with the complexities of reopening during the pandemic, it almost seems like a necessity for moviegoers to feel comfortable — so that’s exactly what one chain is doing.

Alamo Drafthouse, the first name in dine-in movie theaters, launched the new “Your Own Private Alamo” program this week, which offers people the option of renting out an entire theater for up to 30 people. Could you always rent out a theater? Sure, but now it’s much easier and more affordable, with prices as low as $10 a person. As Variety reported, renting a screening room costs $150 but there’s a required food-and-drink minimum of $150 as well.

Unfortunately, while Alamo Drafthouse currently runs theaters in over 20 cities across the country, only two locations are offering this option at the moment: the original theater in Austin, Texas and the one in Denver, Colorado. Of course, part of that comes down to the fact that some states aren’t allowing movie theaters to reopen just yet, so this initiative may expand depending on the spread of the coronavirus.

But say you are in Austin or Denver and you’ve got your carefully chosen bubble of friends and family, what movies are even out now for you to see? In line with Alamo’s history of curated programming, the theater has 40 movies to choose from that run the gamut from family-friendly fare like The Muppet Movie to classics like The Matrix to way out of left field flicks like Prince of Darkness

Check out the entire list of films and book a theater here.

Subscribe here for our free daily newsletter.