Starting at $99, you and nineteen healthy, masked friends can rent out a full movie theater for a variety of new release and classic films. There are some family-friendly film options as well as ones for your adult friends you miss so much (what a totally fun moms group outing!).
For example, I’d love to screen Goonies or Jurassic Park for a middle schooler or an older elementary kid as a birthday outing. Then again, for my family of five, $100 almost makes it worth it for just us.
How does it work to book a whole movie theater?
Here in the East Bay, we’ll expect movie theaters to open when we get back in the Red Tier for COVID cases, expected during the week of March 10. Currently, you’ll need to go to Marin or SF to take advantage of this offering.
To book a whole theater for screening, you’ll want to be flexible on dates, times, locations, and titles. Plan to book about a week in advance if you’re committed to a particular title or location.
Fees seem to be $99 for classic, older movies and upwards of $149-$349 for new release movies. Concessions seem to be reduced to old-school prices to sweeten the deal, but note that due to COVID, there might be no concessions allowed at the time of your viewing.
I went through the reservation process on a movie I had never heard of called The War with Grandpa. 9-year old Sawyer overheard me playing the trailer and immediately declared, “I love that. I pick that for family movie night. Don’t watch anymore of the trailer to spoil it. It’s like a Home Alone battle against Grandpa”.
Cinemark Theatres offer private watch parties for $99 to $149
Nearby, participating Cinemark Theatres (once the East Bay is back in the red) will include Century Hilltop 16 (Richmond), Walnut Creek 14, Century 16 Bayfair (San Leandro), As of this update, the available Cinemark theaters are two theaters in San Rafael and one in San Francisco. My husband was rightfully wary about hygiene and safety, but the covid practices sound pretty good to me. Find out about Cinemark Private Watch Parties >
AMC Movie Theatres offer private showings for $99 to $349 (gulp)
Nearby, participating AMC Movie Houses will include AMC Bay Street (Emeryville), Newark (2 locations). As of this update, we are limited to San Francisco (2 locations). Find out about AMC Theatre Rentals