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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Movie Theater for a Birthday Party?

Few birthday party ideas are more appealing and exciting than a movie screening. It’s just not something you can recreate at home (unless you happen to be wealthy with a movie theater of your own). But you may be concerned about the cost of renting a movie theater, assuming that it’s not exactly affordable to do so. In fact, you’ll be happy to know there are many tiers of cost for renting a movie theater. This article will delve into that key question: how much does it cost to rent a movie theater for a birthday party?

And just to help you out a bit more with the process, we’ll talk about the reasons you’d want to rent out a movie theater, as well as the actual process of doing so. By the end of this article, you’ll have all the essential information required to locate and rent the venue for your movie theater birthday party!

Why should you rent a movie theater for a birthday party?

Renting a movie theater means benefiting from the kind of fun, classic atmosphere that most people will remember fondly from their childhoods. Movie theaters are often associated with nostalgia for happy memories, and your party will be made all the better for bringing back those happy emotions. 

Not to mention the simple logistical reality that there’s no better place to watch movies than at a movie theater! Rather than dealing with renting the necessary A/V equipment (also an added cost that’s not going to be insignificant), and bringing it to a more generic type of venue, you can simply show up and have all the stuff required to screen a film for a large audience at your fingertips. 

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How do you rent a movie theater?

In the olden days of the pre-internet era, renting your ideal movie theater would not have been so easy! You would have had to locate each theater individually and contact them to ask if they were available for rent. In all likelihood, many of those you reached out to would not be available, and you’d waste a lot of time on the process of locating and contacting theaters. And even if you were very thorough, you’d still likely overlook some of the best options available in your area. 

Now, you might think that the internet and its search engines solve all your problems, but Google is still not the most convenient or straightforward method of locating movie theaters available for rent. Browsing through lots of theaters’ websites and trying to find rental information is faster than an analog search, but still not the absolute fastest and easiest.

We’d say the fastest and easiest option out there is Peerspace, the internet’s largest online marketplace for event spaces. Among their listings, you’ll find numerous movie theater rental options throughout the country. And not only are there tons of options, it’s amazingly easy to browse through them. Searching Peerspace is a snap: simply enter your city, the kind of event you’re planning (in this case, “birthday party”), and optionally add the date of the event for even more specificity. 

And in order to narrow your search down to movie theaters specifically, click on the “More Filters” option, select “Theater” under the “Space Type” category, or enter “movie theater” in the Keyword box. You can also narrow things down by other filters, including number of attendees, price per hour, and additional features (from bathtubs to exposed brick to elevators — most of these won’t be relevant in your search for a movie theater, however).

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Once you’ve made your search, you’ll be amazed by how detailed the listings are — they give you a clear sense of what the event spaces are like, so you don’t have to visit them to understand what your options are. With plenty of high-quality photos of the space, an in-depth description, and reviews from past renters, each listing is a perfect overview of the venue. And lastly, once you’ve decided on a movie theater, just click “Message Host” to start a conversation and work out the logistics of doing so. Renting is a breeze!

How much does it cost to rent a movie theater for a birthday party?

Although we can offer a pretty broad price range, the fact of the matter is that the cost of renting a movie theater is going to vary based on a number of factors. One of the elements that most strongly influences the cost of renting out a movie theater is the city where you’re seeking rentals.

Renting a theater is going to be significantly more expensive in costly cities like Los Angeles or New York City than in significantly more affordable cities like Memphis, TN, and Omaha, NE. And in individual cities, different neighborhoods have different costs of living that will influence the cost of renting within them. 

In addition, the scale of the movie theater itself makes an enormous difference — a small, simple theater will be much more affordable than a large-scale movie theater that seats many more people. Not to mention that a lavish theater with historical significance will also cost quite a bit more to rent.

Despite the fact that theaters can vary so much in rental price, we’ve got a rough estimate of how much it’ll cost you to rent a movie theater for a birthday party: $100 to $400 per hour. A search of the many listings on Peerspace shows that there are theaters that cost as much as $675 per hour to rent — check out this iconic 1940s theater in Newport Beach, CA. But the price of renting a smaller, more affordable movie theater can be as low as $75 per hour, like this warm screening room that seats 24 guests in Braintree, MA.

Within our more standard range, there are options like this independent movie theater in Brooklyn, NY at $225 per hour, as well as this state-of-the-art movie theater auditorium in San Francisco, CA costing $395 hourly. This luxurious 30-person screening room in Los Angeles is worthy of a look as well.

Renting a movie theater for a birthday party can be financially accessible, and it can even be easy (especially with the help of Peerspace)! Hopefully this guide has answered the titular question: “How much does it cost to rent a movie theater for a birthday party?”

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