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


Movie theaters on Peerspace cost on average between $75 — $395 per hour.

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?

Luxurious Theater Room in St. Petersburg
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Renting a movie theater means benefiting from the kind of fun, classic atmosphere. Everyone remembers trips to the local movie theater fondly from their childhoods. Movie theaters are often associated with nostalgia for happy memories, and you will make your party all the better for bringing back those happy emotions. 

So renting a movie theater is a wonderful venue for hosting a party. Birthdays, baby showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more, can come to live at one. Also, corporate events can be held at a theater. From team-building gatherings to retreats, everyone in the office will want to play hooky in favor of movies at a theater!

Also, many corporations hold fundraising events at theaters. The same goes for indie filmmakers who want to debut their movie for a select group of friends and associates.

Theaters have their very own atmosphere, so decorating is unnecessary. And, when you book a theater, you rent the entire venue. That means it’s just you and whoever you invite, ideal if you prefer a private event. 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 and costly A/V equipment and bringing it to a more generic type of venue. Instead, you can simply show up and have all the stuff required to screen a film for a large audience at your fingertips. 

How do you rent a movie theater?

Newly remodeled theater with 3 break out rooms dallas texas rental
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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. Meantime, 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.

Try Peerspace

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, but it’s also 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 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 the 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!)

Once you’ve done 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 your options. 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?

historic theater and stage in central los angeles
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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 several factors.


One of the elements that most strongly influence the cost of renting out a movie theater is the city where you’re seeking rentals.

Renting a theater will 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. 

The theater itself

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.

Even though theaters can vary so much in the 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 theaters cost as much as $1,000 per hour to rent. Case in point, check out this iconic 1918 theater in central Los Angeles, CA (pictured above). 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 9 guests in St. Petersburg, FL.

Within our more standard range, there are options like this independent movie theater in Brooklyn, NY at $225 per hour, and this state-of-the-art movie theater auditorium in San Francisco, CA costing $395 hourly. This intimate 50-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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