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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Movie Theater Room?

Whether you’re screening a film project, need a big screen for a meeting, or you simply want to host a really fancy movie night for your friends, sometimes you need a little “lights, camera, action” to take your event over the top. And, believe it or not, it’s actually pretty easy to rent a movie theater room without having to drive down to your local AMC and pay a boatload to close the complex down. In order to ease the process of booking a movie theater room, we’ve gathered some great information to walk you through why you might want to use a big screen to elevate your event and exactly where to book these spaces. And, of course, we’ll also answer the question that brought you here: how much does it cost to actually rent a movie theater room?

Why should you rent a movie theater room?

Movie theater rooms tap into a special kind of childhood nostalgia and are therefore one of the most magical places to make memories. The dark lighting, comfortable chairs, and tasty snacks will ensure that your guests are satisfied and paying attention to whatever is being presented. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to wow your attendees by finding a really unique venue in which to gather.

There are several other ways to use a movie theater room rental than for just watching a film. EAs and team leads may choose to present corporate training videos or a new product to the team using a big screen. Movie theater rooms can also be used for more outside-the-box, fun family functions such as reunions, birthday parties, graduations, or even an anniversary celebration—where slideshows can be shown with family photos to reminisce on. We’ve also compiled a few more ideas on how to use movie theater rooms for your events:

  • Host a gaming party and play your favorite video games up on the big screen. Many rentals can hook up your gaming system directly up to the screen, enabling you to challenge friends to a race, battle, or singing competition. 
  • Plan a themed party set in a certain decade, or centered around a particular film franchise, and get watching. If you and your friends love a good binge, a watch party at a movie theater could be the perfect way to bring you all together to bond under the big screen. 
  • Show appreciation to clients or employees. Everyone loves a good movie, so why not treat your clients and/or employees to a unique outing using an actual movie theater room? Screen one of the hottest new movies or a classic. You can even step it up a notch by providing branded souvenir drink cups and popcorn buckets.

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How to rent a movie theater room

In the past, in order to rent a movie theater room, you’d need go go directly to a private theater and hope a). they had dates that aligned with your event needs and b). they were willing to rent out their space in the first place. Because this kind of request is a bit unusual, pricing information could be difficult to find on a theater’s website and it could take days, if not weeks, to wrangle a theater representative to get you the information you need.

This hassle could ultimately send you on a never-ending quest of calling and emailing dozens of movie theaters before finding one that fit your dates and budget.

Enter: Peerspace.

Peerspace is the largest online marketplace for event space rentals and unlocks thousands of unique venues for special occasions such as meetings, photoshoots, birthday parties, hackathons, baby showers, corporate offsites, and beyond. Not only are Peerspace locations available in dozens of US metros—and ever-expanding, but they’re also incredibly easy (and safe) to book directly from local hosts.

Searching for movie theater room rentals on Peerspace couldn’t be any simpler. First, you’ll need to select which type of event you’d like to host, whether that a corporate event, party, workshop, performance, or one of the many other event options. Next, you’ll need to choose your city and preferred event dates. If you’d like to see specifically theater options, open up the Filters tab and check the “theater” box to narrow down your options. You might also search for other amenities such as kitchens, fire pits, lounges, and the list goes on.

From there, you’ll be able to explore your search results. Click into the different movie theater room listings, peruse the high-quality photos, investigate the space details and pricing, and then contact the host directly to ask any additional questions you may have about the space you’re interested in booking. The beauty of booking a movie theater room on Peerspace is that you can transact on a secure, trusted platform vs. operating independently and opening yourself to all kinds of risk.

Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how much it costs to rent a movie theater room in just a bit.

Types of movie theater rooms 

Theaters of all sizes, styles, and amenity offerings are listed on Peerspace. This luxurious option in the heart of Hollywood—an executive screening room—offers an intimate venue for private viewing. It can also be used for speaking engagements, family functions, school presentations, and much more. One recent renter used the space for a school presentation and had the following kudos to give to the host:

We had and an absolutely amazing time. The space was perfect and just as pictured. Everyone was incredibly accommodating and extremely helpful. They even found a quiet space for one of our group members to take a Skype call to defend her dissertation! Outstanding service and experience. I can not thank everyone enough.

There are also large theaters available on Peerspace that can accommodate hundreds of people. Check out this jaw-dropping Egyptian-themed theater in Seattle that comes with an expansive screen, a grand lobby space, and a fully-stocked and staffed concession stand. Or, take a look at this Texas-sized theater in Dallas that comes with a projector, chairs, a balcony, and three dressing rooms. 

While you’re at it, explore this cinema-quality screening room in Studio City, Los Angeles that seats 20 people, this massive waterfront theater in San Francisco’s Marina District (it seats over 400 people!), or this smaller San Diego screening room that’s perfect for film screenings and events.

Essentially, your options are endless when it comes to many amazing movie theater rooms to choose from on Peerspace. Plus, Peerspace’s Concierge team can help with handling logistics for catering, entertainment, and equipment to make your event a smash success. 

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How much does it cost to rent a movie theater room?

Of course, renting a movie theater room depends largely on the date, time, and length of your event. Another factor that dictates price is obviously the city that you’re booking in. If you choose to rent a screening venue directly from a theater, you’re likely up against a lot of ambiguity on pricing and availability. On the other hand, Peerspace‘s transparent pricing makes it crystal clear a). when the movie theater room you’re interested in booking is available and b). how much it costs per hour to host your event in that space. 

Movie theater rooms on Peerspace rent starting at $150 per hour and can go up to $500+ per hour for large spaces. Many of these rentals come with Peerspace’s flexible cancellation policy, which allows for guests to cancel their booking until 90 days before the event start time and receive a full refund (including all fees). Of course, we always recommend covering all your bases by messaging your Peerspace host directly to understand the specific cancellation policy associated with their space as well as any other details on pricing and/or your event needs.

So, how much does it cost to rent a movie theater room? Well, it depends. However, when you rent a movie theater room on Peerspace, you’ll get transparent pricing with none of the hidden fees that make booking a traditional event space so cumbersome. Happy searching!

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