Finally, they announced they would release the film both in person and on HBO Max. We had waited so long, and missed movies so much, that we did BOTH! We streamed the movie on Christmas Day when it came out. But we missed having a huge bag of popcorn and our candy.
Then, I saw a TikTok video of a family that rented a movie theater and loved the idea. We rented out a theater space at AMC in Johnston and I want to share my experience with you.
Renting a Movie Theater
The AMC private rental cost either $100 for a “fan favorite” or $150 for a new release. You can host up to 20 guests and you still get all of the food that is typically available. I invited my daughter’s closest friends, my coworkers, and my family. The rental was my gift to my fellow warrior mamas, but you could split the cost with some of your guests.
Masks were required in the theater but could be removed when eating. Since we had the theater to ourselves, we could decide how we wanted to space out.
There was PLENTY of room to space out, and we all got exactly the snacks we wanted. The concession stand was open and serving everything the same as pre-pandemic. In fact, one mom even had the GENIUS idea of getting a glass of wine!
After seeing the film at home, and in the theatre, I can confirm that nothing beats the old-fashioned movie-going experience. I do hope theatres can survive this pandemic and at-home streaming. This is one fun creative way to still have that old experience.
Renting out a movie theater is a great option for a special family gathering or birthday celebration.
Other movie theaters you can rent in Des Moines Area
The Palms Theatre & IMAX in Waukee
B&B Theatres in Ankeny
Century 20 Jordan Creek in West Des Moines