AMC Will Soon Let You Rent Its Movie Theaters For $99 Private Screenings

AMC is now giving moviegoers the chance to rent out its theaters for private screenings, The New York Post reported.

The biggest movie chain in the country announced the new offer on its website on Monday, October 19. In the announcement, AMC revealed that its movie theaters will be available to rent for private screenings, birthday parties, and other events for $99.

Movie buffs will be able to rent an entire auditorium for parties of up to 20 people but will have to choose from a list of select titles. The films available include classics such as Jurassic Park, Shrek, Hocus Pocus, Monster's Inc., The Nightmare Before Christmas, and others.

Additional movies — such as Christopher Nolan's Tenet, 2 Hearts, Honest Thief, The War with Grandpa, and The New Mutants — will be available for an extra fee, ranging between $149 and $349. Other add-ons include food, drinks, and control over the theater's speaker system.

Those interested in renting an AMC auditorium can do so from Thursday, October 29 until Thursday, November 5, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern.

"It's perfect for an everyday escape or a celebration to remember," AMC said about the new private screenings.

Outside of AMC Burbank 16 on April 17, 2020 in Burbank, CA.
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AMC's recent move comes as an effort to recoup from its nationwide closures at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by The Inquisitr, the movie chain considered filing for bankruptcy, after having to temporarily shut down all of its 630 locations and furlough around 25,000 of its employees in March.

The same month, AMC Senior Vice President Daniel Ellis also sent out a letter to landlords, informing them that the movie chain would be unable to pay rent starting in April.

"AMC is willing to discuss with you any suggestions you may have for getting through this crisis and planning for when AMC can reopen and pay rent," Ellis wrote.

Later, the company openly admitted it had "substantial doubt" about remaining in business after losing between $2.1 billion and $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2020, CNN Business reported in June.

"We are generating effectively no revenue," AMC wrote in a regulatory filing.

"Even if governmental operating restrictions are lifted in certain jurisdictions, distributors may delay the release of new films until such time that operating restrictions are eased more broadly domestically and internationally, which may further limit our operations," the company continued.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, more and more distributors have also opted to sell their films to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Studios, including Coming 2 America (the sequel to Eddie Murphy's '90s movie), Trial of the Chicago 7, and Lovebirds.