Alamo Drafthouse auditorium. Photo: Alamo Drafthouse

More US chains offer private cinema rentals with Covid-19 measures

Alamo Drafthouse has become the latest chain to offer private rentals—joining U.S. circuits like Studio Movie Grill and Megaplex Theatres, among others, in their efforts to bring some business to select locations during the Covid-19 shutdown. Alamo Drafthouse opened private rentals on Thursday, July 6 at two of their locations: Slaughter Lake in Austin, Texas and Sloans Lake in Denver, Colorado. An auditorium can be reserved for $150 via Alamo’s website; each screening (limited to 30 people maximum) is subject to an additional $150 minimum food and beverage spend. General admission ticket prices are not…

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Novo Cinemas Doha. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Private rentals help cinemas transition to reopening

Imagine holding your own private movie screening on a huge cinema screen, with just a few family or friends. As movie theaters slowly start to return with strict social distancing measures still enforced, some cinemas have started offering exactly this option. “With Texas allowing us to open at 25% capacity, the idea allowed us to slowly bring our guests back into a safe and controlled environment,” says Annelise Holyoak, national director of marketing and communications for Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. “Within about 12 hours almost all the spots were sold out.…

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Cinema interior, close up on seat number 22

Coronavirus impact on global cinema box office

A global health crisis stemming from the spread of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is dominating headlines across the globe. Boxoffice Pro is tracking the latest updates on the theatrical market. March 12 UPDATE Studios have begun making further changes to the release schedule, with notable release delays coming from Universal and Paramount. Universal Pictures pushed back the release date of F9, the latest entry in The Fast and the Furious franchise, from May 22 to April 2, 2021. Paramount has removed three titles from the schedule entirely: A Quiet Place Part II and Blue Story, originally scheduled for…

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