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Alamo Drafthouse

In a time when most theaters are closed, one Alamo Drafthouse location is offering private theater screenings so you and your favorite movie buddies can enjoy a blockbuster on the big screen in a sanitized and safe way.

Currently, only the Slaughter Lane location in Austin is participating, along with a Denver location.


"Rent Your Own Private Alamo" starts with you picking from 40 old and new movie titles, including movies like Casablanca and Aquaman.

The move comes just over a month after Alamo officials took what they called the "devastating step" of moving employees from furloughs to layoffs, reportedly as many as 80 employees, including many at Austin's seven Alamo locations.

The movie industry has been hard hit by shutdowns, social-distancing guidelines, the lack of summer blockbusters and new releases, and the overall inability of people to buy movie tickets after losing their jobs.

"As we've looked at the road ahead, it's become increasingly clear that many positions at Alamo Drafthouse would need to be eliminated, changed, or refocused. This is a devastating step to take," officials said in July.

The private theater allows the Alamo to offer a socially distant environment for moviegoers and encourages more attendance at the theater.

You can reserve a theatre online three to 14 days in advance for $150.

Then you and up to 30 people can purchase tickets at general admission pricing. Snacks can also be ordered online with a $150 minimum.

Masks are required in all public spaces of the theater but optional if seated.

Other than having the whole place to yourself, here's another perk: You can use your phone during the movie.

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