The holiday season is finally here! If you are like me, one of my favorite holiday pastimes is watching Christmas movies. There are so many great movies to choose from, and I often find myself struggling to find time to watch all my favorites. From classics to cheesy Hallmark movies, I love them all! This year has undoubtedly brought unexpected changes to the holiday season due to COVID-19. In past years, I would look forward to my local movie theaters showing everyone’s favorite movies, such as Elf, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, and It’s a Wonderful Life. AMC and Cinemark movie theaters have offered an innovative way to watch your favorite Christmas movies in a safe and comfortable manner.

(Movie goer getting her ticket marked; Source: AMC Theaters)

AMC and Cinemark theaters are allowing people to privately rent one of their theaters to watch a movie of your choice for $99-$199. Movies, such as Christmas movies or non-new-releases, can be rented for $99. Newly-released movies can be screened for $199. You can bring up to 20 friends or family members to a screening. Considering movie tickets are between $10-15, privately renting a theater can prove more cost-effective.

(Source: AMC Theaters)

To book an AMC private theater, click this link, and click the “Book Now” button to select an AMC theater near you. From there, you can pick a theater, date, and time of your choice. Next, a list of over 20 movies will pop up for you to choose from. Some of these movies include The Polar Express, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, and Elf. Once you have chosen a movie, you can also order popcorn, drinks, and other snacks that will be ready for you upon arrival at the theater. The last step is putting in your credit card information, and then your movie theater experience awaits!

(Pictured: Social distancing in movie theatre; Source: NME

To book a Cinemark private theater, click this link. The process for booking a private showing is similar to that of AMC’s. All you have to do is select a movie theater near you, a date and time, a movie of your choice, pay for it, and you’re all set! Both theaters have a wide selection of both Christmas and other classic films to choose from.

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To ensure safety during the pandemic, AMC and Cinemark have taken precautionary measures for patrons. Theaters are thoroughly cleaned between uses, masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking, and the limit of 20 people per private screening ensures that social distancing is achieved. This study break is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit in a fun and safe manner. Grab twenty friends and family members and book your theater today!