Ever rent a theater?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by steve053, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

    May 11, 2007
    Brookfield, WI
    This weekend we had an experience that would normally have been way out of our price comfort range, but desperate times create unique opportunities. In July 2019 the Silverspot (Silverspot Cinema) theater opened in an upscale mall near our house. They offer a full bar and dining along with oversized, reclining/heated theater seats. Fast forward to post lockdown and the unease many of us have with spending three hours in a small room with dozens of people we've never met. For the princely sum of $150 we rented an almost brand new 60+ seat theater for three hours. The eight of us celebrated three October birthdays and were allowed to watch any movie from a streaming app (or purchase tickets to any of the theater movies). They had an Apple TV set-up with most every app ready for use. Just had to sign in and select our movie. Had full control of sound and lights, in addition to the remote control for the movie.

    Very surreal experience. The mall parking lot had maybe a dozen cars when we pulled up (6 pm). The bar area was completely deserted (easily 100+ capacity), took a minute before the bartender walked out and directed us to the concierge desk. No one in the lobby, and no one in the halls when we were escorted to our theater. No one in the halls during bathroom breaks, and no one in the halls when we left.

    I have no idea how they will survive. My heart goes out to the few people still employed there.

    (Yes we all wore masks when walking in/out and when interacting with the theater staff. Yes we cleaned up after ourselves. Yes we tipped. Yes we signed out of the ATV.)
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    Wow ... I'm surprised they were able to do that for $150. They must be making enough money to provide the service. Good to see that you left your campsite in good condition.
  3. Brad_73

    Brad_73 Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Southeast, GA
    I'm 100% positive they are not. This is a business doing whatever it can to try and survive a little longer. Some money coming in is better then $0 coming in.
    At $150 for 3 hours, add in the time the employees have to spend cleaning and sanitizing the area after each rental. This just sounds like a way to keep a couple of employees paid, so they don't have to let them go. No way the company is making any profit on this.

    Still. I'm also very surprised at the low cost as well. Even at pandemic pricing, that should be more like $150 per hour. Crazy.
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  4. Eva

    Eva Active Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    Went to their site and it's $100 during the week. You do need to buy food and stuff there. Only outside b-day cakes allowed. Not sure of ones where a person pops out of the thing! :D
  5. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

    May 11, 2007
    Brookfield, WI
    I'm sure they're not coming close to breaking even. Can't imagine the monthly rent, utilities, salaries, and other carrying costs. Has to be in the multiple tens of thousands per month.
  6. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    Movie Theaters all over are perhaps the most hard hit business of all on the Pandemic. They can't be making much on the rental, just losing less money.
  7. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Movie theatres have several problems. They are still closed in LA and NY. There's little new product available for them to show. Many customers won't come back to the movies until the pandemic ends.

    The last movie I saw in a theatre was "La La Land." The sound was so loud I had to remove my hearing aids. Even then the sound was still uncomfortable. And the commercials and previews before the movie starts can't be avoided by fast-forwarding!
  8. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    True ... I can't remember the last movie I saw in a theater. Probably the last Star Wars film ... I certainly am not the type that goes for every new movie. The pandemic has had no effect on my patronage. It can be a tough business on a good day.

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