Book The Cinema is an Independent Booking Service and we offer private, VIP cinema events on behalf of the partnering cinemas listed on our website.
We are currently official partners with ODEON, REEL, The Arc Cinema, Archlight, JamJar, University College Dublin Cinema, WTW Cinema and The Picture House Uckfield. We have over 95 locations across all our cinema partners and we are going to be expanding further, so there will be a cinema near you very soon.
Pick a cinema, select a movie of your choice and personalise the experience to meet your needs. You can rent the whole cinema screen to yourself. We want you to have complete control as to how you would like to organise your private cinema event. Our mission is to deliver an unforgettable movie-watching experience for you and your loved ones.
You can book your event on our website https://www.bookthecinema.com/
Our partnering cinemas have different availability. At some cinemas, you can only request slots and at others, you can make a direct booking from the available slots listed on our platform. You can request/make your booking up to 6 months from now at selected cinemas.
The earliest slots listed are 10 days from the booking day. We recommend planning your event at least 2 weeks in advance.
You can choose either the latest cinema releases or your favourite classics from our extensive movie database. We will be increasing our selection of classic movies all the time, so check back regularly. You can also request a movie here and we will contact you should that title be available in the future.
No, the movie and event information will be sent to the cinema once you have made your booking. You will have to cancel your booking and create a new one if you want to watch a different movie.
It's up to you! If you want a romantic event for just you and your partner you can select just 2 guests. If you want to book a big party for 20, 30, 40 or 50 guests then it will depend on your selected cinema and the size of the screen. But in most cases, a cinema screen can accommodate at least 20 guests. The system will tell you the limits per location as you go through the booking process. You can also check our screen capacity under ‘Cinema Details’ before selecting your cinema site.
You can choose any cinema from our cinema list. There are over 75 locations for you to pick from across the UK and Ireland, and we will be adding more all the time.
Once your event is confirmed, you can access your e-tickets within “My bookings” on our website and from there you can share them with your guests.
You can arrive at your selected cinema up to 30 minutes before the event starts. You will be able to socialize with your guests at your assigned screen around 15 minutes before your allocated ticket time, depending on when the last screening has finished.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate booking date amends so you will need to cancel your original booking and then create a new booking.
You should try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your event begins. This allows for you to collect any food and drinks that you have ordered or if you have booked a Gaming event, time for a member of staff to connect your console to the screen.
The guest making the booking will need to bring their booking confirmation email with the correct number of guests attending. You can buy food and drinks from your selected cinema menu in advance through our website, and the cinema will arrange everything for your event.
For a Gaming Event, please make sure that the console you bring with you has an HDMI port to connect to the screen.
You cannot bring your own food, however, you can buy food and drinks in advance from your selected cinema menu using the Book The Cinema website. The menu will become available after your booking is confirmed and paid for. You can bring food to enjoy before or after the event, but only food bought on our website or at the concession stand can be brought into the screen.
UCD and Odeon Cinema only: They do allow guests to bring in their own snacks and drinks, but they do not allow the following to be brought in from outside the cinema: Heated food, pungent food and alcoholic drinks. If you’re unsure, please ask a member of the cinema team, who will be happy to advise you.
You can purchase food and drinks at selected cinemas after you have completed your booking on the Book The Cinema website. Where applicable you can add food and drinks to your booking up to 4 days before your event day.
If you want additional food and drinks on the day, you can purchase them at the concession stand.
The pre-ordered concessions will be prepared and you will have to collect the items at the concession stand.
You can bring decorations such as standing decorations or costumes for your guests. Please note decorations cannot be fastened/stuck to walls or seats. Any helium balloons brought by guests must be weighted down.
Yes, you can create a 1-minute video with a personalised message to be shown before the movie. The 1-minute video can contain your favourite photos or video with personalised messages. This can be completed through our website by going to your booking and adding personalisation up to 4 days before the event. Please be aware that our Book The Cinema team must approve this content before it is made available on the big screen.
For gaming events, you will not be able to create a personalised message, unfortunately.
Note: At this time, we have set background/theme music that will automatically be added to your video. We are unable to change or remove it, as it protects all copyrighted music from being added to the videos. We hope to be able to change this in the future.
Our team is notified every time a new video message is submitted for review. The average review time is 24 hours and there should be no further delays subject to your personalised message video not violating our terms & conditions. You will be notified via email whether your video has been approved or rejected.
Yes, you can amend the number of guests up to 4 days before the event date. This can be done via the Book The Cinema website. You can add or remove guests, however, as this is a private booking there is a minimum fee for the event and reducing the number of guests may not reduce the cost of the booking. You will receive a reimbursement for the cancelled seats as long as the total seats booked are above the minimum required to hold the event.
You can cancel your event up to 7 days before your event date. Please see our terms & conditions for more details.
To cancel your booking, log in to your account on the website, and click 'My Account' --> 'My Bookings'. On the 'Your Booking Details' page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link to cancel. This link will not be available once the event date is less than 7 days away.
Please check your Spam folder. If you don’t find the email there, please contact us through the following link: https://www.bookthecinema.com/contact/
You should receive an email immediately confirming payment has been processed and that you have successfully completed your booking. Please check your Spam folder. If you don’t find the email there, please contact us through the following link: https://www.bookthecinema.com/contact/
Please note the earliest event you can book is 10 full days after the day you are creating your booking. Some cinemas will have request slots only. You can request anytime, morning, afternoon, or evening time slots. Once you have requested these, the cinema will review your request and send back the suggested next step. You will receive an email notification once the cinema answers your request and then you will have 24 hours to confirm your times.
For a Gaming Event, you will bring your own console and games. Your console must have an HDMI port so a member of the cinema team can connect it to the screen for you. Please make sure you arrive on time so that it doesn't cut into your session. Big Screen Gaming does not support cloud based gaming, due to no WIFI connection within the screen so please ensure that all games do not require an internet connection and that you download any games prior to your visit.
One console per hire can be used. Console controllers must be wireless.
Screens will be 2K resolution unless it is stated that laser projection is available.
Prices may vary per cinema but the minimum cost for your private cinema event is £250. This will increase should you book a party with more than 20 guests. The minimum cost for gaming events is £150.
You can pay for the event through our website using either your credit or debit card. At this moment, we do not offer invoice payments.
You can cancel your event at any time but to receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 1 week before the date the event is due. The refund will be made to the original debit card where possible. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.
You will receive an email notification with the relevant details and your invoice attached.
You will not need to pay anything additional upon arrival unless you choose to purchase extra concessions items at the stand.
We always follow national rules about film ratings, and if you’re lucky enough to be looking younger than the film’s rating, the cinema would have to ask to see some ID, even though this is a private event.
If you get asked to present ID and do not have a valid form ID with you, you will not be able to attend the event. This is due to the licensing which is set by the British Board of Film Classification.
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