Special Showings:

You may request a Special Showing of the movie which is currently playing. This means that the regular movie would be shown to your group only, with no other patrons attending.

The pricing for the Special Showing is that every person attending will pay the normal child or adult price. If the movie is shown in 3D--at your option--we will charge 3D prices.

However, for a Special Showing we require a minimum of forty tickets, even if less than forty people attend. For example, if you have fifteen people in your group, the additional charge would be for 25 adult tickets.

Our normal movie schedule dictates that your Special Showing must occur on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday afternoon, or possibly on Thursday night in the winter. (We have regularly scheduled movies on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights all year, and on Thursday nights in the summer. In addition, we have a Sunday matinee all year long.)

We will serve regularly priced concessions if you prefer. You may not bring your own food.

To schedule a Special Showing, please contact either the theater manager or the City Office. We need as much advance notice as possible--two weeks is better than one--as we have to schedule staff and possibly obtain extra movie decryption keys.

Showing DVDs in the Theater:

We are sometimes asked about showing DVDs in the Theater for your group. While this is technically possible, we no longer provide this service, because has serious copyright implications and is expensive for your group.

A detailed explanation follows:

Here is what Brad Bills, our movie booker, said in his July, 2019, theater-insider newsletter (slightly edited for clarity):

"Playing a DVD for a private showing (birthday party...church group...etc.) or for a public viewing (either free or charging admission) is illegal and can result in your theatre being taken off service by the studio that released the DVD. The DVD is a copyrighted version of the studio's original content and has to be booked through me (the booker) to obtain the license to show it.

"Disney does not allow the showing of any of their retro titles...not on DCP or DVD...and now that they have purchased Fox...the same goes for the Fox titles. I know it's easy to think 'Well, how would they ever know?' If you've advertised it on your Facebook page or theatre web site... They Will Find About It. (Believe me, I've had it happen twice this summer.)

"Any outside groups for these kinds of bookings are subject to a $30.00 booking fee (in addition to the movie rental fees) that you need to pass on to the group.

"If you are wondering 'Okay, but how come the city or the C of C can show it in the park...or the local library have a book series of screenings or the church is showing Passion of the Christ?' Any booking like this is supposed to be booked and licensed through SWANK Motion Pictures."

We thank Brad for his complete description of the issue.

The important thing to understand here is that while some entities do show DVDs in public, possibly in violation of copyright law, those groups can't be sanctioned easily by the movie studio that produced the movie. The studio could bring a law suit, but they might not go to the trouble of doing so.

But please note that Cheyenne Theater is at great risk in this scenario: the movie studio can, with a stroke of a pen, prohibit the Cheyenne Theater from showing their future productions. Our theater could be black-listed from at least one studio, which constitutes a very serious penalty for our local theater.

Bottom line: The Cheyenne Theater has the technical ability to show DVDs in the theater, but it is quite expensive to your group, because you will pay a booking fee, a movie licensing fee, and a theater house rental fee. This could easily total more than $500, just to show an old movie.

If you want to show a DVD to a large group, we suggest that you do it in another venue, possibly the High School, which is an excellent facility. We also suggest that you contact SWANK to learn about licensing.