Special Showings:

You may request a special showing of the movie which is currently playing. Normally, this would be shown Thursday or Friday, prior to the Friday night opening. 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.

Everyone must buy a regularly priced ticket, with a minimum of forty tickets, even if less than forty attend. 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.

Showing DVDs in the Theater:

We are sometimes asked about showing DVDs in the Theater for your group. This is technically possible, but has serious copyright implications and is expensive for your group. 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. There are no additional booking fees if this is a screening that is for-profit for your theatre.

"If you are wandering '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 the Cheyenne Theater is at great risk: the studio can, with a stroke of a pen, prohibit the Cheyenne Theater from showing their productions. Our theater would be black-listed from at least one studio, a serious penalty.

Bottom line: The Cheyenne Theater can show DVDs in the theater, but it is relatively expensive to your group, because you will pay a booking fee, a movie licensing fee, and a theater house rental fee. This could total more than $500.

If you want to show a DVD, we suggest that you do it in another venue, and that you contact SWANK to learn about licensing.