The coronavirus may have put a damper on the Hollywood movie-making machine, but one of the largest movie theater chains has figured out a creative way to keep the entertainment rolling through the holidays.
Cinemark Holdings, Inc., based in Plano, will screen the most iconic holiday films, for both public screenings and private events you can book for yourself.
From now through January 7, Cinemark will screen more than two dozen holiday family films, including:
- Love Actually
- The Polar Express
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- A Christmas Story
- Christmas Vacation
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Are some of these on TV? Maybe. Is there any substitute for seeing a movie on the big screen? No there is not.
There are three Cinemark locations in the Austin area: Southpark Meadows, Hill Country Galleria, and another in Pflugerville.
For the full list of more than 25 holiday classics, visit cinemark.com or the Cinemark mobile app. Obviously, not all of them will be screening simultaneously at every one of their nearly 300 theaters across the U.S., but you will have absolutely no problem finding a holiday film if you want one. The full list of theaters is at www.cinemark.com/theatre-reopening-schedule.
Also through the holidays, Cinemark will show classic Disney movies as follows:
- November 11-19: Pixar's Toy Story
- November 13-26: Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy
- November 20-December 3: The Santa Clause
- November 25-December 10: Frozen
Ticket prices are cheap: $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. They're also doing giveaways such as buy one get one free through November 20.
You can also host a Private Watch Party, which allows you to rent an auditorium for up to 20 people to watch a film of your choice. Pricing begins at $99, and there's no minimum concession purchase. Book the theater at cinemark.com or on the Cinemark app.
They're also offering the chance to win a free Private Watch Party by playing a game on the Cinemark website on November 25; to participate, go to cinemark.com/holiday.
Cinemark CEO Wanda Gierhart Fearing says that the company is feeling the gratitude that goes with the holidays.
"We know this year's Thanksgiving celebrations may look different for everyone, and our Private Watch Parties offer the perfect gathering for friends and family, especially as we bring back everyone's favorite films for this time of year," Fearing says.