Private Rentals at the Athena

The Athena is now offering private rentals! Want an experience that offers you the magic and nostalgia of a big screen experience and supports the Athena? We invite you to get out of your house, enjoy beautiful Uptown Athens and create memories with your loved ones.
Some rentals include bottomless concessions, featuring: Shagbark Seed & Mill Popcorn, and assortment of soda pop and theater candy boxes.

 

Couple’s Package Special*
*not eligible to be combined with other discounts
1 or 2 guests
Bottomless Concessions
Movie of your choice
$199.00

 

Pod Rental Special: Premium
3-15 guests
Bottomless concessions
Movie of your choice
$250.00

 

Pod Rental Special: Premium Plus
16-25 guests
Bottomless Concessions
Movie of your choice
$350.00

 

Want to make a big impression? Add a marquee reservation to any rental to see your message on Court Street! There is an additional fee of $75 and messages are subject to review and availability.

 

The Athena Cinema cannot allow entry to the building for those who are experiencing symptoms of illness or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Cancellations and postponements due to pandemic-related reasons will be accommodated.

 

Complete the form below to submit your rental request!

 

For buying a rental credit as a gift for someone else, email athenacinema@ohio.edu with details. You can also call our office at 740-594-7382 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on weekdays to make requests for rentals, however our staff is limited and not always in the office.

 

FAQ

How many family members or friends can attend?

We currently offer “pod” rentals packages for groups from 1-25. Larger groups are encouraged to explore our standard rental options, which can seat up to 200 guests.

How do I schedule a private rental?

You can schedule by calling 740-594-7382, Mon-Fri from 9 am-5pm or using our submission form on this page. We prefer to confirm reservations at least one week in advance but we will try to accommodate rental inquires up to 72 hours in advance.

Do we have to wear masks?

Customers are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks at the theater.

Will you be selling concessions?

Yes, most “pod” rental fees include bottomless concessions featuring: Shagbark Seed & Mill Popcorn, an assortment of soda pop and candy. Outside food is not permitted without approval ahead of time. We do allow birthday cake!

Do members receive a discount?

Yes, Athena Cinema members receive a $50 discount on rentals. Just make sure to mention that you are a member when making your reservation. Sorry but we cannot offer multiple discounts on our couples package special or other specials.

What are you doing to make private rentals safe?

We are taking extensive precautions to ensure that this is a safe and fun experience for our guests. Some of these steps include:

  • No Athena employee will report to work if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at our counter, our HVAC system has been equipped with new, state-recommended HEPA filters, water fountains are outfitted with more sanitary bottle-filling nozzles, and hand sanitizer dispensers are positioned throughout the lobby.

Rest assured that the Athena will adhere to the standards and recommendations of the state government, local health department, and Ohio University concerning virus-spread prevention to make sure all our visitors enjoy a safe and welcoming experience.

Please Note:
Although your group will have exclusive access to the specific theater reserved for the time slot of your rental, there may be others in the building, and public screenings before and/or after your reserved time slot in that same theater. If special accommodations are needed, please email athenacinema@ohio.edu. with details and concerns.

What films can we watch?

Films may be procured by theater staff and cost will be added to rental. List of seasonal titles available upon request.

What if I need to cancel?

Refunds or postponement due to COVID-related reasons will be honored. If you, or anyone in your party are exhibiting symptoms, you must cancel.

How do we pay for the rental?

We encourage cashless transactions through pay ahead options online or by phone.

When should we arrive for our screening?

The theater will be open for seating 15 minutes before your screening. Once your party has arrived and entered your theater, the film will start no later than 5 minutes after the reserve time.

Can I purchase a rental as a gift?

Absolutely! The recipient will have 30 days from the date of purchase to schedule the rental.

How much will a rental cost and what does it cover?

Rental price vary according to your group size and selection. Rentals include private access to one of our theaters for the entire duration of a film of your choosing, up to two hours. If your film selection has a run time in excess of 2 hours, additional fees may apply. Pod rentals include bottomless concessions. Depending on your movie choice, an additional fee may be added for the Athena to acquire the film for your party.

Additional questions or requests? Contact us by emailing athenacinema@ohio.edu.