A while back on one of my runs I had this 'wild' idea that centered
around a geographical social networking site that linked movie buffs to
each other by enabling them to come together and watch movies that they were
very passionate about in a high-end but personal cinema environment.
One of the high-level use cases was:
Sandra goes online to mypersonalmovieplace.com and signs up to "host" her favorite movie "Blade Runner" on Friday night at 8 p.m. Other fans of "Blade Runner" in her area would be notified and then they could reserve their spots in the 10-20 seat mini-theater. Once some minimum is met, the room is reserved, and confirmations are sent out.
This movie establishment could have 10-20 of these mini theaters in standard footprint. The scheduling and collaboration software would be the core glue to bring it all together. I by no means think something like this is easy to do, the legal issues are probably enough to make most people go crazy. But when I talk to folks about it, I always get a generally favorable response.
Well ... this idea has some traction no thanks to me. Mark Cuban and his excellent team at Landmark Theatres is doing something similar at their $20 million multiplex in West LA near Beverly Hills.
They call their rooms - Living Rooms - where a few dozen people can watch a movie in their own personal screen room with access to bar, food, concierge services, and other treats. The tickets per seat are $11. There are also plans for slightly bigger rooms like for 60 people that would rent out for $1500 a show.
There is no indication that you can order up the movie of your choice, but I'm sure that is something that would be doable.
The source of the information for Mark Cuban's effort was from an article in the Union-Tribune published on July 22, 2007.
If you like this idea, please feel free to use it (it is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License). You do have to compete with the likes of Mark Cuban. Good luck with that.