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Let me take a minute to state the extremely obvious. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on many pleasures we used to have in life, and a big one is enjoying live music.

Another is going to the movies.

I suppose they could seat people socially distanced, but who wants to sit and watch a movie with a mask on the entire time? How would we eat popcorn or Sour Patch Kids?

O'Neil Cinemas on Calef Highway in Epping have been doing something pretty awesome — and COVID-19 friendly.

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According to their Facebook, you can rent an entire theater for a private showing with your friends. All the rental durations are for 2 1/2 hours and you can invite up to 25 people for $150. ($6 for each addition person).

I am here for this! What an awesome way to support a local business while still following coronavirus guidelines.

However, I do have a few questions. If all my guests are over 21, can we bring cocktails? (I think I know the answer, but it never hurts to ask). Also, is there an option to hook up a gaming console and play video games for your allotted 2 1/2 hours? I know someone who would be all over that.

I would feel so fancy if me and my friends had an entire theater to ourselves. I would make everyone dress up and pretend it was a red carpet event! What movie would you want to privately screen with your friends? I couldn't pick just one so here are my top eight choices:

  • Titanic (except this is longer than the allotted 2.5 hours so maybe just the first half? We all know how it ends anyway)
  • Clueless
  • Mean Girls
  • Sex and the City (the first movie. Duh)
  • Pitch Perfect 1
  • The Notebook
  • Billy Madison
  • Scream

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