15. Before 2020, Millionaires Paid a Fortune to Get Movie Screenings at Home
For years, the movie industry had a tight grip on their new releases. If you wanted to see a brand new movie, you only had one of two choices: Either go to a theater, or wait for months before you could buy it on DVD or digital. Even bootlegs online were often terrible, and never really gave you the satisfaction of actually watching the film. Believe it or not, there were businesses that would charge upwards of $30,000 for millionaires to have personal movie night screenings in their own homes. When you think about all of those house tours with people who built movie theaters in their basements, this makes sense. What’s the sense in building a literal theater if you can’t watch something new? The price for this luxury was massive.
Now, us normal folks are experiencing what the millionaires once spent thousands of dollars on. New releases on Disney Plus are $30 each, and HBO Max is $15 per month. They have new releases for about a week when the movie first comes out before taking it down, to encourage people to still go to the theater if it’s safe to do so. Another thing that has gotten significantly cheaper is to rent a private theater. Now, you can spend just $150 for new releases or $99 for older films at AMC and rent an entire movie theater for you and your friends. They allow you to bring up to 20 people, so this is actually a huge bargain. Before 2020, this was never an option for people. So if you love movies, we’re about to have a new era of luxury cinema experience.