With a slate of highly-anticipated animated kids movies coming to a big screen near you this year, what better place to host your birthday kid’s party than at your local cinema? From multiplexes with stadium seating to intimate movie houses, we found the best big screens to give your birthday superstar the red carpet experience. And with snacks and drinks included, you do nothing (except maybe bring a cake), so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the show, too. For more birthday party planning advice, check out our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Allwood Cinemas – Clifton
Give your aspiring filmmaker a behind-the-scenes look at movie magic at this recently renovated theater. Birthday packages for kids and teens include a tour of the movie projection rooms, reserved seats, popcorn, candy, and unlimited soda, plus one free chaperone.
AMC Theaters – Multiple locations
The popular theater chain knows how to throw a great party. Of the 25 locations in NJ, the Clifton Commons theater offers a private party room. With only one party per day, the room is yours to use anytime from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Invite guests to come early or stay late for cake and gifts. Reserve a minimum of 15 seats during a public show time at any location for your birthday kid and guests, who will receive a Kids Pack with popcorn, soda, and fruit snacks.
Bow-Tie Cinemas – Multiple locations
With 14 locations across the state, there’s sure to be a Bow-Tie theater near you. While the Caldwell, Madison, and Montclair theaters offer a private party area you can book for an hour pre- or post-party, all locations allow you to rent a theater for a private screening of a new release or film of your choice. Tickets include a Kids Pack with popcorn, soda, and fruit snacks. After the movie, enjoy an extra 30 minutes inside the theater for cake and hanging out.
Cinemark – Hazlet
Pamper your birthday babe and guests at this posh theater, known for its luxurious leather reclining seats. There’s a private party room for an hour-long celebration before or after the movie, and tickets include a Movie Snack Pack of popcorn, drink, and snack-sized candy. You can also book a private screening for at least 20 guests and receive an additional hour of theater time for cake and gifts.
Dunellen Cinema Cafe – Dunellen
Party guests will be treated like VIPs at this Central NJ theater. Your birthday starlet can celebrate with his or her name on the marquee and enjoy full access to a private party room for cake. Guests will receive reserved seats, as well as pizza, popcorn, and soda. Private screenings are also available.
Kerasotes Showplace – Secaucus
Make your movie-loving birthday kid’s dreams a reality at this mega multiplex. A party coordinator will assist with escorting guests to reserved seats, facilitating snack and drink orders, and cleaning up after the party. A private party room is available for one hour before or after the movie for gifts and cake. Each ticket includes popcorn, drinks or an ICEE, plus free refills of everything.
Get your name up on the marquis at the Ramsey Theatre. Photo courtesy of the theater.
Ramsey Theatre – Ramsey
Perfect for large groups, this family-owned and -operated theater can accommodate up to 114 guests (kids plus adults). With the birthday kid’s name on the marquee, affordable party packages include a private screening of a first-run feature or your own DVD/Blu-Ray. You can opt for a morning matinee or after-school screening. Each kid will receive a combo pack of popcorn, bottled water, fruit snacks, and candy.
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