FAQ On Watching Premier League Games In US Movie Theaters

Since announcing the news that NBC Sports has teamed with Fathom Events to bring select Premier League matches to movie theaters across the United States, we’ve been inundated with questions from you, the readers, about the who, what, when and where.

The very first Premier League match that will be shown in US movie theaters happens this weekend, when Tottenham Hotspur visits West Ham United at 10am ET/7am PT. Under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, it’ll be a chance to see how the Lilywhites perform in a London derby against a new-look Hammers. Don’t forget that Sam Allardyce’s team defeated Spurs three times last season, so expect this one to be a fiery match!

But how will the Premier League experience extend to the “silver screen”? Here’s our FAQ, which will answer all of the questions you have!


Q: What are the benefits of watching a Premier League game in a movie theater?

A: For soccer fans, it’s a unique experience in a friendly-family environment. Plus, you can watch your favorite sport on a giant 40-foot screen from the comfort of your seat. On top of that, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow soccer fans, and to cheer on your team in a one-of-a-kind way.


Q: How many theaters will be showing the games nationwide?

A: To begin, 33 movie theaters across the United States will show the games. If successful, there’s an opportunity that it could expand into other markets. So get your mates and relatives to watch a game at your local movie house.


Q: Where can I find out the nearest movie theater showing the games, as well as where to buy tickets?

A: The Fathom Events website has the information you need, as well as a theater locator where you can type in your zip code to find the nearest location. Visit Fathom’s Barclays Premier League page for details.


Q: How are the games shown on the movie screen?

A: Each week, the live Premier League game will be beamed by satellite to audiences via the theater’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). The quality of the signal will be first-class. Plus, your theater will feature an excellent sound system so you can immerse yourself in the matchday experience.


Q: Do any of the theaters have any fun activities planned in addition to the Premier League games?

A: Select theaters nationwide will be offering English-style breakfasts. So in addition to two hours of quality English football, you can partake in the English tradition of a hearty breakfast!

The theaters offering the English-style breakfast are:

• Cinemark Egyptian 24 with XD, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover MD
• Cinemark Towson Mall, 111 E Joppa Rd, Towson, MD
• Evanston 18 with XD, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL
• Cinemark 24 (The Legacy) with XD, 7201 N Central Expy Ste 100, Plano, TX
• Cinemark 18 Webster with XD, 20915 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX
• Cinemark 18 with XD, 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
• Cinemark Paradise 24 with XD, 15601 Sheridan St, Fort Lauderdale, FL
• Century 9 San Francisco Centre with XD, 835 Market St, San Francisco, CA
• Century Theatres Federal Way 16, 2001 S Commons, Federal Way, WA


Q: What can we expect from the match coverage?

A: The coverage will be the Premier League’s world feed and will include specially produced half-time breaks showcasing the BPL’s greatest players, interviews, analysis and “theater-only” insights live from England.


Q: What time does the theater open for the 10am ET/7am PT game?

A: Theaters will open approximately 30 minutes before kick-off.


Q: How much do tickets cost?

A: Ticket prices differ per theater, but range from $8.50 to $12.50.  Check the Fathom website for more details.


Q: Is this a one time special event or will it be happening throughout the season?

A: Fathom Events and NBC Sports will be bringing you the games this Fall. Every Tuesday, the Fathom website will reveal the 10am ET/7am PT game it will be showing on the big screen.


Q: Do all of the movie theaters provide WiFi?

A: Many do, but it’s on a theater-by-theater basis. Check with your local theater for details.


Q: Is alcohol served during the game at the theater?

A: In addition to selling your favorite popcorn, snacks and soft drinks, some theaters will sell alcohol, but it varies state-by-state and theater-by-theater. Check with your local theater.


Q: There’s no theater near me that’s showing the game. What can I do?

A: Encourage your soccer friends in the regions where there are games to go out and watch the Premier League matches at the movie theaters. The more people who show up to the games at 10am ET/7am PT on Saturday mornings, the greater the likelihood that the games will expand to other theaters nationwide.

5 thoughts on “FAQ On Watching Premier League Games In US Movie Theaters”

  1. It is an interesting idea, but I’m not sure I can come up with a scenario where I would partake. I think I’d rather hit a pub to watch the game, but to each their own.

    1. “Hitting a pub” at or before 7 am (her on the west coast), ah not thanks. Same goes for going to the Theater to watch a game.

      I’ll tape and watch a couple of hour later. Also since Comcast insists on only having the On Demand games (NBC Live or whatever it’s called) in HD only and not also in SD, I’ll only get to see 1 or 2 of the EPL games each weekend.

      Since Comcast dropped Goltv a few years ago, I really miss not being able to watch the Bundesliga. And no, I’m not into watching online streaming on a computer.

      1. The movie theater experience will be something completely different. Pubs are OK, but going to the theater will be a smoke-free environment where I’m guaranteed a seat (with ticket).

        I’ve never seen a game on a giant movie screen. If I remember correctly, the 1966 or 1970 World Cup was shown on movie screens in the US. I’m definitely going to go, to check it out. And may take my kids with me, too.

        1. Games for the 1978 WC were shown in some theaters and in indoor areas. Here in the San Francisco area, it was in the cow palace.

          Chris to clarify, I didn’t mean I wouldn’t watch a game in a movie theater, what I meant to write was, I’m not getting up at 5:30 or 6 am in the morning on a weekend to go to a theater (or pub) to watch a game at 7 am. If they showed a game at 9:30 or 10 am, and it’s a team I liked, I would go.

          I am also against theaters selling alcohol for the games. You wanna drink, go to the pub. Last thing I want to be around is a bunch of intoxicated people in a movie theater.

  2. It’s to bad NBCSN choose not to show the Tottenham-West Ham game on TV, instead choosing Leicester City vs. Everton. I have no interest in seeing Leicester on the first day of the EPL. I would have also like to see the QPR game (A’rry).

    That was the one good thing about FOX Soccer, they would show the other games later on in the day. With NBC, it’s only via Live Extra(online steaming) or via On Demand (Comcast) and only in HD (not SD).

    So I’m sure someone will write: “who watches a game in SD?” many people do as they can’t afford the extra cost of getting HD.(like me).

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