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New pricing structure includes steep discount to any group including frontline workers

BETHLEHEM, PA – The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (FBAC), located at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks at 101 Founder’s Way, are now accepting private rental requests for groups up to and including twenty people from Fri., Jan. 22 through Thurs., Feb. 18. Groups renting one of the two available cinemas will be granted a 3-hour period to watch any movie they’ve provided, chosen from the FBAC’s inventory, or selected from available streaming services. Pricing for each 3-hour block is $199 / $149 for ArtsQuest Members / $99 for any group including at least one frontline worker. Food and beverage are available upon request via à la carte pricing. Anyone looking to apply for a rental slot must fill out the form located at the top of

ArtsQuest, in recognition of the incredible efforts that have been put forth by frontline workers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, is offering this 50% discount hoping that the same people who have carried us through one of the toughest times in modern history will take this opportunity to relax with friends and family. Groups looking to obtain this discount will be asked to send a photo of an active ID as proof of frontline employment, which is categorized under many different industries, including, but not limited to:

  • Medical and Healthcare Services
  • Food Service
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Housekeeping
  • Animal Services
  • Public Safety
  • Childcare

Anyone with questions as to whether their job qualifies as frontline should contact ArtsQuest Programming Director Ryan Hill at

“The cinema experience is meant to be communal,” said Hill. “We know that watching movies at home can’t match the experience a cinema provides and we know that people simply can’t get together in the ways they were accustomed to. We wanted to re-launch this rental initiative to make it clear to everyone that you can bring a few friends and simply make it so that we just press play, or you can add on food and drinks from our refurbished bar. And, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we know that renting our cinemas could be an amazing way for couples to get out of the house and spend quality time together in an intimate setting.”

As with all programming at the ArtsQuest Center, these rentals will be handled in strict accordance with all appropriate CDC guidelines. Guests will be required to wear masks in all public areas and strongly encouraged to wear masks in the cinemas unless actively eating or drinking; they will also be subject to mandatory temperature checks upon arrival. Electrostatic sprayers will be used to clean the cinemas before and after every rental.

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas are a two-screen independent cinema located at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks; they will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their opening on April 15th, 2021. While currently not offering public screenings, ArtsQuest is considering re- opening to the public in mid-February.

Information provided to TVL by:
Gabriela L. Laracca, ArtsQuest
Public Relations Coordinator