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Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 08 Sep 2005 19:08 #11054

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Box Office and Film Journal worth subscribing to?
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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 08 Sep 2005 20:47 #11055

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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 09 Sep 2005 20:30 #11056

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Box office has my vote anything and everythingis there with special sectiosn ofr the little guys. Teh issue out now is a plus it features the annual 2006 Buyers Directory!
Also a good book to have is the annual 2005/2006 NATO Encyclopedia of Exhibiton!
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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 10 Sep 2005 12:59 #11057

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Box Office Magazine has my vote. Film Journal is also an excellent magazine, but a little pricey.
And yes, I think NATO is worth joining, even for the little gal/guy.

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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 10 Sep 2005 19:05 #11058

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Absolutely to all of the above.

WE also subscribe to Variety, Ent Weekly, Premier, and some other stuff.. But Film JOPurnal and Box Office are essential. For us NATO is also.

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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 22 Sep 2005 12:04 #11059

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NATO is our voice to the film companies and the legislatures both in the state and in Washington. Every theater owner should seriously consider being a part of NATO! Well that is my stand! Ron L. Funderburg President Oklahoma NATO
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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 27 Sep 2005 21:42 #11060

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For me I find NATO largely ineffective as a voice for theater owners. Where was NATO when Lucas was dictating the high terms for the last(thankfully) Star Wars? Or for that matter the two previous films. I would have loved to join a national boycott protesting the deal that was offered.
Also where was NATO during the cinema bashing that has been all over the media the past summer? How about some form of national ads touting what a good experience
going to the movies can be. Do what the milk(Got Milk?) or beef industries(Beef its whats for dinner) have done to get people
thinking differently.
I would join a more proactive NATO but not the organization as it is now.
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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 28 Sep 2005 14:27 #11061

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Narrow Gauge: the best way to change an organization is from the inside. NATO's voice is only as strong as its members. What's the alternative you have to offer?

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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 28 Sep 2005 22:15 #11062

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My alternative is to save the membership fees and use it to benefit my customers, where it is money better spent. For me investing in sound, sight or seating is much more important and beneficial than joining NATO. I've chosen to invest in all digital sound, new seating and kinoton projectors rather than travel to every Vegas convention or incur NATO annual fees. Over the 18 years I have been in business thats a lot of money I was able to put back into the business.The thread topic wasn't create an alternative to NATO, rather is NATO worth joining? My answer is that for an independent theatre owner there are simply too many other more important and beneficial areas where that money should go.
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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 07 Oct 2005 16:48 #11063

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Narrow Gauge, to answer your questions:

1. NATO cannot interfer with terms, deals, etc. with the movie companies. Federal Antitrust Laws along with the Paramount Decree prevent that.

2. NATO WAS there this summer defending the bad press on the movie biz. In fact, the main office was inundated with phone calls for interviews and responded vigurously to the incorrect asumption that the DVD window, advertisments, etc. caused the decline.

3. NATO is one of the best trade organizations out there. Join NATO and more importantely attend the annual general membership meeting in Sept. and you'll see just how much they do do for us exhibitors.

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Re: Is NATO worth joining? Are magazines like 08 Oct 2005 13:28 #11064

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Mixerjv:
Thank you for illustrating my objections to joining NATO.
1. If what you say is true than we have a trade organization that can not lobby film companies, offer opinons about or organize against the studios. How is that good for individual theater owners-especially a small one without the clout of the chains?
2. NATO was there defending the bad press this summer. Too late-The cow left the barn and now NATO wants to shut the door after the fact. The damage is done. My point is NATO is reactive rather than proactive. The time is way over due for a national ad program promoting theater going as the prefered way a movie should be seen.
We have started to do this on our digital preshow, emphasising our low prices, the use of real butter, the biamped sound etc. In otherwords all the extras that make going to the movie an enjoyable bettter than home(hopefully) experience.
For too long movie going has been perceived as an expensive bad value entertainment. Polls dating back at least 10 years indicate this. A national ad program could help this but would require going on the offensive rather than mere deffensive status.
3. I should attend the general membership meeting in September. More money traveling
to a distant city. Cost of travel, cost of hotel, cost of food etc. Again my point is the independent theater owner hAS only so much money to spend -most of which should go back to the direct benefit of the customer.
Perhaps for the publicly held chain NATO makes sense, but for me as an independent I continue to be unconvinced.
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