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Single screen theatre 04 Feb 2006 00:12 #12246

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Qiuck Question. What are the chances of survival in buying a single screen theatre in a small town pop:3,000, surrounding town about12,000 and county 33,000.
Nearest competion 20 miles with two screens.
Profitable state of the art theatre with 80 years open.300 seats and like I said profitable.
Is it a big risk or can a person survive doing a single screen.
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Re: Single screen theatre 04 Feb 2006 00:34 #12247

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It might pay for itself, but I doubt that there would be much left over for you.

Therefore, if you're looking for a hobby, go for it. If you're looking to make a living running it, forget it.

Single screens can still work. I make a comfortable living from my single screen, BUT I'm in a town of 10,000 that sits on the edge of a metro area with 700,000 within 20 miles, and I pull in from that entire area.

I think you would need a much larger population base to even get a part time income from it.
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Re: Single screen theatre 04 Feb 2006 10:11 #12248

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My single screen is in a town of 1500 and the surrounding area is around 10K. It pays for itself and gives me some extra but not a lot. We live upstairs and the theater buys the mortgage, the utilities, the taxes and then some.....
"What a crazy business"
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Re: Single screen theatre 04 Feb 2006 22:20 #12249

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Decesions! Decesions! I may just wait to see if I can get at least twin!
I am going to check it out for a week and see what it takes and look over the records for the last three years.
I had them sent but want to see for myself. It is a profitable venture the town is very tight knit and supportive of the theatre.
It is also not one of your ripped seat mono theatres from the early 1900's.
The theatre was gutted when bought my a chain and fitted with new seats, Concession booth, all new booth, DTS and Curved silver screen.
Plus it has two rentals a store and apt to pay the mortage at least.
Have to look at and see if in the near future it can be twinned.
There is also a full basment that can be converted to somethign an arcade or somethig along those lines.
Alot of work I guess but I am young and have a big family to help out!
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Re: Single screen theatre 07 Feb 2006 14:13 #12250

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I am a fan of more screens: I have 2 and want more. In another I have three and want more. Singlkes are tough and often depend on what you are willing to do and/or the population. A single in NYC is quite different than a single in rural Kansas.

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Re: Single screen theatre 11 Feb 2006 14:48 #12251

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That is the way I feel. I am looking always for a theatre that I can expand on, and this one has to be a single.
It is a nice size as one screen but two will be horrible.
Have to keep looking. Single screens are afordable. Once you get 2 or more screens the prices skyrocket.
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Re: Single screen theatre 18 Feb 2006 23:34 #12252

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The only way I can see feesible with a single is to have two features at seperate admission.
Have plans for a midnight feature on Fridays to draw the older teens and young adults, like cult status and film festivals.
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Re: Single screen theatre 21 Feb 2006 14:08 #12253

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unless there's a huge population midnights do not do well.

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Re: Single screen theatre 25 Feb 2006 02:27 #12254

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This theatre did very well with Midnight madness, especially in the winter. But the owners were old and did not want to stay up anymore that late, especially when they had to be in church the next morning!
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