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Film Booking and Allocation Question 24 Nov 2006 19:55 #13691

Hello Everyone,

I want to build a 5 or 6 screen theatre in a developing area. There is a high grossing 20 screen that is 5.25 air miles away in another town.

My question is, is my theatre going to be too close, causing the films to go into allocation or am I safe?

Some film bookers say I am safe, some do not.

Anyone who knows for sure, it would be a great help of you could provide some answers.
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Re: Film Booking and Allocation Question 25 Nov 2006 01:18 #13692

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Offhand, I'd say that it's cutting things pretty close.

I've seen day & dating within 7 miles, but not much closer than that.

... unless you're in a place like Seattle, where there's enough people to play theatres closer together.

When you say the other theatre is "high grossing", what do you mean? Have you seen their grosses over the past year or so? If not, what do you base their performance, and your potential on?

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Re: Film Booking and Allocation Question 25 Nov 2006 21:21 #13693

I worked there for 5 years. They are probably the busiest theatre in the state.

I know its cutting things pretty close, but I think with the right plan in place a small theatre would do well. I know the weakness of the other theatre. They could actually be a little bigger due to the size of the population.
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Re: Film Booking and Allocation Question 26 Nov 2006 13:01 #13694

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It's only close if you're doing the same thing they are. Try being different. There are more films available from this country and around the world than those "Hollywood" promotes on the tube.

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Re: Film Booking and Allocation Question 27 Nov 2006 17:57 #13695

Yeah I was thinking about showing indy films and possibly having a bar. The area I am planning on going in is sort of a high income area. All new houses and condos.
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Re: Film Booking and Allocation Question 29 Nov 2006 18:33 #13696

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It all depends on population and distance: In NYC 5.7 miles might as well be 57 miles in Maine. You need to plot population and access, needs, etc. The distribs will give you prints if there's enough population to avoid cannibal night at the movies. They may know more than you do and try to save you from yourself.

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