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Midnite Screenings 12 Jan 2007 13:52 #14176

Hi Everyone,

I am new here, and new to this industry. I love the site and how amazing everyone is at sharing information. I have a question that I hope belongs in this forum if not I apologize.

I am working with a theater that is considering running a once a month cult movie series at midnight. I've read in different forums about successes and failures and will use these as a guide for our plan, THANKS!!!

I have a question about crime at these midnight showings. One of the owners of the theater has apparently been told "criminals love going to these cult films to tear up theatres" Has anyone here experienced this, and do you think I should be worried, and avoid this idea?
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Re: Midnite Screenings 12 Jan 2007 14:44 #14177

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Hi, & welcome!

Aside from "early" showings of new, first-run films, my only experience with this was with Rocky Horror... pre-dvd & cable. We stuffed a 360-seater twice a month for about half a year before the novelty finally wore off and we stopped playing it.

We did not discount tickets, and watched what people were bringing in (no 5-gallon water cans!). Believe it or not, some people stopped by the local grocery store and bought salad fixings to "toss" in the crowd.

We also made a speech before the show... the usual "we're glad you're here" stuff, and a note that the screen was off limits, we were watching and anything hitting the screen meant the end of the party.

Other than having the police help wake up and escort out someone for bringing in alcohol that we missed (they usually just passed out), we never had a problem.

Maybe we just got lucky though. I've been watching a thread on another board where they're talking about nacho cheese being tossed at a silvered screen. The general concensus over there is that the screen is toast. There have been past discussions about films like "Jackass" and "8-Mile", where people did some rude, crude and generally unacceptable things in and to the auditorium, usually at the expense of the exhibitor.

Much of this may be a matter of you evaluating your theatre's location. If it's in an area where there usually is no trouble, you might be ok. If not, the cost of hiring security might not make the effort worthwhile.

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