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Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 10:16 #15778

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Lately tourist have been confused by our old fashion charm of tickets from the roll. They proclaim "is this it?" or "this will get me into the movie?"


Do you use computer systems to run your ticket sales or do you go "old school" and rip tickets by hand from a roll?
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 11:29 #15779

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The theater i bought 3 weeks ago did have rolled tickets .The first day i took over i put in a computer system......
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 13:10 #15780

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We still use roll tickets at our theater.
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 14:58 #15781

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Computers!

Roll tickets depend way too much on human integrity. However, if that's not a potential problem at your place, I guess it works as well as anything.

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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 15:19 #15782

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We used pre-printed tickets until we went back to first run and wanted to have several price breaks, Adult, student, child, matinee. We only had room for 2 ticket classes per movie on the pre-printed tickets.

A big benifit of the computer system is it does the boxoffice reports and does them corrently everytime. No math mistakes by my boxoffice girl. I also have history and it combines the numbers with the concession etc. etc. etc.......
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 16 Aug 2007 20:03 #15783

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Computers. For all the great reasons posted above. We switched right about the time RTS came out with their system, and have been with them ever since. Accounting is just so much easier. Even when the studios send in checkers, we have a report right there for them.
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 20 Aug 2007 09:05 #15784

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we use a computer. But last week the printer broke and i went back to roll tickets (keep them under the bench for just such emergencies!!)..it was funny cos all the kids and teens were "wow. youve got new tickets!!" tee hee
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 20 Aug 2007 11:39 #15785

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I still use Automaticket machines in my small towns and occasionally a tourist will comment on the small ticket, but it is usually a positive or humouous comment. I am not ready to go to the expense of computer generated tickets yet.

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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 20 Aug 2007 18:31 #15786

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I'm with you, Burney. We have a reel right next to the cash drawer and it sure is easy to pull a ticket off for a sale. Lots cheaper too. I understand if you have multiple prices and multiple screens that computerized ticketing is the way to go. But, if you're running a single screen then why would you add that expense in?
"What a crazy business"
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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 20 Aug 2007 18:58 #15787

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why would you add? reporting, tracking, concessions, keeping ticket sellers less likely to sell any other way, etc. etc. I do it with and without in two digfferent theatres and I like with.

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Re: Old fashion charm vs. new technology 21 Aug 2007 06:06 #15788

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Computerized ticketing is easy. Credit cards increased our sales, and I can't imagine doing that without computerized tickets. It's not even expensive to change to a computerized system, I imagine that repairs to old equipment would cost more, when the need arises. We do keep rolled tickets on hand in case that the computers go down, but it has only happened once in 6 years, and only lasted for about 2 hours. We then rang in our sales to the computerized system when we got it back up.
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