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Pay rates 09 May 2001 23:11 #1611

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We are getting ready to open a new theater here in Arizona, so we are interviewing prospective employees. We are offering what we thought were fair wages, until we interviewed a gentleman that felt our pay rate for part time projectionists was insulting. My question is this, what is an acceptable pay rate?
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 00:34 #1612

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I'm a small single screen art house -- so no huge payroll budget. I have a projectionist/ wknd manager i pay $9.00 per hr. I'm very lucky in that he is not here for the bucks, and he does a lot that he never puts on the clock. This guy has 15 yeasr experince and i have had only one problem i couldn't handle with him over a cell phone. And that problem was my fault (how was i to know you need to time the shutter after pulling out and reinstalling the intermitent? did i feel STUPID. and he was apologizing to me for dragging me down to the theater. he should have been kicking my ass around the block. at least it was a full house . . . .).

Best thing to do is try to get an idea of what other theaters are paying in that area. Call the manager and ask what they pay beginning managers. most he can do is tell you to pee up a rope.
Paul Turner
Avalon Cinema
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 00:55 #1613

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That's kind of what we thought. We were offering this man $8 an hour p/t. The other local theater pay that to their full time guy who has been there for 12 years!!!! The local part timers get around $6.50 an hour, so we thought we were raising the standard in our area without shooting ourselves in the foot. I just wanted to make sure we should not feel embarassed to offer this amount.

Also, the part time guys are expected to start films, clean the projectors at the end of the night (if they happen to be closing alone), and report anything unusual to management. All of the maintenance and film makeup / break down is done by our full time guy(s) and management, who naturally make slightly more per hour...
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 01:13 #1614

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Hell, with NAFTA raping the economy and thousands put out of work and on the dole,
the chucklehead ought to be tickled with
what you offered him. Remember, no one is
irreplacable! Never apologize for what you
consider a fair offer. There's another one
just around the corner and probably just as, if not more, capable. Hang in there fella!


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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 09:04 #1615

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Pay what it takes to attract and keep a skilled projectionist. Having to pay for a damaged print, or losing a show due to poor maintenance, will quickly eat up any "savings" in wages or benefits. Constantly having to hire and train new people to replace those who find a better job elsewhere costs alot too.

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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 13:47 #1616

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I used to do projection work for $8 per hour. But I always thought I deserved $12. When I became an Audio/Video installer, I made $12 per hour.

Now I own my own theatre and have to pay the staff. We use kids in Highschool and Collage. We start them at $6.25 an hour and if they show promis we promote them to Assistant Manager, teach them to run movies and pay them $7+ per hour. I would like to pay more, but I can't.

If you can't find someone who is already trained for $9, pay someone $7 and train the hell out of them. By the time you no longer have any complaints about there performance, they should be at that $8 per hour level. At $9 per hour, I expect them to be able to spot problems and fix minor problems as well.
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 14:00 #1617

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When I worked as a projectionist, I made $2.00 an hour
. Shows how much they thought I was worth.


BTW, that was back in 1967-1970, when I got paid only half that to work in the local grocery store, and new cars cost less than $2000. So I guess they really DID appreciate me at the theatres I worked.


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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 17:21 #1618

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Hey John, my first job in a theater was for $15 a night walking the field at a drive-in. I also got to live in the apartment under the screen tower. that was back when the gas for my '62 Impala SS was 97 octane and less than .60 a gallon. A week after I started on the field, i was learning the Century projectors in front of the Ashcraft 13.5 mm carbon arc lamps with the water jackets.

Pay as much as you can, Slim. But, to start and find out if a person is going to work out, $7-8 and hour is fair. Never believe how much experience someone says they have until you've seen it. How many times have we all heard, "Well, gee. We never had one of those in our booth."?

I can do things with a damaged print that make my mom proud, but put me in a digital sound booth, and I'm a complete idiot.
Paul Turner
Avalon Cinema
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 19:42 #1619

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I want the 62 Impala but I actually always thought the 64-5 was the tops. Oh man. It hurts to think of those cars.

We just added a % of time worked to vacation or paid time off. Without the projectionist we are nothing! We pay what we can and what we must. Thank God that many projectionists believe in the art of showing film.



Mike Hurley
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Re: Pay rates 10 May 2001 20:20 #1620

I am going to be looking at the same thing in the near future although There are no trained projection people in this town. I am lucky I can be ny own for the majority of the time. I will not be able to be there 24 -7 Luckily I can train people and rebuild projectors if need be. If it broke I fixed it. While working as a GM I quit wearing my suit because I almost always ruined it getting grease on it.
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