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Reelman's new theater 30 Oct 2007 10:13 #16316

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Hey reelman, how is the opening of your new theater going? I would love to hear more about the status and how it's going so far, as I'm sure others would as well.
"In a place like this, the magic is all around you. The trick is to see it." -Martin Landau
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Re: Reelman's new theater 30 Oct 2007 10:55 #16317

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We had a bump in the road and delayed the opening two weeks. Opened this past weekend to moderate business. Getting my first new movie this weekend- Bee Movie. Keeping fingers crossed.

Very positive comments from everyone. They love the stadium seating, high-back rockers and the decor. Owners are very pleased with how things turned out.

Had our first Xbox 360 gaming tournament-went over well. Have scheduled another. Have a local band scheduled for the 18th.

All in all a satisfying adventure so far. I am so happy to be out of the "corporate chain" mentality and look forward to redefining peoples perceptions in my neck of the woods.
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Re: Reelman's new theater 30 Oct 2007 19:44 #16318

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I have been looking into doing Xbox 360 parties - can I ask soem questions about it? email me if you want This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Re: Reelman's new theater 31 Oct 2007 13:31 #16319

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Congratulations, Reelman. Good luck for years to come.

Many of us have those same questions about gaming. Please post your questions and answers here.

P.S. Ten years ago today I bought my first theatre and played the worst movie ever--
Good Burger.

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Re: Reelman's new theater 31 Oct 2007 15:09 #16320

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We initially are doing these events on one screen with 4 player split
screen action. We want to extend it to two auditoriums and have team
competition. On the initial game we charged $5 per player(which is low and
will increase to $7.50 or $8 once we do the multiple auds). Spectators are
charged $1. I did do a cash prize for the 1st place winner and 2nd and 3rd
place runner-ups got some old movie posters.

I want to be able to let the players have alot of input so I am asking for
their suggestions on how to run these and what games to feature. My
biggest problem at the moment is my firt-run status. We have to carefully
select dates and get booker/studio permission to interupt a regular film
showing.

We fed the sound through the non-sync channels of our theatre processor
for some effects. I am investigating how we can do more with the sound and
get a better result. I do have a Wii unit and will probably be
experimenting with that in some capacity. We have a birthday party room
that I could use to rent out for that.

In the limited test run, I see a real potential as noone else is doing
anything like this anywhere around here. Check back with me in two weeks
after our second event. Hope this helps. Thanks.
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Re: Reelman's new theater 31 Oct 2007 21:56 #16321

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We had our first video game day this past Saturday. We chose that day as the only film we wanted to get and could get was a family film that had been out for 4 weeks already; my thought that we only could run it for 1 week (which I hate to do)so it would have been hard to make any money on it.

So we did a Halo 3 tournament. Remember that I own video stores so I had all of the equipment (I used a Sanyo PLV-Z4 that was my home projector). So my cost to do it was zero. Prizes were gift cards to my video stores. I do not believe what the prize is totally important, most people just like playing the game.

Everyone was pleased by the picture quality and sound quality. Used sound through non-sync in my CP-650 and was satisfied with the sound.

We did 4 player slayer with the split screen. Some want to to do 4-player team but that would require 2 auds. which I do not want to do right now. Charged $5 to get in and had about 30+ people play. If you charged more, then I do think what the prize is would be important.

In my area there are two places to play video games. 1) New place that allows gamers to play a large number of games on 60" plasma tvs. They are also connected online. They charge $2-3 dollars per hour to play. 2) a place 30 miles away with 20+ X360 stations, each connected online playing on 20" or so monitors. They charge the same $2-3 dollars per hour.

Our advantage is the size of the screen and that was what stood out from people who played.

To answer the room availability problem: going forward we are renting the room out outside of normal showtimes.
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