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How much to pay per screen for booking service? 22 May 2001 14:30 #1729

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We have a poll going on the home page and 52% say they pay 35.00 per screen or less. Was I getting hammered at 45.00?

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Re: How much to pay per screen for booking service? 22 May 2001 15:44 #1730

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The going rate when I was last in the business 15 years ago was $35.00. When I
proposed going back in the biz recently and
talked to my booker, it was still $35.00.
If anything, it probably should be higher for
a single screen than a multi, but it seems
$35 is the prevailing going rate.


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Re: How much to pay per screen for booking service? 25 May 2001 17:17 #1731

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I don't think its as simple as the discussion here so far has indicated.

What type of theatre are you - 1st run, second run/move-over, discount, art?

Are you in a competitive or a non-competitive zone?

How many screens and theatres are you having your booker book.

A discount or second-run/move-over house in a non-competitive zone is a much different animal in terms of booking than a first-run theatre in a competitive zone.

Personally, I think $50 per screen for a first run or art theatre in a competitive zone is a great deal. Also, in the first six months of a relationship with a booker the fee should be a smidge higher because in the process of establishing a relationship takes up more of the bookers time both with the owner and with the distribs.

Also, look at how much you pay your booker vs. the time and effort it would take for you to do it yourself. Chances are with a good booker you are going to do much better paying for the service and devoting the time you would be spending booking working on marketing, promotion and operations.
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Re: How much to pay per screen for booking service? 02 Jun 2001 21:22 #1732

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Mike:
<B>We have a poll going on the home page and 52% say they pay 35.00 per screen or less. Was I getting hammered at 45.00?

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We paid $25. per week per screen for our seven first run screens located in free zones.



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Re: How much to pay per screen for booking service? 04 Jun 2001 08:02 #1733

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Amazing the differences in what people are paying not just per screen, but in regards to the service they get. Some bookers live for their clients and really are a part of the team. Others seem to quickly book and bill.

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