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What is the perfect show times? 08 Oct 2001 13:40 #2106

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A friend and I are chatting the perfect time to show films. He says maybe 2-5-8 every day. We do 7 on sun/mon/tues/wed/thurs 7-9 on Fri-sat and matins on Sat-Sun around 2ish.

Would kids come to a late show at 8:00? Am I revealing just how hick a small town I run when I call 8 late?

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Re: What is the perfect show times? 08 Oct 2001 14:22 #2107

We do the same set of showtimes every week:

Mon-Fri evening performances for all movies 7:00 and 9:30 with additional Sat and Sun afternoon performances at 2:00 and 4:30.

This schedule applies to all year around even during summer months.

I do not care much for this schedule but it works for this small, sleepy western town.

People generally show up at the last minute and then we have a large crowd at concession. Sometimes I am late at starting the movies by 5-10 minutes depending on how busy it is at concession but people do not seem to mind.

I think that kids would still come to a 8pm show. I have plenty of kids at my 9:30 sets even sometimes on weekdays.
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Re: What is the perfect show times? 08 Oct 2001 14:42 #2108

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The best weekday start time depends upon your location, and how long it takes to commute from work to home, have a bite to eat, and then commute to the theatre. Here in Rochester, most people working "9 to 5" can be home by about 5:30pm, which gives them time to eat something, and then get to the theatre for a 7:00pm show. Or they can meet up directly after work, and go out to eat, and still make a 7:00pm show.

IMHO, an 8:00pm start would not be as well attended, as people are more likely to get home, and get settled into the TV routine of watching the evening news, and then checking out whatever else is on, such that they don't end up going out to the movies. Or if they leave work for a night out at 5:00pm, three hours is just too much time to kill before an 8:00pm show, so they may end up going home or spending the evening shopping. The 8:00pm start also moves the second showing to after 10:00pm in the evening, such that people may decide getting to bed after midnight is too late when they have to get up early for work the next day.

Of course, Friday and Saturday nights might be another matter, since people can usually sleep in after a late show.

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Re: What is the perfect show times? 08 Oct 2001 17:52 #2109

7's & 9's definitely
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Re: What is the perfect show times? 09 Oct 2001 00:56 #2110

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As a single screen and subrun, my situation is different then most of you.

I have always found 7:00 PM to be the best time, and therefore run a 7 PM show every day of the year. I only run a late show on Friday and Saturday evenings which usually is at 9:15. Of course that show depends on the running time, but I never start it before 9:00 and try not to start it after 9:30 (that's when they roll up the sidewalks here). Many people tend not to think about the fact that we need time to empty the theatre and refill it, not to mention clean it up a bit, and therefore think... hmmm, shows at 7 & 9:30... the show must run 2 1/2 hours, so the 9:30 show won't get out till 12 midnight. And since all our cars here turn to pumpkins at midnight... that's too late and they don't come.

I also run a matinee every Sunday at 2:00 PM, and every Wednesday at 1:00 PM. During the winter (from Christmas until Easter) I also run a Saturday matinee at 1:00 PM. I also run 1:00 PM matinees on all the Monday holidays.
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