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New independant start-up 23 Aug 2009 11:53 #32167

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I am looking at starting a new independent theater in my city.
Looking to find out about movie rental. I am going second run and wondered about the format these come in. Can you do this with a decent overhead projector and good audio system? Do the movies come in DVD format that can be played from a good computer in digital? Any decent rental companies you can point me in the direction of?
Any words of wisdom or advice are greatly appreciated.
Dave
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Re:New independant start-up 23 Aug 2009 12:45 #32168

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Public exhibition of DVD's is a no-no.

First and second run movies are in 35mm motion picture film.
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Re:New independant start-up 23 Aug 2009 14:10 #32169

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Actually, it's cool to book theatrical showing of DVDs these days from every distrib with the exception of Sony and Disney. As long as the film is legally available on DVD [which means after first and second run], you can show them theatrically for the same price as 35mm.

I have several theatres who do that for specials and rentals in order to save on shipping.
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Re:New independant start-up 23 Aug 2009 17:46 #32171

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Why do you say (or think) "...second run.? There are films available other than what your competition may be running and the distributors promoting. IMO you need to be more creative in your booking. Also IMO your DVD thought sounds like you are trying to do this as cheaply as possible. 35mm film will be with us for a long time. I would encourage you to invest your apparently limited resources in good, rebuilt 35mm equipment which, if properly maintained, will outlive us all.
Bob Allen
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