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product all dried up 02 Oct 2009 17:20 #32455

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Having a hard time finding anything (a) worth booking and (b) that I can get a copy of. Looks like it's going to come to a head in the middle to the month. Business has been atrocious lately. What about you?
"What a crazy business"
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Re:product all dried up 02 Oct 2009 20:34 #32456

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Hi leeler:

Is that because you are waiting for "Hollywood" to tell you what's available? Why not search distributors for independent or foreign films? Sure you'll have to do your own promoting. But you may see some new faces in your place. Boxoffice reviews some of these films.
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Re:product all dried up 03 Oct 2009 00:18 #32459

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Our big theater 1 screen business has been atrocious . LATE OCT AND NOV LOOK GOOD. Our 3 screen art has been very strong .
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Re:product all dried up 03 Oct 2009 12:49 #32460

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Bob,

What did you have in mind outside of "Hollywood"? This is a conservative small midwestern town. any time I have strayed outside of the mainstream I've regretted it. We're seriously considering shutting down for a week or two. Business sucks now anyway....
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Re:product all dried up 03 Oct 2009 13:57 #32461

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I would not suggest anything that would be offensive to midwestern tastes (my favorite part of the country BTW) but there must be something that ran at Sundance or some of the other film festivals or from Canada that would appeal to them. Perhaps even a Bollywood pic ("Slumdog Millionaire" did very well).
Bob Allen
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Re:product all dried up 03 Oct 2009 18:08 #32464

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Leeler,

You have been operating video for a while now right? And I imagine you have a difficult time getting many to rent the independent/arthouse movies. Besides your population base is 2000 or so?

So IMHO, I would be very careful booking anything but the well marketed bigger pictures. We may be lacking in huge pictures right now, but their seems to be some that carry some title recognition.

We have played 500 Days of Summer, Moon, Extract, and The Goods recently to very little business.
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 00:26 #32465

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Do not close for a week at a time...the kiss of death for a theater
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leer we are in the same boat with our single theater. Just hang in there we are loosing thousands of dollars a week at the moment .Next 2 weeks dont look any better . Then we have 'this is it" and 'TWILIGHT NEW MOON".
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 11:47 #32469

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I just posted a similar reply in an other post about 3-D but in short they are coming out with a filter for 35 mm projectors that you place in front of the lens to give the 3D effect similar to the digital one.
This way theatres who do not have digital projectors can still play 3d movies. A plus for the single screens to be able to play movies like Toy Story which is selling out here in NY like crazy. Plus all those concert features!
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 13:14 #32470

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well, what a difference a day makes. We actually filled half the house last night which helped my mood a bunch. Not that I still don't have a product problem in the coming weeks but at least the business hasn't bottomed out too. Here is my line-up and where I see problems.

Oct 9 Extract (booked)
Oct 16 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (not booked, may have problems here)
Oct 23 Informant! (not booked, might be able to switch with Meatballs)
Oct 30 Zombieland (did really well this weekend so I may have trouble here too)
Nov 6 Whip It (should be able to get)
Nov 13 Invention of Lying (should be able to get)
"What a crazy business"
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 14:58 #32471

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Leeler,

I would stick to the wider releases. Extract and Whip It I would stay away from. Have you played these thinner less marketed movies before? I would think the romance comedies (All @ Steve, Love Happens) might be better choices. What about Surrogates?
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 16:15 #32473

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EXTRACT AND WHIP IT --DUDS----ALL ABOUT STEVE DID SO/SO
LOVE HAPPENS /SO/SO

SURROGATE--BOMB
9--SO/SO

LOTS OF SO/SO THIS TIME OF YEAR
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HAVE YOU EVER DONE AN OLD FILM?

WE DID GREAT WITH --CASABLANCA AND GONE WITH THE WIND AND BAD ON LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 16:38 #32476

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I have a hard time with anything sci-fi so surrogates is out. I have been getting lots of chuckles during the trailer for Extract so I thought that one might be good. We're playing Time Traveler's Wife and it is doing so so. We saw 'All About Steve' and boy did that one suck. 'Love Happens' is another poorly reviewed one that has underwhelmed at the box office nationally so I'm thinking that is a last resort only. We have tried playing classics and have never done well at all with them. :S

This happens every year and I vow I'll save some decent summer stuff for fall when the going gets tough but I never seem to be able to.
"What a crazy business"
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Re:product all dried up 04 Oct 2009 16:55 #32477

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HOW ABOUT
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS--to much for your town
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