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Outbidding? 02 Sep 2014 09:34 #41358

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While participating in a video store discussion group (I have owned as many as 5 video stores over 20 years) a friend of mine said a theater friend told him the following:

"before they didn't have access to the prints because most of them were coming out but then after they spent the money to go digital they were being outbid in the area by other theaters"

Outbid? Is this a way the operator is saying they do not have the prior performance to be able to play what they want? basically looking for sympathy?
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Outbidding? 02 Sep 2014 20:27 #41366

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Bidding was a common practice till mid late 70 s. used mostly in competitive zones .
Lets say there were 3 screens on the same street ,all different operators , you would send in a sealed bid on a guaranteed gross and % , I believe also a length of run ,the studio would then take the highest bidder .
This has not been used in years . There are states that guarantees are illegal now also .
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Outbidding? 11 Sep 2014 17:06 #41391

Slapintheface, I may be experiencing something like this with a couple arthouse distributors, perhaps because it's a small town. I'd appreciate insights into theatres having exclusive first rights with distributors but not actually showing their films anymore. My thread on the subject is at:

www.bigscreenbiz.com/forums/502-movie-th.../topic.html?id=39368

And Rufusjack, I also own a video store! Where is this video store discussion group? Is it open?
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Outbidding? 11 Sep 2014 18:06 #41393

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