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Showmanship 28 Nov 2003 13:10 #6915

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Hello all,
I'm new to the forum and would like to say that its great to see all the support everyone gives.

I would like to know if showmanship is still alive and some things you do to keep it going.

I'm looking for new ideas.


Thanks
Buzz
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Re: Showmanship 02 Dec 2003 10:38 #6916

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Well, Buzz, there are some of us here that are very big on SHOWMANSHIP, especially since we are familiar with the glory days of the old movie palaces and their standard-setting showmanship of old. If you are unfamiliar with that genre, go to any library and request that they send you on Inter-Library loan the title: "THE BEST REMAINING SEATS..." By the late Ben M. Hall, published in 1961 but there are later, lesser reprints. This is the landmark book that memorialized the showmanship of yesteryear that virtually all theatre owners had to know to withstand the competition. True, today's cinemas allow much less individual enterprise, but there still are things you can do to make a good showing.

Here on the Forums, you can learn more by using the SEARCH function in blue on the upper right: click on it and the SEARCH Screen will ask for the search term, where you type in SHOWMANSHIP and be sure the box below it is checked for ALL FORUMS AND ARCHIVES. It will take several minutes for the search to end, but it gave me eleven 'hits.'

Remember, the show starts on the sidewalk, and then indoors you should provide a gracious experience for your patrons, not a heavily commercial one -- they are already bombarded by more than enough commercialism everywhere else, though there are those that swear by on-screen commercials to boost the bottom line. I for one believe that the more you can emulate the movie palaces, the more you will attract respectable patrons who will return to your mileau of graciousness and not the teens who come for monkey business and seat slashing. Best Wishes!
Jim (member: http://www.HistoricTheatres.org )

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Re: Showmanship 02 Dec 2003 12:07 #6917

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jimor,
Thanks for the information. I can not agree more with you that it starts at the sidewalk.

I want to bring back the magic and great feelings you had when you went to a movie and not the rushed in your face feeling.

Thanks Again,
Buzz
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