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starting a concept theater 05 Dec 2003 03:50 #6933

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i'm trying to start a theater here in charlotte, that will show anime(japanese animated movies). But as I'm reading the fourms I'm finding out how little i know ablut tech's of the business is there a guide book, how do i get the info in need to be well informed and be able to actually run this machine.
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Re: starting a concept theater 05 Dec 2003 09:36 #6934

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Fanboy: Your first priority is to determine if there is sufficient probably customer base in the area of the theatre/cinema you intend to use. This means that you must form a Business Plan, which a consultant can help you with (any local business school can recommend someone), and you then present this to your banker for the start-up money. If they are good to work with, they will work with you to make a realistic plan, though you may want the advice of a specialist in theatres/cinemas before you begin.

The Association of Theatre Consultants ( www.astc.org ) and the League of Historic American Theatres ( www.LHAT.org ) can recommend people to help you for a fee. It is possible that the Theatre Historical Soc. of America's Ex. Director, Rich Sklenar, can direct you to other experts. Contact him at: www.HistoricTheatres.org .

As the FAQs here will show you, there are many experts at the www.FilmTech.org site that may know a great deal about the machines you are using or are intrested in purchasing if you will log onto their site and list the make and model of your machine or intended equipment.

Remember that it takes more than a business plan, a locaton, equipment and product (animees) to make a public venue succeed; it takes SHOWMANSHIP to attract and retain your customers in the face of heavy competition from many other venues out there. If you are to be the lone operator/manager/ticket-taker of this enterprise, you must be willing to devote yourself 24--7 in order to have a hope of succeeding. But, as the old saying goes, 'Don't quit your day job yet!' since you don't want to be left depending upon only speculative income if you intend to continue eating. Of course, if this is a lark and you are personally wealthy, disregard all I have said.
Best Wishes! Jim, member www.HistoricTheatres.org
Jim R. (new E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) member: www.HistoricTheatres.org
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Re: starting a concept theater 07 Dec 2003 00:05 #6935

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Very few animes are released in the States in 35mm for theatrical use. Most go direct to video on DVD/VHS.

If you're going to limit yourself to just one type of film, it's going to be hard to do.
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