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Parking Area 19 Oct 2000 13:01 #797

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I've been a little concerned with parking for my theatre. The area around the building I'm converting is not all that big. It could maybe fit about 35 to 40 cars. There is a vacant field I'm thinking of converting for parking but I'd like to know if any of you feel that a parking area around 100 yards or so across a street would have any drawbacks to it.
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Re: Parking Area 21 Oct 2000 20:58 #798

Papa ,I am looking into this same situation and it seems that "if you build it they will come" I don't think 100 yds is going to stop anyone from coming. I worked for a 24 plex and the far spaces in the lot were farther than that. When those filled up they parked in a field two blocks away. Of course this was a big city and we had a dandy location.
The biggest day I was there was 18,300 people. Now I am off on my own trying to get my own theatre (in a small town.) and Downtown parking is almost non existant.
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Re: Parking Area 24 Oct 2000 11:27 #799

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GT-Thanks for the positive feedback. I had thought that this would be doable but was looking for someone who might answer who was in the same situation. Thanks Again.
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Re: Parking Area 24 Oct 2000 21:51 #800

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I've come to the conclusion that the only thing that is important is that they can see the front door from where they park. It is a psychological thing...if they park a hundred yards away, but can see the entrance of where they are going they think they are close. If they are twenty yards away, but around the corner where they can't see the entrance they think they are far away.

I have a large parking lot against the rear of my theatre. I'm in a downtown location, but the other half of the block behind me is all free parking...from the alley behind me to the next street. The lot is a half block deep by two blocks long. I'm at dead center. The street along side the theatre is a pedestrian walkway from the lot to the main street. The theatre building is 165 feet long (55 yards) and the distance to the other side of the parking lot doubles that. Therefore there is a maximum 110 yards to walk to get to the front of the theatre if you park at the extreme other end of the lot. On week day matinees people often ask if they can go out and plug the meter half way through the movie, at which time I remind them that there is plenty of free parking directly behind the theatre. The reply I usually get is..."Oh, that's too far to walk".

What more can I say!
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