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Feasibility study 03 Feb 2005 15:04 #9777

I’m a graduate student working with the University of Wisconsin Extension on a project to help smaller communities determine if it is feasible to start or sustain a movie theatre(s) in their downtowns. I have enjoyed reading the archives, but am wondering if any of you would be willing to share a feasibility or marketing study of your area with me. It can relate to any size theatre, new or old. I’m hoping to develop a tool for towns to use to access their markets, and while I can try to put something together it would be immensely helpful to see what real life theatre operators use.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Feasibility study 03 Feb 2005 16:08 #9778

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What a great project! I am a Community Development officer in a small town and I'm trying to open a movie theatre here. It would be great if there was a tool available to test feasibility.

Unfortunately, I don't have any information to give you b/c I'm new to this industry myself. I'm currently working on the business plan for the theatre, but I'm very much still in the planning stages.

Good luck and I'd love to see your results once you are finished!

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Re: Feasibility study 03 Feb 2005 16:11 #9779

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What a great project! I am a Community Development officer in a small town and I'm trying to open a movie theatre here. It would be great if there was a tool available to test feasibility.

Unfortunately, I don't have any information to give you b/c I'm new to this industry myself. I'm currently working on the business plan for the theatre, but I'm very much still in the planning stages.

Good luck and I'd love to see your results once you are finished!

Karla

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Re: Feasibility study 03 Feb 2005 19:41 #9780

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I never actually did a feasibility study, but, of the 5 communities I have single screen theatres in northern Wisconsin two were closed when I bought them--and have managed to keep them alive--one for 6 years, the other for 9. But could never make a total living at them--just love to work long hours and wife has a decent job--plus no kids to worry about feeding.

I would be afraid what a feasibility study would have shown me
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Re: Feasibility study 04 Feb 2005 13:37 #9781

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The New Angola Theatre in Angola NY (where I worked as a projectionist during college 1967-1970) closed about ten years ago. A few years later, a local development agency reopened the theatre to employ handicapped people:
http://www.the-crier.com/past/052103.html

On May 17, 2003, the New Angola Theater marked the First Anniversary of its renaissance.



Many months before its opening, the Claddagh Commission took on the monumental task of refurbishing the building that housed the New Angola Theater. There must have been days that crawled by as the old gave way to the new (see pictures on page 15). With thoughts on the heydays of Angola and the Theater, like when Senator Robert Kennedy came in 1965 and made a speech from the steps of the theater, and hopes that those heydays would come again, the work was finished and the Grand Opening finally arrived.


The Grand Opening party was an event that will be remembered for a long time as distinguished visitors and area residents alike got to see the new and improved New Angola Theater open its doors for our entertainment.


And open its doors it did. Not only have we been able to view first run movies at very affordable prices, we have been treated to live theater presentations, pageants, live musical presentations and promotions, like “Blue Hawaii” for the Elvis fans.


As for things that are planned for the future, the theater will host more community groups, schools and local companies who can make use of the theatre for meetings and special shows.
There will be more LIVE entertainment, when available, such as the Live Elvis Show that is being planned now. And if there is enough public support, a Classic Elvis Presley movie could become a once a month event! Also other classic movie series are being considered for possible bi-Monthly runs.


As their 1st Anniversary becomes another pleasant memory, all of the Staff and Crew at the New Angola Theatre wish “to thank all of the people who have been patronizing our theatre, for their continued support!” See you at the Theater.




http://cinematreasures.org/theater/8028/

Built in 1924, the Angola Theatre closed in 1995, and reopened as the New Angola Theatre in 2002. The tasteful renovation combined some new but needed improvements but retained the best of the theatre's past. This resulted in the New Angola being a vast improvement from the Angola.
The New Angola's coved neon lighting is reminiscent of several other Western New York theatres. The theatre's seats have been beautifully recovered in grey velvet. The washrooms were completely redone and enlarged. Lots of wood trim has been added along with new but appropiate wall sconces. New exterior wall sound curtains have been added, but not everywhere so much of the theatre's original charm is still visable. The screen's original curtains and draping has been preserved.

Seating is down to 393 from the original 500+. I believe the theatre is open Friday through Tuesday with one show per day. The theatre is now run by a non-profit group.

The New Angola's extensive and costly renovations have created a comfortable, eye appealing theatre -- it's a great place to see a movie.

The non-profit group which owns and runs The New Angola Theatre is the Claddagh Commission. Their purpose is to aid and provide employment opportunities to the mentally challanged and others who might need their assistance. So when you see a movie at The New Angola, you'll not only have great movie experience but you'll also be helping a worthwhile organization.
I first discovered the Angola theatre in 1996 and seriously considered leasing it from Dightner (sp?), who owned the theatre at the time. The theatre's mechanics and dire need of improvements scared me away. It was nice to return to the theatre which was almost mine and actually see a movie. The theatre is a second run house but both the admission and concessions are reasonably priced.


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Re: Feasibility study 08 Feb 2005 12:48 #9782

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Greetings/ let's talk........... re: this project. 800-545-8956

Best/ Mike



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