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Re: new theater 09 Oct 2003 17:07 #6674

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Hi Guys & Gals/ Very thorough. Especially the "more screens!" the better. Thanks to all of you for your experience and smarts.

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Re: new theater 10 Oct 2003 08:02 #6675

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I was planning to do a platter system for my 2 screen theater, but i was hoping to have VHS and dvd equipment to show classics, college films, for theme nights, etc. Is this out of the question? Is it difficult to get permissions for that sort of thing?
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Re: new theater 10 Oct 2003 08:21 #6676

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You very much want dvd/vid capability. You may want cable or dish also for special events. At the very least: You can have a private party and show any movie as long as you are not charging public admission. You can show independents and lesser known stuff that will never make it to 35. And some outfits are releasing on video/dvd only. I'll bet that classics are not far behind on that score. Why reprint a 35mm version of some obscure oldie when you can dvd it? Those will probably be the tip of the digital spear.



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Re: new theater 10 Oct 2003 08:45 #6677

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You can also use the digital projector for pre-show entertainment and advertising:
http://www.kodak.com/go/dcinema

But be careful about showing any feature film off DVD without "officially" booking it and paying the distributor. Even if you don't charge admission, it is usually considered a "public performance", especially if your theatre benefits financially (e.g., renting space for a party, selling concessions, serving food). Even showing broadcast live events like football games have caused visits by NFL lawyers to sports bars:
http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/1997/02/17/story8.html
http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/stories/1999/09/27/story1.html



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Re: new theater 30 Oct 2003 13:47 #6678

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Hi, mainly due to this great website's advice, I am leaning towards having two screens instead of one. I understand the reasons for having more than one. I am just worried that the with type of patrons I will have, probably mostly college students, I will have a hard time filling two screens with films they would want to see. Right now the theater I am interested in is basically a two screen. I could combine the two screens to make one large theater. I am really just worried that on a given Friday night I will have a sold out popular classic college film and have only 5 patrons watching the second screen playing a second run film. I would like to show second run movies and independents along with occassionaly showing popular older college films. Are distributors more likely to allow a single screen theater to split the screen time with other features than if you had two screens? If I was to show college films it would just be on Friday or Saturday nights for example. Will distributors of the second run or independents allow this? I know a theater in Texas that does this (www.drafthouse.com/downtown/frames.asp), along with showing many different independent movies every week. That particular theater is only a single screen. I really like their schedule of showing up to four different films a day. I really appreciate the info and opinions you all provide!
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Re: new theater 04 Nov 2003 22:09 #6679

A wise architect told me.... Some theatres are so long and narrow that it isn't a pleasant experience to sit all the way in the back. So instead of dumping a theatre for your kitchen space consider placing your kitchen behind the theatres with passageways to each theatre. Your staff won't have as much traffic interference with your patrons. Two bonuses and you keep your three screens.
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Re: new theater 11 Nov 2003 08:03 #6680

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My input has to do with your college crowd. I operate a single-screen historic theatre basically 1 block away from a 25,000-30,000 student college. We actually get a surprisingly low student turnout. We show second run 'art' films (Seabiscuit, Lost in Translation, etc.) and we can count on about 25%-30% of our audience being students. We really draw more from the community and the faculty/staff of the university. Our price is 'student friendly' as well ($3.50 weeknights/$4.50 weekends.) Now, we used to have a discount theatre in town that used to really draw the students. On Tuesday nights, a movie ticket was $0.75! They would fill the place with students (which resulted in fairly trashed and dillapidated auditoriums.) They have been out of business for 4 or 5 years now. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the student population in general is willing to spend very little on cinema entertainment (except when they *have* to see that blockbuster at the local cineplex and shovel out $7.50 for it.
) With the type of fare you plan to offer (fine beer/wine and good food) I would target the community and faculty/staff. Of course don't neglect students, but don't count on 'em either!
Rance Edwards
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