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Re: Reopening theater 19 Oct 2003 22:20 #9395

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Since I may be going through the exact same exercise (minus the volounteers) I can only wish you the best of luck.

The fact that you are nervous means that you are going to get everything done. I'm no expert, but when you think you have forgotton something, you probably have not. Uh. did you get a popcorn popper?


Do you have any recent photos? I would love to see the progress, not to mention how the seats turn out.

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Re: Reopening theater 18 Nov 2003 12:04 #9396

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Well, here it is the week of the opening and everything is going......fine. I think the biggest panics are behind me at this point. There is just this eery calm and nagging feeling that I've forgotten something vital. We were originally shooting to open on Sep 27 but it has slipped nearly two months. We will be opening Friday, Nov 21 with Under the Tuscan Sun. There is still some details that I'm nailing down and some bills that still need to be paid but, by and large, the big work is done. I will post some pix once I can find my camera (I just moved and I can't find anything). The seats are installed, the equipment is 98% installed (we're minus one make-up table that should be here today) and the film is promised to be here in time.
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Re: Reopening theater 18 Nov 2003 13:44 #9397

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Best of luck for a great opening.
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Re: Reopening theater 19 Nov 2003 11:30 #9398

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Best Wishes! May all go well on the opening days and in the future!
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Re: Reopening theater 02 Dec 2003 10:14 #9399

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So how did the opening go???

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Re: Reopening theater 05 Dec 2003 12:18 #9400

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Well, opening went fine. No major glitches and we celebrated with a bottle of bubbly after the show.

Everyone in town has opinions on how the theater should be run. I'm taking it all in and deciding if the suggestions warrant more attentioon or not. I'm glad everyone wants the theater to succeed but part of small-town life is everyone knowing everything about you and your business and that will take some getting used to. Anyway, I can't complain.....

I'm discovering that a bunch of my time is spent waiting for soda, candy, popcorn, and expecially film to either get dropped off or picked up. I'm getting to know the specific drivers for each and their schedules. That has been a bit of a suprise for me.

I'm also a little suprised by how much work is really involved. I am only "open" Thursday through Sunday but it is way more than a 40 hour/wk job. I think it'll get better as time marches on and my experience grows, but only to some extent. I think it can take as much time as you're willing to give it.

So far I haven't had any major technical glitches but I did bend the crap out of one of my leader tapes in a newbie incident with the platter. Making up and tearing down films has also been frustrating. I now spend several hours each Sunday night breaking down my movie for Monday morning pick-up and then several more Wednesday making up a new film. I expect I'll get better at that and the time spent will decrease some but only some. One question about that. Could the studios find cheaper reels to ship their film on???? Mine is of the same quality as something that came out of a cereal box. How can they spend so much on their film and then cheapen out by delivering them on the flimsiest piece of crap they can find? Several of mine were broken when I received them so I could barely make up the movie correctly.

Anyway, that's show business I guess.

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Re: Reopening theater 05 Dec 2003 13:41 #9401

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Everyone in town has opinions on how the theater should be run.

This is so true!


Just thank them for their concern and change the subject. Also people will tell you all the old films you should play. People don't pay to come see films they have in their video library. They are well meaning but they have never had their money on the line.

Don't worry, you will get the build-up/tear-down part down. It becomes much easier. I now have 4-employees who do my film work. I did personaly tear-down Finding Nemo on Wednesday and I am about to build-up Elephant, but Ky hasn't so much as touched film since the first year.
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Re: Reopening theater 05 Dec 2003 21:15 #9402

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hello--adding my "2 cents" :0 I got so sick of waiting for deliveries that now all my suppliers have a key--made my life much easier--and never had a problem til Thurs. when Airborne broke the key in the only door that has a key entrance--and did not report it so Technicolor could of warned me
but that has been the worse incident to date.
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Re: Reopening theater 06 Dec 2003 00:10 #9403

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LEE <> Glad to hear you're finally open and in the Biz, and that there were no major problems!... Yeah, all the local "experts" will have an idea on how to improve your business, and MOST will be worth about two dead flies, but smile and thank 'em, then promptly forget it... It never ceases to amaze me how folks who have never been self employed know all about small business (and the time you really have to devote to it)... Keys for your suppliers can save you a lot of time and grief, but be sure you keep a list of who gets 'em and that you only give them to suppliers you intend to stick with long term... In a few months you'll be an old hand at setting up and tearing down your prints, but the occasional case of the "stupids" will rear its ugly head every so often, just goes with the territory and is an ongoing learning experience... You'd just as well learn to love those junk shipping reels: they'll be around forever!... Warped and broken plastic, or battered, sprung, falling apart metal, they're both equally fun to deal with, just require a different method to cobble together to get the film on an off... Ain't it fun being a professional?... Despite the problems, this is still the most fun business I know of: welcome to the club!... ;-}
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Re: Reopening theater 06 Dec 2003 01:19 #9404

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Congratulations Lee. You'll get much faster at make-up and tear down with experience.

As far as waiting for film, I gave a key to one of my couriers several years ago. One of the guys they had working for them either stole a bunch of my stuff (candy and office supplies) and left the door unlocked or just left the door unlocked and someone else came in and stole my stuff. That guy was fired, but I got the key back anyway and changed the locks the next day.

I now have my movies delivered and picked up at a neighboring real estate office. That makes it much more convenient for me. I just give the realtors a comp now and then.

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Re: Reopening theater 08 Dec 2003 18:17 #9405

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In our previous theater we gave keys to our delivery companies. However, we have re-thought that with our new theater. As Burney mentions there is always the possibility of theft of tempting candy and supplies by delivery persons or the careless locking up of your theater by someone who really doesn't care about your assets. Since 9/11 there is also an additional concern. Extra keys in the possession of other companies makes it awfully easy for terrorists to gain access to your theater should anyone so desire to plant a bomb or tamper with anything in peace and quiet. If this weren't a valid concern NATO would not have created an entire task force to address theater security. We checked up on our delivery people. They are not bonded or scrutinized in any way other than what the hiring company feels like doing with their own employees. We don't feel like taking the risk with either our assets or our patrons lives. We try to keep our ordering to once a month if possible and receive all of our film in windows while we are open anyway.
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Re: Reopening theater 09 Dec 2003 08:59 #9406

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I have thought long and hard about keys and, I think, I have come up with a solution. I have two sets of doors for my entrance with a vestibule in between. I think I'll install a lock on my second set of doors and key it differently. That way I can give out a key to the delivery people who can put my film, pop, candy, etc in the vestibule and I can still have the only key to get into the theater main.
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Re: Reopening theater 09 Dec 2003 20:02 #9407

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Excellent idea. We can't as we have nasty burglar alarms going off when you touch the front door. Would have to move them to the inner doors.
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Re: Reopening theater 11 Dec 2003 15:56 #9408

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finally, some pictures (I hope this works, I've never posted pix before)









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Re: Reopening theater 19 Jan 2004 09:45 #9409

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I am reopening a 5 screen theatre. Where can I get a list of all the equipment I will need. There is nothing there now. I am going to contact ACE. My biggest fear is getting ripped off or buying stuff I don't really need. I am looking for good used stuff. <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RoxyVaudeville:
<B>Lee,

Since you are opening a single screen, I hope you weren't sold on a platter system. You would be much better off with two projectors, 6000' reels and automatic changeovers.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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