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Basic Industry Info 09 Nov 2005 16:53 #24983

  • gblair
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Hello,
I am an MBA student in Va. and I am working on a project to create a business plan for the creation of a 8 theater complex in the local area here. I was hoping someone could clarify a couple of questions I had.

1) How would a startup independent theater get access to the film studios to show the films, is a booking agent required? Is a contract signed for a certain time period, or do you pay on a per film basis?

2) I had heard of the existence of development companies that will actually build the complexes then charge a group a fee/rent to run and operate the theater there? Has anyone heard of these, if so what are some of the larger companys that do this?

Sorry for such basic questions,
Thank you for any help....
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Re: Basic Industry Info 10 Nov 2005 10:20 #24984

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As to your first question:
You can find studio department names and numbers on the various trade publications out there, such as "Boxoffice" and "Film Journal" magazines. Bookers can also be found there, as well as on the various discussion boards on the internet, such as this one. Booking agents are not required, but, in my opinion, are highly advised. However, some hardy souls actually enjoy doing their own booking... and a few of them are also here.

Films are made available to you based upon the relationship you develop with the studios. Local competition and your credit background will largely determine what films will be available to you and, as a new exhibitor, what kind of advance payments you might have to pay to get them. What you actually pay for the films is a percentage of your ticket sales, which varies based on the film's popularity, age, length of booking and the weather in Hollywood on the day they make the calculation.


Can't help you on the second question. Something like that might be done somewhere, but I've never actually seen it in operation.

These discussion boards usually have search functions. You can find a lot of information on new theatre construction and operation by digging through existing posts.

Good luck!
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Re: Basic Industry Info 17 Nov 2005 16:35 #24985

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Distributor Directory:
http://directories.vnuemedia.com/fjiguides/distguide/

Exhibitor Directory:
http://directories.vnuemedia.com/fjiguides/exhibition/

Equipment/Service Directories:
http://directories.vnuemedia.com/fjiguides/equipment/
http://www.itea.com/members.html



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Entertainment Imaging
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Eastman Kodak Company
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