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Seats to parking ratios 30 Aug 2004 18:30 #28664

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I have a few choices of lots for a new 6 screen that are all very good locations. The lots are, of course different sizes and shapes with different adjacent parking arrangements. I would like some input on seats to parking ratios from those with more experience than I.

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Re: Seats to parking ratios 30 Aug 2004 21:02 #28665

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More information needed:

How widely used is public transportation in your city? Does it run frequently during all your proposed hours of operation?

On-street parking, or low/no cost public parking nearby?

How safe is it to walk to and from available parking at night?

Describe your target audience: families, couples, "art" crowd, mix, etc.

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Eastman Kodak Company
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Re: Seats to parking ratios 30 Aug 2004 21:09 #28666

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A good rule of thumb for most multiplex venues is at least 1:4 or one parking space for each four seats. Any higher ratio and you will probably be in trouble on Saturday night at 7 PM.
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Re: Seats to parking ratios 30 Aug 2004 22:31 #28667

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reply to John:

>How widely used is public transportation in
>your city?

Almost no public trans except for some retirment community shutles. No offense intended, but the residents of these communities call them "Jerry Busses".

>Does it run frequently during
>all your proposed hours of operation?

Jerry runs from 6am deliveries until the last pickups start 7pm to 9 pm. Gets them to their favorite early morning diners for breakfast and picks them up in time to get home for bed. So probably they will only be able to make the Matinees. Currently those relying on this system cannot go to the movies because the nearest theater is over 30 mins away with the last shuttle from that town leaving before the matinees let out.

>On-street parking, or low/no cost public
>parking nearby?

No on street but some of the smaller lots have adjacent parking for Business hour/week parking that are willing to allow my patrons to use their parking in the afternoons and evenings/weekends in return for a similar agree to allow theirs access to my parking on my off/slow hours.

>How safe is it to walk to and from
>available parking at night?

Areas well lit in lower crime areas of the city.

>Describe your target audience: families,
>couples, "art" crowd, mix, etc.

Families, couples, so I guess a mix. During the fall, spring and winter the university kids have nothing else to do except to travel to the theaters in the next town (over 30mins) or the local hotspots for a larger university (about and hour away.) Bowling alleys and Wal~Mart parking lots are FULL of them. I'm pretty sure I can pick up a good percentage of that crowd.

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Re: Seats to parking ratios 31 Aug 2004 00:00 #28668

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You may want to check with your city/town hall as they may already have it specified by code. That's true in many city's. Other than that, you may do a check on like areas via Google. In So. Cal., building use sets the parking required for the business. A restaurant requires more parking than a doctor's office, but a movie theatre can require the most. One mistake not to make is to plan for the average or fewest number attending. Plan for the peak; filling the house when the demand is there won't happen if there's too few parking spaces. Of course, if you have 100 seats to fill, no worries. But if it's 1000, well...
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