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Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 10:55 #29667

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1. Would anyone have information about which pre-show slide advertising companies are best. We have recently been contacted by a company to begin doing this and right now the addtional income seems wonderful. I know there are several companies out there also and was wondering about which one you all think is best or good.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 10:57 #29668

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2. What type of heating system is in your theater? How many still have boilers/radiators?
In my area some old theaters use WOOD fired boilers, some oil fired, and some natural gas fired.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 10:59 #29669

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3. I very conscentiously engage a sign makes from our area. It is really a great concession sign but the prices etc were put on with sticky back vinyl letters and numbers. It has been over a year and I raised the popcorn prices. I have called and called and he hasn't delivered any new letters. Is there anyone who knows of a place on the net where I could possibly get these? They are 1 and half inches in blue.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 11:03 #29670

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4. Hi There All-We run a movie theatre and are having problems organizing or ticket lines for our Saturday showings. Many of the older children seem to think its great sport to cut in line which is unfair for the smaller children get pushed back. Aside from taking on more peopple to patrol the line, does anyone have suggestions as to how I might be able to curb this problem.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 11:08 #29671

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5. Is this a left over from the great depression? How did these geezers (I say that with love!) get such a deal? The seniors who buy tickets from me are all millionaires! I mean they could buy me to play shuffleboard for an hour. I just don't get it. Where did it get the start? I'd take the senior discount and give it to the family with four kids any day! Do others charge "seniors" a less expensive rate?
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 11:16 #29672

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6. I'm a firm believer in the power of trailers and am one of those people who feel cheated when I don't get to see them, BUT----How many are too many? We got 10 trailers in with The Perfect Storm and 9 with Patriot and then today 7 came in with the X-Men and that's in addition to what was attached to film. We talking 20-25 minutes here. I really think that even would get pretty antsy sitting through that many while waiting for my film to start. What does everyone else think?
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 11:23 #29673

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7. Our nearest competitor is about 30 miles away so there's no problem on getting pictures as we barely compete. But there's rumor of a new theatre coming to town where we would be directly competitive. How do the rest of you handle it when you're looking for a print and your competitor won't let it go, wants it also, or is plain trying to squeeze you out? I have heard about "allocation" where you are offered films in rotation with your competitor.i.e. one from Disney for them/the next one to you. Ugh. Does that work? Tell me about getting along with your competitors.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 13 Mar 2003 11:25 #29674

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8. WE have been saving our movie trailers and posters for many years. Now we need room and are wondering what to do with them. What do other theatres do with their trailers and posters we ask. Anyone out there who has any ideas? What do you do with your trailers and posters.
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 14 Mar 2003 11:29 #29675

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9. I'm curious to know how many theatres out there have tried one-stop ticketing and concession stations, remote selling (Kiosks), Internet Ticketing, Customer Self-serve stations(Drinks,Popcorn), etc.
Have you had success or failure with these or other ideas?
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 14 Mar 2003 11:31 #29676

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10. We seem to have a few small, independent theatre owners here. Mike says he takes Chirstmas Eve and Christmas day off. We will have no such luxury as we are in a town with competition.
My hope is that we can run the matinees Christmas Eve and take the evening off. We will be open on Christmas of course, because what do people do after they have opened their presents? They use their gift certificates and go to the movies. We do know that the two films we will be opening for Chrismas will open Friday 22.

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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 14 Mar 2003 11:33 #29677

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11. It has been so long since anything of ours broke down that I can only say it's because the projectionists have been so good about cleaning every inch of the booth. The three projectionists have divided up the two booths and clean from floor to ceiling all the time. It's amazing how well maintained equip just keeps ticking. We do a white glove inspection regularly and can rarely find dirt anywhere. What do others do?
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12. I have had some inquiries about setting up a birthday party package for children. Does anyone offer this and if you do, how do you work it? What do you charge? If you aren't playing a children's movie do you book one in special or do you just say "sorry, we don't have a movie for them" Does it work for adults also? What do you offer in the package? Birthday cake? Free popcorn & soda? Tours of projection room? I know that theaters do this, just have never figured out how they do it in a way that is a fair price for both theater and customer. Thanks. Linda
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 20 Mar 2003 10:20 #29679

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13. My engineering reports on the building are in
and I've paid for some expensive presentation
drawings. All this to restore a single-screen theatre built in 1913, kept in the family all this time, but not used as a theatre since 1961.
I've been out of the biz since 1986, so I
have a few questions from you guys current in the business.
The original floor was planked in a
herringbone-type design, but little is left
of it or the necessary slant for the
auditorium seating. What is best material
to replace: plywood or concrete? And what
is minimum slant allowable? I have been told
one inch to the foot.
My last projecton gig was on two Simplexes with carbon arc. I know nothing
about automated projection although I've
gathered from these posts that 2 projectors,
each with a 6000' film capacity is best.
A set-up table is a necessity as is a tape
splicer but how about other equipment in a
booth? Are rewinds and reel-storage racks
still a must?
I would appreciate any thoughts on these
or any other issues you think need to be addressed. I must put together a tight
budget to present to my investors and I'm down to the licklog.
Many thanks
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 20 Mar 2003 10:22 #29680

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14. ok what is the average median price of building a stadium auditorium, say not getting too expensive with the sound fold and seats, say price per sq ft. (this does not include projection equipment but would include screen)
this is to say if were just building the auditorium (the rest of the building does not exist)
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Re: Many of your general theatre operation guestions are answere 20 Mar 2003 10:26 #29681

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15. Anyone see small independant chains popping up over the next few years? ones of five to ten locations. moving in where the big boys move out.
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