Question about film rentals

posted by kotk45 on May 22, 2007 at 4:40 am

I have built a 35 seat cinema but I dont know how to go about getting current movies to show. Also being such a small cinema, would it be worth my while? Do the movie distributors base their price on the amount of seats in the cinema?

Any help would be most appreciated.

Comments (7)

PeterApruzzese on May 22, 2007 at 5:29 am

Too many variables without knowing where you are located.

Your best bet is to go the forums over at and read, read, read. Then ask those folks questions; the posters run theatres of all sizes and shapes.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 22, 2007 at 2:55 pm

Why would you build a cinema before you even know about how to get product or if you even can?

greg6363 on May 22, 2007 at 7:04 pm

A 35-seat cinema? Sounds more like a screening room to me. Seriously, Darrell, you have to have a business plan before beginning any type of venture. The goal is to garner a return on your investment but how can you generate any cash flow with a capacity of 35 customers for any given showing?

KenLayton on May 22, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Film distributors want the most money they can get from film rentals. Having only 35 seats ain’t gonna do it.

rivieraservices on May 27, 2007 at 2:16 am

Hi Darrell, the size of your theatre would make it hard to make a profit. It just so happens that I’m looking for a place like that for personal purposes. Do you rent or own the property? Would you be interested in leasing or selling it? Where is it located?

JoshCaudle on May 29, 2007 at 12:34 am

Darrell, it can be done, has been done, and is being done, depending on the populous of your area and other regional statistics.

Pardon the negativity of some regular contributors to the forums on here…sometimes the only way some can make themselves feel better is to bring others down.

Back to your venture, take a look at this place…

That’s in Alameda, CA. Those folks took a closed Funeral Home and converted the hall into a one screen seating approx 50 in couches and loveseats. They play FIRST RUN on the break (lingo converter=new wide release films when they open nationally, not later or sub run) They just did Spiderman for 3 weeks into Pirates, and only have 3 weeks on that into Fantastic Four.

Feel free to shoot me any questions…
Best of Luck!

James Fisher
James Fisher on June 2, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Yes it s poossible but not profitable esp with first runs unless you have pricy merchandise or beer & wine Food somthing to drive ya money in some first runs per week can cost as lil as 12,000

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