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I thought you were the retired military guy writing me back, but you’re not, areyou? My theatre is on an island, most visitors come for the beach, nature trails or to party, not for cultural offerings, at least that’s my take on things here. You wrote that live concerts made a lot of money but cost little to produce, the cost of a band people will flock to see is very high. Maybe the numbers work for a big house, but my theatre seats 300, and the numbers don’t work.
The original stage is intact, I installed a large motorized screen, a pianist performs before the films begin. I tried live shows without much success, although I loved presenting them. I found showing nationally advertised first run films more profitable. If you’d like to discuss getting involved with my theatre, please email me at
Would you would consider running my historic theatre built in 1882. We are in a New England summer resort and show first run films from May through September. I’ve owned and operated the theatre for 14 years. I’m looking for manager/projectioist to run the place.
You may be set on buying your own place, but I thought I’d ask.
Try offering a daytime screening of whatever you show nightly, and promote to moms and dads with infants and youngsters that can’t make it out at night. Parents should be encouraged to bring their children, offer diaper changing areas, make it mom and dad friendly, on some weekdays and on weekends. Make it so their not uncomfortable if their baby starts crying during the film. You’ll probably have to crank up the volume up a little. You could also consider bringing a childcare expert in to address the parents after the show and answer questions. I own a seasonal theater at a New England beach resort, everyone’s at the beach during the day, so this wouldn’t work for me, but it might for you.