Getting the reels?

posted by jbconger on December 31, 2008 at 10:36 am

I am absolutely brand spanking new to this. How does one secure the rights, and get the reels to show at a theater? I’ve looked on the internet, and haven’t come up with a thing. Can anyone help me to understand what I am doing so I can do it well?


Joanne Conger

Comments (5)

KenLayton on December 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

Go to the forums at

They are primarily into the business end of movie theater operations. Studio and film distributor contacts are there as well as film bookers. You can spend hours there reading the FAQ since your questions have been asked (and answered) there many times.

There are many folks who own & operate classic theaters on the forums too.

nerwall16 on December 31, 2008 at 1:12 pm

i run the film operations for a historic theater in south jersey and its a pain to get set up in the begining but im allways looking to help drop me a line with any questions

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on January 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Find a film booking agent in your area, they can get you set up with all the distributors and help with the booking of fims for your theater. You can do all this by yourself but is is time consuming as you must set up an account with each distributor and you will be spending all you time on the phone calling each distributor trying to secure prints for the various films you might want to show.

jbrown on February 4, 2009 at 6:44 pm

A booking agent is the quickest way to get you name in the loop. However, once you are established with the movie companies, you can book movies yourself. The movie companies are more interested in how much money you make them than who is booking movies for you. We used a booker for about a year before we started booking ourselves, and we have no problem getting first run movies.

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