Movie Theater Manager

Movie Theater Manager


New York, NY

Male, 38

I own and run an independent 7 screen theater in NY. We deal with everything and anything involving movies, movie studios, customers, food, drinks, etc.

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Last Answer on December 11, 2018

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My family is looking to start our own independent movie theater in the midwest. We are curious, is there a way to hire someone to help with the start up?

Asked by Tyler almost 3 years ago

It is a very complicated and difficult business. You must have someone who has been in the industry for many years to figure things out. Even a former theater manager may be unfamiliar with how to deal with vendors, studios, and the many local and federal regulations.

What happens to a person that sneaks in another person into the movie? Do they actually care?

Asked by alias over 2 years ago

Its generally considered theft. You will be thrown out if caught. At larger theaters, the staff is less likely to care, but I would say that its is not a good idea. At my theater, we watch for things like this very closely.

How can i get a list of the special movies that only play wed & sat.

Asked by Cathy about 2 years ago

Contact your local theater! Every theater is different.

I have gotten the owner of a long emptied movie theater to agree to build the theater if I can supply the management team. I supplied the creative ideas to light the fire to make this happen, but as a documentary editor and previous prod I know nada

Asked by Debbie 9 months ago

A location that has been closed for years is a very bad sign...chances are a theater cannot survive there.You need to hire a booker to book movies at that location.You need digital projectors, audio equipment.You need a working concession stand with popcorn popper.You need seats that are at least comfortable for the theater. Competition and changing habits had led to luxury recliners and full service restaurant food.There is not a whole lot of creativity in first run theaters. Depending on the size and location, you play the latest movies in a fun, safe, and clean environment.

Why are the snacks like popcorn so expansive?

Asked by Merle91 3 months ago

Movie studios take 60-70 percent of each ticket sold at every theater. So, the only way theaters actually make enough money to profit, is from the concession stand. If we don't sell lots of popcorn and candy, we cannot survive as a theater. But, consider it similar to a stadium or arena. They do the same thing, although I am unsure of the financials of those businesses.

What are your favorite movie?

Asked by Merle91 2 months ago

The Greatest Showman

Any advice for someone that wants to be a movie manager? More specifically what kind of experience or skills would the hiring manager or owner be looking for?

Asked by Bernard about 1 month ago

Being a manager in a movie theater these days requires a unique set of skills including understanding some technology. I would say that its almost required that a theater manager have previously worked in a movie theater. But, closely related hotel managers, and restaurant managers would have a lot of the experience needed to make the switch.Skills needed include managing staff, customer service, some tech skills, working a fast paced environment, dealing with food.