In tribute to the Pope John Paul II, may he rest in peace, I have linked an article from the Christian Science Monitor about the current state of Cinema owners and how they do business. Despite your religious beliefs, put it all aside for a second and think of the many great things this one person tried to do. I was talking to someone earlier who told me that if people listened to all the advice the pope has written over the years, the world would be a much better place.
I guess the article was inspired by a convention that took place the last week of March, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) convened in Las Vegas.
We the public are mostly concerned about the type of movies theater plays, how expensive popcorn is and sometimes about the lenght of pre-show ads. This article touches on the balance between the bottom line against the moviegoers satisfaction..and ulitmately determine the quality of the movie going experience.
Check out the new developments:
To fight the high prices of concession stand food theater owners have put into place self service concession stands. "It lets people get their own popcorn and soda, it saves them money and we can still make a profit"
Check out the Charts:
WHO GETS A CUT:
Studios get 90% on Opening Week
Owners get 10% on Opening Week
Theater owners percentage increases by
about 10% each week the movie plays
COST OF RUNNING A MOVIE THEATER
TOTAL NUMBER UF U.S. MOVIE SCREENS:
THEATER POPCOR PROFIT MARGINS
Theater owners complain they dont make much at the box office because of the pressure to put in new movie almost each week, it makes it impossible to reap more than 10% of the ticket profits.
Conservative family oriented audiences....theater owners have a problem turning down a hit film with offensive language and violence.