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Sunday, May 13th, 2007
9:12 am
fellow movie employees
hey fellow employees.I work at Amc in bronx,ny (messiest ppl in the world i think,nachos and pop orn everywhere).I been there for 3 weeks,and already got cursed out,splashed by the flashing slushy machine,and fell while in conssesions twice because of the nasty floors....I love this job lol.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, May 7th, 2007
2:03 am
Spider-Man 3 breaks box office debut records
I hope all of your theaters had great opening weekend for Spidey 3! I couldn't have been more pleased at the turnouts and how smooth things ran at my theater.

On Friday night, we had shows virtually on the half hour with 4, 400+ seat theaters running it and one 250+ seater. Every show from 5:30pm to 11pm sold out (that's 10 showings total), around 1 to 2 hours in advance, AND just because we were on a roll we added an 11:30 show that sold 80% capacity. Amazing! It amused me when people would walk up one hour before showtime, or even 30 minutes or less before showtime and were totally dumbfounded when we told them it was sold out for that show plus the next one. COME ON! You seriously thought there would be seats a-plenty for such a big movie? We ended up doing about 6300 people for the day (all movies), which was sweet. The parking lot was almost at capacity!

Saturday night was the same situation, but a little less people. It was sellouts again from 5:30pm to 10pm, but they were "painful sellouts" as I call them... just barely selling out before showtime, except that 9:30 showtime sold out again waaaay in advance. Wonder why that time's so popular? Many people were buying their tickets online in advance, which is great for us... one swipe of your CC and off you go. Lots of ticket-switching and voids as usual as people don't want to wait in long holdout lines to get into the theaters, or people saying there's no seats in the theater (even after we made people move over and seated them) but most people are nice about that and switch to a different showtime. The holdout lines began an hour before showtimes and were wrapping down the long halls, into the corridors and around like a paperclip. It really was a sight to see.

We had security around to watch the crowd, but no reports of fights or other trouble. Just lots of young kids hanging around in large groups, being noisy.

Here's BoxOfficeMojo.com's report on the weekend... a record-breaker!

'Spider-Man 3' Soars Into Record Books
by Brandon Gray
May 6, 2007
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So how'd it go at your theaters? I can't wait until we have Spidey 3 PLUS Shrek 3 and Pirates 3 all going at the same time... there will be quite the crowd. =)

Current Mood: pleased
Friday, September 8th, 2006
12:47 pm
Remnants of the Drive-In Theatre, East Tawas, MI

Projection Booth of long gone Drive in Projection Booth of long gone Drive in

The Citgo is close to where the screen was.

Rusty Projector Rusty Projector

This Simplex projector has even older technology than most of
the abandoned theatres I've seen.

Concession Stand Concession Stand

Looks like a hurricane hit, but it's probably due
to an extremely leaky roof.

restroom restroom

Someone has been in here.

I just thought this one
looked better in black & white.

Monday, August 21st, 2006
3:16 am
A Regal Revival!
That's what this community needs! A Regal revival.

My name is Sean, and I've been working at a Regal Cinemas in Gainesville, Florida for almost 3 months now. It is, as the intro says, one of the coolest low paying jobs one can have. Free movie passes, long periods of downtime, etc. But we do get a few things we can complain about. A short list, if I may. And these are just ordered as they come to my mind.

1. Pretzels - Two things here. We sell "gourmet" pretzels (just your ordinary bread pretzel) and a Cinnabon pretzel. Cinnabon's usually go smoothly. But we get some people that just get picky about the ordinary ones. Now, this thing comes in a sealed bag, making it CLEAR we didn't make this thing. "It's too doughy!" "It doesn't taste good." Umm, you think I actually made that? But the kicker is even better. We have two displays for these pretzels, one on either side. Clearly sealed, no obvious doors anywhere on it, and all the pretzels look pretty stiff. But sure enough, "Why doesn't this look like that?" Umm, THAT is plastic. It gets even better when we're out of one kind of pretzel. They point at the cases and "Can I have one of those?". What do I want to say? "Sure, if you want. You might find it a bit...stiff. But me? I'd find it a bit hilarious." But yeah, that wouldn't go over well.

2. Specificity - "Hi, I'd like a drink." Would you? Really? Okay, sir. Let me just read your mind and see what SIZE you'd like. Oh, and by the way, for a good 100 or more years now, soda has come in a variety of different flavors. Which one of those is "drink", precisely? That gets better when a person asks for the world famous "drink and a popcorn". That's leaving a lot to chance, don't you think? I should get them both larges and let them pay for their not being clear. All of our drink flavors and sizes and popcorn sizes are CLEARLY marked on the menu above our heads. Heck, the drink flavors are even written in YELLOW when the rest is written in white, on a black menu.

3. Cost - This has been mentioned here before, but in almost a year it's gotten no better. Just today, someone asked me for a bottle of Dasani. That's expensive ANYWHERE, and yes, you are in a movie theatre. We sell a small Dasani for $3.50 (yeah, pricey, I know). I told the lady this and got the DIRTIEST look. It's bottled water at a movie theatre. Expect expensive. And don't give me dirty looks, I've got no control over that. One of my friends was once asked "how do you sleep at night?". Quite well, knowing that you paying for overpriced water makes sure I can pay my rent each month. "How much is your Combo #1?" "That's two medium drinks and a large popcorn, all with free refills, for $13.75." "Whoa! Oh my gosh, well just nevermind that then!" It's TWO BIG DRINKS AND A LOT OF POPCORN. Again factoring in movie theatre pricing, you can't exactly expect CHEAP on combos, which for the record cost EXACTLY the same as their individual items when ordered together. What I find funniest about this is that if people aren't complaining about water, they are stunned at the size of our cups and popcorn bags. It's almost exactly the opposite reaction.

4. Get back! - IF, by chance, you don't know what our drinks are, please DO NOT try to lean over my counter to look at the fountain. Also don't try to jump on over to see if I'm getting the drink right or how much ice is in there. I'm 2 or 3 of those away from bringing in a cattle prod. Back, annoying customer! BACK!

5. Slow down - I don't have a LOT of trouble with this, but it's quite annoying when I do. I get a busy line at concessions, and get a customer with a big family that decides to throw the entire order at me at one time. Do you really think I'm going to remember that you want a large Coke, large Sprite, medium fruit punch, medium popcorn, small popcorn with layered butter, nachos and a box of Goobers? If you know it's that big, break the order up a bit, or expect me to ask 3-4 times.

6. We don't control quality - Sometimes when I'm an usher, I get asked if I can exchange a ticket about 25 minutes after someone went into a movie. Something wrong? "I just don't like it." Usually our manager will do that for them anyway, but I don't think I would. That annoys me. Going to see a movie is taking a chance you will hate it. If you don't like the movie, leave and yes complain to your friends, but don't try to get us to let you keep trying a movie till you find one you like.

7. Where am I? - This is probably my biggest usher peeve. Someone will ask me where a movie is, let's say "Pirates of the Caribbean 2". When we have popular movies, we show them on more than one of our 14 screens. So I ask, "Which one?". They tell me the time. It's all I can do to keep from laughing whenever this happens. On our tickets, the time is this small piece of information. The theatre number, however, is a LARGE NUMBER written on the bottom of the ticket that takes up the bottom THIRD OF IT. JUST LOOK AT YOUR TICKET! That large number between 1 and 14 just MIGHT be a clue! And when you are in the lobby, we have multiple signs that show that 1-5 are to the left, and 6-14 are to the right.

8. Answer the question - We have to ask our concessions customers if they'd like a combo or they get a free movie ticket and we get a write-up. But I get so annoyed when I ask the customer "Would you like to try a combo?" and they blast RIGHT past the question without even answering me and start their order. I asked you a QUESTION. If you don't want a combo, just tell me so. It's funnier when they don't answer me about a combo, and then order items that basically make up a combo.

Wow, I didn't realize just how good it'd feel to type all that out. Again, that stuff aside, this is one of the coolest jobs that a person can have.

C'mon Theatre Goons! Post more theatre stories!
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
12:04 pm
on to my third amc.
hey im david.
ive worked for amc for about 3 years now in different locations...
first was amc sarasota east 6 where i started out and learned everything from usher, concession, box office and then projection...did all that in a pretty short span of 6 months and worked at that theatre for 2 years.
then i moved to washington dc and worked at the amc court house 8 theatres and walked on as a projectionist did that for a little while then moved back down to florida and am in fort myers now and im going to starting at amc merchants crossing 16 as a projectionist.
im excited...i love movies and getting to build up the movies and watch the screenings.
current favorite movies are 40 year old virgin, hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, batman begins, and hopefully serenity will be.

Saturday, August 6th, 2005
11:42 pm
with so much drama in the GTC, it's kinda hard being S-A-R-A-B
Yeah, work. I am getting so sick of the theater. I've been here close to three years and I believe that the restless part of my personality is getting the best of me when it comes to this place. I have somewhat climbed up the little ladder here, enough to where I don't have to let people know who I am by wearing a label telling my name, but not enough to escape all contact with those people that I wish didn't know that I existed, because I don't really care to know that they do. I wish I could be cheerful and forgiving of their shortcomings all the time, but it's so hard when I am NEVER proved wrong. If I could just hide in the projection booth or the office all the time, I know I would have no grounds to complain so much. But it's the ten or so tiny hours a week that I have to spend on the floor, that time and time again prove to me that 4 out of 5 people, no matter what their class, style, etc. may be, are greedy, rude, treacherous, ugly people, with usually no grounds to treat people that are offering them a service the way that they do. I could go into detail about certain times, but then I would remember others, and this rant would never end. At first I thought that maybe it was just me, that I perhaps just give off a persona that makes some people just rude to me, but it's funny to see other people that had become employed by this place some time ago, and started out as genuinely happy and optimistic about their fellow man, but have become bitter and disgusted the same way that I did. But even through all my complaining, bitching and moaning, and all out disgust, I feel that I am going to be staying here just a little bit longer. I have in fact become used to it.

I think I am going to post this on theatre goons because I have never posted there, and this entry seems appropriate for my intro. So my name is Sara and I am a manager at the Georgia Square 5 (a second run owned by Georgia Theatre Company). Favorite movies are: (for now) The Warriors, Natural Born Killers, Enter the Dragon, Entropy, Love and a 45, and Haggard. Best things about my job: being a projectionist, getting free movie posters, and watching employee sneaks at Beechwood. Worst thing about my job: crappy pay, "the man," the 2wenty, and everything that I stated in the above paragraph.

Current Mood: working
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
2:50 pm
Hi. I'm Ally and I'm a wage slave employee at Carmike in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Mine was one of the theaters involved in the GKC-Carmike takeover, and it's been somewhat messy, to say the least. We've had to deal with all of the joys of Carmike; the higher prices, the shitty uniform, the "termination is imminent!" company policies, and the like.

Seeing as this is a community of theater employees, I bet you people can appreciate this, a sarcastic piece I wrote a while back after a causal disccusion with one of my managers about the customers. :D

Also, how many of you have to suffer through MovieTunes? I hatehatehatehate it!

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
11:52 pm
new here...
I work in a theater... so I thought I'd join an appropriate community.

I'm a cook in a Carmike Mugs & Movies in Plant City Florida... exciting right? I'll probably complain about how we only have 2 cooks later, right now I should get on with my introduction...

let's see, some of my favorite movies... well I like the StarWars movies, (cliche, I know) Sin City and Kung Fu Hustle were good... I have a hard time picking favorites in anything though...

I guess that's all for now
Sunday, May 1st, 2005
8:37 pm
Don't you just love it when customers sit and talk on the phone while you're trying to get their order? Last night it took me almost five minutes to get this one lady's order because she was talking on the phone the whole time.

I felt like squirting hot butter on her face. Mwhahah... but.. I just was patient. Like a good little Cinemark employee. *coughcough*
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
6:20 pm
Who is ready for the huge rushes for Star Wars???

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
10:55 am
Hello fellow theatre goons!
Hi, I'm Dan. I work at a theatre in Ann Arbor.
My favorite movies are Star Wars, The Hannibal Lecter trilogy, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Amelie, Rush Hour, Run Lola Run, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, A Very Long Engagement, and many others.
I'm a manager, and I love our popcorn.

It was really slow yesterday. I hope with the rain in Michigan today, I'll have more customers.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
11:03 pm
cross-posted to enjoytheshow and amc_theatres

First of all, bear in mind that today's weather was 70 degrees and sunny, which makes it the officially nicest day Michigan has seen in about seven months. With that said, it stands to reason that most people who didn't have to work chose to spend today outside, putting our attendance for the day at something slightly below pathetic. I'm not joking, Bob walked in this afternoon and asked if we'd had a power outage and if we were still open. It was that desolate. So the following was by far the highlight of the day.

At any rate, into this vast wasteland, through the dust balls and tumbleweeds, toddles an old man. He was probably in about his seventies. Now, he had to have parked his car (in front of the massive building in a handicap spot) and, in bright daylight, approached the concrete monstrosity smothered in "now playing" and "coming soon" movie posters.

For those of you that have never been there, here's a picture of my theatre. It shares a parking lot with a couple of restaurants and a hotel, but is a free-standing building (as in we're not attached to a mall or anything.)

He entered the weather barrier, passed box office and the cashier inside the glass aquarium, again ignoring the walls plastered in posters. He entered the second set of doors, and was standing in front of Guest Services, blocked on either side by ropes and poles, and my usher on ticket drop. He approached me, asking if I could help him.

Me: Can I help you?
Him: (Holding a piece of paper) I'm looking for something . . . **at which point he mumbles something I can't quite make out**
Me: I'm sorry, could you repeat that?
Him: eye doctor
Me: **scratches head**
Him: he gave me this address … 23000 ___(name of road)____ and I saw this building and I thought it must be in here.
Me: (trying not to laugh) Well, I'm sorry sir, it's not in here. We are just a movie theatre. What's the name of it? I'm afraid I don't know where there's an eye doctor anywhere around here.
Him: **looking suspicious** It's not here? Are you sure?
Me: Yes I'm sure.
Him: What's the address here?
Me: 19500 ____(name of road)____
Him: Oh, 19000? Hmm, five off . . . **turns around and leaves**

If my manager hadn't been standing right behind me witness the whole event, I'm not might have thought I actually hallucinated the whole thing. It was that bizarre. But now, officially, I have seen everything. LOL, and if I haven't, obviously it's because I need glasses which WE DON'T SELL AT THE THEATRE!

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
1:27 am
Hello all
I'm new. I work for AMC theatres, Detroit area Michigan. I've also previously worked for both Star Theatres and (briefly) United Artists for almost nine years now. I really don't have too much to say right now because I got up at 6:00 this morning because I had to be at work by 8 for a special rental of "Robots" and I'm f---ing exhausted!!! But I like a good place to vent about all those oh-so-fun customers every once in a while :-) Hello to all!
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
11:41 am
Popcorn Mania
Ok....this is the biggest sin a movie theater can commit...and it has occured here at my place of employment. As a manager...I am ashamed! The popcorn popper that we use here at our little three screen theater had it's last stand and broke, right when we sell out on the Ring 2 and right at the begining of the weekend. We have two bags filled with popcorn that we were able to pop before the popper went behond repair. We can't have anyone come out and fix it until the middle of next week. No popcorn at a movie theater? WTF! (At least we won't have to clean up much...hehe).

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, February 7th, 2005
6:52 pm

join wannadiisco.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
11:09 am
Ok...you guys give me a opinion on if this is a good idea or not. I think it is...though it isn't really my idea but a few of us at the movie theater. On Friday nights we are thinking of having a Video Game night at the theater from about 10pm to 3am. It would be for 16 years and up. It would cost 10 dollers to play for the whole time. It would a competitive play and tournements using probably a X Box and Halo as one of the main games though i'm sure we could put in a PS2 or a Gamecube. We would have to make consent forms for the parents to fill out for anyone under 18 years old and the concession stand would be open the whole time. The name they were thinking of was Night Snipe or Midnight snipe. Anyways...if anyone could think of a better name, or give opinions on what you think please let me know. Then I could share it with my co-workers. Arigato!

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, January 14th, 2005
5:26 am
i dont know if this place is dead or not but...

Hi! I'm Emily and i work at the Malco Mall Twin in Fayetteville Arkansas.

Its a pretty awesome job. Great people. Only two theaters to clean. Only the pay sucks (5.15)
but we have alot of down time while people are in the movies so we always try and liven things up.

such as:

the mall twin avenger!
i have more work pics....


we're playing series of unfortunate events and finding neverland.
both good movies. go see.
Friday, December 24th, 2004
11:38 pm
yes, theater peoples
a question for the goons...

>>Is it just my theater, or do all the theaters discuss a major zombie attack and formulate ideas on how to cope if you were at the theater?

Current Mood: curious
8:26 pm
I work Thanksgiving, Christmas, and man...I can't wait till New Years Eve. It sucks...but at least I got a raise (and huge over time for working 13 hours the day before) Bwahahaha! As a Manager, and a hell of a nice one at that, it kind of sucks when your nice enough to let both floor staff that are left go home (one family emergency, the other friend b-day party) and then get stuck finishing up cleaning the concession area. But...I just have to dream about my next check. That'll keep me going. I'm just happy that I'm not working Christmas morning but evening. Anyone get stuck doing that? If so...you get a super big hug from me. Merry Christmas everyone.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, December 3rd, 2004
2:30 pm
I usually follow msamericana around so don't mind me!

Anyhow - I, too, use to work in the movie theater market. Two of them to be exact (Showcase Sterling, from NOV '99 to FEB '02 and AMC Fourm 30 FEB '02 to SEPT '02. I now work at a restaurant (BIG BOY) as a bus boy, which is somewhat similar in context to the usher position(s) I had at the two theaters I worked at.

I am right now waiting to see what will present itself with the new theater in the city of Sterling Heights. I don't want to work at the movie theaters for the rest of my life BUT during my college time, it would be nice to get back into the movie theater business and away from BIG BOY!

I'm currently a student at Macomb Community College and will be in the prospects, majoring in Journalism. I would like to be a movie critic someday. I right now hold a few freelance (and I mean FREE) writing spots on the internet (so if you do a search engine on either Keith Helinski or KHELINSKI - I'm all over the place.)

I think that sums in a nut shell who I am.

By the way - for those 'THEATER goons" out there, there is a very very well written book called ENJOY YOUR SHOW by Wade Bradford. I didn't care for the ending of the book since it then and there, just became a "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" knock off but there are many scenarios that occurs in the novel that I experienced and I'm sure those experiences are similar to YOURS! msamericana suggested the book to be four/five years ago, BTW! ;)

I miss the atmosphere of the theaters. The free passes, of course. The feelings you get during the summer and winter days. And the free "stuff" (standees, banners, posters, 35 mm trailers, and other marketing "stuff") I guess the most I miss is being able to talk about something I know a lot about, movies. I've notice the majority of the people that both works and visits the theaters are movie goers where there are only a few (here and there) movie buffs. Movie buffs that will watch just about anything and also sees not just the entertainment value of movies but also the art form as well! For a movie buff, working at the movies as a teen and college brat is a pretty damn good job!
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