How to Start a Movie Theater

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This article is intended for those who have their sights set on starting their own movie theater. Learn some pointers that may come useful as you go about starting your own cinema movie theater.

The number of independent theatre owners is growing.

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This is because when done properly, theater business can be a lucrative source of income. Aside from the money you’ll be earning, you also get to enjoy catering to your own niche crowd that shares the same interest in the type of films you love.

Cinema malls are grouped according to the type of movie they feature.

Movie theaters that run mainstream films from big film companies and distributors coinciding with the release date are deemed as first-run theaters.

Second run theaters on the other hand, as the name implies, feature movies that have already been shown in first run theaters. Ticket prices for theaters that fall under this category are much cheaper.

Then there the Art House theater otherwise known as the repertory theater. This category typically features alternative art films, independent films, or second run classic films.

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If you are interested in opening your own movie theater, the first thing you should do is understand the nature of this type of business. There are several resources that can provide you with valuable startup information.

Some suggested reading materials are as follows: (1) Encyclopedia of Exhibition authored by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). This group also maintains a website where pertinent and useful information about the industry is delineated. Examples of such are box office statistics, equipment suppliers, index of concessionaires, theater employment and more can be found. (2) The Movie Business Book by Jason Squire tackles a wide variety of topics and can be used as a reference handbook.

Don’t worry about competing with the big players. Your selling point will come from your facility to cater to a niche crowd. Getting the rights to show first run movies can be a bit of a challenge, not to mention pricey! What sets independent theater owners apart is the specialty films they feature. You can choose to show films from a variety of genres or show art films, independent films etc. The key is to choose the type of movies that you are interested in and familiar with. But at the same time, you also need to meet the preference of your target market. These two steps should go hand in hand.

As an independent theater owner, you can afford to be different and not conform to how the big players run their movie theaters. For example, you may replace the typical row seats found in theaters and use tables and chairs instead. This will give your patrons a cozier environment to enjoy the cinema.

As a way to entice moviegoers, you can provide discounts to big groups of people. This is usually is the case when they gather for a corporate event or for a party. In ticket pricing, you may offer discount rates during off-peak hours and/or days. (Trivia: It is said that Tuesday is the slowest day of the week as far the movie business is concerned.) You can also offer discounts to students and senior citizens. Still another option is presenting your customers with movie passes that allows unlimited entrance.

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456 Comments

  • 1. hannah said on April 11, 2008
    Hi i am a 11 year old girl in 5th grade. No i am not really starting a moive theater but in school we are doing a project on how to run your own business. and i chose a theater. 'cause i just live watching movies. your website helped me a lot.
  • 2. Carlos said on April 14, 2008
    Your site was very informative. My situation is a little different and my questions were not able to be answered in this forum. I am in the service and currenlty deployed in Afganistan. My question is (shocking as it my sound) if i wanted to start a movie thearter business in afganistan how do i get the movies to play. There isn't any law here as far as I ordering DVD movies online and playing them in the thearter(that i know of). If a friend of mine starts the business and he is a local national and orders DVD movies online to show them in his theater could that be an issue? thanks
  • 3. T said on April 18, 2008
    Very informative article. I'd love to start up a movie theather that shows classic films, but I am afraid of the costs of the rights to re-show these movies on a big screen.
  • 4. michael said on April 23, 2008
    wow do I know you hannah? well anyway, I have the same reason as hannah (I think she's the hannah in my class...) and it really helped me. Thank you!
  • 5. matt said on September 2, 2008
    To Carlos (above):
    I think that would be illegal, even in Afghanistan... Well.... Maybe not. But either way it's morally wrong to not pay the creators of a film their rightful due.
  • 6. ish said on September 11, 2008
    carlos and matt: it would be illegal, I'm almost certain even in Afghanistan. even if it isn't corporate lawyers (and they have more than you) would find a way to screw you. I had a similar idea, i'm remiss to share it... but don't charge for tickets, it's a way to boost sales. of course the entire business couldn't be built on that, more of a promo tool.
  • 7. Sandra said on October 17, 2008
    My bro and I are planning to open a Art House Theatre in TEXAS, and this was very helpful...
  • 8. Dan Zee said on November 17, 2008
    I think this article is a little simplistic because independent theaters are shutting down all the time. The big chains get all the first-run movies and by the time you get them as a second-run feature, they've had all the profit drained from them. Independent movies attract a high-brow clientele, but without marketing, no one will show up to see them. The theater business is actually the food business, but that's where all the profit is made, so theater managers are better off if they have a food background than if they're simply fans of movies.
  • 9. Cindy tumeka said on November 20, 2008
    I am a 20 year old female from south africa. i would like to own theatre what i'd want to know is how do i get the movies. i'd want to the first run movies. please contact me on tumekaislands@yahoo.com
  • 10. matidze given said on December 20, 2008
    i am a 23 year old male from south africa. what i'd want to know is where i can get financial assistance through this little business. please contact me on ugeam@thepub.co.za
  • 11. Guest said on January 8, 2009
    i love your work althuogh i started my own movie theater 1st of january 2009, i still find your information useful
  • 12. C.E.Sampel beginner adviser said on January 15, 2009
    Nice to here that there is still people wanting to run or own theaters. My self of course I tried and my success was not as grand as I wanted it to be. For starters try to find an existing theater to run or own building and buying you looking at (from my own personal experience) 1.3 million. That's from the land to the building and the equipment at new prices. Now you may think that you would earn that back in no time but with taxes, mortgagee payment, equipment rental, and movie rental fees you looking and some odd thousands of dollars a month. Now since I looked over and research every thing I could my business still sank small town not enough revenue. Since all of my stuff was less than a year old new I sold every thing for most of the cost that is was bought for. The building I took a hit on until I started an auction house in it made my money back to pay my cost off and sold the building. I came out of all of the with the fine point of location, location, location. I now live in the city and trying to start another business in Indoor rock climbing. I am still dealing with the city and finding the right building and location is no problem I have plenty of option in a big city. Just remember all starting what you love as a hobby is great in all but if you do not know all the in and out of placement of your business then you probably not going to succeed.

    Movie Theater Adviser

  • 13. amanda said on January 15, 2009
    I don't think it is morally wrong what he wants to do in Afganistan. I think its really cool. and this article helped me a lot. thanks
  • 14. Maximo Liriano said on January 19, 2009
    I want to open a theater to show only christian movies. They must be Spanish spoken or subtitled in this language. Where can I find these films?
  • 15. Dilip Jadhav said on January 20, 2009
    I am a 30 year old male from India. Working as a software Engg but now I'd love to start a movie theater that shows Indian movies. what i'd want to know is where i can get financial assistance for this little business. please contact me at jadhavdilips@gmail.com Thanks, Dilip.
  • 16. kelly halligan said on January 31, 2009
    I would like any info on how to start a theatre in a small rural town. my idea is to start very small, and grow from there. Playing current DVD's, but having a large screen and a social exerience. Any advice would be great and possible income from ticket sales and food in a town with population of 4k.
  • 17. Ilean Monterrubio said on February 4, 2009
    yeah i been thinking of opening a small independent theater, i currently am going to school for engineering, but i love movies and independent movies are one of my interests. here in houston there are some independent theater and its something that is a need.
  • 18. obert muzurura said on February 16, 2009
    I saw your article is interesting and thus I am also interested in starting a Movie Theater in a small town in Zimbabwe and need information on how I could do it and start a progressive Movie Theater. I have the passion into doing it but I lake adequate knowledge on how to start it since there is no one in the area offering such kind of business. I will be pleased by your cooperation.
  • 19. Bhu said on February 16, 2009
    yes your article is informative, but my problem is that i wan to know how i can open the movie theatre and what legal process i need to follow from licence to taking right of showing the movie, could you please explain it.
  • 20. Kamogelo Blessing said on February 18, 2009
    Hi! This article is very important to me. I want to own an independent christian movie theatre. Can u please help me on how to achieve copyright license for showing christian movies in public. Thank you very much
  • 21. S K. K said on February 18, 2009
    I want to start my own movie theater(single screen theater in NAGPUR), it's my desire. That is why i need your help, so please give me a all startup information about theater, financial assistance and your own valuable ideas, Thank you, my e-mail, sameerkuduple@yahoo.co.in
  • 22. Kidada said on February 22, 2009
    I am interested in getting more information on how to start my own dollar movie theatre. Information such as possible financial assistance, start-up does and don'ts, legal process and licenses needed will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.
  • 23. Whackymac said on February 23, 2009
    Well, it is certainly inspiring, to see that there are so many folks out there that share the same aspirations & Loves as me. I am currently seeking out info in starting my own Art/First run theater out here in Laredo, Tx. A few of the possibilities that I have considered to aid in obtaining a profit are as follows: 1st I am not sure if any of ya'll have ever been to the alamo draft house in Austin, Tx. But it is really great they feature both 2nd Run films, First run films, as well as indies. At times they have also put on live theater events as well. This idea helps them to appeal to all types of Markets. (Apparently it is something that has proven successful for the owners because there are several Alamo Draft Houses in Austin). 2nd, although they do offer the traditional options of popcorn, candies & Sodas, They also offer other types of food. Here's how it goes. First you purchase your ticket from the box office, Next you arrive at your chosen showroom/screenroom, Then, you are seated and greeted by a waiter or two who ask for your choice of beverage, appetizer & meal. I.e. burgers, wings, pizzas, nachos, icecream, etc... Beverages include items such as: Domestic Beer, Import beer, wines, mixed spirits, as well as non alcoholic bevs. for the kiddos. in the event that you need to order something else during the course of your movie, then you are provided with a small sheet of paper and a pen on which to write down what you need. Lastly, during the last 30 min. of your movie, you are provided the bill for your concessions much as one would come to expect from dining out at a restaurant. My Third observation that I noted, was that at times though they do offer movie camps during the summers, as well as other packages, they also did offer classes such as acting classes, screen writing classes, film and production workshops etc... Although, I am not exactly sure as to how they go about doing this, I do hypothesize that the teachers would have to be deemed credible, and that these teachers would probably have to rent the show room/ stage room from the theater and then charge their own prices for the classes. At least that is how I might go about such an endeavor. Any how the combination of such ideas under one roof simultaneously should most likely result in profits. And with Laredo having a population of 300 plus thousand it ought to make for quite an idea. My thing is though where do I go about finding investors? HELP?
  • 24. Hudson said on February 25, 2009
    I was wondering how to start up a theatre for movies that are out on dvd but played on the big screen. is this legal and what do i need to do to make it so, also any info on financial assistance in colorado... please email hudsonian2006@aol.com
  • 25. John said on February 26, 2009
    Has anyone figured the legal aspects of screening DVDs for profit? Naturally, it'd be illegal to do it without some sort of agreement in place. But what about specifics?
  • 26. Lens de great said on March 4, 2009
    I am so aspired on the information i got, i want really want more information on financial aspect, the amount it will cost me to startup this business.
  • 27. Billy said on March 11, 2009
    I really like this article. Can you please send me more information? I would like to start this project ASAP. I love watching movies but hate the prices!! THANKS
  • 28. steven said on March 18, 2009
    i am doing a project for an economic class... would it be possible to get some figures of how much an average movie price is... i am meaning as if i the movie theater where to rent the movie.. thank you
  • 29. Lacey said on April 3, 2009
    I'm 14 and our school is doing a project and i have to find out how to start a movie theater. I'm in charge of the financial part. I'm sol
  • 30. Guest said on April 5, 2009
    Who could I contact to rent movies for a small theater? Who can I purchase the necessary equipment for the theater? Your help will be greatly appreciated.
  • 31. Wes said on April 6, 2009
    I am interested in opening a drive-in theater. I need information on where to start. We would need to start with second-run movies. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
  • 32. Emmanuella said on April 9, 2009
    Your site was very informative. I am interested in opening an outdoor old classical movie theater, like Family Classics, Shirley Temple, Robin Hood, etc... Who or where can I purchase the movies and equipment from.
  • 33. Maggie and Jeff Spencer said on April 26, 2009
    We are starting a driving range and mini golf with an indoor arcade and wanted to add a movie theater with this business.
  • 34. Bob said on April 28, 2009
    After starting a movie theater, who knows how does one go about purchasing film rights and what is the cost?
  • 35. carina christmas said on May 7, 2009
    Can you please pass along the info you have given others for starting an art house theater? And any help on finding film distributors would also be appreciated.
  • 36. tmy said on May 12, 2009
    Hello, I'm interested in starting a movie theater in my city. If anyone has any information please drop me a line.
  • 37. Richard said on May 13, 2009
    Hi I would like to start a movie theater business - could someone give me pointers on where to get films to show - legally? Email me @ :critical5@hotmail.co.uk Thanks
  • 38. Prudence mashile said on May 14, 2009
    Hey, I am 20 from south africa, i found this articles very informative. i love movies and would also like to start my own movie theater. I want to know where i can get financial assistance the legal procedures involved and where to rent this the DVD. Thank u. Please email me at Prudence.mashile@yahoo.com
  • 39. richie jackson beginner adviser said on May 14, 2009
    Hello everybody. I did start up "Nostalgic Theater" in a small community. I use only 16 mm films & only the rare, unique, & unusual. I started out by finding the right building, obtaining license, purchasing films, creating the theatre feel in the building, great concession goodies, old time music(40's), & so far it seems to be growing. I would encourage all of you to create something different & unique. Open early & play lots of great music. Encourage people to dance before the shows start. Nostalgia is a great way to bring community together. It's been fun. But you gotta stick to your guns...because it takes time for the word to get out...even with advertising. ENJOY. Richiej film&radio

    Theater Owner

  • 40. Rupindersingh Gambhir said on May 19, 2009
    I wanna start a movie theater with 2 or 4 screens. For this purpose do i have to get a license? if yes from where i should apply for it and what is the cost estimate for getting it. please reply
  • 41. Tokoni Alek said on June 8, 2009
    Hi, at first glance, this site has been helpful, but i would really like to have more and detailed information about opening a movie theater. if anyone can help, i would greatly appreciate it.
  • 42. vukile manzi said on June 12, 2009
    hi, my name is vukile, i live in south africa. i want to open a movie theater but now i don't know where to start can you tell the things i must do.
  • 43. Carol R said on June 22, 2009
    Hi, I would like more information on how to rent the movies to show in a theater, where you obtain them from and prices. Thanks.
  • 44. Monica E said on June 23, 2009
    Hello, I am looking to open a movie theater in a small area but the area is steadily growing. People in the area have to drive at least 30 mins to 45 mins to a movie theater. If anyone could give me some advice in figuring this out, please send me an e-mail and let me know where I can start. Looking forward to hearing from someone.
  • 45. Francis O said on June 27, 2009
    Hi, I am 30 years old looking to start a chain of movie theaters in Nigeria. Could you tell me if it is possible to use DVDs to play movies in a theater or it has to be specifically movies shot on 40mm reel. emekabgt@hotmail.com
  • 46. Del Morrison beginner adviser said on July 1, 2009
    Hey everyone, if you are looking for any help or need some tips feel free to email me at morrison.del@gmail.com, Me and my Team are currently gathering funds and information on opening a Arts theater in BC, And have learned quite a bit of useful information, Your biggest cost is seating, considering when a place shuts down everything of value is taken (in some cases the sink's Taps)Anyways its all about gathering costs, and figuring out if your inflow of cash is gonna be = or greater than your expenses.

    morrison.del@gmail.com || Movie Theater Adviser

  • 47. Keith said on July 4, 2009
    I live in jamaica and where i live there is no theaters at the moment. i would love to start my own chain of theaters and i would really love if you sent me all the info for building a business like this from the ground up.
  • 48. william burgess said on July 8, 2009
    I want to open my open movie theater in a small town. I have the venue and the know how but do not know where the best place to go to rent the movies to show on the big screen. I know the things have changed a lot but if you could point me in the right direction. Thanks, William Burgess
  • 49. James Houston said on July 10, 2009
    I am interested in knowing what it would take to start a theater up in Barrow, Alaska. A small village of about 4 or 5 thousand people. it would sure turn a lot of the kids around from getting into trouble at an early age. a second run theater would sure do good up here. i appreciate any and all replies.
  • 50. Amaris said on July 27, 2009
    Hi, i'm 12 going on 13 and my state really encourages young entrepreneurs. I am trying to start my own theater business in my home town. This site has given me great ideas, I know I sound young, but It would be really nice to have it up and running during High school. Thanks this site was a big help! :)
  • 51. sarah said on August 3, 2009
    Hello everyone! I am currently a high school senior with no idea what I want to do. Movies are my passion, but I can't get into the actual production of them if I want to live in my home state of Ohio. That's why I am interested in starting my own theater. However, I'm not sure if I can afford it.. This site was rather helpful though. Thanks.
  • 52. Jesse beginner adviser said on August 17, 2009
    This article is interesting, but it makes it sound easy. As I've noticed in some comments, location is of great importance. 2nd run theaters are failing everywhere. I currently manage one and my employees as well as myself receive below minimum wage. The films (which can be ordered from deluxe film services among others depending on the film you want) cost hundreds to rent, especially if they are closer to the original release date. If you are starting the theatre from scratch, your screen can be anywhere from half a million on up, and projector and sound equipment in the thousands. You will generally charge a lower price for tickets and concessions to receive a reliable stream of customers. This stretches your budget more. Electricity costs are high, heating is huge for such a large theater, and wages for your employees.

    I am not discouraging anyone from doing this. I myself would love to own a theatre, or even chain of theatres. However the realities of it make it very daunting indeed.

    Movie Theater Adviser

  • 53. Deon Knowles said on September 5, 2009
    Hi! I am really interested in opening a movie theater where I live. I think it would be very interesting to open a theater in my home town that has a particular viewers interest in mind. People are always looking for a place to go and enjoy themselves where I live. So please help me in my quest. I need to know where to get supplies and further information in the movie industry. I am really serious but I don't know where to start.
  • 54. lazarus francisco said on September 12, 2009
    hey there friends!! this is really helpful information but i'd like to know more about how much it would cost to start a small one and exactly how do i start it in a more detailed way? im just curious cause i'm a 18 yr planning to start my own small movie theatre business sometime in the future. if it all goes well then i will make it grow. but for now i need to gather more resources and information as to how. but anyway thanks for the information..
  • 55. mark corn said on September 15, 2009
    I want to open up a small theater 75 seats in a small town of 4000 in costa rica. I was wondering how to start the theater for showing movies that are out on dvd but played on the big screen. Is this legal and what do I need to do to make it so? Is there any niches to make it legal as maybe charge a price for food and free entry? Thanks for your help....
  • 56. Anthony Yard said on September 26, 2009
    I work for a chain of theaters right now. If anyone has any other questions not in the article, drop me a line, I'd be happy to help!
  • 57. Tyra said on September 28, 2009
    Aloha Mr. Yard... I would really like to talk to you about reopening a theater in a small town of 2k. The screen needs to be replaced and a new reel (spelling) I want to reopen it but have myself acknowledged also... I am not trying to make a million but provide for the community something better. I know we all miss out small town entertainment... can you please e-mail me if you have the time.. tyradu1983@yahoo.com or anyone who reads this who feels like they can give good advice... thanks!! Tyra
  • 58. Michelle said on October 5, 2009
    Our community of 3,000 needs something. We have a potential venue for a movie house. I really have no idea how to start, who to contact, etc. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
  • 59. Daniel Olel said on October 10, 2009
    man, your website has helped me. i am in some kind of competition to win money since my dream is to own a movie theater in my life. i hope the information i get helps me win the dime. thank u a lot for the information. thanks
  • 60. Cenon said on October 18, 2009
    I would like to open a movie theater in San Diego but I don't know where to start and where to get the film. Also, do I need to find an existing place or start from scratch? Please advice. Thanks so much.
  • 61. Ralph M Bohm said on October 28, 2009
    Hello all, What would be the typical rental cost of a 1st-run movie? What would be a typical cost of an "Indie" film to rent? Thanks in advance. Ralph, truckmen@yahoo.com
  • 62. Sarah Dolan said on November 2, 2009
    I'm doing a project in class, and I need to know the start up costs, information on licenses and insurance, and stuff like that. if you could help me, it'd be really amazing. :) smd5287@yahoo.com
  • 63. Bill said on November 5, 2009
    I want to start a small theater with tables and chairs, targeting family-teen-kids. I dont want first run movies. Who do i contact to get these movies and show them legally.
  • 64. ted fuoss said on November 15, 2009
    Hi, I'm looking to start a theater and want to know about first run movies. What are the costs to be able to show and who do I contact in-order to obtain first run movies.
  • 65. Sienna Zooma said on November 24, 2009
    I am in South Africa and would like to start a chain of movie theaters in small towns kindly advice, where do I start?
  • 66. Teboho Ntsuku said on November 26, 2009
    I am an individual from Tumahole Parys in the Free State and i would like to start my own Movie Theater. I would appreciate your advice, Where do I Start?
  • 67. jarrack d. suazo said on November 26, 2009
    hello, i wanted to get some information on how to start a movie theater and don't know where to start and don't know what i would need to or where to even begin. would you be able to give any advice? thank you for your time...
  • 68. Jason said on December 1, 2009
    If anyone needs a NAME for their movie theaters I would like to suggest MovieCEO. I own MovieCEO.com and I am willing to sell it for $1000 or best offer. Thanks!
  • 69. Troy said on December 2, 2009
    Hello, I too would like to get info on starting a theater. How much does it cost to get the movies. 1st and 2nd. and where to get them. Thanks
  • 70. Hem said on December 2, 2009
    Hi i am trying to start a theater which will only show foreign movies, at a existing cinema location which is out of business right now. But i could never find out how do i get access to show foreign movies? by that i mean where do i buy the film
  • 71. Nishaan juguth said on December 4, 2009
    Hi. I live in south africa. In a town called chatsworth. I had worked in the local movie house here until it had closed down about 4 years ago now. The movies were a real help line for people to escape into now ever since it had closed down the town people have no other form of recreation. i understand how to run a movie theater and all the costs it entails. the thing is i need to start from scratch and was hoping on first starting an outdoor cinema. it would be a great help to the community. i am passionate about it. i would really like some advice on how i can start an outdoor cinema. thank you. facebook me nishaan juguth.
  • 72. isidro peters said on December 8, 2009
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  • 73. HempAngel said on December 16, 2009
    I've read almost everyone's comments and I want to start up a movie theater that specifically only shows documentaries and based on true story movies. But I want it to be more of an educational experience, where after the movie is over people can comment, share experiences, basically inspire one another to make changes in their lives that overall benefits everyone. For example after watching "Food Inc" we can talk about ways how we can come together as a community and possibly get food laws passed. I was wondering if anyone thinks this is a good idea??? I appreciate anyone's input and feel free to email me @ ebjackson15@yahoo.com
  • 74. Vishwajeet Pawar said on December 25, 2009
    I have read this information carefully. This is interrogatory useful. I want to start my own movie theater(single screen theater in Pune), it's my desire. That is why i need your help, so please give me a all startup information about theater, financial assistance and your own valuable ideas, Thank you.
  • 75. suni said on January 5, 2010
    I want to rent an Indian movie and show it at existing movie theater which shows regular movies. Does anybody know how to rent a movie and will the movie owner let me rent theater (only one screen) for one day? email at jazzapple@gmail.com
  • 76. LYNNGODWIN said on January 6, 2010
    I WAS WONDERING IF SOMEONE COULD TELL ME HOW TO DO IT, WHO TO TALK TO && CALL, AND WHAT I NEED TO DO TO START A THEATER IN A SMALL TOWN...IN ALABAMA.. I'M VERY INTERESTED IN THIS IF SOMEONE COULD POINT OUT ME SOME HELP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION...THANK YOU,,,LYNN
  • 77. suni said on January 7, 2010
    reply to 92. suni's post at jazapple@gmail.com
  • 78. Wale said on January 10, 2010
    Would love to set up an independent theatre that shows first rate comedy and cartoon movies in a small community of 10,000 people. pls advise
  • 79. bob beginner adviser said on January 14, 2010
    Hi. We've been running a small digital art/indie cinema over 15 years. We feature alternative seating (chairs/tables/bar), serve beer and wine and show a selection of indie/art and classic movies. We are involved with a digital network that can provide movies and other content to those looking at opening such a venue. Contact me if you would like more info at: bobg@screeningroom.net (www.screeningroom.net)

    bobg@screeningroom.net || Movie Theater Adviser

  • 80. Abou said on January 15, 2010
    I am a citizen of the Comoros Islands now living in Montreal, Canada. I intend to go back to my home country, the Comoros, to open a movie theatre since, in the whole country, there is no movie theatre. I would like to get information on how to go about that. There is already a big movie theater in the Capital, Moroni. It's been build in the 1960s and was closed a few decades later. My major problem is how to get the movies and the other equipment to open what could be a very lucrative business. Please help. Exp: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 81. Mikhail said on January 19, 2010
    I am very interested in opening a movie theatre in my country of ~70K people. Currently there's none on island. I would like to know how to get the movies on first run(this is very crucial), and sourcing equipment and so on. Also seeking financial assistance. Your advice would be deeply appreciated. myth135@gmail.com
  • 82. Gretchen said on January 21, 2010
    Sunrise Center, Zanesville, Ohio. In my town this was a second run movie theater. For a short time it did better than the first run, first run didn't like it. Now money is tight and you can stay home and see a wide screen tv. I believe the movie entertainment could use a new coat of paint on an old house. I have some new ideas that could shake it up! I believe there could be something for everyone, with a cheaper way to manage things. I would love to bring it back to life.
  • 83. chinesh kansal said on January 22, 2010
    i want a movie theater in hapur. I have a 50000sq foot in hapur. district ghaziabad, uttar pradesh, india. please send the information in my id and my moblie no 09410053679. urgently, thankyou
  • 84. Steve Reinitz said on January 30, 2010
    so many questions and not even close to enough answers. Licensing is the most important thing and the most difficult. It varies on where you live. Dont worry about buildings, equipment marketing, printing, advertising a "feel"... unless you want to "go broke" work out numbers and details in theory at first and dont buy anything until you have sufficient supporting data that would indicate success possibility. source general small business resources in your community: chamber of commerce etc.
  • 85. BONGANI said on February 3, 2010
    pretoria, gauteng, south africa. how do you go about buying rights to show movies of your choice for first run, second run and reportorial theater
  • 86. Georgia Gabriel said on February 4, 2010
    Hi! My friends and I am thinking of putting up a private movie house. Can you help me? What are the necessary steps, etc? I'm from the Philippines. My email address is georgiajoy.gabriel@gmail.com. Thanks!
  • 87. Georgia Hamilton said on February 15, 2010
    Hi my boyfriend and i would like to open a movie theatre in a rural location of our country. please can u provide information as how we can go ahead in starting our business. thanks
  • 88. John Dough said on February 15, 2010
    Do you have to go to collage to own a movie theater because I would like to own a movie theater with only one screen and only have the movie play once instead of 3 or 4 times just once where do they get the movies from
  • 89. Toushiro said on February 16, 2010
    Hi i live in Johannisburg South Africa i would like to start a cinema. i would like to find out where i get licensed, where i get movies. in short what are the necessary steps? Many thanks.
  • 90. ali said on February 24, 2010
    hi i live in brooks alberta canada, i would like to know the basic steps of opening a movie theater and i would like to know how much i have to invest into it and how much would i get out of it
  • 91. Aerial Ali said on February 24, 2010
    Hey I live in Detroit, MI USA... I would like to know the steps into starting a cinema here. Is there a license that you have to obtain? How much do you typically have to invest into the theater? And how much would I profit from it? Thanks
  • 92. James said on February 25, 2010
    Hey there, I am in Grande Cache Alberta, We are interested in putting a small theatre in our town. So my question is, do all movies main features and second run movies come on DVD now. and can you provide me with as much information as you can on the setup process with distributors. Thanks
  • 93. sameer kuduple said on March 8, 2010
    Please give the all types of startup information as soon as possible, of movie theater business at minimum budget for start, Nagpur, Maharashtra, INDIA
  • 94. Jordan said on March 17, 2010
    I would imagine it might be helpful to actually work (even just part-time) for a theater for awhile to kind of learn as much of the business as you can first. That and taking business classes.
  • 95. Sanjay said on March 18, 2010
    Interested to start a movie theatre in port blair, Andamans, since there are none, pl mail the total cost for a 200 seater, Need also start up valuable information, ready to pay consulting charges.
  • 96. Enner said on March 23, 2010
    I like to start with low profile showing retro movies would like to know what type of licensing plus cost estimate and where to apply. Thank You.
  • 97. Matthew said on April 2, 2010
    Hi I live in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies and I am interested in opening a movie theater with at least 2 cinemas. I would like to get some idea of how much money I would need for startup including the equipment costs and what not. Could you aid me in this regard?
  • 98. Tony said on April 6, 2010
    Hello, I have lived in Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 since 1966, I have always loved watching movies and was wondering about zoning, city permission, township concerns, before purchasing the property. Afterward where to purchasing the equipment (Reels, screens, etc) or would a huge Big Screen TV or two work?
  • 99. Leslie Mhara said on April 8, 2010
    hie i live in masvingo town of Zimbabwe. i want to start a movie business so i need information on how i can engage distributors so that i can show the movies legally. i think in my case it would be easier and cheaper for me to run a second run theater. may you please help. i would be grateful if you can link me to distributors close to zimbabwe or in zimbabwe.
  • 100. Mpumie said on April 8, 2010
    Hi i'm Penny from South Africa, KZN, Newcastle. I want to start a movie theater in my hometown and i want 2 know the estimation of starting a movie theater from construction to the opening day! Please help i really need yo help on the step-to-step guide to starting my own movie theater. I want my theater to be a first runner theater.
  • 101. Seb said on April 17, 2010
    I'm interested in starting a movie theater in the carribean. I am interested in identifying first steps on acquiring licenses, etc. Any guidance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, S
  • 102. William Agar Anyar said on April 19, 2010
    Hello, am Agar Anyar from Juba Southern Sudan I'm interested in starting a movie theater business in my city. i love movies and would also like to start my own movie theater. I want to know where i can get the legal procedures involved and where to buy the theater equipment or rent this the DVD. Thank you. Please email me at .agaris1@yahoo.com
  • 103. Bukenya Brian said on April 19, 2010
    Hi am a Ugandan born who is living in Birmingham City, UK and in my country Uganda, there is only one descent movie theater and it my passion to provide competition for that matter. So i have always loved to start a movie theater ever since i was young and i think that this is an answer to my prayer coz the cinema back at home is very pathetic
  • 104. Manisha said on April 20, 2010
    Hi I am 23 year old. No i am not really to start a moive theater but in College we are doing a project on theater. so your site was very helpful... Thanx.
  • 105. saju koshy varghese said on April 20, 2010
    I would like to start a MULTIPLEX in various parts of kerala and then expand in south India itself. Location- In major cities of kerala state. INDIA
  • 106. kalpana said on April 23, 2010
    city hamirpur state himachal pradesh. please send me some tips on starting a movie theater in my city hamirpur.
  • 107. kalpana said on April 23, 2010
    Interested to start a movie theater in hamirpur himachal pradesh, since there are no theater Need also start up valuable information, ready to pay consulting charges Location- In hamirpur city state himachal pradesh INDIA.
  • 108. Gary Swafford said on April 23, 2010
    I would like to ask this question, as i am studying psychology, what do you all think. Where can I find legal rights of movie goers? "What ethical considerations would you bring up if you knew a researcher who proposed using naturalistic observation to study the behavior of individuals in a movie theater? Should the movie theater be considered a public place? Why/why not? Make sure to provide evidence for your response and also provide examples where possible.
  • 109. Sabrina said on May 4, 2010
    hi i'm a senior in high school in trying to figure out what kind of licenses you need in order to start a theater i would want to be able to show any sort of older movies (30's-80's) please contact me with any info thank you. my email is Sabrina.ily@live.com
  • 110. Thembekile said on May 6, 2010
    I would Love to Know where to start and how to make a business plan for a cinema in South Africa ASAP as I have the place I wish to open and has demand in South Africa
  • 111. denniso said on May 10, 2010
    Looking for information for first run films (both US and European) for upcoming proposed theaters in Eastern Europe. No theaters currently in Country. Just looking for someone to tell me who to contact.
  • 112. Joshua Keeling said on May 10, 2010
    Louisville, KY I am looking to open a theater. Where would I find information on how much it costs to purchase the rights to show first showing mainstreem movies? I can't make a proper proposal for my investors until I know at least the average cost of purchasing a movie such as Iron Man or Titanic or big movies when the come out?
  • 113. scotch said on May 11, 2010
    i would like to know how to get latest movies to show in the movie house
  • 114. luis said on May 12, 2010
    i really would love to know how, where and for how much i can order movies legally to show in a cinema. pirated movies of good quality are available for cheap prices but i would rather do it the legal way. i'm not sure that the benefits of this would outweigh the costs though and your advice would be highly appreciated. i live in the gambia by the way
  • 115. Robert Joslin said on May 14, 2010
    What are the costs of showing older movies that have already been released to DVD? Also I was curious as to the cost of showing a first run and second run film. Thanks Robert Joslin
  • 116. Steve said on May 16, 2010
    Hi, I really want to start my own theater, i live in quebec city QC Canada and we can't really get any movie in english except rarely for a big blockbuster like ironman or harry potter. I think there would be a real interest for a theater only showing Original version and i'm surprise it haven't been done before so if you could get me info on how to start and advice on what to do it would be really appreciated. thanks
  • 117. murhi said on May 20, 2010
    Hello, My name is oloruntola Murhi from lagos, Nigeria I'm interested in starting a movie theater business in my city. I love movies and would also like to start my own medium size movie theater that can capture respectable individuals and can compete with the top movie theater in Lagos in terms of equipment and arrangement quality. I want to know where i can get the legal procedures involved and how can be getting latest Box office films from the US and Europe. Please email me at muritalaoloruntola@yahoo.com
  • 118. linnocks said on May 23, 2010
    Hi, I would like to start a movie theater in Dar es salam, Tanzania or Nairobi Kenya. Please let me know how much it will cost to start from scratch such as rent a building and where to get the movies. My email is linnocks3000@yahoo.com Thanks much.
  • 119. Oracle said on May 23, 2010
    I am looking at developing a business plan to start a theater company. Where would be the best information to find cost of royalties and getting permission to show first fun movies and second run. Also what are the guidelines and terms to showing these movies.
  • 120. Mohan said on May 27, 2010
    Hi, This site awesome. Thanks for all the information. As you may be aware movies are big in India. Am seriously considering starting an Art House Theatre in India. Beginning work on a comprehensive business plan for the same. The inputs I got from here were fantastic. Thanks again. Mohan
  • 121. kali das said on May 30, 2010
    i would like to know where could i get financial assistance for starting an open air theatre in india [andaman and nicobar islands] there is not a single theater here for last 7 yrs
  • 122. alias mathew said on May 31, 2010
    i have completed my degree. i like to open a theatre, i want to know the procedure for that, and its cost. please replay, waiting for your replay.
  • 123. rhoda said on June 10, 2010
    i would like to know in details all it takes to set up a cinema. I am from a small town in Nigeria where people are always looking for ways to enjoy themselves. I have noticed that there are no cinemas where i'm from and i think it would be a good idea to start up one from the scratch. PLEASE I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. THANKS
  • 124. saurabh gupta said on June 12, 2010
    i want to know what is the latest technology employed in movie theaters. what is d diff. between 35mm reel nd 70mm reel??? i think it may sound awkward me asking u such a question but could u plz let me know whats the diff. in picture quality of these two reels?? waiting for ur response...
  • 125. Nkosilathi said on June 15, 2010
    thanks for the information, i want to start mobile movie theater in different communities, so can you please help me understand where i can get educational movies. am targeting school children so i would want educational and pure movies. how do i go about it
  • 126. marcia said on June 18, 2010
    Keith - Jamaica 7/4/2009 - Keith let me know if you ever got your theater started. Maybe we can collaborate our ideas, I will we doing a movie theater in JA soon. Let me know
  • 127. Travis said on June 19, 2010
    hello, i would love to start my own imax theatre and I was hoping to get help on how to get license, and go thru the proper steps on starting my own business
  • 128. Victoria said on June 22, 2010
    I'm thinking about opening a small art house theater in my home town, as a long term project. It probably wont come to fruition for many years, but I'm starting my research now because I'd like to be prepared. I've never owned a business before. I was wondering if anyone knows if it costs anything to premier independent films? We never get them; that's why I'm opening a theater which will.
  • 129. John Garang Dau said on June 27, 2010
    Hello everybody, I am John Garang, from Southern Sudan but I live in America. I would like to set up my own mall in Sudan, what do I need? therefore the mall will have three section: stores, security, and supplying department. what do i need for the stores? what do i need for the security department? and finally what do i need for supplying department?
  • 130. Kiran said on July 5, 2010
    Hi, I am from India. looking at the thread of the idea of starting a theater has come a long way from 2008, yes indeed the information is very useful. Looking for a new concept of Movie theatre to be setup in India. With Restaurant and show the movie for Free (Old English Movies). Interested investors can email me at kiran.ananthu@gmail.com
  • 131. Kyra said on July 6, 2010
    Hello I am from GA and I am looking for some info on starting a 1.50 or 3.50 movie theater. There are 2 places that were already movie theater that might be an ideal place for me. I need to know how profitable this is what is the overhead and start up costs and lastly how to get this off the ground. Please email me at kywog@yahoo.com. Thanks for your help!
  • 132. Lorne said on July 6, 2010
    This was a good read as I am interested in starting a 'classics' theater with multiple venues, all within a city of 18,000 population.
  • 133. OJ said on July 13, 2010
    NKOSILATHI I'VE GOT THE SAME IDEA AS YOURS, I TRY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS ESPECIALLY COPYRIGHTS, MAN IS DIFFICULT TO GET THE STRAIGHT ANSWER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION. MY EMAIL tadi.orapeleng@yahoo.com
  • 134. Beverly Restelle said on July 14, 2010
    Please send start up info, financial assistance, costs of running(elect, licensing, employees, insurance, etc.)also, grants for women owners and grants for historical landmark theaters. please send this info asap!
  • 135. Andrea said on July 24, 2010
    I would like to know the process and/or steps to take to order movie. I have a slightly different twist than the others on here but that is one thing we have in common. Also how much does it normal cost to get a movie? Does it vary per the company they come from? Please email me. Thank you!
  • 136. Andrea said on July 24, 2010
    Sorry for the additional post but I was hoping that you may also be able to send me the same info as the person posting above me (Beverly Restelle). I would really appreciate it! Thank you again!
  • 137. Lesley said on July 26, 2010
    My dream is to own my own cinema. My problem is that i dont know where 2 start. I'm living at South Africa, North-West Provence in a town called Shwaizer-Reneke. Pls provide m with a useful data. Looking 4ward on hearing 4rm u.
  • 138. anil godban said on July 27, 2010
    I am wondering to starts a movie theater at my place where there is no theater at all. please reply me how to start it, cost, procedure
  • 139. LINDA MABUSELA said on July 28, 2010
    Hi, I live in South Africa and i need to start a movie theater in some rural areas where people are unable to reach such things, nothing expensive, something to keep youth from bad things and entertain them, I have no capital now but if i can have simple details i will work hard to achieve my dreams or apply for sponsors, also send info regarding sponsorship.
  • 140. Jan Wear said on August 2, 2010
    Watonga, Ok, Blaine Co. I am wanting to open a one-screen movie theater. I currently own a building that used to be a theater years ago that has been converted into a reg store. I don't know where to start or what is needed. Please help!!
  • 141. jagpal singh said on August 6, 2010
    i want to know about total expense for 3 screens latest theater an 1 3d theater and whole official formalities and expense about building structure and requirement about land including 1 macdonald restaurant. it would be better from fun cinema and cinemax and whole formalities for franchises company. india, haryana, panipat
  • 142. balu said on August 8, 2010
    hi guys i wanna start a mini movie theater in india...andhra. could u plz assist me regarding the legalities involved...whats the best projector and the screen available right now? whats the best way to set up these so the audience can get very best view n the surround....could u plz b explicit n get back to me on my e mail id serenitywow9999@gmail.com.....
  • 143. Conner said on August 11, 2010
    Western NC, USA: Hi, I am also interested in the idea of opening a bar/2nd run movie theater. could someone email me...
    (1) Where would you generally get the dvds/reels (or just permission) from for a 2nd run movies?
    (2)what do they usually cost on average?
    I know these ques. have been asked over and over, but hopefully the answers are getting emailed back..so I'd greatly appreciate, even the slightest inside scoop too! Thanks, Conner devngreen@aol.com
    (3) what are the legalities of showing television to an audience before and after the film?
  • 144. shari braddock said on August 14, 2010
    looking to start a drive in movie theater with a family friendly atmosphere...no R movies..pay by the carload...possible location near interstate 95 just north of jacksonville fl..any tips?
  • 145. Salim Baba said on August 18, 2010
    I am willing to open my an independent theater in my small town as we don't have this king of business in the town I would like to know the type of Machines (projector, screen, decks). because I am planning to open in room that will take 70 seats. That will be in UGANDA.
  • 146. augusto said on August 18, 2010
    Hi, I would like to open an small art house theater/restaurant ( max 50 people) from scratch in my city in Colombia. Could someone please give me some ideas on where to get films to show - legally? What type of projector and screen should I have? I really appreciate your help. Thank you, Augusto
  • 147. Charles J. hayes said on August 19, 2010
    do you have information (phone numbers to contact to obtain first run movies to be show in our theater and how much do it cost?
  • 148. Alisha Rajack said on August 19, 2010
    I want to know how to start a theater/movie business in a small town. What are the steps in get the equipment and movie license.
  • 149. Michael Iovieno said on August 24, 2010
    I have an idea to convert an approximate 33,000+ sq ft building into a cinema grill theatre. But, I don't know the first thing about costs involved to make my idea a reality. What kinds of costs will I get into for soundproofing walls, screens, projectors, concessions, seating etc. How many screens can I get in a building this size? Do I want to show first run movies or show after they have run for a few months and then show them at discount prices? What does it cost to secure movies to show in my theatre. Any insight or help would be greatly appreciated.
  • 150. krupa said on September 4, 2010
    i am from visakhapatnam want to open a movie theater to project 3d movies, how much will the project cost and who will help in establishing.
  • 151. Sam said on September 6, 2010
    We are planning to screen old english movies(1930 - 1950) at a social gathering place in Hyderabad(India). It's not a business as such. Now my queries!
    1.Do we really need to get screening rights for such movies?? 2.If yes what is the procedure?
    any pointers would be really useful!
    kindly contact me @ moses.sam.paul@gmail.com or http://twitter.com/sam_j_
  • 152. Kim said on September 12, 2010
    I am wanting to start my own theater. I have some ideas that will give me a chance despite the competition, which I am unwilling to share publicly at this time. I need to know what equipment I will need, where to get the equipment, where and how to get the films, and any legal information necessary for being a theatre business owner. I can figure out the financial aspects on my own once I know what all is needed. please e-mail the information to me
  • 153. Vladimir said on September 13, 2010
    Hi, I live in a village located in Western Siberia, Russia. I have a premise in length of 13 metres, width 4,5 metres, height 3,5 metres. I would like to open in it a small movie theater for local residents. I have the adherents, ready to help with this business. I addressed in one of the Moscow companies who sells the movie theater equipment. They have told that the complete set of the digital equipment necessary for my premise costs no less than 115000 euros, including an option of 3d cinema. Whether it is impossible to find less expensive variants of the movie theater equipment? Also I will be grateful for any advices about starting this business. Please contact me stray@mail.tomsknet.ru Thank you.
  • 154. Julie Hallows said on September 15, 2010
    I live in a small town in Oklahoma. They have a movie theater. But they have recently closed it down. It need some work on it. A few minor details. Around 5 thousand dollars worth. Anyhow the owners are selling it . But I don't want to get rooked and want to know about how much a theater might cost . Thank you Julie
  • 155. Daimian Moore said on September 16, 2010
    There is a building for lease in my area and it used to be a second run movie theater and i was wondering what would be a fair price and is leasing even a good idea its been closed for a while now so i'm thinking the price must be too high because none has even tried to put anything else in the location I am currently living in Aberdeen North Carolina this is a dream of mine to one day own a family oriented movie theater
  • 156. Randhawa R.S. said on September 21, 2010
    I am in Punjab, India and want to start small theaters for business.theater should be of 50 seats.how to start?how to get different permits from govt.?whom to contact?please provide details
  • 157. Matintong aaron lebuso said on September 24, 2010
    I m staying in kroonstad, free-state, south africa. I would like to start a cinema business and show first run movies. How much can it cost me to show these movies
  • 158. barbara stewart said on October 3, 2010
    I am interested in how to start a drive in theater in the area of Princeton, tx
  • 159. Michael said on October 11, 2010
    I would really appreciate info on start up costs for a 2 room movie theater. also expected average profits to expect from a small theater such as described. I would be opening this in a town of about 32,000 pop in Alabama that has no theater has all the fast food company and a walmart super ctr. I also would like info on 1st run and 2nd run movie costs and how to get them as well as used and new theater equipment and supplies seating and how to find new or used popcorn equipment and supplies. thanks please e-mail to mlaremore@yahoo.com
  • 160. aakash said on October 17, 2010
    i reside in delhi but i need to open a theater in my hometown that is a city in bihar, india. i have never been into this business nor i know ABCD about it. I would like to start a cinema business and show first run movies. there are no good theaters over here . how much will be the cost involved for 1 screen theater and seating capacity of around 200 person? will i be able to profit good from this?
  • 161. Saurabh Ratra said on October 22, 2010
    i wana start a drive in for 70- 80 cars(or more) at a time. I'm not lacked with finance but wana know a proper channel to start a drive in theater. What 'll be the initial cost to set up? i wana set up in a valley in northern INDIA. Please try to help me out to start my project. eager to start. n waiting for reply.
  • 162. Rahul said on October 25, 2010
    I would like to Start a 2 Screen Movie theater, I have 6000 Sq ft. hall ready for it. please help me ! Exp: PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA
  • 163. Semani said on November 3, 2010
    can you help me to do my assignment.. my subject is Entrepreneureship and Innovation.. i chose 3D film hall for my busuness venture for my project.. can you help me with by giving 3D film halls cost.. i want get to konw the 3D film hall cost to write the assignment..
  • 164. Jesse said on November 29, 2010
    North Houston, TX- There is an already established dollar movie with 6 screens located on a main street I'm looking into for investment purposes. If you happen to have some example financial statements(really, anything to see the nuts and bolts of a theater business) for a new or established movie theater, could you please send me a copy? Also, what specific license does one need to show second run movies and could those be transferred over with the purchase of the business? Thank you for time and book recommendations.
  • 165. Saumya Sethi said on December 5, 2010
    I want to start theater showing movies through DVD is it possible for commercial purpose? Which law and licenses it requires.. SIMSR, Mumbai, INDIA
  • 166. Leo Khan said on December 6, 2010
    Hi My name is Leo and i am 32 years old leaving in NJ and interesting to open up a movie theater. Please provide me with who to contact to rent the film as well as how to get a licenses. I Need some financial assistant. Thanks
  • 167. Tom Leek said on December 7, 2010
    I am planning on starting a movie theater. I live in Midwest City, Okla. and I am having a tough time trying to find out where I can rent/lease films. I plan on showing classic movies.
  • 168. dakota beginner adviser said on December 10, 2010
    OBTAINING MOVIES:
    You don't buy movies. You have to get a film booker. The film booker will send you all the applications from the movie companies. You fill them out and the movie companies let you know if they will rent you movies, they might ask for a deposit depending on your credit. Generally for first run movies you will pay anywhere between 60-80 percent of the money you received for this movie. Usually the price will decrease if you keep the movie more than a certain amount of time usually two weeks. You can find film bookers online. Second run movies are cheaper to rent. The only licenses you need are those required by your city or state. Hope this helps.

    Movie Theater Adviser

  • 169. producer beginner adviser said on December 16, 2010
    We have independent films available to license on a partnership basis. We can program your cinema with a variety of award-winning films for a week, month or longer, including live appearances and Q+A sessions by filmmakers and actors. Contact us with information about your location and number of seats. filmpartners@andbut.co.uk

    Movie Theater Expert

  • 170. Humphrey Lenkopane said on December 19, 2010
    I am an entrepreneur looking for business opportunities in theater and movie business in my town in South Africa. Currently the cinema is closed and I want to operate it.
  • 171. Ruby said on January 1, 2011
    I am interested in starting a drive-in theater in West Texas a small town. I have no clue about how to start a business. How much money to start, I need information about here can I purchase all equipment, movies and what ever else I need. And will i make profit from it.
  • 172. Wendy Swanson said on January 3, 2011
    I am going to be opening a 1 screen movie theater in a small town east of Tucson. I would like to do second run films, black and white, westerns, and new releases of big films (if possible). I do not know what I am doing... but I am forging forward anyway. There is nothing for children in this community to do except go to the park. How do you go about finding a film broker? How can I be most profitable? thr2b@yahoo.com
  • 173. sabitu m sani said on January 4, 2011
    i have football viewing centres where football matches are shown live, the problems i am having are as follows: 1 staff management they go away with most of our sales, 2. all my centres are faced with highly competitive environment am currently having serious low turnover, in such a way that i nearly enabled to maintained the centres, considering the cost of maintenance. my business location is Sokoto a state in Nigeria. pls kindly assist. thanks
  • 174. Devin Sanchez said on January 10, 2011
    Hello, I live in San Tan Valley, Arizona and wanted to start either a classic or 2nd run movie theatre where customers would bring their own food for a picnic and a show. I would also have live shows from local bands. Is this at all plausible? and where would I get the classic movie or the rights to show them?
  • 175. Aa Bahagia said on January 18, 2011
    Hi, I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I'm very interested to start a drive-n cinema where customers could watch the movies from their rides in parking area. I think this idea is really amazing, because there's no drive-in cinema in Jakarta, so this idea could bring more refreshment and joys to our bored mall cinema customers. Could you help me give some informations and directions how to start up drive-in cinema? Thx.
  • 176. Mick beginner adviser said on January 19, 2011
    Hi Devin. Try to avoid BYO food, as you and your staff will be the ones cleaning up after them. If the spill mayonnaise on the seats, and leave chicken where you don't see it, could start to get smelly. Probably a good idea to have a candy bar only rule. Other wise it will become too hard to clean for your staff.

    Theater Business Adviser

  • 177. nikunj said on January 20, 2011
    I want to start a new Theater in Vapi.I can invest under 1 crore Rs..Please provide business plan.& I assume pay bake period should of three year.pleas reply.
  • 178. Peter beginner adviser said on January 24, 2011
    Hi Nikunj, I have a experience in working in Drive in Theater and Cineplex.I am a indian chartered accountant and please write to me at pksarora@yahoo.com Thanks

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  • 179. Anthony said on February 1, 2011
    I would like to set up a small 3d theater ..please let me known what equipments do I need?..my theater is for about 100 people and screen size is from 200 to 300 inches wide. Thanks
  • 180. Lokesh M R said on February 1, 2011
    I start New video theater in small town. Then How to start And How to get the License of the theater Please help Me. I am waiting for your suggestion... My Mo No : 9964625536
  • 181. Lacy said on February 3, 2011
    hi i'm in the 8th grade and i'm doing a project over something i would like to add to my town and thanks a lot for your website it helped me a lot on my project and i got an A+ well not yet but i hope:)
  • 182. Frank said on February 11, 2011
    i would really like to start a second-run theater and i do have some ideas to put on the business plan but i still feel i need more information about starting a second-run theater,i would really appreciate it if you can kindly send me some very useful information to consider when opening a second run theater.
  • 183. Tracey said on February 22, 2011
    South Africa, I am really struggling to get the simple rules and regulations regarding showing of movies and DVDs!There is obviously a legal issue regarding copyrights and public showings, but I cannot find out what to do and who to approach. I have the Cinema facility already, but just want to be sure that I am not breaking the law - Please, please help !
  • 184. kumar mangalam said on February 25, 2011
    i'm from orissa, i want to invest 2 to 3 lakhs for my own mini cinema theater. i have already my 60 x 66 feet plot size. i want this for 100 seater. plz help me how to open, from where we have to arrange poster or name posters plz help me sir
  • 185. Raghunath expert adviser said on February 26, 2011
    @kumar mangalam, your investment seems to be very low for this size of business. What is your plan? Are you planning for playing pirated copies? What is the quality of theater you are planning? You need at least 3/4000 sqft of build up area for 100 seater theater.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • 186. johan Breunissen said on March 1, 2011
    i've got 2 Cinemeccnica, Victoria IV movie projectors, reel stands and rectifiers. are you interested or know of someone? R15000 each. Oudtshoorn. South Africa
  • 187. Maximilian George said on March 9, 2011
    I would like to open a movie theater here in my city located in Tanzania East Africa, but I wonder on how I can get those latest movies to put on my screen for show in the theater. Thanks very much and God bless you.
  • 188. ANIL said on March 16, 2011
    I reside in Pune,Maharashtra, I would like to open a theater in my hometown that is in Maharashtra, india. I have never been into this business. There are no good theaters over here. I have 3000 Sq ft. Land ready for it. How much will be the cost involved for 1 screen theater with 7.1 Dolby sound system and seating capacity of around 150 person? And How to get the License & other certificate of the theater Please help Me.......
  • 189. Hiren p.patel said on March 22, 2011
    I am running video theater of 200 seats at educational center vallabh vidyanager (anand) Gujarat population of city is 35000 + students 40000. land space is 1100 sq. meter. I want to give my cinema on rent to any group of cinema company. So can you suggest me for this. Thanks
  • 190. Dickens Ochiel said on April 2, 2011
    I am a Kenyan in Migori County Nyatike District and I would seriously like to start up a my own cinema business and I have been thinking about this for long even though this is my first time am writing to inquire more information based on how to start and what are the required resources to run this business? I have all the information about my county and about my District if that may be important to consider. Can someone help me with know how please?
  • 191. SRINIVASAN MALUR NAGARAJAN said on April 5, 2011
    I AM HAVING A MINI VIDEO THEATER OF 100 SEATING CAPACITY, Can any one help IN GIVING INFORMATION to upgrade the same for 3D
  • 192. kartik beginner adviser said on April 6, 2011
    Hi, This is very interesting site for cinema lovers, its good to see that such a large number of people around the world are interested in opening a cinema theater. I had been in this industry since 12 years . i'll be glad if by any reason i can help any one. i'm from india , nagpur. thanks
  • 193. vuile samuel wiso said on April 8, 2011
    I am in Sebokeng, Vereeniging, South Africa. I would love to know how much is the startup, how to write it's business plan, financial projection, and marketing strategy.
  • 194. steve davies said on April 10, 2011
    Thank u everyone here for an interesting read, would be grateful if anyone who is familiar with the ins and outs of the independent cinema business to forward any information or put me on to relevant sites, thanks. Email: careb189@hotmail.co.uk
  • 195. Naomi said on April 11, 2011
    Kartik, if you would write to me at my email address of rosenaomi@yahoo.com then I would love to ask you some practical questions about setting up a cinema here in India. Thanks!
  • 196. Linda Sithole said on April 11, 2011
    I.m from gauteng, SA. I would like to start up a small scale cinema in the locations. I need more info on how to start up. I need all the info i can get
  • 197. Dhaval said on May 14, 2011
    Hi, i am from jalgaon maharashtra (india) i want to start thater in pune can u help me for the same please send me information regarding. thanks, Dhaval
  • 198. shashi sharma said on May 14, 2011
    i want to start theater at jhunjhunu rajasthan but want to know how much area required to start , designing of the same etc.
  • 199. Rashmi Raj said on May 23, 2011
    Hi, I have a plan to start a drive in theater in Bangalore, India. Since I do not have any prior experience in this, could you please guide me on the cost, the procedure step by step ? Thanks, Rashmi
  • 200. U.S agrawal said on June 6, 2011
    hye i am uma shankar agrawal and i want to open a cinema hall in my city. and for this i want the detailed cost of the project to be started for like a cinema hall for about 100-200 seaters AC. SO kindly help me know the value and cost for starting a cinema hall
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