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Q. With everyone installing "home theaters," will that eventually kill the movie business?
A. No. A home theater, as nice as it might be, still requires that you stay home. Going out to the movies is more than just seeing a film; it's a social event shared by a group of people. It gets you out of the house, where you won't be interrupted by phone calls or visitors. And, we make the popcorn and pour the drinks for you. Finally, no home theater can provide the atmosphere a movie theatre provides. No comedy is as funny in a home theater as it is on the big screen with a big crowd.
Thursday is the slowest night of the week for us, so we are usually
closed on that night to allow repairs to equipment, to prepare the film
for the upcoming week, and to give our staff a night off. When we play a
brand-new movie (or a very popular one), our contract usually stipulates
that we must play the film for 7 days each week, hence we are open on
some Thursdays. You can always call our movie-line (346-ROXY) or check
the website to find out if we're open on a Thursday or not.
Q. Why can't we bring in our own pop or candy?
A. The Roxy, like all theatres, depends on concession stand sales. The concession stand is our livelihood; if not for the concession stand, we would be out of business. This is because the majority of your ticket money goes to the film company. Since we are so dependent upon concession sales for our very survival, we insist that no outside food or drink be brought into the theatre.
A. Our insurance policy forbids children from being in the balcony due to safety reasons. The balcony has a low railing and a fairly steep stairway. We would hate for a mom carrying a baby to trip and fall down the stairs, and we would hate to see a rambunctious youngster accidentally dive off the edge of the balcony. Additionally, older kids (teenagers) find it hard to resist "bombing" their friends below. For all these reasons, plus a few others, the balcony is generally restricted to adults over 21 only. (On some rare occasions we are allowed to make exceptions to the balcony rules, usually if a sellout crowd is in the building. In those cases we can usually obtain permission from the insurance company to allow families into the balcony with children, but each instance is handled separately.)
A. When a movie is brand-new and we play it on its national release date, the film company requires that we play it for two (or sometimes three or even four) weeks. That's just standard industry practice. Also, if a movie is exceptionally popular we will hold it over for a second week.
A. Film company contracts require that the screen not be "shared" with another movie. Sometimes, when a film is a few weeks old, exceptions can be made to this rule, so occasionally the Roxy will play two movies at a time. But we only do this when we have permission from the film companies.
A. New films cost more than twice as much to play during their first two or three weeks of release than do films a few weeks old. Also, a brand-new film must play for at least two weeks, so we need to be sure a given film will have enough "legs" to keep drawing a crowd for the full playtime. If we feel a film might not be that popular, we wait until we can play it for just one week. (This is usually about 3 or 4 weeks after the film comes out.) Finally, not every film is available to us on the break due to the number of prints (copies) of the film made.
A. We usually don't know exactly what movie we will be playing on a particular Friday until the Monday or Tuesday of that week. Sometimes we know (or have a pretty good idea) of our schedule a week or two in advance, but we have to wait for confirmation from the film company. Calendars require a few weeks' lead time, so they aren't practical for us.
A. We have tried running matinees on various occasions, and they have not been successful. We ran matinees on Sundays for about seven months in 2001, and the only result was that our Sunday night crowd was cut by two thirds -- meaning we were working twice as many hours for the same amount of business. We still have our annual Christmas season matinees, thanks to our generous sponsors, and we usually play matinees when we have movies that are extremely popular and/or appeal to very young kids or senior citizens.
A. Yes - it's 866-346-ROXY (or 866-346-7699).
A. We think that displaying the week's showtimes all at once aids people in making their moviegoing plans. Keep in mind, however, that showtimes change every Friday, so if it's Monday or Tuesday, the "Friday-Saturday" showtimes on the marquee will apply to the previous weekend.
A. Most of them stay in our collection. We are required by contract to destroy any extra posters; we are not allowed to give them away or sell them. You can purchase posters for most current movies at www.allposters.com or www.moviegoods.com.
A. At this time we do not reserve seats. If you are in the theatre already, you cannot "save" or reserve seats for people who haven't come in yet.
A. Yes to both questions. We negotiate fees for this type of show individually. If you want to see our current attraction, we charge a fee of $50 plus a minimum purchase of 15 tickets in any category. We can also bring in many classic movies and even some relatively recent ones, subject to film company restrictions; this is generally more costly due to film rental minimums and shipping costs. Please contact us for details. One thing that never changes: We cannot book single showings of any Disney films. They just don't allow it.
A. No, it's not
true. The Roxy used to sell Coca-Cola, though.
Q. Is it true that the Roxy building was once a car dealership?
A. No. The Roxy was always a movie theatre. But the building previously on this lot was a car dealership for a few years, until it was damaged by fire in 1929. After that, it was torn down and the Roxy was built. See our HISTORY page for more details.
A. Sorry, no.
A. Our new
projection equipment has the capability to "up-convert" DVDs and Blu-Rays
to big-screen size -- they look great! However, we can only show DVDs or
Blu-Rays for an audience if we meet certain conditions. Most
importantly, a licensing fee must be paid to the film company. Generally
this fee is anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the movie and film company
involved. We can get you all the details through our booker, or we can
provide you with contact information for the agencies that handle these
bookings. If you're considering a private show, please keep in mind that
Disney never allows private showings of their classic films.
Other film companies are more flexible.
Q. Does anyone actually go to the movies anymore, or has the video industry really cut into the business?
A. Lots of people go to the movies; in fact total movie ticket sales have actually increased in each decade since the 1970s. The video industry has changed the business, but in fact the video industry has seen more dramatic changes than the theatrical industry has, because streaming movies over the Internet has caused the closure of thousands of video rental stores. Movie theaters, meanwhile, continue to provide entertainment like they always have.
A. No. On almost
any given night, at least half of our crowd is composed of adults, even
at Disney movies.
Q. Could you put a special message on the screen for me, and how much would this cost?
A. We can't put
special messages on the screen during the feature film, but we could probably
work something out during the previews or before the show. Contact
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