Small things to do to make EXTRA MONEY while hosting private events at your Theatre!

Special events in theaters are missing out on some key revenue opportunities. Time to put your event planners to work! This week we are focusing on maximizing your event side of your business. Any of these ideas below can be adapted to any movie with a little legwork and research.

When you are presented with the opportunity to do a life celebration (birthday party, mitzvah, rehearsal dinner, girls night out, book club night out, valentines day etc), it is the desire for the customer to want their life easier (otherwise they host this event at their home).  Everyone loves to receive VIP treatment. When they are presented with unique ideas, packages and service offerings, they are all in. They often do not want “to hear about the labor pains, just produce them with a baby”. They will all have different budgetary price points, but you can work with that. With little effort on your part, you can offer celebration packages. You can become a “one stop shop” by providing entertainment, food and beverage and personalized favor boxes. The key to doing this well is to provide items that look expensive (but are not), and are personalized to the theme. But don’t forget to take your markup!

Balloon garlands add to any party. They are typically between $15-$45 on Amazon. If you hire a balloon company to do this, their fees are around $500. I do suggest purchasing a balloon air machine ($15). The garlands are a little time consuming, but insanely easy to do. It is not brain surgery. The insignificant cost them allows them to be disposed of immediately after the event while providing a significant impact.

For case studies, I looked at Star Cinema Grill and Fridley Theatres. I selected a movie they are currently showing and adapted a menu card from the items listed on their menu. These menu cards can be placed at each place setting for the party. This will allow your menu to stay the same, but by renaming items for an event, it adds that special touch.

All theaters should have the following “Must Haves” in their inventory. The items below are on the more fiscally conservative side, but you also can go more expensive. The step and repeat (banner) as well as the spandex table linens should be branded with your logo. They will be kept in your inventory for multiple uses. It allows the party to be taken to the next VIP level.

Fridley Theatres is showing Field of Dreams (one of the best baseball movies!). All of the items below were found on Amazon and are priced at per person (minus the balloon garland which is a one time fee). You most likely could get better prices through your distributors on the food.  The sunflower seeds, cracker jacks and coaster (personalized by a high school staff member as the girls all practice fancy writing:)) will go in the gift box. The dessert will be served in the baseball helmet (they can take it home) and the birthday guest will have the baseball candles (or not). The balloon garland will be draped on the corner of the step and repeat as the guests walk into the theatre.

There are so many things available for Star Wars and the fans are endless. In Austin, there is the 501 1st Legion. Yes, life size Star Wars characters who go to an event. They can be your greeters. Traditionally, they accept a donation to the charity they support and add an amazing touch to an event. Yes, there are many of these organizations around the United States. In addition to Amazon, make sure you become familiar with ETSY. You will be amazed at the personalized items you can find on that website of artsy small business owners. You should also consider developing a synergetic relationship with a bakery to get personalized cookies for your guests.

For the adults looking to have a fun evening out, they still like to have treats. Make their night special as well! You can located custom tshirts on Etsy for the guests to wear as a fun touch. Yes, they might even put the catchers mask on during the movie:)

CJ Cinema Summit #18

The focus of the 18th CJ Cinema Summit focused on the repurposing of movie theatres. We were fortunate to hear from one of the summit OG’s- Theresa English!

A special thank you to Alan Anthony of ThreeSixty Architecture, Theresa English from TK Architects, David Bell from Savills, and Brian Gilligan from Melcorpo for joining us.



CJ Cinema Summit #16 July 9th

The Role of Integrators in Re-opening Cinemas.
With cinemas never having been shut this long or equipment out of use for such an extended period, there is a particular level of service and support required in getting the big screen and sound back up and running. We talk to Mark Collins from Harman International Corp, Jerry Murdoch from Cinema Next, Matt Majewski from Bright Star Systems, and Dean Bullock from CineCert about how they are working behind the scenes to ensure that the show can once more go on as audiences and films return.

A special thank you to Mark Collins from Harman International, Dean Bullock from CineCert, Matt Majewski from Bright Star systems, andJerryMurdoch from Cinema Next.


CJ Cinema Summit #15 July 2,2020

Cinemas are re-opening in England from this weekend, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following. It is a gradual process and cinemas have been preparing extensively for this. We talk to the CEO of UK’s leading boutique chain, Everyman Cinemas’ Crispin Lilly and hear from Sharon Reid about the work done by the UK Cinema Association to entice audiences back to cinemas.


A special thank you to Crispin Lilly from Everyman, and Sharon Reid fromCinema First, for joining us.

Be. Do. Have Model July 2,2020 : Angela Braun

Yes, this is not a Movie Webinar, but something you might find interesting. I attended the Be. Do. Have Model webinar last week. Here are my takeaways:

“Be” the want that you want.

“Do” from that state of being.

This allows us to get what we have.

How you live now as how you show up in the future. Often we bring the past into the future.

Foundational Platforms

  1. Vision: Where do you want to go?
  2. Create: what that person of who and what you want to be. What is this person like? If you know someone and you like their qualities and successes, ask them about what they do. DO NOT say ” let me pick your brain” . No one likes that. Instead begin with ” You inspire me… ” and go from there.
  3. Visualize: and take action. Picture what your life looks like in 5 years. Who will you want to spend time with? What is the relationship you want with money? How do you picture yourself walking in a room?

Show up like a leader who needs to be in the role you have created.

Personal Branding: What you say about yourself.

Personal Brand: What people say about you.

Don’t fall into imposter syndrome (although, it does happen to everyone). Imposter syndrome is the feeling you have not earned your success and this is totally normal.

Keep your “blindspots” open. After all, we have “blindspots” for a reason as we do not want to deal with that issue.