Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1980 · Page 48
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 48

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, February 26, 1980
Page 48
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3ln!liana By BETTY DEBNAM Saturday, June 15, 1985 «!»«i—«^—————™™'™ — '™' — •™"™' — '" from The Mini Page by Betty Debnam C 1985 Upivereal Prn« Syndicate How Movie Theaters work «!e^ WE LLO. MR. DISTRIBUTOR^ it- xiXfiTM FINISHING A NEW /o o \WMOVIE CALLED "MINI / -k ^*§TiM£S" AND IT'S —( GOING TO BE A Bi&y .MlCHAELi > uove y . ~?~^~* — ' ,MR- EXHIBITO I'VE GOT A HIT From Producers Summertime is the busiest time of year for most theaters. Christmastime is busy, too. So are holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving. Many new movies are released when customers have more free time. The movie business, is made up of three main parts., • Producers make movies. • Distributors promote and distribute movies. • Exhibitors are theater owners who To Distributors Distributors are the middlemen between producers and exhibitors. A distributing company has offices throughout the country. Distributors contact theater owners about showing a picture they are handling. Distributors also plan the movie, TV and newspaper ads. Sometimes the ads can cost as much money as was spent on making the movie. Theater owners help pay the cost of the ads. Distributors also might make prints of the film. They usually deliver and pick up films at night, after the last show has played. Most new movies start To Exhibitors Exhibitors are owners who select the movies and run the theaters. Owners must keep up with what movies are being made. Often they go to screenings or previews set up by the distributors. When owners want a movie, they make a deal with the distributors. Owners usually agree to pay a certain percentage of what they make on ticket sales. Sometimes owners might bid on pictures. They will guarantee to pay a certain amount even before the movie plays. The owners usually agree to run a movie for a certain number of weeks. Sometimes if a movie bombs, they might be stuck with it. Or they might bring in another movie. If the film is a hit, they • mighkplaylt on and

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