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Old 12-18-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Default What's It Like To Work In A Movie Theater?

I've been really curious about it for a while now, because I need a job, desperately. And was thinking of applying to the local movie theater here in town after January when all the holiday stuff is over with...

Have any of you ever worked in a movied theater and did you like it? What is it like?
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Northside)
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My first job was in a movie theater and I enjoyed it, I worked there in my teens and made good money ($10hr and paid biwkly, worked practically round the clock in the summer as I had no summer school) Plus got promoted to team leader where I stayed until I started freshman year of college. I'm sure had I stayed I would've moved up into Mgmt but I wanted to see what else was out there and in a way, I'm glad I did. It's a fun environment, everyone seems to like working at a theater and why wouldn't they? You get free movies and concessions so that's always a plus. The down side is that you're on-call at some points, meaning they really don't need you but have you on schedule in case a team member is absent.
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You smell like popcorn.
Idiot people who can't get dressed and leave their houses on time will yell at you for not getting their drink fast enough and 'making them late for their movie.'
You usually get to prescreen the movie the night before the release (and bring friends).
You will discover that many americans are total aholes who think they are 'supposed to' leave their trash all over the theater...including used condoms and dip cups.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Cool I'm surprised...

And all I thought you did was walk around with a flashlight...shine it down the back row and asked to see their stubs...
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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My first job was a concessionist/usher at a movie theater. You'll smell like popcorn. The floors will be slippery and sticky from the pretzel butter. You'll deal with people wanting all kinds of things that are never sold at a concession stand. You'll deal with people trying to give you an excuse or a fake ticket stub so they can catch something for free. You'll deal with a lot of screaming kids. You'll deal with a lot of seats and floors covered with a collection of all sorts of sticky and nasty stuff after the movie. I found things in those floors that would have you feeling ill for the rest of the shift. Other then that it's not too bad. You'll get to catch parts of movies sometimes.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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You don't have to smell like popcorn or deal with sticky floors if you work at the ticket window.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Northside)
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You guys are speaking truth about trashy guests. You practically have to clean up after people every 10 seconds because some fools leave trash in the seats, on the floor, etc. Another thing, you'll get people trying that 2 for 1 trick, they pay for one movie and try to see another for free. Usually, they are very skilled at this because they wait for high traffic volume and then blend in with the crowd so it's hard to catch them.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You don't have to smell like popcorn or deal with sticky floors if you work at the ticket window.
You don't usually get to pick your assigment...I was always glad to be the ticket person, but you don't always get to do it.

People also get mad at the ticket people if you ask for ID for rated R movies or if you're sold out.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I worked at a movie theater in high school, and whether or not I enjoyed the day depended on my assignment. They started me on ticket-taking, which I HATED... it hurt my feet standing all day, since I didn't yet realize I had arthritis. So they moved me over to the concession stand, and that was actually kind of fun! Spent the whole day scooping/making popcorn, serving drinks, etc, which was better than ripping ticket stubs for hours.

Pay was crappy, which I didn't care about as a high school student, and you do spend a lot of time on your feet... we only got one break per day, and all I wanted to do was sit down! Seriously, I had trouble getting back up at the end of my breaks. We did get to see movies for free, but only on our days off - and who wants to go to work on their days off? I guess it was an okay job overall, just not something I wanted to do beyond my teen years.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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P.S. I don't know if this is a rule at all movie theaters, but we were required to pop new popcorn every 30 minutes - whether or not we needed it. They said the smell would draw in customers, and much to my surprise they were 100% right!
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