South Korean cinema halls renting theaters to gamers

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Digital projectors are a lot more expensive than old 35mm projectors to keep running. The first digital projector we got was a 4k Barco. While it was nice, it was super fragile and prone to breaking down.
You still use them, wondering how much the laser assemblies cost in the new ones.
 

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I'm sure laser sources are far more expensive. Even with the increased longevity, they'd still wear out and need to be replaced often.
 

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The reason people are generally pissed off and don't care is because the high cost of concession stand items and that they're not allowed to bring their own food in. They don't understand that concessions are so expensive because it's literally the only way for the theater to survive. When a ticket for a movie is bought, generally 90% of the ticket price goes directly to the movie industry. There's a complex sliding profit scale based on the movie popularity and the number of weeks it plays, where more of the ticket price goes to the theater and less to the movie industry, but obviously the movie industry decides what this is.

That complex scaling pretty much stopped by the early 2010s and shifted for a simple flat rate, the industry became was too frontloaded to have that high percentage of the first weeks going to the studio followed by the theater keeping more of it, it did tend to balance out to a near 50/50 back when movie played for a long time but not anymore.

You can look at AMC theater (or any other publicly traded theater chain financial report):
https://investor.amctheatres.com/financial-performance/as-reported-financials/default.aspx

They keep around 50% and make the majority of their profit from ticket sales despite the lower margin.

Disney can push to keep 60%, 65% for the star wars / avenger now that they are so powerful, but the general blockbuster is around 53-55%, non studio movie and documentary quite less (can go at 35%).
 
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GiGaBiTe

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The theater I worked at was smaller and independently owned, not part of the national mega theater chains. The deals they got were a lot worse because the owner didn't have the bargaining power. The owner has since opened a half dozen more theaters, but he's not doing great since covid wrecked his business.
 
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