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  •  As much as I respect you, Michael... (2+ / 0-)

    this model is not a sustainable plan. So to be profitable, you basically need slave labor to run your theater?  Call it 'volunteering'...fine.  But let's look at this in a larger scale...should every business in America run in a manner like this?  Where only a few are paid, and the rest are volunteers? Imagine your local grocery having two paid positions with clerks volunteering to stock shelves or operate the check out. You may say film is different...by why? Why should it be singled out for special consideration?

    You may hate commercial movie theaters, but at least they provide paying jobs for people. Of course that costs more money...higher concession and ticket prices.

    The real problem is the 90% take that movie studios demand for commercial films on first week runs. For those of you who don't know, movie theaters receive about 10% of first week ticket sales...it then roughly follows a formula of increasing by about 10% each following week.

    I work, or try to work, in the film industry. It is rife with people taking advantage of others. From no-pay internships to producers who live on the refrain of "we're a low budget film, we can't pay you"...it's rather disgusting actually.

    So Mr. Moore, whilst I respect and appreciate what you're doing, I can't say that I'm impressed.  Run your theater whilst giving the ticket takers and concession workers a wage (if not a living wage), and then I'd be impressed.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 04:58:59 PM PDT

    •  That is just so nuts. A community project like (2+ / 1-)
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      this theater is a wonderful thing for communities. You do not speak for those people involved in volunteering for the State. Just absolutely wrongheaded nutzoid complaining for complainging sake.

    •  Get a clue. (1+ / 0-)
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      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 02:38:15 AM PDT

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    •  iow, if a profit cannot be made... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...it is not worth doing.

      Yeah, well,  if it's not worth doing for love,  it's not worth doing, so there.

      (I know,  this will go right past you)

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 05:46:26 AM PDT

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      •  Did I say profit only? (0+ / 0-)

        One can run a non-profit whilst paying its employees. You're trying to create a false dichotomy...an either/or argument. Not so.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

        by JWK on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 07:59:17 PM PDT

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