Imagine sitting at home with your family, and then suddenly decide, “Hey! Why don’t we all go see a movie? (Insert movie here) just came out this weekend!” Then you get in the car and drive over to theater without making plans and checking showtimes. The only problem with that is showtimes for a popular movie on its opening weekend will be busy. So plan ahead! And here my top 3 tips to how to plan your movie going experience before you come to the theater.
- Purchase your tickets online. Yes, there is a fee for purchasing ticket online, but you’re saving yourself from standing in line at Box Office for at least 15 minutes. And the machines outside to purchase tickets aren’t always reliable.
- Make sure you get to the theater at least 30 minutes before the showtime. If it’s ridiculously busy, we’ll put the guest in a standing line until the theater is ready to seat. By showing up when the movie starts, you risk not finding seats for your entire party to sit together, or you’ll have to sit in the very first row all the way up by the screen.
- Find your seats then go to concessions. Split your party up. Half of you find seats and save them and the other half stand in the concessions lines. That way you get your popcorn and a good seat, all before the movie starts.
EXTRA TIP: Plan out your bathroom breaks. Go during the trailers when the lines are shorter. There are also plenty of website online that tell you the best times to go to the bathroom during the show, if you don’t mind missing a few minutes of the movie.
The “Food and Beverage Blues.” This would be the perfect title for a song about the struggles of working behind the concession stand for six hours. But I’m not a lyricist nor am I musically inclined, so I’ll just write about my F&B blues here.
Today I worked behind the stand mostly by myself from 4:00-9:30. It was little busier than normal Sunday nights because IT is still dominating in box office. This meant that I would be running back and forth taking orders, fixing food, popping popcorn, and turning off the popper before I burned the popcorn I just popped.
On the upside though, no one yelled at me today! It’s a good shift when you can go home without upsetting a single guest.
The downside however, is having to close the stand at the end of the night. You see all the things you can buy that are out in the stand? Yeah, I’m the one who has to pick all that stuff up at the end of the night. And clean the popper, the fryer, the garment popcorn holder, take out all the trash, sweep, and do the dishes…and more things that just make me tired thinking about it!
But tonight I had some help! Shoutout to Sarah for offering stay late and help me close the stand!
My job as a film crew member has me running around like crazy when I’m at work! So I feel like it’s important for me to let you know exactly what it is that I do, and hopefully shed some light so you understand just how hard our film crew actually works! So here are the four main spots film crew members work:
- Box Office: This is probably the first place you’ll encounter a film crew member. You can purchase or pick up tickets here and find out all the movies and showtimes we have. TIP #1: when you walk up to box office, speak clearly into the mic and say how many tickets you need, specify any adult or child’s tickets, and say what movie you are seeing. This helps us ring up your tickets quickly without having to ask you multiple questions to figure out what you need.
- Greeter: This where the ticket taker stands and tear your tickets. TIP #2: all you need to do is hand us your tickets and pay attention to which direction and theater we point you to. If you’re talking or trying to walk past me, chances are you’ll miss my directions and go to the wrong theater.
- Concessions: This is often the busiest spot for a film crew member mainly because we are running back and forth between taking your order and fixing your food. TIP #3: try know what you want to order before you get to the counter. It just makes the process go faster so you can get into your movie quicker.
- Usher: This is the crew member that basically clean up the entire theater. When a movie, they exit great and then go in and clean up all the popcorn and spilt drinks. They sweep the lobby and keep the bathrooms tidy. TIP #4: if you have any problems, the usher is the closest person who can stop and help you.
As a film crew member, I can work in any of these areas, which often keeps things new and interesting each shift. Sometimes it’s nice to have a greeter shift that’s not busy, and sometimes working in box office on a busy weekend makes me want to yank my hair out. But regardless working at the movie theater is one of the funniest jobs to have!