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VOR
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge

It is very, very difficult for a single screen theater to succeed long term. At one point, not too long ago, the Prytania was about to be sold and go under the wrecking ball. However, a wealthy "benefactor" came along, invested money in renovating the place, and allowed the Brunet family to remain as the tenant.

They have survived in a few ways. For one thing, often they pick up wide releases in the second or third week when the distributor receives a lesser percentage of the take. They also have developed a relationship with a couple of distributors that help them out with first runs or with films they know will make money Uptown.

The Prytania also partners with the New Orleans Film Society's New Orleans Film Festival in the fall and its French Film Festival in the summer.

I have serious doubts about a single screen art house theater making it in B.R. without being subsidized by someone. You would be surprised at the low margins involved between revenues and operating costs.


ColaTiger
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge


It can still happen.


Tiger1242
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
The one by my house has couches and recliners instead of movie theatre seats. They're always having cool midnight showings and stuff too


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TigerRad
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
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Nickelodeon


not exactly thriving

they are perpetually on the brink of extinction and begging for donations



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VOR
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
I'm pulling for you, Cola


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timbo
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
I've heard rumors that Alamo Drafthouse is looking at eventually opening a Baton Rouge location. I think they would do gangbusters business.
We've gone to the Manship Theatre a few times to see movies. They get a good selection of current indie flicks and crowd-pleasers, like The Goonies, The Big Lebowski and A Clockwork Orange. Plus, they sell beer, wine and liquor. The one drag is that the movies usually show for one or two nights, with just one showtime per night.


ColaTiger
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
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I've heard rumors that Alamo Drafthouse is looking at eventually opening a Baton Rouge location. I think they would do gangbusters business.


I would jizz everywhere.


TigerRad
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
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I would jizz everywhere.



I dont think its that kinda place


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Weebie
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
Long post warning .... All you have to do is go to any theater in Baton Rouge on opening night for something other than a typical/trendy movie to see that this idea would fail in BR.

I saw the highly acclaimed documentaries "The Cove" (which won the Oscar btw) and most recently "Blackfish" both on opening nights in BR and was the only couple in the theater. Now you could argue that it was because they were documentaries being the reason, but that's not true.

People in BR and Louisiana in general are typically dirt cheap. It's not that people don't have the money, they just want everything for next to nothing. If you have a nicer, single screen theater then you are going to need to charge more to keep up with overhead. Most people around here bitch about having to spend $10 on a coke and popcorn the small handful of times they actually do get up and go to a movie .... So just imagine trying to stay afloat with that type of crowd dominating the area. Even if you did show the blockbuster films.

Good idea, just not for Baton Rouge. It does work in many bigger cities.
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SlowFlowPro
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
when the rave on o'neal started showing indie-type films here or there, they were always packed as shit

i remember seeing pan's labyrinth there in particular. packed as shit

so it is possible


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Peazey
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
I would attend. I can't say that I'm sure that BR has the culture or maybe layout for it to succeed though.


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NBR_Exile
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
You mean like the Varsity before it became a band venue? I saw some awesome flicks there in the early 80's.

Why wouldn't an Alamo or Studio Movie Grill work in BR? They are all over Houston, the 'burbs included.


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