Is there some legal reason I can't open a "movie theater" that is really small, like a 100 inch screen and only seats 20 people?

Is there some legal reason I can't open a "movie theater" that is really small, like a 100 inch screen and only seats 20 people? And serves chicken wings? And is just in a tiny shed? But I still charge for tickets of course since I'm an actual movie theater just small.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So what I'm asking is, is there anything stopping me from registering as a movie theater even though it's so unconventional? I hate popcorn. I hate too many people.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There is nothing to stop you from doing this. You will need a business plan in order to secure a loan (and in this economic environment, you will need to personally guarantee the loan - meaning with your own personal money) If you don't need the loan, don't worry about it. How do you intend to make a profit?
      >t. NY finance gay

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There's nothing stopping you from doing this.
      The problem is you need a license for each film to charge people to come and see it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        he can just paly old, cult films for cheap.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I never realized how dogshit the editing on this poster was

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It only works if they’re obscure foreign films or already in the public domain.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            There used to be a guy in Toronto who'd just screen obscure art movies that are either public domain or the rights holders don't have the means to go after him for royalties. You'd pay $7 to sit in some guy's living room for the evening, and he'd play the movies he promised on the flyer then a bunch of random stuff until it got past midnight and kicked people out. He stopped because some butthole downloaded CP over his wifi that he let his guests use then had to go to trial to prove he's innocent because the prosecutor was being a c**t.

            He supposedly had one of the most complete prints of Metropolis before the fully intact copy was found in Argentina.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Sounds like the duality of Cinemaphile. I could see the guy hosting the party and the guy downloading CP both posting here kek

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No nothing is "stopping" you, but you have to buy licenses to play new releases (who knows how much israelites charge for that) and why would people want to pay to see a brand new movie in your shed? The cinema is an experience that has been around for 100 years. What unique experience are you offering the public that they'll want to pay for? If you try to remake the cinema experience in a fricking shed it's not going to work.
      Food would have to be a part of it. If you had good food, if you have a really great personality AND you live in a small town or have a really cozy, tasteful spot in a city area then it could work. But I'm getting the sense it's not going to be nice, it's going to be a shitty rusted shed and I wouldn't pay you $30 for that. Something like this

      Honestly if you're serious about this, don't open a movie theater. Open a "social club" where members pay a membership fee each time they visit. The movie and the crab legs are complimentary. That way you can dodge licensing fees.

      PS, it's fricking wild that everything requires a license. License to serve food, or booze, or to have a business of any kind, or to show a movie, or have people park in front of your building, or or or....

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >What unique experience are you offering the public that they'll want to pay for?
        random unsolicited sexual experiences in the dark

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Alright if you hire women to sexually assault people in the shed while they're trying to watch a movie then this could work. Putting their feet near your head or in your lap, "accidentally" touching you a lot, falling into your lap etc

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Probably more like random drug addicts, mostly male.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              then for this reason, I'm out

              An extremely comfortable, quiet, intimate spot with good food where I could go to relax after work that wasn't a bad would be great, actually. Have a rotating list of movies, a quiet and respectful clientele, and it could be a very cool spot. However, I wouldn't want to go hang out in what amounts to someone's garage or basement.

              Yeah that's what I was getting at, I don't think I stressed enough that it would have to be a very cozy, clean, comfortable atmosphere. Nice lighting. I'd go there too.
              But again OP is making it sound like I'd be driving to his house and going around the back to his shed.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Cozy, clean comfortable
                Nah I knew exactly what you meant. We're on the same page. And the "social club" aspect could make it so that you could have more control over your clientele. If someone comes in too drunk or too loud or just not fitting the scene, you could politely and legally refuse them service. Do some simple bar snacks, have semi private booth seating arranged toward the screen. It could be kino.

                Want to steal OPs idea and start a tiny theater?

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah I like the idea. As a boring adult with few male friends I thought about joining a hobby group to make some but I couldn't really be bothered doing anything like that. Something like this though would be really nice. Even if you were tired after work it's not like you're going rockclimbing or some shit. You can get some dinner, watch something and chat to a few people on your way home. Sounds like the good old days
                I think you'd be lucky to break even with something like this though. It depends where you are I guess but anything remotely close to the cbd isn't cheap. Ideally you'd be in a little alley tucked away but still close to the city

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        An extremely comfortable, quiet, intimate spot with good food where I could go to relax after work that wasn't a bad would be great, actually. Have a rotating list of movies, a quiet and respectful clientele, and it could be a very cool spot. However, I wouldn't want to go hang out in what amounts to someone's garage or basement.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Wasn't a bar*

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you follow regulations (fire and stuff), register and pay taxes; i dont see why not.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do you plan on doing a penis inspection? It's a requirement to have a state-licensed Cinematorium in some jurisdictions.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Straight girl here. That pic has the opposite effect

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Jesus christ bro, you're not a fricking girl. Take your pills.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    sure. some c**ts did it near my house.
    https://fomocinemas.com.au/fomo-cinemas-brunswick/

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This looks like a real theater showing real movies on multiple screens and serving real food, managed by professional competent people. OP looks like he just wants to put a projector and screen in an unused cuckshed and call it a day.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah that looks like an indie theater, it’s obvious OP would be running a one-man operation.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    no as long as you pay for the movie rights

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What the frick does picrel have to do with starting up a movie theater business?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly if you're serious about this, don't open a movie theater. Open a "social club" where members pay a membership fee each time they visit. The movie and the crab legs are complimentary. That way you can dodge licensing fees.

    PS, it's fricking wild that everything requires a license. License to serve food, or booze, or to have a business of any kind, or to show a movie, or have people park in front of your building, or or or....

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    thought it was a midget from the thumbnail due to the small hands
    turns out it was just Henry Cavil KEK

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Early days of Alamo drafthouse (late 90s) = crappy old nasty deflated seats + Amazing food (fries crispy on the outside, meaty tatters on the inside, spiced/greased just right) + Ultra-cool hipster image + rare cool filmE

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >chicken wings?
    This is a messy food to serve in a dark theater. You're gonna have greasy seats and nasty trash everywhere

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The tickets need to be half the price of regular ones and you need to show random old/artsy movies to attract hipsters.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My dad rented out an old bowling alley that we turned into a theater and then a video store. I have fond memories of sitting in there and watching gremlins with him. He was really proud of it even though we had to close, I still miss him.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There'd be sth wrong if you don't still miss a father!

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