December 18, 2004

And I don't much care for canned spinach, either

I guess I'd better start looking for a new job.

Last night's business was pathetic, despite the fact we just got Shark Tale and The Forgotten. When the owner called (after I left, of course) to check the night's take, he told my Assistant that all his other "dollar houses" were raking in the dough, so obviously our management was at fault and he was thinking about closing us down.

Only we're not doing anything differently than we were a year ago. So if I was such a great manager then, how come I'm such a poor one now? I even have a much better crew than I had a year ago.

The only difference that I can see that might have affected our clientele is the fact that the new 13-screen dollar house on the other side of town has new seats, new equipment, and standard size screens. (When he divided our big theater into two, we ended up with two odd-sized screens. Cinemascope movies played in one of them cuts off the sides, and Flat--which are squarer--played in the other one have the top and bottom cut off.) I also suspect that some patrons have gotten tired of the projectors breaking down all the time, even though we give them a pass for another showing. Of course, if I point this out to the owner, he says I am just making excuses.

Due to a corporate screw-up about two months ago, we had no newspaper ad for two weeks, and many people thought we had gone out of business. It's probable a lot of people still think that, since our ad is a 2x2 square that appears only two days a week.

If I'm really doing such a terrible job managing, how come we've sold over 600 Gift Certificates in the last three weeks?

Maybe the owner needs to take some management classes--perhaps he'd realize that you get better results from praising people for what they did right than harping on what they've done wrong. He certainly managed to undermine my Assistant's morale with one phone call....

Posted by Susie at December 18, 2004 09:59 AM

*I* think you're doing a good job :-)

Posted by: Harvey at December 18, 2004 11:40 PM

Oh yuck.
The owners screws up and you get kicked. Do you have any leads? One way of looking at this is: if tehy don't do something soon the movie theatre will go bust. You can go on to bigger and better things. If you do decide to chuck it, my prayer for you is that you find a job that is better all around; more interesting, better pay, greater likihood of promotion. Hope things work out no matter what.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at December 19, 2004 09:36 AM

Could it be slow perhaps because most of the movies that have come out this year are about as good as a wet potato chip?

Posted by: Azygos at December 19, 2004 07:40 PM

Hey Susan :). Was it Amber or Matt that Ebeneezer talked to that night? Tisk tisk on him I tell ya, 600 gift certs =O wow, that means 600 people after Christmas coming to the theater :D, yay! Hopefully 599 of them buy concessions, cuz I love working at the theater, and if he closes it down, then whoa, that's what, 13 people out of a job? Well, I'm off to Christmas Eve church, cya tomorrow at 8, if you are there =).

Posted by: B-Rad at December 24, 2004 02:42 PM