June 23, 2005

Machines Hate Me

Even though officially this is my day off, I have to go in to open today since one of my Assistant Managers is out of town, and the other, who was going to take the whole twelve hours, is going to have four movies to tear down and three to put together, almost all of it after we close, so he'll probably be there until 4am, and that's if everything goes smoothly. The way things have been going lately, smooth is not likely.

The "scope" lens in theater one won't focus--something is out of alignment in its innards, and the best I can do is get the picture sharp on the top half of the screen or the bottom half of the screen. The problem is irreparable, and only a new lens will solve it--and the owner won't spring for a new lens. So every single showing, people come out to complain about the focus. Then, Tuesday night after I left, the projector in theater two got so dark that my assistant had to give everyone at the last show passes. Turns out that the bulb had vibrated itself off center, so no light was getting through the lens. Only I didn't know that until after we'd had to cancel the first two matinees on 50¢ day. Most of the customers were nice about it, but one was irate that we hadn't publicized the cancellation. Um, lady--even if we know which radio station you listen to, or what newpaper you read, we didn't plan to have mechanical difficulties! There's also an ongoing problem with projector three--a pin holding on one of the sprocket reels sheered off, and threading three is an adventure every time.

Overheard customer movie review of the week: "I got my money's worth--all fifty cents."

Posted by Susie at June 23, 2005 10:15 AM | TrackBack

Seriously, how can ANYONE over the age of 10 complain about what they paid $.50 for?

They can always get a video at the library if the theater's ruining their day.

Posted by: Harvey at June 23, 2005 01:58 PM

I need to read things more carefully because at first glance I thought the title said:

Machelle Hates Me

I'm thinking, what did I do. I mean I have even tagged Susie with a meme.

But then I read it again and saw the Machelle was actuall Machine. Whew!

I heart Susie!

Posted by: Machelle at June 24, 2005 12:27 PM