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Scott Jentsch
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Have you done door prizes and giveaways before movies?

If so, how have they been received? Do you find you need a particular number of an item or certain value of item to make it worthwhile (non-tacky)?

For example, Akeelah and the Bee is opening on the 28th, and the board game Scrabble plays into the plot line. I had the idea of buying a bunch of games from a local store and doing a giveaway before the movie started.

How many would be appropriate? One would be too cheap, but at $7 each, it adds up quickly.

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Cody Martin
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What we do at our theatre(classic movie) is give one prize away for each ticket type(ie child, student, adult, senior, and comp). It is almost always liked by the crowd.


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Matt Whitney
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Whenever we have done handouts, it has always just been promo materials that the studio gave us. I have gone into a theatre with as little as 5-10 items to give away. I like to do some kind of trivia contest with the audience and whoever answers correctly gets the handout. In your case you might want to do a spelling bee with winners getting the game.

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Chris Mosel
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For "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" we attached Gold V.I.P. passes (not subject to restriction) to random Wonka Bars. We gave away 8 passes over the entire opening weekend. You would have thought they won a car or something. I guess the prize value is not as important as the relationship of the prize to the feature. We promoted it big and people reacted big.

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Matt Kerekes
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Scrabble games sounds like a great idea, I would recommend though trying to trade out passes for the games, maybe about 10. $7.00 is about the price of a ticket, so maybe 10 passes for 10 games. IF trading out won't work, see if you can cross-promote with a toy store or something and see if they will donate the games and you can put up a sign in the lobby or something advertising where they came from. Take care.

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Mark Hajducki
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If you want to do a larger promotion some form of scratchcard competition may be an idea.

Have some large prizes (3 month passes?), some smaller prizes (comp /popcorn vouchers, and some discounts (on popcorn etc [making sure that you still make enough profit].

To fund the printing of the cards you could get other businesses to sponsor the cards and in return have some of the cards offer a discount at their business.

You could give out cards with every ticket or with concession stand items. (local regulations may require to have a non purchace necessary entry route).

Door prizes will probably not get you any extra sales, but may encourage people to try to see a film at the busy times.

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Luci Reeve
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During SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE I made Tiramisu and gave it out in little cups as the audience was leaving the theatre. People really liked it.

On week nights we give away a free popcorn. One of my managers used to give away something from the lost and found. The audience loves it. They feel like someone cares.

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