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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 439 (415)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 439
Page 439

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 439

All modern means are helpful toward minimizing both the opportunity and the inclination to steal.


The exercise of caution and good judgment in the hiring of personnel is one of the most important steps theatre management can take to protect itself against theft. No person should be employed for a position of responsibility and trust without a careful investigation of his or her background with regard to character, reputation, periods of employment and unemployment, habits, associates, and all other pertinent facts which will aid in determining the individuaPs qualifications for a job in

the theatre.

Even though there is no apparent evidence of dishonest practices, it is often advisable to conduct periodic surveys among employees who handle money and merchandise to uncover any possible

UNIFORMED GUARDS check the sale in a theatre office as an added available Pinkerton service.

illegitimate operations. Any help suspected of gambling heavily, borrowing excessive sums, or living beyond their means should be immediately investigated, as they are likely to become dishonest to meet their obligations.

Secondly, the theatre manager or other reliable employee should have armed protection by the police or other qualified parties when he goes to the bank to deposit receipts or procure payroll money. If it is at all possible, funds should not be carried to and from the bank at the same time every day or night or along the same route. If automobile transportation is used, the car should be a private one, not a taxicab, with the doors kept locked during the entire trip.

Lastly, in keeping with the principle that nothing should ever be taken for granted in the protection of theatre cash, money should always be passed below the level of the deal plate when it


CHECKING can be an inconspicuous enterprise that the average patron or employee will not notice, as witnessed by the Pinkerton man at the extreme right with a counter concealed in his coat pocket.

becomes desirable to take some of the bills to the safe in the office, and all employees empowered to transfer money from the boxoffice to the office should be careful to conceal it in such a way that it is not seen by either patrons or



Since a theatre operator cannot possibly be in his house all of the time to see that it is being run strictly in accordance with the rules and regulations, he would do well to employ an independent, qualified organization, such as Pinkertonis National Detective Agency, Inc., to do so for him. Steadin engaged in the business of protection since 1830, Pinkertonls offers a wide variety of

service for the theatre which ranges from guard duty to the actual supervision .of ticket sales.


If any improper practices are suspected in theatre operation, they can usually be readily detected and eliminated by qualified operators, dressed in plainclothes so that they will not be distinguishable from regular patrons. In some cases, a detective may be assigned to Work as a doorman, usher, p"rter, etc., to establish the irregular practices and identify the guilty parties. In addition to their usefulness in uncovering cases of fund mishandling, these agents may also be effectively employed to ferret out such evils as discourtesies by employees to

WRAPPING UP A CASE is handled by a Pinkerton investigator here shown questioning a cashier and doorman. Note the counter in his right hand, plus actual theatre tickets, give him a distinct advantage.
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 439