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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 440 (416)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 440
Page 440

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 440

PAYROLL ESCORT is another Pinkerton service which teams with Deposit Escort as a means of protecting theatre cash against theft of any nature whether inside or outside of the theatre building.

patrons, hazards likely to result in injuries to customers, violations of fire regulations, disorderly actions by patrons, lax management, etc.

As stated previously, hiring of new employees Without a thorough probe into their backgrounds is foolhardy and prejudicial to efficient business management. An investigation by an organization experienced in this type of work may well save a theatre operator from serious losses through theft by a dishonest member of his staii'. The following true case is an excellent example of the danger inherent in neglecting entirely or making only a perfunctory check of prospective employees:

A female cashier of questionable background was employed by the manager

of a theatre without a pre-employment investigation. She shortly entered into collusion with a head usher who frequently acted as a relief doorman. At first, only a few tickets, said to be sufiicient to pay the cost of bus fare and lunches, were held out, but the number rapidly increased.

Scarcely had this pair started their depredations when the head usher also entered into an agreement with one of his subordinates, who also acted as a relief doorman, to hold out tickets. Then, still another usher, who served as relief cashier, began to retrieve stubs thrown away by patrons and resold them in collusion with the regular doorman. Before long, practically the entire staff engaged in selling and collecting tickets became

FIRE AND PANIC LOSSES can also be minimized through periodic checks on equipment. Normal employees are prone to take for granted usual safeguards that a "strange" guard will carefully examine.

involved in their resale. Due to the number of employees involved in the conspiracy, it was comparatively easy to keep tabs on the whereabouts of the manager and his assistant at all times; naturally, nothing improper was done when it would have been possible for either of them to detect it.

In time, of course, the steady decline in revenue was noticed, and Pinkertonis was called in to investigate. Trained agents, who posed as patrons, soon caught the culprits tired-handed" and the operator began to receive his just earnings again.

Such surveillance operations in connection with admission sales are among the most valued services which organizations such as Pinkertonis Oder to the theatre operator. Others include: periodic inspection of the premises, regulation of crowds, escort service to banks, trafiic direction, etc.

NATTILY IMPRESSIVE are the well tailored unis terms of the Pinkerton service detail.


As pointed out above, there are certain precautionary measures which the theatre operator can take to cut down losses resulting from the activities of thieves. In the final analysis, however, the prevention and detection of crime is the specialized business of organized police departments and qualified investigative agencies. While the exhibitor may help to prevent loSSes from theft by properly training his personnel, for example, he can best minimize this risk by augmenting his efforts with the services of experts who have had years of experience in the field.

The principles of realistic theft protection discussed in this article are as applicable to outdoor theatres as they are to roofed ones. As a matter of fact, due to their more open exposure, even tighter security measures should be established for drive-ins.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 440