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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 360 (322)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 360
Page 360

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 360

thank the person in the aisle seat for allowing the others to pass.

Another good service is to assist patrons with their wraps when they are entering or leaving the theatre. uMay I help you," always goes with this service. If a gentlemen is with the lady do not interrupt if he is helping her with a coat; wait, and then help him. If the man does not offer the lady aid, then you should proceed to do so.

Checking Theatre-As soon as you have been assigned to an aisle, check immediately on the available seats, and keep an accurate count on this at all times.

Keep the floor free from trash at all times, but do not sweep it on the feet of seated persons. Do not permit umbrellas, canes, crutches, or peopleis feet to protrude into the aisle. Explain to the patron the danger of someone tripping and ask that they move the protruding object.

No TippingeThe service you offer is that of a host to a guest. As a host you do not expect to be paid for your courtesy to your guest. Tips should not be accepted even if the service you render is as extensive as changing a tire.

Times and Pictures-You should know the starting time of the next feature and, if the feature is on, what time it will be over. You should know what short subjects are on the program, and something about coming pictures and their casts. Learn to read a time schedule your first day on the job. Try to memorize feature starting times.

Smoking Sections-If there is a smoking section in your theatre, learn where it is and whether or not there is an additional charge for sitting there. Have a supply of books of matches to give to patrons on request.

Sound and Projection-All members of the service staff of a theatre should keep a close check on the sound and picture. The manager will delegate one person to


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WIdEN an accident occurs the stall should offer quick assistance and take note of the situation.

notify the operator when sound or projection need correction. Buzzing the operator once, he will make the sound one degree louder; if this is not enough wait a short while and buzz once more. Two buzzes is a signal for him to lower the sound, one degree each time he gets two buzzes. If something is wrong with either picture or sound, other than being too loud, or not loud enough, buzz the operator three times to call his attention to it. Do not continue to buzz after this. If the trouble is not corrected notify the manager at once. If the screen goes blank while there is still sound, buzz the operator three times. If the screen goes blank and there is no sound, buzz the operator three times and then go down the aisle to see whether light can be seen in the booth. If you can not

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see any light it is an indication that the fire shutters have dropped. This does not always mean fire. Notify the manager or assistant immediately, but do not run or appear to be disturbed, or in any way give the patrons the impression that something is wrong.

House Reports-The hourly house report is usually kept with the doorman's copy of the time schedule. It is to be filled out by the usher making the hourly check. It should include an accurate check of the temperature and the condition of all parts of the theatre. Any irregularity should be corrected; tissue and towel dispensers filled when needed and anything not in order and clean is to be made so. This report is far more important than you may suspect and great care should go into making it out.

Theatre PropertyeFlashlights, uniforms, and other articles issued in connection with your duties are the property of the theatre and are not to be used while off duty. Care should be taken of this property at all times.

Breaks-"Break" is a term used to describe a time when there are many persons leaving the theatre at one time. Usually this is at the end of a feature. However, if you opened your theatre to a good crowd and started with the feature then the break would come at the end of the short subjects. At all breaks you should watch for accidents as about 75 per cent of them occur during these times.

ClosingeAfter the box office is closed all moveable display frames should be turned around so that patrons leaving the theatre will see them. The closing usher or ushers should patrol the balcony, main floor, and loges about eVery fifteen minutes to make certain everything is in order. The house report is to be kept right up to the time of closing and the time of closing noted on it. When the final break comes, a check should be made of all sections of the theatre, in


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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 360