Day 9: Come on! Feel the Moxie!The inside of the auditorium has been painted! Not completely, but enough so that when most people see it they'll be duly impressed. Or at least they should be. Thanks be to J.R. for helping us finish in a quick, yet evenly paced manner. Justin and Kelley (yes, that's really their names) will be helping us do even more painting tomorrow. Hooray! Here's some nice pictures of today's visible progress:
Here's J.R. applying the first coat of ultra-expensive, super-thick, terrible-tasting Kilz Premium primer to the nasty West wall.
This is what the screen wall looked like when I was 85% of the way done. Quite a descriptive caption, eh?
J.R. and Nicole begin applying the purple / gray / taupe paint to the back wall of the auditorium.
Is that the same ugly West wall? Why yes. Yes it is. Amazing!
The auditorium is nearly complete!
The purple / gray / taupe color goes quite well with the black... even more so when we don't have to look at it under crappy fluorescent lights.
And for those of you who were curious about our poster collage, this is what we're aiming for. Click on the picture above to enlarge the collage. As you can see, we're using details from much larger posters. I really like the way it looks... in PhotoShop. I hope we can replicate it in the really real world. Nicole wanted me to point out that this isn't the final placement of the posters, and I concur. I want the Jaws poster to be directly below the Garden State one.
Other big news
Nicole and I met with Mark Biggs today, the head of the Electronic Arts department at MSU, to discuss future collaborations. We have a lot of cool ideas, such as: screening student short films before regular movies, creating an advanced film class and business class to be taught at the theater (by none other than myself and Nicole), hosting MSU-sponsored alumni presentations, etc., etc., etc.. It was a nice meeting. Mark's a really nice guy... smart as a whip too. I look forward to working with him in the near future.
Let's see... what else happened? Oh yeah! How could I forget! We met with Bucky Bowman, the director of the Springfield Arts Patronage, to discuss our current "broke as a joke" problem. Nicole and I had been batting around the idea of doing an "adopt a chair" fundraiser, but Bucky wanted us to take it a bit further. Here's what we're going to do:
Become a Moxie Founding Member Today! By becoming a founding member, you will be treated to a year's worth of free movies. Whenever you want to see a movie within our first year of operation, simply stop by and flash your Moxie Founding Member card... the movie's on us. After the first year, you'll receive $2.00 off regular ticket prices and a free movie ticket on your birthday. Need some popcorn? That's free too! What's that? You want more? How about one free pre-show ad per year that will run on the day of your choice... AND your name on one of the Moxie's seats... AND your name on the Founding Members plaque... AND an invitation to the Founding Member party the night before our grand opening. Can it get any better? Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't. It's real, and Moxie Founding Memberships will be going on sale soon.
Now, how much would you expect to pay for a membership like that? $10,000? $5,000? $1,000? For a limited time only, all Founding Memberships are going for the low, low price of just $_______! Can you believe that?! How can we even make a profit? Remember, we only have a limited amount of these memberships, so it's first come, first served.
Seriously, that's what we're going to do. We have 70 seats, which means we can have 70 founding members. Members will receive free movies for our first year of operation (one per day), and $2.00 off standard admission each year afterwards. They'll also receive free popcorn, one free ad per year, their name on a chair and plaque, and a swanky pre-opening party thrown in their honor. Does that sound appealing to anyone out there? Seriously, if we were to sell a membership with all those perks for $500, how many of you would buy one?
Think about it this way: if you were to go to the theater three times a month ($8 per ticket), and buy a popcorn and drink each time ($6 per visit) you'd be spending $504 over the course of a year. The membership has already paid for itself! So, what do you guys think?