We are often asked for specific movies at the Center Theatre, and asked for more notice about what movies we are bringing in, so that people can make plans and not make the trip to Bangor or Waterville. We are grateful for our community’s desire to “keep movies local”, and wanted people to understand why we aren’t always able to know exactly when we will get the movies that are requested.
Nearly every film studio has very specific requirements to meet in order for a theatre to get a film the day it is released nationwide (or “on the break”). Generally, to get a movie on the break, we have to keep the movie at the Center Theatre for two or three weeks and we can’t do anything else during that time. Because of all the other events going on at the Theatre, carving out two weeks for a movie is fairly difficult and three weeks is out of the question. So it is rare that we can get a movie when it opens nationwide. If we wait a few weeks after the movie opens, we can generally get it to play for one week. Of course, the longer we wait to get the movie, the more likely it is that people have already seen it.
Part of the challenge is that we are well down on the pecking order when it comes to movie theaters. We cannot compete against large theatres which seat more people and offer more showings per day. We usually try to confirm our movies at least a month in advance, but the studios operate on their own schedules and sometimes won’t give us confirmation until a week before we start showing the movie.
Despite these challenges, many things have improved since we transitioned from 35 mm to digital almost two years ago. Digital films come on a hard drive, which are much less expensive to produce, so there are more available and we do get them more quickly. The biggest difference is that we no longer need to use a booking agent, and the Center Theatre handles its bookings directly. It takes another step out of the process and allows the theatre to build direct relationships with the distributors.
We continue to work on our booking process, and always welcome community feedback on what movies you would like to see. We have started booking more movies than we have in the past, and adding more showings, hopefully allowing more people to attend our films. We always put our Facebook listings and website posts about the movies up within 24 hours of a confirmed booking, so we get that information out as soon as we have it. There will always be challenges, but we are always looking to improve our booking process and better serve the needs of our community.
Movie tickets at the Center Theatre are $6 General Admission, $5 for Students, Seniors, and Theatre Members. All matinees are $4. Questions or thoughts about movies can be made by calling (207) 564-8943, stopping by the theatre at 20 E. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft from 10 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday, or by going to the website at www.centertheatre.org. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
Center Theatre for the Performing Arts – Executive Director
The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts has an opening for an Executive Director located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The 300-seat, non-profit theatre was fully renovated in 2007 and is a gem in Piscataquis County offering digital movies, live performances and entertaining community theatre throughout the year. This position requires flexibility in hours to accommodate performance schedules. The preferred candidate will live in the local area and have a degree in Arts Management, Marketing or Business with 5 years of related experience; however, all interested candidates will be considered. The candidate will have strong business and interpersonal skills and will represent the theatre within the community. This position is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as working collaboratively with employees and various committees on development, programming, fundraising, finance and facilities management. Candidate should be familiar with social media as it pertains to promotion, marketing and advertising of theatre events and enjoy a challenge. Candidate will work closely with our active Board of Directors to ensure that programming and revenue are in line with financial goals. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts no later than March 31, 2015. Documents may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information on this position may be found at www.centertheatre.org
Effective Monday, March 9, the Center Theatre will be changing its Box Office hours. The Theatre is shifting to weekday hours in order to better meet the needs of our community.
The new hours will be:
10 AM-3 PM
Box office will open 1 hour before events
Thank you for your support of the Center Theatre!
The Center Theatre and Slightly Off-Center Players will be holding auditions this weekend for a children’s production of The Jungle Book being presented in April and directed by Bobby Keniston. The auditions will be held at the Center Theatre on Saturday, February 14th at 10am and Sunday, February 15th at 6pm. The cast can accommodate children of all ages and High School students are encouraged to attend along with younger children. A parent or guardian is also expected to come to auditions. No previous experience or advanced preparation is required. Some singing may be needed for some parts. Anyone interested in auditioning, but unable to attend the auditions should contact the Center Theatre to make other arrangements.
The Jungle Book, based on the beloved stories of Rudyard Kipling, will be performed the weekends of April 10th and 17th. Anyone interested in working backstage or getting involved in lighting and sound is also encouraged to either come to auditions or contact the Center Theatre. Rehearsals for the Jungle Book will begin shortly after the auditions. For more information about the auditions or performances, please email SOCP@centertheatre.org, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943 or stop by the Theatre at 20 East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft between the hours of 10am and 3pm Tuesday through Saturday The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.