Re: MOVIE NIGHT
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 09:04:10 EDT
I was part of the planning committee for a "Movie Night" event for another
organization. We did alot of investigation into the legalities because we
wanted to be absolutely fair to all involved. Basically, if you charge to
get into an event that is showing a movie, you owe royalties. No if, ands or
buts. However, you can do what the movie theaters do. Charge some generic
admission (like $1.00 or $2.00 for the movie), then sell popcorn, etc.
Except for First Run Movies, the local movie distributer (talk with the
manager of a local theater to identify that person) can make all the
arrangements as to Minimum Fee (sometimes waived for non-profit orgs) and
percentage of take above minimum. Also, if you are using Video's from a video
store, look on the box. Many times there is a distributor address or studio
address you can contact. Many times, for non-profit groups, the studios have
special "deals" that are really quite reasonable.
You know that FBI warning that shows up in front of every video...believe it!
While there is very little chance anything would ever happen because you
showed a movie as a fundraiser to a small group of boys, is the point whether
or not you get caught, or whether or not you are setting the right example
for the boys? Groups do this all the time. If you get the right industry
contact, the procedure is quite simple and painless...but you must get
authorization first! Oh yea, you might consider making arrangements with a
local theater..that way, they can do all the legal work.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, VA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City