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How to Work at a Movie Theater

By Erin Schreiner ; Updated October 17, 2017
Earn extra cash working at a movie theater.

If you love nothing more than sinking down into a cushy red seat and watching stories play out on an impossibly large silver screen, working at a movie theater may be the perfect job for you. Because a movie theater is such a large place with lots going on, there are many positions available within your standard theater. To make your dream of working in an establishment of this sort a reality, dedicate yourself to getting and keeping that job you have so long desired.

Select a position that interests you. Depending upon the type of movie theater at which you plan to work, there could be an assortment of positions available to you. Before you apply, consider which holds most appeal. Perhaps you would like to serve up tasty treats at the concession stand, or maybe selling tickets to eager patrons is more your speed.

Apply at local theaters. Inquire with several theaters in your area, asking management if any positions exist. If they advise you that positions are available, fill out the paper application or, as is commonly the case, do an online application.

Familiarize yourself with the building. When you first start your job at the movie theater, the cavernous building will likely seem a mysterious maze of corridors. Instead of moving down these back hallways and not paying any attention, regularly finding yourself lost, stay alert and learn to navigate the land.

Complete your training. When you are first hired, you will likely go through a short period of training in which you learn how to operate the equipment necessary to complete your assigned job. Listen up as you go through this training and try to develop these skills as quickly as possible. Not only will building your skills quickly likely shorten your training time, it may also show those training you that you are go-getting and make them consider you when more prestigious positions open up.

Remain open to advancement opportunities. Many of the most desirable jobs in a theater, such as working as a projectionist, are not ones that you can just walk right into but instead ones to which you must be promoted. While you may think that the job you initially selected is your dream theater occupation, you could find that another job looks interesting, and you may want to set your sights on .

2016 Salary Information for Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

Food and beverage serving and related workers earned a median annual salary of $19,710 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, food and beverage serving and related workers earned a 25th percentile salary of $18,170, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $22,690, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 5,122,500 people were employed in the U.S. as food and beverage serving and related workers.

About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.