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A Theater Manager’s View of The Force Awakens Opening

Some of us wanted to be the first to see The Force Awakens last Thursday. Others decided to wait until the crowds died down a little. And then there’s a group of people who had no choice -those who work in movie theaters. An anonymous theater manager gives an account of what this past weekend was like. It was like nothing he/she had experienced before.

In a single moment at 7 p.m., we had to process more people than we normally do on an entire Friday night of business. These are the moments you learn that hell is real, and we are living in it. The huge crowd stressed the power supply to the point that the frozen drinks machine kept breaking and the oil line for one of our two popcorn kettles burst open, knocking it out of commission. In a situation like this, I could have 50 staff and it would not make a difference.

It didn’t make much difference how many people he/she scheduled to work, “(Apparently, the only people in town who couldn’t be at the movies that night were theater staff.)” Read the rest at Fusion. -via Digg

(Image credit: Flickr user Mike Maguire)

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