Cinema or theatre managers take overall responsibility for running a cinema or theatre, booking the performances and making sure everything runs smoothly and it makes a profit.
You may be one of a team of managers if you are working in a large complex, or the only manager in a small cinema or theatre.
You could be:
keeping up to date with up and coming films and productions
contacting agents to book films or performances and planning well in advance
implementing marketing activities
interviewing, employing and training staff
arranging catering and cleaning services
organising the repair and maintenance of the building, seating and equipment
being responsible for keeping laws on licensing, censorship and health and safety
making sure that the cinema or theatre is profitable, keeping accounts, balancing the budget and negotiating funding if needed
writing regular reports for your directors.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
As a trainee or assistant cinema or theatre manager, you would probably earn around £18,500 to £21,000 a year. As a manager, as you gain experience, you might earn between £25,000 to £50,000 a year. Salaries tend to be higher in the large chains, which also might provide pension schemes, than in small independent cinemas.
Free tickets for shows are generally a perk of the job.
You could work in a small local theatre or cinema, a large city theatre, a multi-screen cinema, a concert hall or a large arena.
You would work from an office in the cinema or theatre.
This is not a 9 to 5 career, you must be prepared to work unsociable hours including evenings and weekends.
There is no single way into this job. The following qualifications could be useful.
HNC (SCQF Level 7), HND (SCQF Level 8) or degree (SCQF Level 9-10) in events management, marketing or business studies.
For entry you normally need 1-2 Highers for HNC or HND or 4-5 Highers for a degree.
For a cinema specialising in independent and art house productions, an arts degree such as film and media studies might be seen as being relevant.
Some work up from lower level cinema jobs. However, because of the film certification laws all staff must be over 18.
Some move into cinema work after experience in retail management or customer service.
You should have a strong interest in and a good knowledge of cinema or theatre.