We offer three main types of assignments at local movie theaters: Trailer Checks, Open Checks and Lobby Checks.  We have others, but these are the main ones.  There are no out-of-pocket expenses; you will be admitted to the theaters with an Authorization Letter so you will not have to buy a ticket.  We will need, on file, an Independent Contractor Agreement (ICA) signed by you – this can be submitted to us by scan/email or fax.

What is a Trailer Check?
If you are offered and accept a trailer check, it is to check two features (SELECT FEATURE TRAILER CHECK), or sometimes only a single feature (TRAILER CHECK), and report on the audience demographics and the previews of coming attractions, also known as trailers. Our client requests these checks to make sure their trailer is onscreen on the opening of new release(s) to gain exposure for their upcoming movie and to determine if the theatre is complying with their agreement to show their trailers.

What do I need to do? – click HERE for more information
You will need to print your LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION and your DATA FORMS. Present your letter of authorization to the theater manager on duty indicating the purpose of the assignment. IF YOU ARE DENIED ACCESS TO THE THEATRE, please enter this online by choosing Denied Access in the drop-down list. You will still get paid for this assignment.

Sometimes, we will need to know which ‘version’ of a trailer played, as clients change them and send out new ones. You will enter the data online BEFORE THE DEADLINE. About 95% of our trailer checks occur on Fridays. Occasionally, they occur on Thursdays or Saturdays.

  • Please ask for a DOOR SCHEDULE to make sure you are checking the right screen numbers.  You also need to confirm how many prints of the feature the theater has received.  You are only to check each print once.
  • Go to each print one time and write down the following information:
    • 1) FEATURE NAME
    • 2) SCREEN NUMBER and SHOWTIME
    • 3) SEAT CAPACITY ­ You must physically count the seats in the auditorium.
    • 4) PERCENTAGE OF CAPACITY FULL ­ This is an estimate of how many people are in the audience. Drop-down list will be in increments of 10%. Do not put this in the screen comments field.
    • 5) DEMOGRAPHICS ­ Male/Female ratio; Age ­ under 12, 12-25, over 25
    • 6) SCREEN TYPE ­ Was the screen 35 MM, Digital, Non-digital, 3D, IMAX, or PLF? Do not confuse this with digital sound. This question pertains to the projector. PLF screens are RPX, ETX, XD…etc. You can enter this question in the comments field if more explanation is required of the screen type that you checked.
    • 7) All TRAILERS (movie previews) that play in the exact order they appeared on screen. If you see a trailer that is not in the drop-down list, please input any detail you can about it in the screen comments field and we will input it for you.
    • 8) AUDIENCE REACTIONS ­ Audience reactions are based on the standard letter grading system of A, B, C, D, or F. Please input a trailer comment next to each trailer telling us why you graded the audience¹s reaction this way. Audience reactions must be relevant and professional comments.
    • 9) BOX OFFICE TICKET PRICES ­ General admission, child, matinee, specials, 3D up-charge, IMAX up-charge, 3D IMAX up-charge, PLF up-charge, and PLF 3D up-charge if your theatre has this. You can also find this information online at the theatre website. Prices can change weekly.
    • 10) INPUT YOUR DATA ONLINE UNDER THE CORRECT LINK BEFORE THE DEADLINE. EACH FEATURE WILL HAVE ITS OWN DATA ENTRY LINK. Please pay attention to this!

Before leaving the theatre, have the manager PRINT his/her name and SIGN your data form. Please keep this with you for 30 days after the assignment for future verification of your data if needed. You do not need to fax this in unless we ask you to. 

The HOME OFFICE will review your data and if they have questions they will email you within 24 hours of your submission.  It is important that you respond ASAP otherwise your assignment may not be accepted and you will not receive payment. 

What does it pay?
For a Select Features trailer check you are paid based on the total number of screens to be audited, of typically two features.   All screens for the selected features must be checked in order to be considered complete and payable.

For a Single Feature trailer check, again, you are paid based on the total number of screens to be audited, of typically one feature. All screens for the selected feature must be checked in order to be considered complete and payable.

If there is a priority from the client to get it covered, or distance is a factor, an additional special fee can be considered, but that is generally a rare occurrence. It is best to accept assignments at local theaters close to you.

Sometimes a theatre show schedule is confusing, so you can call us and review your schedule in advance so you understand what is required.

Exact compensation is listed under the instructions for each assignment.

What is an Open Check?
This is more of an audit, counting the number of patrons in attendance of each showing of a single feature. In between showtimes, your time is yours to do other things, but you need to be present before the start of each showtime to count patrons for each show.

What do I need to do?
You will need to print your LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION and your DATA FORMS. Present your letter of authorization to the theater manager on duty indicating the purpose of the assignment. You will take notes and check each screen of the features(s) requested, the screen numbers, seating capacity, showtimes checked, the type of format (2D, 3D, or IMAX for instance), the trailers that played in the order you observed (only need them once for the day), and count the number of patrons for each showtime. The main difference between a trailer check and an open check is this check is an all day check. You will enter the data online same night. About 90% of our open checks occur on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes Fridays. Some open checks are 1 day, some are 2 days, and occasionally clients want 3 days!

The HOME OFFICE will review your data and if they have questions they will email you within 24 hours of your submission.  It is important that you respond ASAP otherwise your assignment may not be accepted and you will not receive payment.  YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS ONLINE AND EMAIL OR FAX IN ORDER FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT TO BE COMPLETE AND TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION. 

What does it pay?
For an open check,  the compensation is based upon the total number of showings audited.  All showtimes for the selected features must be checked, the data must be entered online and forms scan/emailed or faxed by deadline in order to be considered complete and payable.

If there is a priority from the client to get that location covered, or distance is a factor, an additional special fee can be considered.

Sometimes a theater show schedule is confusing, so you can call and we can review your show listings with you in advance so you understand what is required.

Exact compensation is listed under the instructions for each assignment.

What is a Lobby Check?
You will need to write down all promotional materials on all levels of the theater including the outside of your assigned theater.

What do I need to do?
You will need to print your LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION and your DATA FORMS. Present your letter of authorization to the theater manager on duty indicating the purpose of the assignment. You will then write down all promotional items you see on all levels of the theater including the outside.

The HOME OFFICE will review your data and if they have questions they will email you within 24 hours of your submission.  It is important that you respond ASAP otherwise your assignment may not be accepted and you will not receive payment. 

What does it pay?
For a lobby check,  the compensation is typically a flate fee.  All forms must be scan/emailed or faxed before the deadline for this assignment to be considered complete.

Exact compensation is listed under the instructions for each assignment.