Catching a flick with plastic
By Erica Jolley
May 3, 2006 | No need to bring cash to the movies anymore.
Stadium 8 theatre now accepts credit cards.
Some customers claimed the frustration when they didn't
have cash on them, finding another inconvenient way
to get cash to see a movie.
"There have been times Iéve had to go to the store
to get money or be charged to use the ATM," said Marques
Chavez, a broadcast journalism major.
Amber Nyman, a social work major, said she was not
aware of the theatre accepting cards and said it is
going to "make it so much easier" to see a movie.
Often the theatre would hear from upset customers
because they didn't want to use the ATM because of the
fee. Some customers would also get irate because there
were times the ATM machine ran out of money.
"It was hard for us as managers, because when it was
busy we didnét have time to run to the bank and get
money to fill the ATM, thatés when our customers would
get furious at us, but it wasn't fair to us as the managers,"
said former manager of Stadium 8, Andrea Milne.
With debit and credit cards becoming more common,
it's about time the Providence theatre accepted credit
cards. But this theatre isn't far behind the trend,
many theatres still donét accept credit cards, a
"We decided to get the credit card machine because
it was easier for our customers, it's what they wanted,"
Michelle Felson, Stadium 8 manager, said. "It does slow
the lines down but I think the customers feel that it's
Some customers don't think slowing down the lines
will make swiping a card more convenient.
"I don't think that it will be easier now that they
accept credit cards," Nyman said."It's just going to
slow the line down while we all wait for everyone to
sign their receipt."
The theatre waited to supply a credit card machine
because they wanted to make sure that it was worth the
time and money. According to Felson they put a credit
card machine in a St. George theatre to see the results
and as it became successful they decided to install
one in Providence.
"It's a hassle for the theatre to accept credit cards
and it cost money to have the machines," said Felson,
"It's also a lot easier to just count money than having
to deal with credit card statements."
Even though Stadium 8 has made it more convenient
for their customers they havenét seen a noticeable rise
in sales. That could be because prices still remain
While the prices may not change, customers appreciate
credit cards are now accepted. And The
Austin Statesman has a solution for those who think
the prices are too high and are a tight budget-- going
to a matinee.
"I don't know if I will go to Stadium 8 more now that
they except cards, but I will definitely choose that
theatre over others in the valley now that I know I
can use my debit card," Chavez said.
Whether you see a matinee or a midnight movie, there
is no need to stop and get cash or get charge to use
the ATM. Just bring your debit card and get right in.
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