Get Paid to Go to the Movies

By Mike Haaren – Rat Race Rebellion Co-Founder – Updated July 13, 2019

Home-Based Jobs and Extra-Cash Gigs – Theatre Checkers

If you’re still a bit old school like me and enjoy going to the movies, why not earn some extra cash AND go for free? With free snacks sometimes included, too.

In some metro areas it can get pretty pricey to go to the cinema. You can pay $18+ for a plain vanilla movie ticket at the mall, or over $20 for IMAX 3D. Throw in popcorn and a drink, and it’s $30+. Pay for a child or a friend and it’s $60+. And if the movie’s a dud, ouch!

But there are some side gigs with Market Force Information — a legitimate and long-time hirer of Mystery Shoppers — that let you get your movie fix and make some extra bucks, too. Just register (for free) as a Certified Field Associate (CFA), and you’re eligible.

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS OFFERED (Quoted from the Market Force site)

Theatre Checks: Most of these assignments are conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
       Trailer Checks: Present your Letter of Authorization to theatre management to watch and record all trailers on all screens shown prior to the assigned feature.
       Open Checks: Present your Letter of Authorization to theatre management to count the patrons attending the showtimes of the assigned feature, and collecting box office information at the end of the day.
       Blind Checks: Covertly counting patrons attending all show times of the assigned feature on the assigned day.
       Advertisement Checks: Watch and record all advertisements shown prior to the feature.
       Sneak Checks: Present your Letter of Authorization to theatre management to watch a sneak preview of an upcoming release, collecting reactions and demographic information.
       Comprehensive Checks: Present your Letter of Authorization to theatre management to collect a variety of information on new releases: Patron counts, ticket prices, sound and visual quality, trailers shown, etc.

Mystery Shopping/On-site Evaluations: Posing as a typical customer, usually without the theatre personnel’s knowledge, you would go to a theatre to evaluate the movie-going experience. This includes an assessment of how you are treated as a customer, the overall appearance, housekeeping, & marketing and/or promotional material placement.

Promotional Material Installations: Involves assembling movie standees, installing one-sheets (movie posters), banners, etc.

Exit Polling/Trailer and Advertisement Recall/Market Research: Various types of movie audience data is collected at theatres on behalf of movie studios, and is used to assess public opinion of current and upcoming movie releases.

On-site Auditing: This involves such tasks as counting/confirming placement of promotional materials, counting people, and a variety of other related activities.

What’s the Pay?

CFAs can reportedly make between $10 and $20/hr. per gig, with some assignments said to pay $30+. The job listing doesn’t specify pay, however, and the company hasn’t confirmed those rates. “You’ll be paid for field visits… and even reimbursed for your movie tickets and concessions for select assignments,” Market Force says. Workflow will vary, so this is best considered an extra-cash option rather than a main gig.

To go straight to the jobs, click here. For reviews of Market Force shopping gigs — including the movies — click here. Market Force pay for its Mystery Shoppers generally gets mixed reviews, so “your mileage  may vary.” Pay may depend on location and the number of Theatre Checkers available in your area. For more choices, check our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about the jobs we post, like our Facebook page and check your feed for our posts. May you be side-gigging soon!

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