KACEY STEWART is an eighteen-year-old concessionist at the Regal Eisenhower Cinema 6. She’s worked there part-time since June 2007 and enjoys writing and photography in her spare time.
Describe what your job entails.
Kacey Stewart: Well, I’m usually a concessionist, which means I clean, pop the popcorn, and give customers their food and drinks.
What training does your job require?
Kacey Stewart: Usually all of the employees start at door, which is where you clean theatres and tear tickets. You also have to clean the bathrooms. Then you are trained on concession, and then on box to sell tickets.
Did you always want to have this job?
Kacey Stewart: I love movies, so working at a movie theatre just sort of fit.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Kacey Stewart: My favorite thing about the job is the people. I love the people I work with. I consider them all friends, and the atmosphere is so friendly, I love to just hang out even when I’m not working.
And your least favorite?
Kacey Stewart: I don’t really like cleaning the bathrooms, or mopping, but other than that I really like my job.
What is the strangest or funniest experience that you have had at work?
Kacey Stewart: The funniest time was when I was working door and there was a group of people who came in and they were all giggly. After I tore their tickets, they ran down the hall laughing and before they got into the theatre, I saw one guy pull out a pizza he’d been hiding under his coat. I thought I smelled pizza! Needless to say, we took care of it, but I think they got to finish their pizza outside of the theatre. Also, there was one time when a kid got his arm stuck in a drink holder. How he got it in there, I have no clue, but right as the fire department came, the kid got free.
What is the most important thing you have learned from your job?
Kacey Stewart: My people skills. I am not the most outgoing person, but my job has helped me with that.
What are your future goals?
Kacey Stewart: My future goals are some mixture of writing, photography, and psychology. Im not sure yet which field I will go into.
Do you have any advice for other people who aspire to have this job?
Kacey Stewart: If you want to work at a theatre, you have to be willing to work your way up from cleaning bathrooms. And please, be careful in concession and dont lean against the hot popcorn popper, it might burn.