The MVFS is run entirely by volunteers, and new help is always welcome.
Set your own schedule-once a week or once a month, and stay to see the movie for free (not required) and chow down on the equivalent of $5 worth of concessions- on us!
There are three functional areas, box office, concessions, and projection.
Box office volunteers are asked to be at the theatre an hour before show time to assist with set-up. Duties mostly entail the sale of admissions for that that days screening, but will also include the sale of posters, t-shirts, memberships, and answering patron questions.
Concessions help requires being at the theatre 75 minutes before a screening for preparation and set-up. Help enhance our patrons movie experience by selling concessions before the movie and cleaning up the concession and seating areas after the movie.
Projection volunteers will be trained on the goings on behind the scenes of the theatre. Projectionists will learn lighting and sound management as well as troubleshooting in case of any movie emergencies. A mechanical aptitude is helpful, but certainly not required.
Projectionists must stay for the entire show, but do not participate in the set-up or take down of the movie itself. Projectionists get a free bag of popcorn and a drink to enjoy while on duty; they also receive a pass that entitles them and a guest to attend any regular show at no charge.
Concession and box office volunteers do not have to stay for the movie, but are encouraged to do so to assist with clean-up of the auditorium afterward.
After 6 months as a volunteer, the possibility of taking your ‘movie career’ even further exists.
A Theatre Host act as an ad hoc theatre ‘manager’ for screenings of their choice. They arrive early and make sure that everything is ready to go by show time. This may mean that you will be needed to fill in for box office or concessions (not projection) in an emergency. A board member is always on call for any questions that arise. Hosts must stay for the entire screening and also are responsible for counting out the funds for that shows admissions and concessions, and closing the theatre.
Board members do all of the above, and also take part in the day-to-day operation of the theatre. If you have been a volunteer for at least six months and have a greater interest in the organization, consider serving on the board of directors. Interested? See a board member on duty or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click this link to download the application.
Mesilla Valley Film Society
PO Box 1131
Mesilla, NM 88046
(575) 524-8287 then press 2
The Fountain Theatre is located at
2469 Calle de Guadalupe
one-half block south of the plaza in Mesilla.