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Eric the Excellent
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This is something that I am greatly interested in, although I probably will not be able to get anything off the ground for a few years, at least... if I ever do.

My dream would be to purchase one of many old historical buildings that are going to waste in my town, fix it up, create a fixed attraction, and invite magicians, side show performers, and the like to perform at it.

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As a club, can you compete with the other local entertainment?
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Where in Montana do you reside?...
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Eric the Excellent
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Mr. Newman: other local entertainment is composed mostly of bars, cheap little casinos, more bars, some amateur comedy nights, and a theater that hosts the occasional concert and about a monthly play of some kind. On the museum side of things, we have a mineral museum and a mining museum... so I think we could at least hold our own.

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Eric,
It is good to first start with asking the question, "who would want to come to this attraction?" Are you appealing to the tourist trade or locals? If it's locals, you will need to change up the exhibits and performers on a regular basis in order to generate return business. Also, location is very important. And there is so much that you will have to do that is not fun in order to do the fun stuff. If you plan it well and you don't try to do too much too fast, then you will have a nice success on your hands.
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It wouldn't hurt, given the frequency of events in the competing venues, to think up a couple of regular programs...naturally, things that would sell tickets.

How else can performance space be used? Is there a local dance teacher, who needs a place to hold classes? Yoga, tai-chi, etc. Would a Saturday afternoon kid's series sell? A regular movie (especially if it fits the bizarre concept).
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In the times I've been to and through Montana I've gotten the impression that they like weird stuff there. The 10,000 Silver Dollar Saloon with it's Jackalope heads is a place I consider weird and fun. There are also a LOT of bodybuilders in Missoula, which is kind of a fringe sport still.
What about a Western theme? That could appeal to the kinds of tourists that go through Montana, as well as some locals. Western can also be odd/bizarre.
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Eric the Excellent
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Oh yeah, there are some interesting attractions in the state, for sure, just not necessarily in my city, unless you really dig mining.

As far as attracting tourists vs locals, why not both? I could get a regular show and rotate new things in and out for the locals, and with the amount of festivals and celebrations there are around here come summertime, I'd bet I could pull in some good money. (I know a cutlery store in town makes enough off of a folk festival to stay afloat all year.)

There's a fencing club in town that is currently looking for space, and a little start-up martial arts place to boot. A troupe of belly-dancers /may/ be looking for a meeting spot, but otherwise I would have to directly compete with the local YMCA and another "space rental" business.

(I /really/ like the idea of a Saturday afternoon kid's series, but I am skeptical as to how well it would go over. )
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I'm thinking you're roughly 220 miles from the Testy Fest. Now that's a crowd that appreciates weird.
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Mmm. Mmm. Gotta love those rocky mountain oysters.
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