Some terms used in the Help Centre have specific meanings in the context of Vista software.
An area category represents a pricing area in a screen's seating layout. It need not be physically contiguous.
For example, if you have a row of premium, extra comfy seats for which you want to charge more than the rest of the seats your theatre, you could configure two area categories: one for the premium seats and one for the standard seats.
Tip: Use promotion/discounts and ticket types for differential pricing that is based on considerations other than seat location (for example: comps and paid tickets).
Cinema vs Site
- A cinema represents a revenue centre or business unit. Commonly, this is a film exhibitor, but could also be a bar or restaurant, whose revenue is tracked separately.
- A site may consist of one or more cinemas.
For example, the site Any Cinema (Wellesley Street) consists of three cinemas: Standard, Premium, and Food Court.
Cinema groups make it easier to transfer data from Head Office to Cinema Manager. Instead of linking a record to one cinema at a time, you can link the record to an entire group of cinemas. This is useful for categorising cinemas in different ways (such as urban and rural) and makes it faster to link records to cinemas.
HO (Head Office) Code
HO codes are optional for films and sites in Head Office but necessary when using a distributed scheduling workflow in Film Manager. The HO Code field must be populated with a unique code in every Film and Site maintenance form, and must match the film and site HO code in Cinema Manager.
HO codes are also necessary for summarisation and aggregated reporting from the cinema to Head Office.
Items represent anything that can be sold in Vista that is not a ticket (tickets are represented by ticket types).
Price cards control ticket availability and pricing for different times of the day, days of the week, and movie experiences (for example: standard, 3D, or IMAX).
When used correctly, price cards reduce the number of ticket types that you have to maintain.
For example, cinemas often offer tickets at a reduced price on traditionally slower days. Instead of creating a set of ticket types such as Adult Full Price $15.00, Adult Tuesdays $13.00, Child Full Price $10.00, and Child Tuesdays $8.00, create just two generic ticket types: Adult $15.00 and Child $10.00. Add these to a price card for Tuesday sessions with a ticket price adjustment of -$2.00.
Note: A ticket type must be included in a price card.
A screen represents an individual auditorium or theatre - a room in which films are shown.
Time blocks are a way of segmenting the day for reporting purposes.
For example, you can use time blocks to compare ticket sales for mid-morning shows against matinee shows.