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    Default When did the queuing start???

    When I went to Butlin's as a kid (late 70s to early 90s) there was never a queue for the theatres apart from a handful of people who would turn up 10 minutes before.
    When I returned as an adult with my own family in 2000 there wasn't any queues and there was no problems getting a seat in centre stage.

    Now I remember centre stage got busy over the next 5 years to the point it became standing room only, but when did people queuing for hours before the doors opened?

    It seems to me there is a generation of Butlin's holiday makers that have become preconditioned to queue. However, this is surely preventing growth as a lot of new visitors will be put off by having too queue for hours to get a seat, especially when summer breaks are so expensive.

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    The Skybar and B-line passes are an extra revenue stream generated by queuing. At Pontins all entertainment venues are always open, like Butlins used to be, so no queues there (although it does get crowded sometimes). Butlins has got much busier over the years, especially with the expansion of caravans. Sometimes alternative venues (Reds/ Centre stage/Jaks/Crazy Horse) are closed, forcing everybody into one venue. Beachcomber was demolished at Minehead. Huge tiered seating venues like The Gaiety Theatre are long gone. These days there isn't usually an alternative for people to go to, certainly not for free. I am sure I have read that Bourne Leisure have finally recognised that this is a problem and that huge tiered seating venues like the old Gaiety Theatre are in the pipeline. Certainly I woudn't be happy in queues like that for some of the prices you pay to holiday there, not that there is usually anything on I want to watch.

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