I used to make $150 - $200 per day doing patron counts. I was on good terms with the theaters, so I stayed all day. They let me hang out, use the internet between shows, and stay in their employee break area between shows. I wasn't allowed to bring in food or drink, but I could leave and if I bought one soda they would refill it for free all day.
When I did the trailer checks several years ago, the managers of the theaters would shaggy you out of the place when the movie started. It was offered at the time as "see movies for free". Not in the theaters I did. 15 page beast report. One night and done for me
Why do they offer rates so low if the majority of the shops will be sitting for months collecting dust? Is is possible the company can't afford to pay any more than what their offering and that's why these shops won't get done until someone accepts the payout?