Volunteer FAQ

When / where are the volunteer orientations? Are they mandatory?

The two Translations volunteer orientations will be on Sunday April 15th from 2-3pm and Wednesday April 18th from 7-8pm. They will be held in the Pike/Pine conference room in the 12th Avenue Arts building:  1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, second floor. Accessible via stairs or elevator.

Orientations are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged for new and returning volunteers to get up to speed with anything new for this year. You will also receive your Volunteer Handbook at orientation and learn how to sign up for shifts.

What types of volunteer shifts are there?

Operations, Usher, Tech, Membership, Merchandise, Party Assistant, Greeters, Bartenders, Barbacks.

How do I sign up for shifts?


  1. Log in (or sign up for the first time)
  2. Go to "Calendar", Find the date you want to volunteer
  3. Click on the red "All Volunteers", the shifts will be listed on the right hand side of the screen
  4. Find one that works for you. Click on it and then click "Take this shift."


When should I arrive for my volunteer shift and what should I do when I get there?

Please arrive for your shift at the SHIFT START TIME, NOT THE FILM START TIME. Generally theater volunteers arrive 30-45min prior to the movie start time.

Is there a dress code for volunteers?

There is no specific dresscode. We encourage our volunteers to dress however makes them feel fabulous! Please do remember that you represent Three Dollar Bill Cinema when you volunteer, so try to avoid clothing with holes or ripped jeans. Most volunteer roles will require you to be on your feet, so please wear comfortable shoes.

How do comp coupons work?

For every volunteer shift worked you receive a comp coupon that can be redeemed for a free movie ticket to any regularly-priced film at any of our annual screenings. You must present the comp coupon at the box office the day of the movie you want to see and exchange it for a ticket. The earlier the better! Box office opens 40min prior to the first screening of the day. Please note that tickets are first-come, first-served, so if there is a film you definitely need to see we encourage you to buy your ticket ahead of time in case of a sell-out.

Should I volunteer for a movie that I want to see?

No! Many volunteer roles have responsibilities during the film. You are there to volunteer. At the end of your shift you will receive your comp coupon and you can exchange it for a ticket to the movie you do want to see.

If I have more questions about volunteering, who should I ask?

Please contact our Translations Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Duncan at: volunteer@threedollarbillcinema.org.