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In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors' prediction?

(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

(B) As distinct from the existing cinemas, most of the cinemas being planned would be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.

(C) Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each year for the past ten years.

(D) The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.

(E) The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators' profits.
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We have to find an answer that helps to solve the paradox that even though population doesnt increase still the profit increase.

Author is talking about the population in general. Not about increase in the no. of people going for movies.

A directly attacks this.
Eventhough population is stable. no of people going for movies is increasing thus increasing profits and thus supports the decision of increasing the number of screens.
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07 Aug 2012, 13:44
(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

More no.of footfall(frequency and volume) will enhance the business
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14 Sep 2012, 03:26
Generally speaking, primemoving age would be a good option, but the stimulus doesnot talk
So , the only way out of investors prediction to be true should be , exploring areas untouched .
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14 Sep 2012, 10:56
(A) best helps justify the increase in movie screens. Let's say that at present 50k people live in Washington County. At present, 25k are between the ages of 8-12. In five years, that group is going to be 13-17 (teenagers) and is going to half of the population. Because teenagers are those most likely to attend movies, suddenly half the population is going to fill theaters. Hence, they better start building those seats quickly .
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14 Sep 2012, 21:13
(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

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27 Apr 2016, 02:29
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In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors' prediction?

(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

(B) As distinct from the existing cinemas, most of the cinemas being planned would be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.

(C) Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each year for the past ten years.

(D) The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.

(E) The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators' profits.

Cinemas are making modest profit right now and the population is also not expected to increase much. Still there are new cinema's opening and they are expecting profits.
We need to find a reason for this.

Going through the options, only option A gives us a solid reason by saying that the people in the movie going age are increasing. This justifies the expectations of the investors.
Correct Option: A
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07 Sep 2016, 02:34
A talks about 10 years while premise its within 5 years
I was confused between D & E

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26 Sep 2016, 14:48
Hey folks:
My only concern is , Option A specifically explores the paradox in the timeframe of next 10 years, but the question prompt is within a time frame of 5 years. Say the teenagers starts going movies in the 7th,8th or 9 years.
My belief doesn't get strongly strengthened if , within 5 years, no. of footfalls is gonna increase, the population being constant.

However, say there are limited numbers of cinema operators.Had there been more cinema operators, the same audience would watch more frequently leading increased profit.

In my opinion option D is a better choice.
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My reasoning for selection choice A is that we are given in the premise that currently, cinema operators make modest profits and The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much yet investor somehow see a great business opportunity.

So to strengthen their claim, the answer choice should provide evidence on how could be an increase in movie going population because other than that any other reason doesn't seem to justify how both investors and established cinema operators can make profit.
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22 Oct 2016, 01:55
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In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors' prediction?

(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

(B) As distinct from the existing cinemas, most of the cinemas being planned would be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.

(C) Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each year for the past ten years.

(D) The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.

(E) The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators' profits.

Answer is E as that is the only option that tells us that who will actually be using the increased seats. B is irrelevant. C is weakner. D is irrelevant as nothing is explained about number of screens in the prompt. E does not explain the increase in the seats.
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In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors' prediction?

(A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

(B) As distinct from the existing cinemas, most of the cinemas being planned would be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.

(C) Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each year for the past ten years.

(D) The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.

(E) The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators' profits.

Answer isE as that is the only option that tells us that who will actually be using the increased seats. B is irrelevant. C is weakner. D is irrelevant as nothing is explained about number of screens in the prompt. E does not explain the increase in the seats.

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I think you mentioned E instead of A by typo.
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Premise: In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits.
Premise: The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much.

Conclusion: Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are PREDICTING SOLID PROFITS both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

For the investor’s plan to get successful and deliver the desired results, the demand should meet/ exceed the supply.

The investors are thus assuming that there will be a demand in near future for the movie screens.

Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

This choice correctly states this.
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