Properties Become 5,949-screen Chain
Regal, UA, Edwards
Top executives of the Regal Cinemas and United Artists
Theatres chains confirmed in late January that parent company
Anschutz Corp. will consolidate three recently acquired cinema
circuits Regal, UA and Edwards Theatres into a
5,949-screen megachain overseen by Regal CEO Mike Campbell.
UA CEO Kurt Hall is expected to head a new Anschutz company
that Hall says will concentrate on all the new businesses.
Those businesses are said to encompass the new circuits
advertising, digital strategy and satellite network operations.
I think on the operating side this consolidation gives
us the critical mass that hasnt been seen before in the
exhibition industry, Campbell told The Hollywood Reporter.
On Kurts side it allows for an entity to focus on
the ancillary revenue streams that have always been talked about
but have never been implemented.
Both Campbell and Hall will have their own board of directors
and will report to a holding company comprised of Anschutz,
Oaktree Capital Management and several other investors. Campbell
and Hall are also expected to share the title of co-vice chairman
of the parent company.
Greg Dunn, Regal chief operating officer, will serve in the
same capacity for the new circuit. UA executive vice president
Mike Pade will oversee the combined circuits Los Angeles-based
film office. Regals Denise Gurin will be the head film
buyer for the western half of the United States, while UA vet
Ted Cooper will head film buying for the eastern half.
Muvico Chain Receives
Best Practices Award
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. Muvico was awarded in December the
Human Resource Association of Broward Countys Best
Practices award, which specifically cited Muvicos
Guest Services Fanatic Program.
Muvicos award-winning program gives immediate recognition
to hourly employees who exceeed its standard of service. According
to the circuit, overall guest satisfaction increased 30 percent
in the 12 months following the 1999 launch of the program.
At Muvico Theaters, exemplary guest satisfaction is at
the core of everything we are and do, said Muvico president
Hamid Hashemi. Our Guest Services Fanatic Program gives
our management the opportunity to instantly demonstrate to our
crew members just how important exceeding our guests needs
and wants is to the growth of us all.
Other recent honors bestowed on the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based
circuit include the Employment Management Associations
Merit Award for employee communications, the Florida East Coast
Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence
in Development & Construction Award 2000, and the
City of Boca Raton Appearance Boards special recognition
award for significant contributions to the beauty of Boca
The Muvico Palace 20 in Boca Raton was named the number-one
movie theater in Palm Beach County, having posted the highest
attendance of any site in the region.
Muvico operates 233 screens at sites in Florida, Maryland and
Idaho Falls Edwards
Sees Heaven Makers
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Edwards Theatres Idaho Falls,
Idaho, 14-plex played host Jan. 18 to the screenwriter-director
and producers of The Other Side of Heaven. John
Groberg, the subject of the film and author of the book on which
the film is based, was also in attendance.
Heaven is an independently-distributed drama about
a young Mormon from Idaho who spends three years as a missionary
in the Western Polynesian kingdom of Tonga.
To promote the film, Groberg, writer/director Mitch Davis and
producers Gerald Molen (Schindlers List) and
John Garbett met moviegoers and signed autographs from 6 to
Patrons received signed movie posters for every three cans of
food they brought in, to be donated to the Idaho Falls Community
Guard Units Go to the Movies
Black Hawks Down
At Edwards Multis
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters
descended Jan. 18, one each, on Edwards Theatres Long
Beach, Calif., 26-plex and on Edwards Boise, Idaho 21-plex.
They dropped in to promote the opening of the Sony war thriller
Black Hawk Down.
were treated to tours of the helicopters, a presentation by
the Army National Guard color guard, giveaways, and posters
related to the film. The events were dedicated to the men and
women who serve in the armed forces and fire and police departments.
The National Guard reps at both sites answered questions, handed
out information about the organization, and set up field camps
in the theatres lobbies. Recruiters for the National Guard
were at both sites, while recruiters from the Los Angeles County
Fire Department and the Long Beach Police Department were also
in attendance at the Long Beach 26.
1st Battalion of 183 Aviation of Idaho Army National Guard landed
and handled the helicopter for the Boise 21, and the B/CO 1/140th
Aviation Battalion of the California Army National Guard landed
and attended to the helicopter for the Long Beach 26.