Meiselman, CEO of Eastern Federal Corp., spent eight years in New
York as an investment banker before joining in January 2001 the
circuit his grandfather started in the early 1930s. Meiselman was
appointed CEO after his father Iras death that spring. Eastern
Federal currently operates 194 screens at 21 sites in South Carolina,
North Carolina and Florida.
about you would most surprise the majority of your fellow exhibitors?
For someone who is 65 and from North Carolina (a basketball-crazy
state), I am not a very good basketball player. People are always
surprised by this.
would you wish for if a djinn offered to grant one wish (assuming
you couldnt wish for more wishes)?
Lower film rental!
would you be if you werent a cinema operator?
Relief pitcher, Atlanta Braves.
Who is your
favorite filmmaker and why?
David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The
Game). Very spooky and stylish.
TV show do you hate to miss?
your favorite book?
Shel Silversteins The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.
kind of lunchbox did you have as a kid?
Probably Star Wars. It was like a religion for people
your favorite movie theatre in which you and/or your partners have
absolutely no investment?
Angelika Theater in Dallas, Texas.
the best thing about running a cinema company?
People are always interested in what you do because everyone loves
talking about the movies. I have a friend in the ribbon manufacturing
business. No one ever wants to talk about his job with him.
Once a theatre becomes unsuccessful, it is extremely difficult to
turn it around.
the best thing about living in North Carolina?
Charlotte is a clean, fun, safe, pretty, growing town. I live two
hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. I lived in
New York for 10 years, and its amazing the improvement in quality
of life since I have been back in Charlotte.
We have a 70-year tradition at Eastern Federal. I would love to
live up to the high standards set by my grandfather and father.
was the single best piece of advice you ever got?
My dad told me to never make hasty decisions. He also told me to
trust my first instincts. Managing the two successfully is the trick.