September Bow in
St. Louis Suburb of O’Fallon
Great Escape Launch
Mo. – Great Escape Theatres launched on Sept. 9
its new 14-plex in O’Fallon, Mo., approximately
30 miles northwest of St. Louis.
The multi features stadium-style rocking
seats with retractable armrests, as well as a 2-story
game room, two party rooms,
and ticket kiosks in the lobby for will-call pickup of
online ticket purchases.
Great Escape, a subsidiary of New Albany,
Ind.-based Alliance Entertainment, operates 115 screens
at 12 sites
in seven Midwest states.
October Bow In Oxford
Fla. – William Jenkins Stembler, CEO of Georgia Theatre
Co. (GTC), was honored Oct. 27 with the Show “E” Award
at this year’s ShowEast convention in Orlando, Fla.
The award, presented at the Coca-Cola Final Night Banquet,
is bestowed annually in recognition of contributions to
the exhibition industry.
Stembler’s career with the
original GTC began in 1973, and he remained with the company
(now a component of Regal Entertainment Group) bought
it in 1986. He launched the current incarnation of GTC
1991, and the circuit, based on St. Simons Island, Ga.,
now operates 273 screens at 29 sites in Georgia, Virginia
and South Carolina.
A 3rd-generation exhibitor, Stembler traces his family’s
presence in the industry back to 1924, when maternal grandfather
William K. Jenkins launched the Palace Theatre in the Atlanta
suburb of Little Five Points.
A former enforcement attorney with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, Stembler holds a law degree from
of Georgia Law School.
He has served NATO in numerous capacities over the
past two decades, notably as the association’s
chairman from 1996 to 1998.