NATO’s Independent Theater Owners Committee (ITOC) provides a forum for discussion and information exchange between smaller theater owners and operators with fewer than 75 screens.
Chairwoman Colleen Barstow (Omaha, NE), along with Vice Chairwoman Emelyn Stuart (Brooklyn, NY) preside over the ITOC.
In addition to the committee leadership, four elected volunteer members serve on NATO’s Executive Board of Directors, the top decision-making body within the association. The current elected volunteer members are Donald Fox (Reading, PA), Joe Paletta (Atlanta, GA), David Wright (Goshen, IN), and John Vincent (South Wellfleet, MA).
These six individuals spearhead dialogue and advocacy for independent owners and operators within the exhibition industry.
- Digital Cinema Implementation
- Content Delivery (Satellite, DCP hard drive, 35mm)
- Distribution Policies and Studio Relations
- Showtime Listings
- Marketing and Social Media
- Virtual Print Fees (VPFs)
- Small Business Legislation (Federal and State level)
- Movie Theft
- Theatrical Release Windows
NATO and CinemaCon have organized special programming geared specifically toward independent theater operators. The goal is to provide greater interest and value to all of NATO’s independent member companies. Here is a memo regarding the program for CinemaCon 2019: NATO Indies Committee CinemaCon 2019 Memo
All NATO member companies who operate fewer than 75 screens are eligible to participate. Volunteer members can determine their own level of involvement within the committee.