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Our Mission

The Cinema Foundation is the first-of-its-kind all-industry group that will use data and collaboration to solve problems and promote and expand the exhibition industry.

The key priorities of The Cinema Foundation include:

Promoting the industry as a great place to work via recruitment campaigns, training programs, and opportunities for career growth.

Building on NATO’s relationships with the creative community to grow audiences, promote the industry and diversify content options.

The Center will work to ensure the industry’s technology is future ready and meets standards that help key stakeholders including filmmakers, manufacturers and exhibitors while also avoiding costly barriers that do not enhance the theatrical experience.

Data will be the key to effective industry messaging, promotion and innovation going forward and The Foundation will prioritize a data-based approach across all initiatives.

Working with existing industry charities to expand their impact.

Become a Founding Donor

help us build the future of cinema TOGETHER

Your gift impacts the cinematic experience. Support for the Cinema Foundation means:

  • Increasing goodwill across the exhibition industry
  • Obtaining reliable pro-theatrical data to use with studios, filmmakers, investors, press, and more
  • Creating investment in industry-wide recruitment and training
  • Building deeper relationships across the cinema industry
  • Involving exhibitors in future technology
  • Innovating with a cross industry-wide thinktank to test solutions to grow exhibition

The Cinema Foundation is an all-industry 501(c)3 non-profit that uses data and collaboration to promote and expand the cinema industry. Its mission is to “advance the moviegoing experience, by developing future diverse workforces and moviegoing communities through research, education, and philanthropy.”

The movie theater industry includes more than movie theaters. It is made

up of key partners including filmmakers, studios, content providers, equipment and concession manufacturers, data and technology companies, and more who depend on the strength of theatrical exhibition and the communities we serve.

We are the Foundation of a great industry.

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Thank You to Our Donors Who made the 1% Pledge

We Rise as one

Akin Ventures
Allan L. Reagan
Athens Movie Palace
Aurora Cineplex
Aviation Cinemas
B&B Theatres
Bainbridge Cinemas
Beach Cinema Alehouse
Belcourt Theatre
Bengies Drive-In Theatre
Big Cinemas
C.J. Theatres
Caribbean Cinemas
Centruy Square Luxury Theaters
CineLux Theatres
Cinema 21
Cinema Cafe
Cinema Entertainment Corp.
Cinema Village Cinemart
Cinema West
Cinemaworld of Florida
CKN Theatres
Collins Road Theatres
Commonwealth-Ghosen Theatre Corp
Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
Corydon Cinemas
Country Club Cinemas
Crowne Pointe Theatre
D’Place Entertainment
Dakota Cinema
Darkside Cinema
Dolby Laboratories
Eaton Theatre
El Reno Cinema Co
Emagine Entertainment
Epic Theatres
Epping Cinemas
Famous 5 Theatres
Far Away Entertainment
Film Fest 919
Foothills Entertainment Company
Galaxy Theatres
Georgia Theatre Company
Glitter Cinemas
Guido Films
Hallett Cinemas LLC
Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre
Harkins Theatres
Hermitage Theater
Historic Lynwood Theater
Hollywood 20 Cinema
Hometown Cinemas
Indiana Booking Service
Jones Theatres
Kerasotes Showplace Theatres
Kiggins Theatre
KJB Theaters
Larry H Miller Megaplex Theatres
Littleton Cinemas
Look Dine-In Cinemas
M C I C , Inc
Main Street Theatres
Malco Theatres
Marquee Cinemas
Metropolitan Theatres

Mitchell Theatres
Molnett Cinema
Movie Palace Inc / WyoMovies
Movieland Enterprises
NCG Theaters
New Castle Theatres
Northwoods Entertainment
O’Neil Cinemas
Okura Pictures
Onyx Theatre
Orca Theater
Paradise Cinemas
Patriot Cinemas
Phoenix Main Gate
Pickwick Theatre
Pittsburgh Theater Company
Pix Theatre
Platinum Cinemas
Plaza Atlanta
Premiere Theatres
Prestige Theatres
Prime Cinemas
Quoin Media & Entertainment
RC Theatres
Reel Properties of Crowley LLC
Regency Theaters
Richland Cinemas
Riverview Theater
Roadhouse Cinemas
Roseburg Cinema
Rouman Amusement Company
Roxy Theatre
Royal Cinemas
Salt Lake Film Society
Sanborn Theatres
Saunders Theater Properties
SEEfilm Cinema
Seminole Theaters
Showplace Cinemas
Silver Screen Magic
Sky Vu Drive-In
Smithfield Cinemas
South Branch Cinema 6
South Hadley’s Tower Theaters
Southwest Theaters
Spotlight of Hornell
Spotlight Theatres
Stanwood Cinemas
Stone Theatres
Stuart Cinema & Cafe
Studio C
The Beltonian Theatre
The Franklin Cole Foundation
The Frida Cinema
The Historic Admiral Theater
The Laemmle Theatres Charitable Foundation
Tobie Cinemas
Tri-County, Cineplex
Tristone Cinemas
Tropicana Theaters
Twilight Theatre
University Mall Theatres
Vickers theatre
Vision Max Cinema
Visulite Cinema
VSS-Southern Theatres
Water Gardens Theatres
Wellfleet Cinemas
Western PA Theater Holding Co.
Zeus Digital Theaters

“I firmly believe in The Cinema Foundation and its important role in contributing to the magic of moviegoing. The Foundation will create dynamic employment opportunities for the industry’s future workforce and develop programs that ensure a healthy exhibition industry that brings economic and cultural vibrancy to communities across North America.”
Brian Schultz
Look Cinemas

The Cinema Foundation

Board of Directors

The Cinema Foundation Board of Directors is made up of both exhibitors and industry partners, based on the increasing need to work together to tackle issues facing exhibition. The Foundation is a true industry-wide group.

Tori Baker

Vice President

Tori Baker

Salt Lake Film Society



Brian Schultz

Look Cinemas

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Adam Cassels


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Frank Tees

Moving iMage Technologies
President – ICTA



Miguel Rivera

Cinépolis Americas

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Michelle Maddalena

Dolby Laboratories

Josh Nations


Josh Nations

The Coca-Cola Company

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Michael O’Leary


Foundation Staff


Executive Director

Bryan Braunlich

The Cinema Foundation



Erin Von Hoetzendorff

The Cinema Foundation