ShowEast celebrates holiday movies


After a lackluster summer season at the nation’s movie theatres. with attendance figures at a ten-year low, the box office is rebounding nicely—and as we go into ShowEast, gross revenues for the year are up 3.8% and attendance has risen by 2.6%. Someone must be appealing to the Movie Angels, because grosses increase like clockwork nearly every year as we get ready to attend ShowEast.

Several films have led the assault at the box office and contributed to this uptick. They include Hotel Transylvania, Taken 2, Looper, Argo, End of Watch, Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4. Anyone who thinks they can guess where a film is going to end up is smoking dope, but there are a number of sure-shots coming down the pike that include Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2, Rise of the Guardians, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jack Reacher, Wreck-It Ralph, Django Unchained and Les Miserables, to name a few.

The possibility of a new record is in reach and 2013 looks solid. So with all that good news, ShowEast is expecting a large crowd for their 2012 edition at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida, Nov. 5-8. The hotel has been sold out for the past month and, coupled with the seven announced movies that will be screened, ShowEast will be the place to be during Election Week. The aforementioned Breaking Dawn, Jack Reacher and Guardians will be shown, along with The Impossible, Parental Guidance, Hitchcock and Stand Up Guys.

The educational seminars are quite inclusive and have something for everyone, covering multi-channel audio systems, large-screen auditorium conversions, digital-cinema operational issues, satellite delivery systems, laser projection and in-theatre dining. And a full trade show will showcase all the bells and whistles that go into the modern theatre.

One of the highlights of the show each year is the Hall of Fame Luncheon. Chaired by Jim Amos and Clark Woods, the luncheon is all about singling out those individuals who have been the backbone of the motion picture industry. Many of the recipients this year are people who have never shared the limelight but are now being thanked for their contributions. Mr. Woods and Mr. Amos are to be complimented on their selections and the broad range of people they invited to join this exclusive club. 2012 recipients include Joan Corrado (deceased), Chuck Goldwater, Sonny Gourley, Bert Livingston, Jorge Peregrino and Stan Reynolds, Sr.

The Coca-Cola Company continues to support ShowEast and for the 28th year in a row they are the sponsor of the final-night awards banquet. Kudos go to Richie Fay, the Salah Hassanein Humanitarian Award winner; Dan Harkins, the Show ‘E’ Award recipient; Zach Beebee, the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award honoree; and the winners of a special Independent Spirit Award in honor of the memory of Bingham Ray: Tom Prassis, Eamonn Bowles, Ben Barenholtz and Arnie Sawyer.

ShowEast, like CinemaCon and all the other regional conventions, is about networking, communication, film and new products for the industry. It’s a time for fun and education, so come on down to Hollywood, Florida, and experience the joy of going to the movies.

Remembering Ted Shugrue
You knew as soon as he walked into a room that he was important. He was always dressed immaculately: never a wrinkle, well-groomed, the “dapper Don” of the movie industry. Ted Shugrue, veteran film distributor and exhibitor, died recently at the age of 62.

Ted headed up international distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment and also was the head of Loews Cineplex International. While at Loews, he led the company’s expansion overseas, creating modern multiplexes in Spain, Korea and Italy. In 2004, he served as CEO and president of Envoy Media Partners, a developer and operator of multiplexes in underserved markets like Vietnam.

Ted was also a director of the Motion Picture Pioneers and had a lifetime affiliation with the Will Rogers Memorial Fund.

Ted is survived by his wife Maeve, his children Ted, Charles and Justin and his brothers John and William. You’ll be missed, Ted.

Saluting USL’s Jack Cashin

Will Rogers has met his match. Everyone we talk to can only say superlative things about this man—laid-back, unassuming, charming, innovative and intelligent…just some of the words to describe Jack Cashin. After he pioneered his company to three decades of success, the industry wanted to pay tribute to this man that many call “the preeminent cinema equipment manufacturer.”

Since attending graduate film school at USC, Cashin has been designing and engineering solutions for sight and sound at the movies. He built his company, Ultra-Stereo, on quality and integrity and has never lost sight of his dedicated employees. That’s why many of his people have been with him for 30 years.

Jack has been able to anticipate the needs of the market, designs innovative products and delivers with high-quality customer service. He and his longtime partner, wife Felicia, are quite a team. One is the creative force and the other is the driving and operational force. Their efforts have resulted in several awards for Jack including two Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a SMPTE award for outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods for sound on film motion pictures, and five Teddy Awards from the International Cinema Technology Association for Manufacturer of the Year. And now ShowEast is honoring him with a special award of achievement for technical contributions.

The Cashins are also very philanthropic and started a nonprofit organization that assists young people coming out of the foster-care systems, helping them receive training and education.

Congratulations, Jack, on your anniversary and this prestigious award from ShowEast.