CinemaCon to honor Caribbean Cinemas' Robert Carrady
Robert Carrady, president of Caribbean Cinemas, will receive CinemaCon 2018’s “Career Achievement in Exhibition Award” during the convention’s International Day festivities on Monday, April 23 in Las Vegas.
“From his dedication to bringing the latest innovations to his audiences and his unparalleled passion for the theatre experience, Robert Carrady is a perfect honoree for the CinemaCon Career Achievement in Exhibition Award,” noted CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “A successful family business with a dedicated base of employees, Carrady has brought Caribbean Cinemas to a level of success like no other and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this years CinemaCon.”
The largest theatre circuit in the Caribbean with 492 screens and 59 locations in 13 territories, Caribbean Cinemas is a family business founded in 1969 by Carrady’s father in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carrady developed his passion for the movie industry as a young child visiting the corporate office and working in various positions at the theatres during his summer vacations before officially joining the company in 1977 upon his graduation from Tufts University. At the time, Caribbean Cinemas had only six screens in Puerto Rico and had just opened a six-screen theater in the Dominican Republic. Carrady immersed himself in the business before becoming an integral part of the company’s rapid and solid growth. Operations expanded all over Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the English-speaking Caribbean Islands and recently to other territories such as Guyana, Panama and Guadeloupe.
In recent years, Caribbean Cinemas introduced its Premium Large Format private label Caribbean Cinemas Extreme auditoriums, which now number 14 throughout the region, an IMAX Theatre with the second-largest IMAX screen in Latin America, three 4DX screens, and VIP auditoriums with luxury seating. Carrady created the company’s first branded Fine Arts theatres in San Juan in 1985. Today, these branded theatres total 17 screens in three locations catering to independent and art cinema.