A vote of confidence: ShowEast 2012 convenes in Miami


Just take a look at our Holiday Preview and you’ll see why movie exhibitors are hopeful the year will end strong as they gather for the 28th annual ShowEast Convention, Nov. 5-8 at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Miami/Hollywood, Florida.

One of the most surefire attractions will be screening at the show: Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final entry in the blockbuster supernatural series. The ShowEast movie lineup at the AMC Aventura 24 also includes Tom Cruise in Paramount’s Jack Reacher, based on the bestselling crime novels; Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Fox Searchlight’s look at the making of Psycho; Billy Crystal and Bette Midler offering lessons in Parental Guidance, from 20th Century Fox; Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as Roadside Attractions’ Stand Up Guys; and Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor caught in the 2004 Thailand tsunami in Summit’s The Impossible. At press time, other major titles were yet to be confirmed.

Here are select highlights of this year’s show:

Monday, Nov. 5—
International Day Awards Luncheon: Tim Warner, president of Cinemark, gives the keynote address “Where Do We Go from Here?” followed by presentations to José Patricio Daire Barrios of Hoyts Chile and Cinemundo (International Exhibitor of the Year), Martin Iraola of The Walt Disney Company Latin America (International Distributor of the Year), and Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales (Anti-Piracy Latin American Government Leadership Award)

“A Bright Future”: The Laser Illuminated Projector Association provides insights on this promising new technology and how it will impact picture quality in theatres and giant-screen installations.

Tuesday, Nov. 6—
“In-Theatre Dining: The New Frontier”: The National Association of Concessionaires hosts a panel on the ultimate movie dining experience, encompassing luxury recliners, extensive menus, top-shelf cocktails, and service at the press of a button.

“All-American Backyard Barbeque Election Night 2012”: Delegates will watch the election returns live on the Westin Infinity Pool Deck, enjoy food, drinks and music and maybe even take home some prizes in an event supported by the studio and indie exhibitor-relations departments.

Wednesday, Nov. 7—
Second Annual Charity Golf Outing: Fore! Delegates spend the morning teeing off at the Diplomat golf course in a new tradition benefiting the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.

ShowEast Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony: The convention pays tribute to industry veterans who have served the business with distinction. This year’s honorees are Chuck Goldwater, Sonny Gourley, Bert Livingston, Jorge Peregrino, Stan Reynolds Sr., John Santikos and (posthumously) Joan Corrado.

Thursday, Nov. 8—
Salute to Jack Cashin: The founder and president of USL, Inc. receives a Special Award of Achievement for Technical Contributions to the Motion Picture Industry on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking company. This luncheon will also feature product presentations from distribs including Focus Features, Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company.

Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony: The Coca-Cola Company once again sponsors the closing dinner. Honors this year go to Dan Harkins of Harkins Theatres (Show ‘E’ Award), Richie Fay of Lionsgate (Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award), Zach Beebee of Relativity Media (Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award), and first annual Bingham Ray Independent Spirit Award to four top players in the indie world: Ben Barenholtz, Eamonn Bowles, Tom Prassis and Arnie Sawyer.

There’s much more. Those who arrive early on Monday will enjoy the international distribution and marketing presentations of upcoming film product and learn from the International Cinema Technology Association’s presentations covering such topics as multi-channel audio systems, premium auditorium conversions, and captioned and described video content. Digital-cinema operational issues and satellite delivery will also be the focus of individual sessions. And, of course, no ShowEast would be complete without another busy tradeshow where exhibitors can discover all the latest innovation to make their theatres more inviting and efficient. Welcome to Hollywood!