Movie concessions pioneer Bill Proctor dies at 84
After a protracted battle with cancer, Bill Proctor, a respected cinema industry veteran and longtime supporter of the National Association of Concessionaires, passed away on Jan. 19 at the age of 84.
Proctor’s involvement with the cinema industry began at age 16, when he landed a job as the projectionist for the Globe Theatre in Griswold, Iowa. A few years later, he applied the experience he gained at the Globe as the owner-operator of several indoor and drive-in theatres across Iowa.
In 1963, Proctor sold his theatres to move to Colorado, where he became director of concessions for National General Theatres, serving in that capacity for eight years. In 1971, he left to found Proctor Companies, an international concession design/build/supply business. Proctor Companies grew quickly and, with the help of Zola, Bill’s beloved wife of 58 years, soon became a mainstay of the concessions industry. Proctor Companies continues to operate as a thriving business to this day. Proctor is survived by his daughter Kristy and his son Bruce.
Bruce Proctor commented, “My dad was absolutely passionate about the industry and the people in it. And he turned that passion into a thriving family business that is now supporting his children and grandchildren. We all loved him very much and we miss him greatly.”