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Former Exhibition Executive Mike Henry Dies at 75

Mike Henry - P 2014
Janet Murray

He worked for such chains as Walter Reade, Budco, National Amusements and AMC and produced a pair of blaxploitation films in the 1970s.

Mike Henry, a veteran exhibition executive in the Northeast who most recently worked for AMC, died Dec. 27 after a long illness at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 75.

In addition, Henry worked as a producer on the 1974 films The Get-Man (also known as The Zebra Killer) and the Exorcist-inspired Abby and served as a production executive on Sheba, Baby (1975), starring Pam Grier. All three blaxploitation flicks were directed by William Girdler.

Henry began his exhibition career in the 1950s in Trenton, N.J., working in one of the seven theaters that his father owned. He moved to the Walter Reade circuit, then had stints at Budco Theatres in Philadelphia and Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements in Boston. 

Henry returned to Budco in the early '80s and then shifted to AMC as vp of film when it acquired the 113-theater Budco chain in 1987 for more than $20 million. He retired in 1997.

Survivors include his wife Anne, sons Michael and Sean, sister Helen and grandchildren Michael, Devin, Dan, Sean, Joey and Emily.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Discovery Ministries in Westmont, N.J.