Andersons earn ShoWester prize


J. Wayne Anderson, chairman of R/C Theatres, and his wife Mary Ann Anderson, vp and executive director of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will be the feted as ShoWesters of the Year at ShoWest 2007. The event is set for March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

The pair will receive the award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated a dedication to the betterment of the exhibition industry, at the opening ceremony March 13.

"Their true love for the industry is known by all who know them, and this is clearly evidenced by their selfless dedication and commitment to ensuring that moviegoers, not just nationwide but worldwide, have the ability to experience a motion picture experience unlike any other," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said.

In 1966, while stationed at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base near San Diego, J. Wayne Anderson began his career in exhibition by overseeing the base movie theater operations of 33 screens. In 1968, he was responsible for managing and operating the first military base theater in Vietnam, located in Da Nang.

In 1970, he joined the Maryland-based R/C Theatres. In 1983, he was promoted to president of company operations, and he became president and CEO in 1996. In 2005, he assumed the role of chairman of R/C, overseeing 86 screens after selling part of the circuit to Regal.

J. Wayne Anderson, who is on NATO's executive committee and its national board of directors, also has served as chairman of NATO's Technical Advancement and Codes Committees and created a blue-ribbon committee of experts from distribution and exhibition to address technical issues. In 2005, he became managing director of the Cinema Buying Group to assist independent theater operators in securing group purchase rates for digital equipment.

Mary Ann Anderson joined NATO in 1988 as executive director. She was promoted to vp in 1996. She has been responsible for the administration and management of the trade association, establishing a Los Angeles and Washington office of operation.

ShoWest is produced by the VNU Expositions Film Group, a division of VNU Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.
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