News: ShoWest 2005
Stephen H. Marcus Named "ShoWester of the Year"
DLP Cinema Technology is Official ShoWest Corporate Sponsor
NEW YORK, December 20, 2004 --
ShoWest 2005 takes place Monday, March 14th through Thursday,
March 17th at the Bally's and Paris Hotels in Las Vegas.
It was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director
of ShoWest. In making the announcement, it was also noted that
Stephen H. Marcus, Chairman, President and CEO of The Marcus
Corporation, will be the recipient of the 2004 "ShoWester
of the Year" Award. Marcus will receive his award at the
Opening Ceremony of the upcoming convention, which will be held
on Tuesday morning, March 15th, 2004.
"Following such a successful year in 2004, ShoWest promises
to have even more summer product, exciting events, top-tier
films, guest speakers, sponsors and celebrity honorees than
in years past," notes Neuhauser. "We are also pleased
to be honoring Stephen Marcus as the 2005 ShoWester of the Year,"
said Neuhauser. "He has followed his father's footsteps
to take Marcus Theaters to a whole new level. He is one of the
industry's true greats and has played a huge role in its growth
in recent years."
Additionally, ShoWest is pleased to announce that for the fourth
consecutive year, DLP Cinema™ has come on board as the
Official Corporate Sponsor. DLP Cinema™ technology from
Texas Instruments is the only digital cinema projection technology
currently deployed in movie theatres. Since 1999, DLP Cinema™
technology has been introduced to more than 19 million moviegoers
at 235,000 shows, delivering the clearest, sharpest, brightest
and most accurate images to cinemas worldwide. The total number
of installed DLP Cinema™ projectors is now more than 255
in 26 countries and more than 130 movies have been released
in the all-digital form. Projectors utilizing the DLP Cinema™
technology are available from BARCO, Christie Digital and NEC.
"Texas Instruments has been a phenomenal supporter of ShoWest
and the entire industry for several years. We are pleased that
they have agreed to continue as ShoWest's Official Corporate
Sponsor. Texas Instruments' commitment to the industry has been
unparalleled and the relationship we have cultivated with them
over the years is a source of great pride for us," stated
Stephen H. Marcus is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and
a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1962,
Marcus followed in the footsteps of his father Ben, the founder
of Marcus Theaters, when he joined The Marcus Corporation, a
Milwaukee-based company which operates in a variety of areas,
including movie theatres.
The Marcus Corporation was founded in 1935 with the opening
of a small, single screen theatre in Ripon, Wisconsin. It was
there that one of America's finest and most successful theatre
chains began. Today, The Marcus Corporation operates nearly
500 screens in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota and is
rapidly expanding. From the success of Marcus Theatres, the
corporation moved into other ventures, including Marcus Hotels
and Baymont Inns & Suites. It is now publicly held and traded
in the New York Stock Exchange.
Marcus has long been active in civic and social endeavors, as
well as a patron of the Arts. He is an Emeritus Director the
Medical College of Wisconsin and has been the chairman of the
Greater Milwaukee Committee, The United Way Campaign and the
United Performing Arts Campaign. Marcus has been honored for
both his personal efforts and the tireless efforts of Marcus
Theatres on behalf of the community.
The ShoWester Award each year honors an individual who has throughout
his or her career demonstrated a dedication to the betterment
of the exhibition industry and its causes. Last year, T. G.
"Teddy" Solomon received the ShoWester award. Previous
winners include: Kurt Hall, Michael Campbell, Raymond and Joseph
Syufy, Bruce Corwin, Jerome Forman, Bill Kartozian, George Kerasotes,
Barrie Lawson Loeks, Lee Roy Mitchell, Henry Plitt, D. Barry
Reardon and Sumner Redstone.
Celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2005, ShoWest is the world's
largest motion picture industry convention. It is expected that
more than 5000 members of the industry will be on hand this
year in Las Vegas. Each year ShoWest attracts delegates from
more than 45 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia
and Australia. ShoWest was founded by the National Association
of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada and is managed by
the VNU Expositions Film Group, a division of VNU Business Media.
For more info, visit www.showest.com