(Tentative) Dine In Cinema Summit : Virtually Yours | 2021 Agenda

Updates and modifications are are available until January 26,2021.

Many thanks to the Virtually Yours | 2021 sponsors. This event would not be possible with out you. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

*All Times are US Central Standard Time

Start Time Title Synopsis Host Sponsored By
9:00 AM Intro Video Kickoff video - summary of past 14 months! Matt Mader, John Holstrom, Amy Mader  
9:10 AM Welcome & Introduction Rules and how things will work - then let's go! Matt Mader, John Holstrom, Amy Mader
9:20 AM Event Cinema Role During a Post-COVID Time We are entering a new era post-COVID and we aim to share how event cinema can be a better partner to you. Look for an open, engaging and informative discussion in relation to how event cinema not only helps generate revenue but also fills the content void during a very challenging time. Bernadette McCabe, Spotlight’s EVP, Event Cinema & Exhibitor Relations
10:20 AM New Uses Deliver New Revenue Is your cinema over-screened? Now’s the time to start thinking about ideas to repurpose some of your spaces. Has the increasing lack of big Hollywood content got you thinking about additional revenue sources? What can you start to plan for today, to be ready for the ever-changing OOH cinema experience, for when post pandemic audiences return? TK Architects and Fresh Strategies
12:00 PM Next Generation Auditorium Showcasing some creative ideas for the next generation auditorium that caters to the many opportunities cinema venues can offer customers in the new landscape of cinema! Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet
12:40 PM IT/Technology & How It Can Help Shape the Cinema Industry of Tomorrow 2020 is past us - and 2021 is here. How has 2020 allowed technology companies and cinemas take a step back and evaluate what makes sense for their business and the industry? What should we be considering as important for 2021 and 2022 might not have been on the radar in 2019 - now's the time to be smart about the technology you employ, how you use it and how you evaluate successes and failures so you can be an industry leader in 2022. Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet
2:00 PM Legal, Real Estate & Financial Topics 2021 should provide opportunities that haven't been presented before: lease negotiations, asset leasing and protection, film window and terms negotiations, bankruptcy and/or reorganization planning, vendor agreements and impacts. All of these issues have been placed in the forefront of our brains requiring immediate attention for opportunities. Matthew Baizer, COO of Flix Brewhouse
3:25 PM How to Survive and Thrive in Tomorrow's Market Individualizing each of your theatres. With the global pandemic ending, so is the way we have done business in the past. Last year, adding a full service bar, a restaurant or simply an expanded food selection worked as a cookie cutter formula in all of your theatres. During the Pandemic you may have tried a few different “tricks” and “creative marketing” to bring some of your customers in the door. To regain your footing and thrive tomorrow it will take some reinventing and customizing for each of your locations to the market in which it is located. Get to know your customers with a basic demographic study of current and future audiences is critical. Determine if you need to convert one or two houses or your lobby or the store front next door into a children, teen, single adult or mature family entertainment center. And what makes perfect sense for one or two of your theatres, may not work in any of the others. Include local content to the mix of “individualizing” each theatre in your circuit of 2 or 102 theatres. Jeff Kaplan, NEC
4:45 PM Repurposing Cinema Space to Host Live Entertainment Some interesting information from an Austin-based company about the opportunity to book live events! Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet
5:05 PM GM Chat - Ops, Scheduling & Getting Ramped Back Up After 2020 as GM Get a first hand response to questions and the big issues being faced by General Managers in the dine-in cinema industry as they are the people in charge of making their venue a success on all fronts: hiring, scheduling, content, execution, financial. Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet
John Holstrom, Partner of Venue Valet
5:45 PM HAPPY HOUR! It started on March 31, 2020 as a replacement for our scheduled happy hour with customers and vendors at CinemaCon 2020 - and we haven't missed a Tuesday since! LIke we sometimes do, we'll have a few special guests to discuss: Live Entertainment Options and Factors to Consider. Matt Mader, Amy Mader, John Holstrom AND Friends from Venue Valet