Dine In Cinema Summit : Virtually Yours | 2021 Sessions & Recap Videos

Many thanks to the Virtually Yours | 2021 sponsors panelists, and attendees of this years summit. See you next year! 

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Held on January 26, 2021

Session Title Link to Video Synopsis Host & Panelists Sponsored By
Intro Video

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Kickoff video - summary of past 14 months! Matt Mader, John Holstrom, Amy Mader  
New Uses Deliver New Revenue

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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 with:

Theresa English, Principal at TK Architects

Chad Philhour, Principal at TK Architects

Bill Tishler, CEO at Fresh Strategies

John Plumpton, Strategic Partner at Fresh Strategies

Next Generation Auditorium  

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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 with:

Hat, Influx

Mark Collins, Harman

J. Sperling Reich, Celluloid Junkie

Event Cinema Role During a Post-COVID Time

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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 with:

Lynne Schmidt - SVP, Operations & Strategic Partnerships, Fathom Events

Tom Hassell – SVP, Head of Sales, Abramorama

Joe Garel – VP, Film, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas

Kymberli Frueh – SVP, Programming & Content Acquisition, Trafalgar

IT/Technology & How It Can Help Shape the Cinema Industry of Tomorrow

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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 and John Holstrom, Partner of Venue Valet with:

John Burrows, Business Development Manager at Vista

Doug Fay, CTO Cinemark

Gregory Siewiera, CEO POSitive Cinema/LSI Software

Mahesh Shankar, CTO of Influx

Jason Green, President of Theater Toolkit

Nathan Hunstable, CTO Cinergy Entertainment

Jeff Hemingway, Storming Images

Frank Tees, VP Tech Sales & Support, MIT

Dusty Thomas, Director of Business Dev at GDC Technology

Scott Pederson, VP Managed Services at Secured Retail

Legal, Real Estate & Financial Topics

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2021 should provide opportunities that haven't been presented before: lease negotiations, asset leasing and protection, bankruptcy and/or reorganization planning, vendor agreements and impacts. All of these issues have been placed in the forefront of cinema owners requiring immediate attention for opportunities. Matthew Baizer, COO of Flix Brewhouse with:

Jonathan Friedland, Attorney Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLC. Specializing in business restructuring

Mark Hartman, Attorney Davis Hartman Wright PLLC. Attorney and cinema owner

Kyle Hill, Attorney Martin, Frost & Hill. Attorney specializing in liquor laws

Rodney Speaks, Former Owner The Moviehouse & Eatery

Repurposing Cinema Space to Host Live Entertainment

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Some interesting information from an Austin-based company about the opportunity to book live events! Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet with:

Bob Brecht & Glenda Black from TSE Entertainment

How to Survive and Thrive in Tomorrow's Market

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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 with:

Matthew Baizer - COO Flix Brewhouse

Rob Novak - VP Concessions and F&B, Marcus Theatres

Siobhan Scalamogna - Director of Sales at PepsiCo

Sandy Karp - VP of Construction & Development at iPic

General Manager Chat - Getting Ramped Back Up After 2020

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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 and vendor relations. John Holstrom, Partner of Venue Valet and Matt Mader, Founder & Partner of Venue Valet with:

Albert Waitt - Director of Operations at Smittys Cinema, ME

Alison Meyer, GM of Fridley Theatre's Palms location

Adam Levetow - GM Movie Tavern, Brookfield Square, WI (Marcus)

Izzy Garcia from Star Cinema Grill in Houston, TX


Sorry, this video deemed inappropriate for young audiences! Join us on our regular Tuesday Happy Hour to see what really goes on.

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

Below are some of the "virtual" site tours that were shown at the 2021 Dine In Cinema Summit.  If you are visiting one of these cities, please stop by and check them out, you won't be disappointed!

Tour of The Movies Gloria in Aruba

Tour of Smitty's Cinema in Sanford, ME

Tour of Fridley Palms Theatres & IMAX in Waukee, IA

Tour of Movie Tavern Brookfield Square in Brookfield, WI

Tour of Showplace Entertainment Center in Newburgh, IN

Tour of Nexus Cinema Dining in Mobile, AL

Tour of Roadhouse Cinemas in Scottsdale and Tucson AZ

Below are links to product videos that some of our sponsors showed during the 2021 Dine In Cinema Summit

Links to other videos shown during the summit

2021 Summit Supporters, Producers, Panelists, & Participants

Dine In Cinema Summit Tuesday Happy Hour Year in Review

2021 Future Hasn’t Been Written Yet