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					                                    Bulletin
                                                   SOUTH CENTRAL STATES
          NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
           OF THEATRE OWNERS



  FALL                      Louisiana Association of Theatre Operators • National Association of Theatre Owners of Oklahoma
  2008                  National Association of Theatre Owners of Texas • National Association of Theatre Owners of Arkansas


                         CLAPBOARD                                                           N.A.T.O. OF ARKANSAS
                         Celebrating a Decade                                                DON BURCHETT - President
                                                                                             Malco Theatres / Ft Smith, AR
                                                                                             Tel.: 479.459.0655 Fax: 479.484.0819
                         of CinéShows                                                        PAUL STINSON - Vice-president
                                                                                             Regal Ent. Group / Dallas, TX
                         By Rein Rabakukk                                                    Tel.: 214.349.6113 Fax: 214.349.4954
                         Executive Director of South Central States NATO                     SUE HARMON - Secretary & Treasurer
                                                                                             Clarksville Cinema / Clarksville, AR
                                                                                             Tel.: 479.754.7085
  Who would have guessed back in April        be situated next to the new Louisiana
                                                                                             LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION
of 1999 that so many of the people who        Boardwalk in the refurbished Diamond           OF THEATRE OPERATORS
helped to put on that first convention at     Jacks: first exit off of I-30 after crossing   SHANE MORRISON - President
the Studio Movie Grill Prestonwood in         the river heading East, Isle of Capri          The Grand Cinema / Baton Rouge, LA
                                                                                             Tel.: 225.275.7577 Fax: 225.272.3841
Dallas would still be lending a hand to       Blvd. Easy to reach, hard to miss.
                                                                                             ADAM HARRIS - Vice-president
stage the 10th anniversary show in               The convention agenda is also more          Spring Theatre / Springhill, LA
Bossier City, Louisiana? A more enthu-        varied. Seminars have been scheduled           Tel. & Fax: 318.539.9200
siastic and devoted group would be hard       on projector maintenance, digital              LISA SCHMID - Secretary / Treasurer
                                                                                             Regal Ent. Group / Austin, TX
to find! I tip my hat to them all.            cinema, Texas Instruments DLP Cinema           Tel.: 512.343.2334 Fax: 512.343.2236
  For the last two conventions we’ve had      and MPAA Anti- Piracy Operations.
a “Casino Night” where you played with        Also, Tuesday evening, after the               N.A.T.O. OF OKLAHOMA
                                                                                             STEVE SCHOAPS - President
“funny money”. At the conclusion, if you      welcome reception, there will be a             Seminole Theatre / Seminole, OK
had any left, that “money” was turned         screening of a yet-to-be released              Tel.: 405.382.7259 Fax: 405.382.1706
into chips and your luck was in a draw-       feature film. This is all in addition to the   RONALD J. JONES - Vice-president
                                                                                             Jones Theatre / Shawnee, OK
ing for prizes. Folks, this year you will     film company product presentations and         Tel.: 405.275.7512 Fax: 405.275.2454
be able to test your skill -- or luck -- as   our top attraction, the Trade Show.            BONNIE ADAMSON - Treasurer
the case may be, using the real stuff.        Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will           Royal Theatre / Fairview, OK
                                                                                             Tel.: 580.227.3532
Diamond Jacks' Casino is well equipped        be served again this year during the
                                                                                             MARSHALL POWELL - Secretary
with a multitude of gaming devices and        trade show.                                    Powell Investments / Guthrie, OK
tables to relieve you of your wealth.            It’s a busy agenda. If you look hard        Tel. & Fax: 405.282.6388
  This is our third trip to the Shreveport-   enough, there might be a few hours left
                                                                                             N.A.T.O. OF TEXAS
Bossier City Area. Back in 2003 & 2004,       for you to patronize the gaming tables at      BYRON BERKLEY - Chairman
our convention home was in Shreveport         the casino. We look forward to seeing          Foothills Ent. / Kilgore, TX
                                                                                             Tel.: 903.758.4749 Fax: 903.758.0720
on the West side of the Red River. In         you at the Diamond Jacks' Casino and
                                                                                             J. SYD HALL - President
2008 we’ve crossed the river, and we’ll       Resort September 23-25.                        Rio Entertainment / Beeville, TX.
                                                                                             Tel.: 512.358.0338 Fax: 214.828.6014
                                                                                             RON STERLING - Treasurer
                                                                                             Tel.: 214.828.6008 Fax: 214.828.6014
                                                                                             JUNE HURLEY - Secretary
                                                                                             Plestex III Theatres / Pleasanton, TX
                                                                                             Tel.: 830.569.3304 Fax: 830.281.5988



                                   Convention
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SCS MEMBERSHIP
PROFILE

Spotlight on… GEORGE SOLOMON
(The third in a continuing series, the SCS Bulletin is proud to       NAME: Theodore George Solomon, II
feature a business profile on one of its honorable members. If        HOMETOWN: McComb, MS (place of birth)
you would like to recommend a member to be profiled, don’t
hesitate to throw a name in the hat. Please email the editor with     TOTAL NUMBER OF THEATRES: 18
your suggestions.)                                                    TOTAL NUMBER OF SCREENS: 236
                                                                      STATE LOCATIONS: Louisiana, Texas,
How did you get started in the theatre biz?                           Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North
My father grew up in the business and it was just natural for         Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky
me to follow.
                                                                      IN THE BOOTH: Big Sky, Kinotone,
                                                                      Cinemeccanica, Strong, NEC, Do Re Mi
What is the most enjoyable aspect of owning and oper-
ating your own circuit?                                               SOUND: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS,
Providing the customer with a great experience, being able            QSC, JBL, EV, STS
to work with our managers who really are the ones that
make the experience possible.                                         SEATS: Cinema Concepts, Mobiliero,
                                                                      Graystone Seating
Favorite all-time movie?
TITANIC. Knowing all the negative press on the movie and
how much was spent to produce my expectations were
minimal.

Favorite movie star?
That is a hard one but Dustin Hoffman mainly due to his
performance in THE GRADUATE.

Favorite concession item?
Naturally popcorn, more to do with the smell when popping
than the margin!

What is the most challenging aspect of owning and
operating your own circuit?
                                                                    George Solomon (far left), owner of Southern Theatres based in New Orleans,
Keeping everyone focused on the bottom line while provid-           gets some face time with Paramount President Jim Tharp, TROPIC THUNDER
ing exceptional service.                                            director and star Ben Stiller, and Southern Division VP Emmet Nicaud.




       The Grand 16 Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL                    AmStar 14 in Mooresville, NC. Southern Theatres
                                                                          acquired the AmStar chain in May 2007.

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                     10th Annual


                                                              Convention
                                                                                        at Diamond Jacks
                                                                                        Casino & Resort
                                                                                        Bossier City,
                                                                                        Shreveport, LA
                                        Room Rate $74.00 Per Night/Single or Double Occupancy

                  September 23-25, 2008
                     Studio Film Presentations • Large UniqueTrade Show • Golf Tournament
                              Educational Seminars for Theatre Owners & Managers


                                                           Convention Agenda:
                                            Tuesday, 23 September
                                             • 11:30 AM       Golf Tournament
                                                                      (Separate Entry Fee)
Join us for golf at Olde Oaks
                                             • 5:00 PM        Registration begins at
27 hole Hal Sutton Signature
                                                              Diamond Jacks Casino Resort                                         Wednesday, 24 September
Design Golf facility carved                                                                                                       12:30 - 2:00 PM
out of 340 memorable                         • 6:00 PM        Welcome reception (Light hors’d oeuvres & refreshments)
                                                                                                                                  Lunch & Presentations
acres of North Louisiana                                      at Poolside (Weather Permitting)                                    Keynote speaker
rolling hills and lakes.                    Wednesday, 24 September                                                               John Fithian
                                             • 7:30-8:30 AM   Continental Breakfast                                               President, National NATO

                                             • 9:00 AM-Noon Regal Cinema/Studio Film Presentations
                                             • 12:30-2:00PM           Lunch & Presentations*
                                             • 2:00-5:00 PM           Seminars*
                                             • 2:00PM                 M.P.A.A Anti Piracy Operations
                                             • 3:00PM                 Projection Maintenance
                                                                      Pat Moore, Strong Electric
                                             • 4:00PM                 Digital Cinema Status
                                                                      Harry Mathias, DCMP Consulting                              Wednesday, 24 September
                                             • 6:30-10:00 PM   TRADESHOW                                                          4:00 PM - Digital Cinema,
                                                                                                                                  Past Present and Future.
Wednesday, 24 September                      • 7:30 PM         Refreshments & hors’d oeuvres on the
                                                                                                                                  The unbiased truth ....
3:00 PM - Maintenance of                                       Trade Show Floor                                                   Harry Mathias
Projection Systems                          Thursday, 25 September                                                                CTO/CEO - DCMP
Pat Moore                                                                                                                         Consulting, Inc.
Vice-president, Strong                       • 8:00 AM         Continental Breakfast
                                                                                                                                  The only consultancy with
Technical Services                           • 9:00 AM                Member State Association Meetings                           expertise in both Digital
                                                                                                                                  Cinema and Motion
                                            * at Diamond Jacks Casino Resort                                                      Picture technology.



                     Brought to you by:                                                                        For information & registration:

                                        &
                                                            South
South Central States NATO                                   Central                                817.226.1690 / fax 817.274.3550 / scnato@earthlink.net
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Texas                       Region                                       P.O. Box 200815, Arlington, TX 76006-0815

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                                         SCS NATO Scholarship Winners
                                         Answer the $10 Million Question


   Your banker has just handed you a check                         NATO OF ARKANSAS ($500 per recipient)
for $10 million. Your assignment: Build a
movie theatre and “bling” it out with plenty                       Name: Brandon Childress
of bells and whistles. The sky is the limit in                     Theatre: Cinemark Tinseltown – Benton, AR
this “Field of Dreams” venue.                                      College: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
   This was the essay question posed to this
year’s scholarship applicants, and the                             Name: Arlena Pearsall
                                                                   Theatre: Rave Cinema – Little Rock, AR
answers left nothing to the imagination.
                                                                   College: University of Central Arkansas in Conway
Our winners had a myriad of creative ideas       Arlena Pearsall
                                                                   Educational Goal: Majoring in Clinical Psychology
all designed to give their prospective movie
going customer the biggest bang for their
buck.                                                              LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF THEATRE OWNERS
    Brian Dowdican would invest his money                          ($500 per recipient)
in building a theatre in a medium-sized
market. “It would be called the Independent                        Name: Jacob Broussard Repeat Winner
Globe and show independent and foreign                             Theatre: Celebrity Theatre/Broussard
films as well as cult classics….The outside                        College: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
would look like a Hollywood Walk of Fame.”                         Educational Goal: “I am currently a junior at the University of
   Kate Bost planted her vision in her home-     Jacob Broussard   Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Athletic Training. I made the
town of Dallas, Texas just down the street                         Dean’s List my previous two years and plan on applying for
from her current employer, Angelika Film                           clinicals in the fall. I also plan on getting my masters in Athletic
Center. The theatre’s major draw would be                          Training in three years.”
“an engaging schedule of festivals, series
and repertory showings that Dallas theatres                        Name: Dustin Owen
seem to have a hard time embracing.”                               Theatre: Spring Theatre / Springhill, LA
     Lorenzo A. Rubio would also open a                            College: Southern Arkansas University / Magnolia
                                                                   Educational Goal: “This scholarship will allow me to pursue my
theatre in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.
The Big Top Cinema would have 22                                   dream of becoming a graphic designer. With this degree I plan to
screens and “showcase anything from                                work for a major magazine or advertising agency as the creative
                                                  Dustin Owen
concerts and sporting events to local                              director or editor.”
up-and-coming filmmakers’ movies. For
the price of a movie ticket, my customers
                                                                   NATO OF OKLAHOMA ($500 per recipient)
will experience legends like Jimi Hendrix or
Johnny Cash revived on the Big Top
                                                                   Name: Eric Beu       Repeat Winner
screen.”                                                           Theatre: Starplex Crossroads / Oklahoma City
   Marcela Alvarado, from El Paso as well,                         College: Univ of Central Oklahoma / Edmond
has grandiose visions of her own. The                              Educational Goal: “ I am currently a student at the University of
Grand VIP Cinema Deluxe will house 27                              Central Oklahoma where I am majoring in History with minors in
screens, a restaurant, Gelato booth and             Eric Beu       Geography and German. When I graduate I plan on continuing
“an assortment of over 30 different types of
                                                                   my education to get a Master’s in history that I will use to teach
selection of chocolate bars and candies to
                                                                   History part-time at a local college.”
satisfy everyone’s craving”, as well as “18
flavors of ice cream.”                                             Name: Sara Maxwell
   Perhaps, one day, these magnificent and                         Theatre: Cinema Centre 8 / Shawnee
talented young men and women will have                             College: University of Oklahoma / Norman
the chance to build their dream theatre.                           Educational Goal: “ I am a junior at the University of Oklahoma
    South Central States NATO is proud to                          majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. I plan to get my
introduce the 2008 Scholarship winners:                            masters as soon as I finish my Bachelor’s degree. My eventual
                                                  Sara Maxwell     goal include being a child psychologist or school psychologist.”
              Marcela Alvarado                  Kate Bost                Brian Dowdican                 Lorenzo Rubio

NATO OF TEXAS ($2500 per recipient)

Name: Marcela Alvarado                                               Name: Brian Dowdican
Theatre: Premiere Bassett Cinema / El Paso                           Theatre: Starplex / Lake Jackson
College: St Mary’s University / San Antonio                          College: University of Texas / Austin
Educational Goal: “I was raised in a middle income family where      Educational Goal: “I’ve chosen to go to the University of Texas at
both my parents had to work all day. They have been my greatest      Austin, which has numerous majors for students trying to figure
inspiration and role models. I am currently a sophomore in pursuit   out what they want to do with their lives. For now, I am studying
of a major in Pre-Med Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I plan to   psychology….I (also) want to delve deeper into the indie-college
attend medical school upon my graduation and continue working        music scene, which is very prominent up there from what I’ve
hard to achieve my dream of becoming a Radiologist one day.”         heard.”

Name: Kate Bost        Repeat Winner                                 Name: Lorenzo Rubio
Theatre: Angelika Film Center / Dallas                               Theatre: Premiere Bassett Cinema / El Paso
College: Southern Methodist University / Dallas                      Attending: University of Texas at El Paso
Educational Goal: “ I remain very interested in pursuing an          Educational Goal: “I am a 19-year-old college junior at UTEP,
education and career in the film industry. Right now I have my eye   and hope to become a high school social studies teacher upon my
on something more in the business side of things than production,    graduation. I have worked at Premiere Cinema 18 in El Paso since
which initially drew me to film. During my time at SMU, I aim to     its grand opening in April 2007 and have enjoyed every minute of it.”
expose myself to as many facets of the industry as possible, and
hope to be inspired and captivated by something I may have not
even initially given thought to.”


                           REELING THRU THE YEARS

                           Is 3-D Going Down the Toilet?.....
                           No, Just the Audience
                           By Paul Adair
                           Industry Technical Advisor and Noted Film Historian

  The time seems right for that old saying about there being            At this point, let’s learn from the past. “The Charge at Feather
nothing wrong with this business that good movies won’t cure.        River” was 1953’s top grossing western and it was in excellent
Even during the Great Depression, folks managed to scrape up         3-D. I recommend a remake of it, considering the interest in
the money to see “King Kong”. 2008’s gasoline price hikes just       westerns and 3-D. And that 3-D trailer was spectacular! For other
changed many vacation plans and the public opted for the movies.     3-D remakes I recommend “House of Wax” but this time follow the
  But with bigger audiences, come problems that must be noted.       storyline of the 1933 “Mystery of the Wax Museum”. More 3-D
Sloppy restrooms are noticed by the public! I’ve noticed lots of     recommendations for 3-D remakes include “Phantom of the Rue
paper towels-used, but trashcans missing, resulting in a mess.       Morgue”, “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “ Fort TI” and a good
Get those restrooms patrolled in accordance to attendance.           underwater treasure hunt thriller like “September Storm”.
Personally, and I’ve heard from other audience members that             “Why popcorn costs so much at the movies and other pricing
hand dryers eat up movie-viewing time. And you may have to wait      puzzles” by Richards B. McKenzie tops my must read list. Also of
for the patron(s) before you to get your hands dried and so forth.   interest is “1001 All Natural Secrets for a Pest-Free Property” by
And the bigger the audiences, the longer the waiting and the more    Myles H. Bader and “Inspired marketing” by Joe Vitale and Craig
movie missed.                                                        Perrine.
  The success of “3:10 to Yuma” seems to have revived                   The Bossier City N.A.T.O convention will include 12 minutes of
Hollywood’s interest in westerns and a remake of the Marlon          1951 Movie Time in Texas, U.S.A. footage. Due to the arrival of
Brando 1966 “The Appaloosa” is on the way. Maybe they’ll even        television, movie attendance had dropped to about half of 1948’s.
be able to keep the running time at the original’s 99 minutes.       Texas showmen and many movie stars toured the state to
  Will 3-D save Hollywood? Well, the soft opening of “Fly Me to      regenerate interest in movie-going. Watch for the huge crowds
the Moon” wasn’t too spectacular. But let kids returning to school   they drew!
spread word-of-mouth about all of the cool effects.
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                            FILM PREVIEWS

                            Tired of the Olympics....
                            Then let the“New”
                            Games Begin
                            By Tim Patton, President of Cinema Service Company

   I found the recent Olympic Games in Beijing to be an             actions to secure the site, why don’t they both slip on the
inspiring, patriotic experience. I must have logged some 40         Speedos and head to pool for a quick 100 meter freestyle
plus hours in front of my 42” HD over those two weeks               swim. That should settle it and both would be in better
watching the likes of Michael Phelps, Natstia Liukin and            shape for it. Or maybe film rental with the studios should be
LaShawn Merritt splash, flip and sprint their way into Olym-        settled on the track in a 4x400 meter relay
pic history.                                                          There could be side bets as well. For instance, in the Film
   I am also quite perplexed by my enthusiastic interest in         Industry Olympic Games, not only could competing exhibi-
the summer Olympics. Sure, I’m curious to see how we                tors win the chance to lower their film rental but also the
measure up to the rest of the world in these various sports.        studios would have to install brand new digital equipment
And, yes, there’s an intense feeling of pride for my country        solely at their cost.
as I watch these young, talented athletes vie for medals              The sport of choice in our industry is golf. It’s a game I
and achieve their dream.                                            love to watch on television but despise playing. On TV, the
   But honestly, these are sports I only watch once every           atmosphere is peaceful and serene. The announcers speak
four years. The last time I checked out the Pommel Horse            in hush tones, soft music is playing in the background and
competition was when one of the Hamm brothers scored                the crowds are usually polite and quiet, applauding only
gold in Athens. Yet, here I sit, fours years later, on the edge     after the golfer takes his shot. Golf is a hard, frustrating
of my couch, cheering on Shawn Johnson as she                       game for me. I’m anything but quiet on the course, firing off
dismounts the Balance Beam and brings home another                  expletives like an AK-47. If a golf course is measured at a
medal for the good ‘ol USA.                                         total 6800 yards for 18 holes, there’s a good chance I will
   I didn’t even know some competitions were considered             see an additional 500 yards of it. And I’m willing to bet I can
sports. When did trampoline gymnastics enter the picture? If        toss a golf club as far as Andreas Thorkildsen, the gold
they are going to allow that, why not Indian Leg Wrestling?         medal javelin thrower from Norway.
   It’s safe to say I have not participated, much less                The good news is that golf is a unifying game for our
attempted, many of these sports. You won’t catch me on a            industry. Many a charitable golf tournament has raised
10 meter platform performing a triple back-flip with a half         millions of dollars for Variety Club from coast to coast. Even
twist into a bucket of water. Nor will I put on a pair of tights    the worst of enemies seem to tolerate each other on the
and swing from the uneven bars, hurling my body at 360              greens and in the fairway. Perhaps if more of this good will
degrees over and over again. The very thought of it gives           was taken off the golf course and placed in the boardroom
me vertigo.                                                         the spirit of 2008 Beijing Olympics would be alive and well
   But for the record (and for reasons I will not explain in this   in our industry.
column) I am now a huge fan of women’s Beach Volleyball.              Now, let’s take a look at what’s competing on our screens
   More importantly, I think the reason I enjoy the Olympics        this fall and holiday season:
so much has to do with the spirit for which these games are
intended. It makes my eyes water when so many nations               • IGOR (MGM) 9/19 – This CGI animation is welcome
can come together and compete in harmony. Truly, our                family fare in the drought of kid-friendly product available in
industry could learn a valuable lesson and benefit from this        September. This playful, irreverent comedy brings a new
philosophy.                                                         twist to the monster genre. John Cusack, Steve Buscemi,
   Imagine if Lee Roy Mitchell and Mike Campbell were               John Cleese and Molly Shannon lend their voices to the
vying for the same location to build a new megaplex.                project. Though numbers won’t be great, the programming
Instead of trying to outbid each other or apply cutthroat           is welcome relief.
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FILM REVIEWS continued from page 6


• EAGLE EYE (PAR) 9/26 – Touted as one the bigger box             a Big Brother program. Trailer looks funny and it should be
office draws of the fall, the film stars Shia LaBeouf and         good counter-programming to the family and action fare of
Michelle Monaghan as two pawns being used to further the          the Thanksgiving playtime.
plot of a political assassination. Plenty of action is prom-
ised and early word is that it delivers.                          • BOLT (DIS) 11/21 – From the Disney CGI animation
                                                                  camp comes Bolt, a German Shepherd who has lived his
• BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (DIS) 10/3 – The popu-                  life on the set of an action TV show, where he believes he
larity of the Chihuahua is forever framed in celluloid in this    has superpowers. Trailer is funny and should give MADA-
Disney goofball comedy. Plenty of talking dogs and one-           GASCAR 2 a run for its money at the box. John Travolta
liners make their way to the big screen in this story of a        and Miley Cyrus provide voices.
pampered pet that becomes lost on a vacation in Mexico.
Dumb fun that should be big box office. The voices of Drew        • FOUR CHRISTMASES (WB) 11/26 – A couple struggles
Barrymore, George Lopez and Selma Hayek go straight to            to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas day.
the dogs.                                                         This comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn
                                                                  should provide plenty of poignant laughs. Robert Duvall,
• W (LION’S GATE) 10/17 – Just in time for the November           Sissy Spacek and May Steenburgen also add to the fun.
election is Oliver Stone’s take on the life and presidency of
George W. Bush. It will be anything but objective. Josh           • YES MAN (WB) 12/19 – Jim Carrey seems to be back to
Brolin plays “W” in all his drunken glory as a young              his old form in a comedy about a guy who says “yes” to
whipper-snapper. Elizabeth Banks is the first lady and            everything for an entire year. This could be vintage Carrey,
Richard Dreyfuss is Dick Cheney (huh?). Expect solid              rubber face and slapstick to the max, as he looks to recap-
results in the blue states.                                       ture his LIAR, LIAR popularity. Zooey Deschanel plays the
                                                                  love interest.
• HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR (DIS) 10/24
– All I can say is “it’s about time.” The popular Disney TV       • MARLEY AND ME (FOX) 12/25 – Based on the popular
franchise hits the big screen with the original cast in tow.      best seller, a family learns the importance of life from their
This will most likely be the last in the series unless “College   naughty and neurotic dog. Owen Wilson and Jennifer
Musical” is already in the planning stages. Could be the          Anniston play Marley’s loving owners. If this is as good as
number one fall film. GREASE is the word.                         MY DOG SKIP then audiences should be laughing and
                                                                  crying at the same time.
• ROLE MODELS (UNI) 11/7 – Because of their lewd
behavior, Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd are enrolled in



NULL NABBED IN MOVIE PIRACY RAID
SPRINGHILL, LA MAN FACES MORE THAN 20,000 CHARGES
One man in Webster Parish is said to have really been              It took them two days to count all 10, 194. Investigators
profiting off movie piracy. He could face more than 20,000         say Null was awfully proud of his homemade device that
criminal charges. Investigators say Michael Null had one           burned up to 14 DVDs at a time. He wasn’t so proud when
of the largest bootlegging operations they’ve seen. He             they came back with a warrant. Police say they had to
could face one charge for each and every illegal DVD and           bust down the door because he refused to open it. When
label he created.                                                  they got inside, they say he was busy making labels.
Adam Harris spent three months, $150,000 and millions of           Investigators say some of the movies they found inside
drops of blood, sweat and tears restoring the historic             Null’s home included the new Batman, Mamma Mia!, and
Spring Theatre in downtown Springhill. Since he opened             Hancock, all of which are still being played in theatres.
in 2002, business has been good, but just like any                 Experts say movie piracy is a crime committed all over the
business, it could always be better. One thing that didn’t         world. The Director of the North American Anti-Piracy for
help Harris’ movie business was the alleged illegal movie          the Motion Picture Association says it costs the film indus-
business across town.                                              try $18 billion a year, $5 billion just in the United States.
State police say Michael Null, 47, was burning and selling
thousands of bootleg DVDs.
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  New Members – Fall 2008
  Louisiana                                                               Texas
  David Wilcox - Bastrop                                                  Phyllis Gamble & Mechelle Slaughter - Clifton
  Washington Square Cinema                                                Cliftex Theatre
                                                                          Kevin Mitchell - Dallas
  Oklahoma                                                                ShowBiz Cinemas
  Randy Myers - Woodward                                                  Texas – Affiliate Member                        NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
  Lakeside Theatres                                                       Randy Hester - Austin                           OF THEATRE OWNERS
                                                                          Cinema Media Marketing                          South Central States
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                    In This Issue:
CLAPBOARD
Celebrating a Decade of CinéShows .......................... 1

SCS MEMBERSHIP PROFILE
Spotlight on George Solomon ..................................... 2

2008 CINESHOW
Announcement ............................................................ 3

SCS NATO SCHOLORSHIP WINNERS
Answer the $10 Million Question ................................. 4-5

REELING THRU THE YEARS
Is 3D Going Down the Toilet? ...................................... 5

FILM PREVIEWS
New Version of 3D is the Real-D Deal ........................ 6-7

NULL NABBED IN MOVIE PIRACY RAID
Louisiana Man Faces More Than 20,000 Charges ..... 7

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