Friday, June 14, 2019


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The American Cinematheque announced today that AMC Chief Executive Officer and President Adam Aron will receive the 2019 Sid Grauman Award on behalf of AMC Theatres. The American Cinematheque Sid Grauman Award is Presented by Hill Valley. AMC Theatres will be honored for its achievements in the motion picture industry at the top of the American Cinematheque’s annual benefit award show where, this year, the non-profit organization will present its 33rd annual career achievement award, known as the American Cinematheque Award. The 2019 American Cinematheque Award recipient is Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. The presentation of both the Sid Grauman and American Cinematheque awards will take place Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd.).

American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita said, “The American Cinematheque is pleased to present this year’s annual Sid Grauman award to AMC Theaters and its CEO Adam Aron for its outstanding contributions to theatrical exhibition. It is the world’s biggest and most productive exhibitor with the highest attendance of moviegoers and acclaimed as the most innovative in the services that it provides for the moviegoing audience. AMC has and will continue to lead the remarkable evolution of the theatergoing experience.”

Hill Valley founder and CEO Éric Nebot said “Hill Valley is extremely proud to be the presenter of the American Cinematheque’s Fifth Annual Sid Grauman Award to Adam Aron on behalf of AMC Theatres."

The American Cinematheque Board of Directors created this award in 2015 to honor an extraordinary individual who has made a significant contribution to the Hollywood film industry in the continuing advancement of theatrical exhibition. Previous recipients have included Doug Darrow on behalf of Dolby Laboratories (2018), Richard Gelfond and Greg Foster on behalf of IMAX (2017); Sue Kroll (2016); and Jeffrey Katzenberg (2015).

Sid Grauman (1879 – 1950) was a master showman in the early days of film exhibition and a founder of the Egyptian Theatre (owned and operated by the American Cinematheque since 1998), where the first Hollywood “premiere” was held in 1922. He went on to be part of the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well. He was a pioneer in the theatrical exhibition of movies and a founding member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, from which he received an honorary Academy Award for his work. His legacy is carried on today through the big screen movie viewing experience provided by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre.

About Adam M. Aron, Chief Executive Officer and President of AMC

Mr. Aron has served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and a director of the company since January 2016. From February 2015 to December 2015, Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Since 2006, Mr. Aron has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of World Leisure Partners, Inc. a personal consultancy he founded for matters related to travel and tourism, high-end real estate development, and professional sports. Mr. Aron served as Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013, and remains an investor in both the Sixers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Aron served as Senior Operating Partner of private equity leader Apollo Management L.P. Mr. Aron currently serves on the boards of directors of AMC, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd., and both the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. Formerly Mr. Aron served as CEO of Vail Resorts (1996-2006) and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. (1993-1996), as well as Chief Marketing Officer of United Airlines (1990-1993) and Chief Marketing Officer of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (1987-1990).

Mr. Aron received a Master of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Harvard College. Mr. Aron has a significant record of business and executive leadership, including valuable insight into consumer services. He has more than 25 years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer, more than 30 years of experience serving on a broad variety of corporate boards of directors, and more than 40 years of consumer engagement experience.

About AMC

AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the United States, the largest in Europe, and the largest throughout the world with approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by deploying its signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty and subscription programs, web site, and mobile apps; offering premium large format experiences; and playing a wide variety of content, including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates many of the most productive theatres in the United States' top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 21 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States. AMC is also #1 or #2 in market share in 12 of the 15 countries it serves in North America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

About Hill Valley

Hill Valley, the leading product placement agency founded by Éric Nebot, and based in Los Angeles and Paris, represents luxury brands such as Chanel, Ladurée, Hennessy, Piper-Heidsieck, world class wine Chateau Haut Brion, and many others.

Benefit Tickets:

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award presentation, start at $650. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.