Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Names Kevin Holloway As Head Film Buyer – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has hired industry veteran Kevin Holloway as its primary film buyer.
The news comes following the bankruptcy of the filmmaker chain and the opening of a new location in El Paso, Texas. Plans for new theaters in Manhattan, Staten Island, St. Louis and Washington DC are slated for this year.
Holloway has already spent 20 years in ArcLight and Pacific Theaters cinemas; this chain recently filed Chapter 7, with other chains, including AMC and Regal, already taking over some of its SoCal leases. Most recently, Holloway was Vice President of Marketing and Film Operations, where he led all purchasing, content programming and film marketing functions in conjunction with studios, filmmakers and media partners.
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He has led many key campaigns such as that of ArcLight Once upon a time … Tarantino Tribute to the Filmmaker and the For Your Consideration question-and-answer screening series, promoting the Oscar season in partnership with media outlet Collider.com. Prior to that, Holloway was Director of Film Programming and also held several theatrical operations oversight roles, where he helped lead the operator in its nationwide expansion.
“The films are about discovery, new creations, and unique storytelling perspectives,” Holloway said. “I am very happy to join Alamo Drafthouse as we share this passion, as well as the belief in fostering community through the cinematic experience. I look forward to researching movies across the spectrum to curate a diverse and quality roster for audiences to enjoy moving forward.
Kayla Pugh, Head of Programming for Alamo Drafthouse, said: “In 2019, Alamo Drafthouse programmed more than 2,000 films, leading the exploitation industry in a very diverse selection of blockbusters, indie, foreign films and classic repertory films. We are delighted to be able to integrate Kevin as a new teammate, tapping into his vast expertise to help us continue and expand this mission. “
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema reopened its downtown LA venue over Memorial Day weekend with A Quiet Place, Part II, Cruella and the meeting of the actors of the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and was completely exhausted for four days.
“The question of whether the public is ready to return to theaters was answered with a resounding ‘Yes'” beamed Alamo Shelli Taylor, then CEO of Drafthouse. “It’s our biggest weekend in all of our theaters since the pandemic started, and we can’t wait to ride the big movie wave all summer.”
said Alamo Tim League, Founder and Executive Chairman of Drafthouse: “This is probably the first time in Alamo Drafthouse’s story that every movie for every movie screening sold out sold out over a four-day period. It’s a powerful testament to our collective desire to come together to relive the magic of the big screen. “
With F9 already recording more in Thursday night previews than in 2019 Hobbs & Shaw, expect another great weekend for Alamo LA