Monday, April 23, 2012
One such mention, attracted a reader who contacted me to say how much he liked my concept of Film and Food, particularly the two art forms in combination - for example, The Babette's Feast post. Upon further conversation, he revealed to me that his career path has taken him from owning movie theaters, to restaurants. Immediately, I asked if I could do an interview, as I was fascinated to meet someone who combined both of my interests in a lucrative manner.
T & T: Tell me a bit about your movie theater origins?
The first theatres were actually newsreel theatres in NYC where you could watch the news standing up in a small auditorium with rear screen projection. The chain grew at times to over 100 screens that were mainly located on the east coast with a concentration in New York City and Connecticut.
Tom in front of (Storyteller Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM
TB cont: My family has also been involved with Broadway theatres in Times Square at 42nd street, dating back to the early 1940’s. My grandfather was one of the original founders and board members of the American Theatre Wing which is the organization that is best known for producing the Tony Awards.
T & T: That really is quite a legacy. How did you start in the family business?
T & T: Your bio mentions Storyteller Theaters?
Tom in front of Storyteller Starlight Cinema 8 plex in Los Lunas, NM
T & T: So, you've been an investor and CEO in this movie business, but would you consider yourself a film buff?
TB cont: The Theatre business has always been a great investment, but is totally subject to the quality of films being put out by Hollywood. There are good years and there are bad years, like any industry. Final answer: Film Buff!
T &T: One of my reasons for starting Tinsel & Tine is because being in a movie theater is a happy place for me; however, movie prices are now daunting. In your opinion,will there ever be a cap or will we one day pay $20 a pop to see a movie?
When asked what he'd like to see added to movie concession stands, his answer was Tacos, which ties into part II of our interview.
When asked what has been the most surprising thing he's learned about being in the movie industry? .... Bacon and egg flavored, being the exception - It’s all about the Popcorn sales!!!!!!!
Click on button to read about Tom's move into the restaurant business, Oaxaca Kitchen, featuring traditional home style Mexican Cuisine.