J. Wayne Anderson
Anderson began his career in Exhibition in 1966 while stationed at Camp Pendelton, California in base special services, where he oversaw the base movie theatre operations of 33 theatres. In 1968, he was responsible for managing and operating the first military base theatre in Vietnam, located in Da Nang.
He began his 36 year career with Maryland based R/C Theatres in 1970 when he began managing the circuit's Stonewall venue. The following year he was promoted to district manager a position he retained until his 1976 promotion to R/C Theatres Vice-President of Operations.
Assuming in 1983 title of President of Company Operations, Anderson contributed heavily to a subsequent program of construction and refurbishment that helped expand the regional theatre circuit into one of the 30 largest chains in North America. He became President and CEO of R/C Theatres in 1993. In 1994, 1997 and again in 2005 R/C sold screens to Regal. After the sale in 2005 Anderson assumed the role of Chairman of R/C theatres until his retirement in April 2009. R/C currently has 86 screens.
A long acknowledged leader in the technological arena, Anderson is known for building technically correct cinemas. He has served as Chairman of NATO's Technical Advancement and Codes Committees, and created a Blue Ribbon Committee of experts from both Distribution and Exhibition to address technical issues. He supervised the successful completion of NATO's extended length reel study and organized the first ever symposium on electronic high-definition super highway for movie theatres in 1994. He has been instrumental in organizing demonstrations of digital cinema capabilities for both NATO and ShoWest.
In the fall of 2005 he accepted the voluntary position of Managing Director of the Cinema Buying Group to assist independent theatre operators with the conversion to digital cinema and equipment purchases.
A member of SMPTE, a member of The Inter-Society Committee for the Enhancement of Motion Picture Presentation; he has also served as its Secretary/Treasurer (1997-99) President (1999-2002) and Chairman (2002-2004).
Anderson also serves on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Theatre Owners, and the Board of Directors for NATO of Maryland and Virginia. He is now an Emeritus Board Member for both organizations.
Mr. Anderson was the recipient of the Award of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2007) for his work on the industry wide conversion to cyan dye track. He was named ShoWester 2007 alongside his wife MaryAnn–the first time in the convention's history to name a couple as the recipient of the industry's highest honor.
In addition, Mr. Anderson has been awarded the Ken Mason Award (InterSociety
2003), the B.V. Sturdivant Award (1997) and the NATO Medal of Honor (1996).
When MaryAnn Grasso (now Anderson) was hired by the National Association of Theatre Owners in 1988, she became the organization's first new Executive Director in more than three decades. In 1996, she was promoted to Vice
Born in New York and raised in California, Mary Ann Anderson graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of California Riverside in 1973 and earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from
the University of Oregon in 1974.
Her career in the entertainment industry began with an 11-year stint as Director of the Warner Research Collection, a specialized production research service designed to assist writers, directors, producers, scenic artists and designers
with background research. In 1985, she joined the CBS television network as the Manager of its docudrama department, a post she maintained until joining NATO as Executive Director in 1988.
As Vice-President and Executive Director of NATO MaryAnn was responsible for the administration and management of the national trade association which included establishing both an LA and DC office of operation.
Among her accomplishments includes the publication of the centennial tribute
to exhibition, "America Goes to the Movies"; coordination of
the NATO benefit day at the movies in memory of the victims of 9/11; and
assisting in the development of the "Spirit of America" trailer
directed by Chuck Workman which played nationwide.
She retired from her position as Vice-President and Executive Director of NATO in 2007 and continues to serve as a consultant to the organization.
In addition to her duties with NATO, Mrs. Anderson is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and on the Executive Committee of Intersociety. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers and has served as lecturer for the American Film Institute and the UCLA and USC Theatre Arts Extension programs.
In 2002, she was awarded the Dolby Laboratories STACE Award and honored
in 1999 by Tripod Captioned Films for her work in promoting access to deaf
and hard of hearing audiences. She was awarded the Ken Mason Inter-Society
Award in 2004. She was the recipient of the Award of Commendation
from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2007) for her work
on the industry wide conversion to cyan dye track.
She was named ShoWester 2007 alongside her husband Wayne – the first time in the convention's history to name a couple as the recipient of the industries highest honor. In 2009 she was inducted into the ShowEast Hall of Fame. Ms. Anderson is an Emeritus Member of the NATO Board of Directors.