Landmark ankles to concentrate on own theaters

BAM Rose Cinemas has changed its firstrun features booker from Los Angeles-based Landmark Theater to Screening Room and Paris Theater programmer Jeffrey Jacobs, who will be its third booker since launching two years ago.

Landmark’s VP and film buyer Doug Freed had been booking BAM Rose since spring 1999, when the arthouse’s initial programmer, New Yorker Films prexy Dan Talbot, moved into a consulting role. Landmark is exiting the relationship in order to concentrate more completely on its own theaters.

No material changes are planned with Jacobs’ entrance, BAM exec VP Karen Brooks Hopkins said. The cinema will continue its previous efforts to get the best specialized films on its three firstrun screens as quickly as possible.

“The key for us is to get these films faster from the Manhattan break,” Hopkins told Daily Variety. “If we don’t get them early enough, people will go across the river to Manhattan.”

Working with associate film buyer Lizette Gonzalez, Jacobs books 50 specialized screens across the country through his firm Jacobs Entertainment. He served as film buyer for the Angelika Film Center from its start in 1989 until 1997.

Before joining the Angelika, Jacobs was VP of theatrical sales and marketing at Intl. Film Exchange. He was also director of theatrical sales and marketing for Macmillan Films and assistant national sales manager at New Yorker Films.

BAMcinematek, the cinema’s year-old repertory screen, will continue to be programmed with classic American and foreign films and series by curator-at-large Adrienne Mancia and associate curator Florence Almozini.

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