Vet was exhibition and distribution executive
Veteran exhibition and distribution exec Noel Kendall died Dec. 26 after a 14 year battle with cancer. He was 67. Most recently Kendall was in charge of film buying for Harkins Theaters, after spending much of his career with AMC Theaters and then DreamWorks. Kendall had 35 years experience in film buying, theater operations and film distribution. For the past five years, Kendall headed up film buying for Phoenix-based Harkins Theaters, which added over 150 screens during his tenure His years of experience and passion for film made him one of the top leaders in our business, said Dan Harkins, Owner and Chairman, Harkins Theaters. Prior to relocating to Phoenix from Los Angeles, he oversaw distribution for the Western Division for DreamWorks. Before DreamWorks, Kendall was with AMC Theaters for more than 20 years, starting in operations and transitioning to the film department as a buyer in 1980. Kendall was active in charities including the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, for which he served as an advisory member on the Board of Directors. Kendall is survived by his wife, Laurie, two children and two grandchildren. A memorial service is set for Thursday Jan. 7, at 9:15 a.m. at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Dr., Westlake Village. Donations may be made to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 10045 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602; Variety, The Children’s Charity, 4601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 260, Los Angeles, CA, 90010 or American Cancer Society (Phoenix Chapter), 4550 East Bell Road, Suite 126, Phoenix, AZ, 85032.