Mann CEO Goldwater exits post

26-year vet says he's considering offers from other circuits

Charles “Chuck” Goldwater is stepping down today after 2-1/2 years as CEO and president of the Cinamerica/Mann theater chain.

His duties will be taken over by the circuit’s new owner, Pittsburgh-based exhibition exec Jeff Lewine.

Goldwater, who presided over a major expansion push at Mann, said he had no immediate plans, and would remain available to the new management team on a consulting basis.

While he has had no firm job offers yet, Goldwater said he had received calls from a number of circuits, and was seriously considering two inquiries.

Goldwater joined Cinamerica/Mann in September 1995, after serving as senior VP and general manager of Sony Theaters.

Cinamerica, for years owned jointly by Paramount and Warner Bros., was on the sale block even before Goldwater’s appointment. It finally sold last month to WestStar Holdings, an investment group led by Lewine and backed by venture capital firm Warburg Pincus Ventures.

Goldwater was hired to steer the then somewhat stagnant circuit into a more active and expansive mode, which he did. During his tenure, the company built several new locations and developed plans for major multiplexes in Westwood and at the Hollywood Boulevard site of the company’s flagship Chinese Theatre.

Goldwater also oversaw plans to give the circuit’s multiplexes a brand identity by making them facsimiles of the Chinese Theatre. The first of these is now under construction in the southeast Denver suburb of Aurora.

“I’m extremely grateful to the people at Warner Bros. and Paramount who gave me my first shot at being the president and CEO of a major circuit,” Goldwater said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience and confidence.”

Before joining Sony (formerly Loews) in 1990, Goldwater held senior positions with National Amusements and Boston-based USA Cinemas. The 26-year theater business veteran got his start as an usher for the Walter Reade Organization.

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