Why NATO Chief John Fithian Is Excited About the New Wave of Streaming

Head of the movie theater trade group talks Paramount Decrees, box office and why he thinks streaming won’t disrupt the theater industry

On a rainy November morning in Hollywood, John Fithian is asked about a moment when he called out the Hollywood press for their “glass is half empty” analysis on the movie theater industry.

It was back in April in Las Vegas, when the president & CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners had just come off the stage from an opening speech at CinemaCon where he boasted of the record $11.82 billion grossed at North American movie theaters in 2018, a huge rebound after a 2017 box office that saw the worst summer period in 11 years.

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com