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National Association of Theatre Owners (U.S.)


Historical History

The National Association of Theatre owners (NATO) is an American organization based on the ownership of theaters.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) was founded in 1921 and is a United States-based organization with a membership of movie theater owners. NATO was created from a merger of the two largest movie theater trade organizations in the 1960s one including Paramount Pictures and the other, the Theater Owners of America and the Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors. Today there are almost 3300 movie theater screens associated with Nato in all 50 states. This Association was created so that they would be able to get the bigger and better movies in theaters. They continue to do work to try to help their theaters grow and prosper as much as they can.

DBpedia, via WWW, September 6, 2022. (National Association of Theatre Owners; NATO; founded in 1965; based in the United States; members are movie theater owners; NATO formed from merger of two largest movie theater trade organizations; Theater Owners of America; Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors)

Natoonline, via WWW, December 14, 2022 (the main web page talks about what they do and how they continue to grow.)

Linkedin, via WWW, December 14, 2022 (What is the national association of theater owners? Here information was found about the general history information and what they do today.)

The American Film Industry; Balio, December 14, 2022 ( Information about the history of the NATO was found in this book)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

National Association of Theatre Owners records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1446
Scope and Contents Administrative papers, correspondence, meeting minutes, convention reports, research data, promotional material, model bills and proposed legislation, testimony and speech transcripts, legal filings, press releases, and internal publications. Also included are records of the American Theatre Association (ATA), 1946-47; Theatre Owners of America (TOA), 1947-65; and Council of Motion Picture Organization (COMPO) which were precursors to the NATO organization. The collection provides primary...
Dates: 1946-1978

Photographs of theaters in New York

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239134544]
Identifier: MSS P 137
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 17 gelatin silver photographs of old theaters in New York. Materials dated approximately 1930-1949.

Dates: approximately 1930-1949

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1
Business records 1
Gelatin silver prints 1
Letters 1
Motion picture industry -- Public relations -- United States -- History 1