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How many years have you worked in the Movie Theatre Industry and how did you first become involved?
I have worked for the movie industry for 8 years. I started out working for the motion picture catering industry where I spent several seasons working on Modern Family, Apartment 23, and No Ordinary Family.

What’s the best part of your Job? Do you have any memorable experiences that you would like to share?
Someone once said, “If you like what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” I enjoy working with people, movies, and the company that I work for. There is vision, integrity and experience all around the people from AMC. Most memorable experience was hanging out with Zac Efron as he was surprising guests in the concession stand.

What is your fondest movie theatre memory?
My fondest theatre memory was when I watched TOP GUN at the theatre. It convinced me that I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot.

How old were you when you went to your first movie?
Do you remember the theatre and the city?

I was 7 years old and was taken to a Drive-In in Panorama City, California to see The Karate Kid. I thought it could not get any better…I was wrong.

What is your favorite movie of all time? What is it about this movie that stands out for you?
Favorite movie of all time is Shawshank Redemption. I enjoyed the storyline, plot and twists that it took. The movie was well made and had a great cast amongst it. Someone went through a lot and he didn’t give up. At the end, he came out “clean as a Whistle”, and was able to live the way he wanted to live.

Do you have any industry related hobbies or experiences? Please explain.
In cooking, I try to replicate the food that I see shown in movies. Grilled cheeses from “Chef”, Fried Chicken from “The Help”. There is an art to cooking as Jon F. found out while doing the movie.

Frank camping with his son and coaching his baseball team.
Do you have any special interests that you would like to share?
I enjoy camping 3 times a year with the men in my family. I also enjoy spending time with, and coaching, my sons Baseball team and being able to do volunteer service to assist the community in which I live and work. Working and giving back to a community where kids come out to learn how to play baseball, throw, and hit correctly is a great feeling of accomplishment. I was once told, “a man never stands so tall as when he stoops down to help a child.”

What does being a member of NATO of CA/NV mean to you?
Being part of an organization that looks out for the interest of its members, and guards them for future generations.

Of all the resources that the Association offers (seminars, scholarships, email advisories, etc.) which is most useful for you?
Seminars seem to be more beneficial to me as they are usually filled with information and erudite.

GM Frank Martinez and manager Taylor Bastien hosted the NATO of CA/NV Southern California Film Product Seminar at their theatre last month. They did a terrific job both in their theatre and in arranging for a VIP tour of the newly renovated Century City Shopping Center. The Association appreciated the courtesy and efficiency of the entire staff as they handled the many tasks associated with this event and fulfilled the needs of all of the guests.