• The National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia

    “The movie business has faced off against many adversaries over the years – world wars; depressions; the Global Financial Crisis; television, video and DVD; and piracy to name a few – and has not just survived but thrived, for one simple reason: the cinema experience is unique. The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in its scale and impact, but this too shall pass – and when it is safe to reopen and populate our cinemas, there will be a raft of excellent movies for our patrons to enjoy.

    Our thoughts are with our 17,000 employees and their families at this challenging time.

    Likewise, we acknowledge the many industries affiliated with cinemas in Australia and impacted by our closure – film distribution companies, trade and equipment suppliers, cleaners, landlords, cafés trading outside cinema complexes – some 93,000 people or more.

    We look forward to them all re-joining us as soon as we are able to reopen.”

    Michael Hawkins – Executive Director, National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia

The National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia (NACO) represents its members in ‘whole of industry’ issues that may confront them from time to time. Without limitation, licensing fees, film classification and piracy are issues that require a whole of industry response. The collapsing of windows is another issue that is monitored closely to protect the significant investment made by cinema owners in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.

The Board incorporates senior executive members from major national cinema operations, state-based cinema chains and independent cinemas from each state of Australia.

NACO continues to host the annual Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) on Queensland’s Gold Coast, which attracts key industry delegates from Australia, New Zealand and overseas. The AIMC is now in its 74th year.

NACO has an active relationship with other international cinema and theatre owner associations to facilitate best practices in, and protection of, an industry that has thrived since celluloid was first projected onto a screen in the 19th century.

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