By Ray Pride

Landmark Theatres Names Paul Serwitz Prez, CEO

[pr] Charles S. Cohen, Owner and Chairman of Landmark Theatres, today announced the appointment of veteran exhibition executive Paul Serwitz as Landmark Theatres’ President and Chief Operating Officer.
Paul Serwitz brings his highly regarded reputation to Landmark after serving 17 years as Vice President of Film for Regal Entertainment Group, the national theatre circuit whose brands include Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters and United Artists Theaters.  For the better part of a decade, his role included oversight of Regal’s national art and specialized program, growing that segment of the business to nearly $200 million.  Prior to Paul’s 25year tenure at Regal, he was in Film with Torontobased Cineplex Odeon in Washington D.C. and originally was in Operations and Film with Neighborhood Entertainment Group in Richmond, VA.
Landmark is the nation’s largest specialized theater chain dedicated to independent cinema with 51 theaters and 251 screens in 27 markets. Landmark is a recognized leader in the industry for providing its customers consistently diverse and entertaining film products in a sophisticated adult-oriented atmosphere. The chain’s theaters include The Landmark in Los Angeles and The Landmark at 57 West in New York City, both favored by filmmakers and studios to host awards season events and screenings, as well as other iconic locations including the E Street Cinema and The Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington, D.C., The Landmark at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida, and The Landmark at Greenwood Village in Denver’s flourishing Tech Center.
“I have long admired the unique space Landmark occupies in the exhibition and theatrical landscape,” Paul Serwitz says. “They are a trailblazer in the cinema experience.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join Landmark and help expand the company’s vision and reach.”
“Paul Serwitz has vast experience in all aspects of film exhibition and acquisition, in both local markets and on the national front,”Charles S. Cohen said. “He is highly respected and has cultivated solid relationships throughout the film industry – all of which make him the perfect choice to lead Landmark Theatres into the future.”
About Landmark Theatres
Founded in 1974, Landmark is known for both its award-winning historic theater and its more contemporary theater. Landmark’s mission is to create an enriched movie-going experience through unique and highly curated film selection and unsurpassed customer service.
Landmark Theatres was acquired by Cohen Media Group in 2018.  Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, Cohen Media Group is an Academy Award-winning independent theatrical exhibition, distribution and production company, releasing the world’s best in contemporary and classic cinema.
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