Gary Moore of Premiere Cinemas — Mergers & Acquisitions
Gary Moore of Premiere Cinemas says his company is always looking for new opportunities to bring its brand to new communities. In additional to acquiring land and building in malls and shopping centers, Moore has been doing some selective acquisitions as well, taking over existing cinemas in South Carolina recently, as well as one in Florida and a handful in Texas. Premiere Cinemas CEO Gary Moore Gets an Early Start in Business.
Born and raised in Big Spring, Texas — Gary Moore’s father, Raymond was an electrician and his mother, Babs, worked in insurance. Moore learned early a thing about both construction and how business worked. Today he is the owner and CEO of one of America’s largest independent cinema companies, Premiere Cinemas.
Gary Moore began working at the age of 12 as a movie theater projectionist, hopping the Greyhound bus and riding it an hour and a half to the nearby West Texas town of Sweetwater where his uncle was manager. After graduating from Forsan High School, Moore attended Howard College, and worked for the local theatres as projectionist. At 22 he founded a company called Star-Com Telecommunications which became a multi-million-dollar enterprise, quickly employing over 125 people. Moore, who envisioned and owned the company, was its youngest employee. He bought a movie theatre as a labor of love at 26, and decided he would just keep buying and building more of them.
With the success of Cinemore in the 80’s and Premiere Cinemas in the 90’s, Gary Moore built a name for himself in the entertainment business. His diversified business interests extended his interests to manufacturing, media and real estate in addition to entertainment.
Gary Moore Premiere Cinemas continues to expand the movie theater business, and says his love of movies drives him to want to keep making movie-watching more enjoyable to people. Today, he considers Premiere more a lifestyle than a business, as it entertains millions of people every year, embracing new technologies and innovations to keep movie-going America’s favorite entertainment pastime.