CINCINNATI — The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Peter Hess, a resident of Kettering, and volunteer advisor for Miamisburg’s Historic Plaza Theatre, received the NAC Concession Manager Certification (CCM) at the NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo, which was recently held in Cincinnati.
Hess was one of eight core volunteers and member of the Save the Victory Committee during the grass-roots effort to save the Victory Theatre (now the Victoria Theatre—www.victoriatheatre.com) on the corner of First and Main Streets in downtown Dayton. His duties on the committee were to organize promotions, write news releases, facilitate news conferences and help manage numerous volunteer projects. He later became an assistant house manager at the Victory Theatre and that introduction into the theatre business led to his management of 16 other theatres, at most of which he both, increased attendance and has improved profitability.
The Dayton theatres he managed include: The Captain Kidd Drive-In (formerly on East David Road); The Salem Mall Cinema (formerly on Shiloh Springs Road); and the DaBel Cinema (formerly on Smithville Road). He also managed theatres in Altoona, Pa/ and has managed AMC Theatres in both Columbus and also in San Jose, Calif. Prior to his involvement with Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre, Hess helped to save three theatres from likely and untimely demolition, including the Victory Theatre.