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Our Mission

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Who We Are

The National Association of Theatre Owners is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing over 35,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 101 countries worldwide.

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What We Do

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a second office in Los Angeles, California, NATO represents its members in the heart of the nation’s capital as well as the center of the entertainment industry. From these vantage points, NATO helps exhibition influence federal policy-making and work with movie distributors on all areas of mutual concern, from new technologies to legislation, marketing, and First Amendment issues.

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Advocacy & Issues

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Theatrical Content Advocacy

Advocate for theatrical movie releases and other content to drive box office revenue

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Government Relations Advocacy

Advocate for pro-theater government legislation and regulation to improve the theater business

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Moviegoing Promotion

Promote moviegoing to consumers to drive theatre attendance

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Community Building

Facilitate community building to strengthen the industry


Become a Member

Our Membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theater owners too. Find out how you can be a part of our exciting organization today!