Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), today announced that Samuel “Sonny” Gourley has joined the company as vice president of film. Gourley, a Los Angeles resident, will establish a West Coast office for Marcus Theatres.
Samuel "Sonny" Gourley (Photo: Business Wire)Gourley’s career spans nearly four decades in the film exhibition industry. “His industry stature, extensive knowledge gained through his long career as film buyer for AMC and the relationships he’s established will be a valuable asset for Marcus Theatres,” said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. “Being in the heart of Hollywood with his finger on the pulse of the industry, Sonny will provide invaluable insights and contributions to the continued growth and success of Marcus Theatres. His expertise and key relationships with the leading film production studios will further strengthen our film-booking team,” said Paul Silk, senior vice president of film, Marcus Theatres. “We are delighted to have Sonny join us and establish a West Coast office for Marcus Theatres for the first time in our history. He will be a strong addition to our film department and we welcome him aboard,” noted Jeff Tomachek, executive vice president of Marcus Theatres. Prior to joining Marcus Theatres, Gourley served AMC Entertainment, Inc. for over 37 years, most recently as president of film programming. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of film programming, including coverage, content and cost, while focusing on enhancing the entertainment experience for the AMC brand. Gourley’s experience at AMC also includes serving as executive vice president of film marketing and as head film buyer for the company on a national level. Gourley is a member of Variety – The Children’s Charity Advisory Board and the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Board of Directors. His industry recognition includes ShowEast Hall of Fame Inductee 2012, Variety Club – The Children’s Charity Heart of Show Business Award 2012, ShowEast Humanitarian of the Year 2009, and County of Los Angeles Commendation Awards 2003-2010.