National Association of Theatre Owners records

National Association of Theatre Owners records

Dates: 1946-1978

Administrative papers, correspondence, meeting minutes, convention reports, research data, promotional material, model bills and proposed legislation, testimony and speech transcripts, legal filings, press releases, and internal publications. Also included are records of the American Theatre Association (ATA), 1946-47; Theatre Owners of America (TOA), 1947-65; and Council of Motion Picture Organization (COMPO) which were precursors to the NATO organization. The collection provides primary source materials on motion picture history from the viewpoint of the movie theatre owner and operator.

  • Extent: 50 boxes (25 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: National Association of Theatre Owners (U.S.). -- Council of Motion Picture Organizations (U.S.). -- Theatre Owners of America
  • Call Number: MSS 1446
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from National Association of Theatre Owners must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Register available in repository.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1446; National Association of Theatre Owners records; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1446, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The NATO collection came from the office files maintained at the organization's New York City headquarters by the NATO executive Director, Joseph G. Alterman.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Performing Arts; Motion picture industry--United States--History; Motion picture industry--Public relations--United States--History; Motion picture theaters--Law and legislation--United States--History; Motion picture theater managers--United States--History; Motion picture theaters--United States--Management--History; National Association of Theatre Owners (U.S.); Council of Motion Picture Organizations (U.S.); Theatre Owners of America; Council of Motion Picture Organizations (U.S.)--History; National Association of Theatre Owners (U.S.)--History; Theatre Owners of America--History
Genre / Form
Business records; Letters
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
National Association of Theatre Owners records
Finding Aid Author
Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-11-16 12:27:33 -0700.
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Administrative History

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is a nationwide trade association of motion picture exhibitors representing 33 state and regional theatre organizations and more than 8,000 independent theatres and theatre circuits. It came into existence in 1966 from a merger of the Theatre Owners of America (TOA) and the Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors. NATO provides a united front in efforts to influence national and local legislation in favor of motion-picture theatre operators.

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