February 25, Littleton, Colorado - After a protracted battle with cancer, Bill Proctor, a respected cinema industry icon and longtime supporter of NAC, passed away on January 19, 2014. Fittingly, that date is National Popcorn Day. He was 84 years old.
Bill's passion for the cinema industry began when, at the age of 16, he landed a job as the projectionist for the Globe Theatre in Griswold, Iowa. A few years later, he applied the experience he gained at the Globe as the owner-operator of several indoor and drive-in theatres across Iowa.
In 1963, Bill sold his theatres to move to Colorado where he became the Director of Concessions for National General Theatres. He served in that capacity for 8 years. In 1971, he left to found Proctor Companies, an international concession design/build/ supply business focused on quality, innovation, and customer service. Proctor Companies grew quickly and, with the help of Zola, Bill's beloved wife of 58 years, soon became a mainstay of the concessions industry. The keystone to Bill's legacy, Proctor Companies continues to operate as a thriving business to this day.
Bill Proctor is survived by his daughter Kristy, and his son Bruce.
Bruce characterized what his father meant to his family and to the cinema industry at large, "My dad was absolutely passionate about the industry and the people in it. And he turned that passion into a thriving family business that is now supporting his children and grandchildren. We all loved him very much and we miss him greatly."
Founded in 1971, Colorado-based Proctor Companies designs, builds, and supplies innovative concession stands, food and beverage facilities, and box office systems for movie theatres around the globe.