Wonderful Showman has passed away
Bill Hertz, former VP of operations at Mann Theatres and its preceding companies passed away in late August at the age of 84.
This isn’t really an obituary but a remembrance of a fine gentleman that shaped my career and my life. Anyone who has worked for Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres or Mann Theatres will know him and share the sense of loss.
I met Mr. Hertz in 1962 while working a studio sneak preview at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, California. This man had a presence that stood out in a lobby full of posturing movie types. He was the consummate executive, with a 32 tooth smile and a firm handshake. He never inserted himself into the scene but controlled all theatrical elements with a finesse that made those who worked for him respond in the most direct and positive ways.
Over the years I had the good fortune to move up in the company and ultimately have a office just down the hall from Mr. Hertz. He continued to mentor us young pups and add a great deal of class to anything he choose to do.
He didn’t reminisce often but when he did, the stories of the golden days of movie exhibition were absolutely wonderful. I wish I had recorded them, because they were priceless.
Our condolences to his family who will surely miss him but take comfort in the fact that his life was full to the brim with work and activities that many folks only dream about.
I will miss him.
(Thanks to Jessica DeWinter for providing the photo.)