Gretchen McCourt talk is about taking a small step to achieve bigger goals and that every step matters.

Gretchen McCourt is the Executive Vice President of Cinema Programming of Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation. In her role, she oversees all film programming, marketing and communications of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters, including mainstream and art film selection, specialty event programming, site rentals, studio relationships, marketing partnerships and public relations. Gretchen also plays a key role in new theater site selection.

During her tenure at ArcLight, Gretchen has developed key initiatives that have supported the brand’s commitment to the arts and entertainment including its involvement with the Women in Film organization and Slamdance. She is the founder and content curator for the bi-annual ArcLight DocFest that takes place in May and October. Most recently, Gretchen has led the charge on introducing the ArcLight brand into three new key markets in its national expansion while continuing to grow the brand in its hometown of Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Decurion in 2007, Gretchen was Executive Vice President and Head Film Buyer at AMC Entertainment, overseeing the film and marketing of 350+ theatres across the US and Canada. She spent 19 years in various roles at AMC.

Gretchen received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washburn University. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children.

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