Who We Are
A full-service destination entertainment solution
Destination Cinema, Inc. (DCI) is a pioneer in the destination theater™ industry and continues to develop innovative ways for tourism venues around the world to drive traffic, enhance the visitor experience, stimulate greater visitor satisfaction, and improve profitability.
Our vision is to create business opportunities by fulfilling visitor needs and aspirations at some of the world’s most important destinations. Our films, exhibits, and operations help visitors have a better experience and create opportunities for additional services and retail. We work to build mutually beneficial partnerships that add to the interpretive experience and improve profitability.
We also work to build mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse group of partners that share the goal of finding innovative approaches to improving the guest experience at some of the greatest destinations in the world.
What We Do
We aspire to “win-win” partnerships founded on integrity
Destination Cinema is the largest commercial operator of destination theaters™ in North America hosting over 2.5 million customers a year. Our strength lies in a deep understanding of what drives the motivations of a typical visitor and our ability to create partnerships with valued brands including IMAX®, Pizza Hut & Pink Jeep.
We weave together the complementary attributes and services of diverse organizations, helping destinations enhance the visitor experience in ways that most venues are not able to achieve independently.
National Park Services, State Parks, and government institutions that partner with Destination Cinema show a proven increase in profit and visitation. We are leaders in this category and have a very successful track record over the past 30+ years at destination locations hosting over 40 million tourists a year. Click to view more information about our partners.
Destination Cinema Services
Development of interpretive programs and exhibits
Design and operation of themed destination retail
Design and operation of food services and concessions
Film Distribution & Support
Provision of tourist information services
The majority of DCI theaters contain popular souvenir stores, providing an upscale consumer experience that is lacking in most museum and attraction gift shops. Furthermore, we have learned what motivates consumers at our theaters and which items they are likely to buy. These efforts are coordinated by our team who are responsible for selection of merchandise, in store merchandising, retail promotion, and yield management.
The DCI management team has extensive knowledge of traditional advertising models paired with online marketing that provide cost effective, industry leading methods for motivating visitors to go through our gates. Key elements of our marketing management include:
- group sales including tours & schools
- marketing media management
- website best practices
- search engine optimization
- social media management
- in-store digital sign development & management
F & B Management
DCI managers are experienced in food service operations ranging from “fast food” to typical theater concessions. Key elements of our food and beverage profit management include:
- Inventory management to avoid waste and spoilage
- Purchasing expertise to control costs
- Point-of-sale systems that provide standard costing
- Aggressive yet competitive menu pricing
Over 100 years of industry experience in senior management
Bob Perkins is responsible for the overall management of DCI’s theater and film operations, as well as new business development. He came to DCI in 1999 after a 30-year career in the hospitality and entertainment industries, holding senior management and marketing positions at Brunswick Corporation, Outrigger Hotels, Sands Hotels & Casinos, and Marriott Hotels.
With over 25 years experience in corporate finance and accounting, Paul Nielson oversees DCI’s financing activities, budgets, financial reporting and analysis, taxes, payroll, accounts payable/receivable and contracts. Prior to joining DCI, Paul worked in corporate and international accounting for a global training company.
Sean Nilsson has over 24 years experience working with attraction based properties. He is responsible for online and in-theatre video display for the various Destination Cinema locations. Social Media, email communications, online media and web development are also included within his portfolio. Prior to joining Destination Cinema, Sean worked at IMAX Corporation in a marketing management capacity for 10+ years.
John Riley has been affiliated with Destination Cinema for over 27 years and heads the information technology division. Mr. Riley is also acting President & Senior IT Consultant at JMR Logics. With a focused career in the tourism, food services and hospitality industries, John is the rare executive with both business acumen and technical knowledge needed to deliver brilliant IT solutions.
Meagan Ryan is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of tourism and hospitality experience. She leads DCI’s two high volume Niagara Falls locations, overseeing theater, retail, and food and beverage operations. In addition to the management of the day-to-day operations, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of all sales and marketing efforts, facilities maintenance, and all capital improvement projects.
Marty has been with DCI since 2010 starting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and then at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center as Director of Operations overseeing food, beverage and retail sales.
Prior to joining DCI, Marty’s professional history included time working in public relations and customer service at Freestyle International Theme Parks as Director of Food and Beverage, at Six Flags as Food and Beverage Area Manager, and at Disneyland in the entertainment department. Marty’s time with Disney and completion of the Disney University program imparted the fundamentals of great guest service.
Kimberly Allan joined the Destination Cinema team in 2011 as Director of Sales. Her responsibilities include Travel Trade Sales for all inbound business throughout North America, Asia, Europe, India and South America. She also oversees the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into growing markets such as corporate and weddings.
A veteran tourism and hospitality professional, with experience spanning over 39 years. Combining previous hotel management experience with the giant screen industry, the past 18 years (2003-2021) have been with Destination Cinema as Theatre Director at IMAX Victoria (inside the Royal BC Museum) in Victoria, BC, Canada. Paul now assists Destination Cinema with the distribution of their film library and can be reached at [email protected]
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