Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF Movie Bears to end boycott

Dave HThe nationwide boycott of theaters owned by Cinemark Holdings Inc. that began after the chain’s CEO donated $9,999 to the Yes on 8 campaign is ending.

Dave Hayes (pictured at left) and Drew Galleni of San Francisco Movie Bears announced today that they’ll be discontinuing their boycott on January 1.

Cinemark’s theaters include Century, Cine Arts, and Tinseltown.

The move is being made because Cinemark will be offering domestic partner benefits to all LGBT employees effective January 1.

“This is a step in the right direction” said Hayes in a statement. “We’re happy that Cinemark has made this decision, but we plan to keep a close eye on them and Mr. Stock.”

Alan Stock is Cinemark’s CEO.

A call to Cinemark to confirm the benefits information was not returned.
In November 2008, San Francisco Movie Bears learned that Stock had made the donation to Yes on 8 and announced the boycott of Cinemark.

The following day, the site was launched in an effort to keep people away from going to Cinemark to see the highly anticipated film “Milk” about slain San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Since the start of the boycott, Hayes estimates that his group alone has cost Cinemark over $20,000 in ticket sales. That doesn’t include revenue lost nationwide as a result of the Web site, or other groups like San Francisco Movie Bears, or losses at concession stands, the group said in a statement.

San Francisco Movie Bears is hoping to use the Century Theatres for future fundraising events.

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— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 25, 2009 @ 1:51 pm PST
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