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Alumni are the brains behind a movie theater near you

Cinergy founders and alumni Jeffrey and Jamie BensonJeffrey and Jamie Benson, above, are not just partners in life, but partners in business.

The husband and wife team have founded several movie theater chains, including Movie Tavern, after they first connected at a Beta Alpha Psi Business Honor Society meeting in 1995. Former Cinemark executive Steve Holmes, who graduated in 1980, helped put together the partnership that led Movie Tavern, which combines movies with restaurant-style food service, to become a nationwide chain.

The Bensons are just one of several alumni who work together and are profiled in the Spring 2012 issue of The North Texan, the university’s 180,000-circulation quarterly publication.

The article also features:

The spring edition of The North Texan also includes articles, photos and links to videos:

  • Learn how the Honors College challenges students with rigorous coursework and provides them with a supportive learning environment.
  • Meet alumnus Rich Emerlin, a former Dallas police detective who appeared on the popular reality show, Dallas SWAT
  • Learn about arts and cultural activities.
  • Learn about the UNT Alumni Association and how to join.

 Above, Jeffrey and Jamie Benson developed Cinergy Cinemas, a new theater concept that combines family entertainment with movie going.

(Photo by Angilee Wilkerson)

Posted on: Wed 02 May 2012

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