For almost 80 years, The Motion Picture Club has served as a philanthropic and social organization for professionals working in all facets of the entertainment industry. From marketing executives to distribution and exhibitors, our membership comprises some of the finest people in our business. And our goal has always been the support of those less fortunate. While we sponsor countless events and programs designed to help us come together and enjoy, we never lose sight of the fact that there are so many who need our help. With that in mind, enjoy perusing and let us know if The Motion Picture Club is one you might feel about as strongly as we do.
In 1939, a group of film bookers gathered at the Dixon Cafeteria on Eighth Avenue to form a Social Club for local people in the film business. A dinner celebrating the formation of the Club and the installation of its first group of officers was held at the Hotel Astor in 1940 with Henny Youngman as Master of Ceremonies. And that was the beginning of the Motion Picture Bookers Club – almost 80 years ago!
Over the years, the Club has grown to include people from all areas of the motion picture industry - exhibition, distribution, advertising and other related businesses. Presently, the newly named Motion Picture Club is a thriving organization of 350 film business professionals throughout the country. We still have social functions to foster camaraderie among members of the film community. However, our main focus is on raising funds for film industry - related charities. Each year the MPC makes substantial contributions to Variety - The Children's Charity, The Will Rogers Memorial Fund, The Motion Picture Pioneers and The Ronald McDonald House.
We continue to sponsor lots of annual events, all to support these charities we hold so dear.