Harold Blank

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Harold Blank is an American movie theatre owner. His company HLB Entertainment owns and operates two cinemas in Burlington, Vermont, the Majestic 10 and Palace 9.

Blank was a partner of The Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF) since 2008. Until 2010, he served as Festival Programmer alongside The Board of Directors of VTIFF. His Palace 9 Cinema hosted the 2009 & 2010 Festivals.[1] In 2009, Blank initiated the first VTIFF Person of Year Award presented to a Vermont resident who is committed to excellence in the motion picture industry—honoring Luis Guzmán.[2]

During the late 1990s Blank, ten working for the AUSTRALIAN CINEMA CHAIN Hoyt's developed a Latin American Business for the HOYTS GROUP developing cinemas in the 3 cone countries of Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) and Brazil, a chain that was eventually merged with General Cinema de South America this becoming HOYTS GENERAL CIENMA S.A., one of the largest cinema chains in LATIN AMERICA in the early 2000s.

Blank started his career in the entertainment industry in the late 1960s while attending college at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He provided psychedelic light shows for bands like Jimi Hendrix and Cream (band) at club a called The Factory in Madison Wisconsin. After graduation, he started working in a movie theatre and worked his way up to managing theaters, becoming a film buyer to eventually owning cinemas in Boston in the late 1970s and 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ "About - Vermont International Film Foundation, Inc". Vtiff.org. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Palace 9 to host 2009 Vermont International Film Festival » Out & About". Press-Republican. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  3. ^ "nthWORD Magazine - Interview with Harold Blank". Nthword.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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