Roc Cinema, Rochester, NY
Throughout its history, EEC has been at the forefront of cinema technology. Collaborating, for example, with the major movie studios, Texas Instruments, and the Boeing Company in spearheading the movie industry’s transition to digital presentation and distribution with the development of digital cinema and was instrumental in the success of the first commercial release of a digitally presented feature film, ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’. in 2002.
In 2000, EEC established the very successful Cinema Training Central, the first, and only, training center devoted to the cinema exhibition industry.
Lincoln Cinema, Lincoln, NH
Cornell University Cinema, Ithaca, NY
In 2009, EEC co-founded the Arboreel Group, whose mission is to transform cinemas into environmentally sustainable structures through the implementation of a compliance and certification process. Arboreel is based upon the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.
Since 2006, EEC has published a blog, Cinema Mucho Gusto, which provides news, information, and commentary on today’s cinema providing insights and opinions unavailable from any other entertainment publication.
In its 35th year of business, EEC continues to lead the way in technology. It is currently spearheading the adoption and thoughtful use of Web3 in joint collaboration with
Buffalo Museum of Science Theater
All highly skilled, the common thread shared by all of our staff is their great passion for the movies - both past and present ...and a desire to retain the historic aspects and legacy of the cinema. Primarily focused on the Eastern U.S. our services are available anywhere - from Singapore to Guantanamo Bay.
Chris Crouse recently joined the EEC team as a Sr. Field Technician. He services our diverse mix of cinema customers. He has been involved in motion picture technology for over a decade, working at various cinema venues in New York City. He was also instrumental in launching The Metrograph as Technical Director.
Chris is the Film Preservation Officer at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY., where he manages the digital presentation laboratory and
teaches at the L. Jeffery School of Film Preservation.
Christie Guttuso joined EEC in 2021, as Manager, Buffalo Office. She is responsible for all of the duties and responsibilities of managing the Buffalo HQ. She is also in charge of accounts management and assists and guides customers with any issues regarding product orders, billing, and project follow up.
Christie is a graduate of Canisius College and was born and raised in the Buffalo area. She is an avid Buffalo Bills fan and a snow-bird.
Matt Hidy, joined EEC in 2022 as a Sr. Field Technician. Matt services all of our varied customers, including movie theaters, drive-ins, museums, universities, and boutique cinemas. He is also Technical Supervisor, Film and Digital Movie Operations at Cornell University.
Before moving to New York, Matt worked at various archival, repertory, microcinemas, and first-run movie venues in the San Francisco Bay area.
Matt is also co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists Projection & Exhibition Committee. He is an avid fly-fisherman.
Jennifer Kahtz, EEC's Communications Director, is the Founder and Head of EmotivePull Communications and has been associated with EEC since 2016. Her expertise is in fueling business growth by implementing emotional connection strategies between clients and target audiences.
She accomplishes this by generating qualitative buyer studies, website design and development, case studies, landing pages, and content strategy - which focus on real-life needs.
Jen has worked with a wide array of small-to-midsize businesses and has a background in marketing & branding, copywriting, and public relations.
Jim Lavorato, is President of EEC which he launched in 1988. He built the company around the premise of providing great service to independent cinema operators, and special movie venues such as museums, universities, and historic theaters.
He is devoted to contributing to the ongoing evolution of the cinema while cherishing its past. Cinema Mucho Gusto, his blog on all aspects regarding the cinema industry, was launched in 2006 and has thousands of regular viewers.
His latest endeavor involves meshing the cinema with Web3 initiatives. He is a Principal and Voting Member of the Metaverse Standards Forum and manages the EEC Phoenix Branch Office.
EEC Buffalo, NY HQ
610 Main Street
2nd Floor Suite