Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, the nation’s oldest cinema-eatery concept showing first-run films – named best movie theater in America by Entertainment Weekly – is proud to announce Craig Paschich as the company’s chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective immediately. Paschich previously served as the vice president of operations and will maintain that position overseeing all franchise and corporate operations. He is eager to begin this new chapter in his career with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
Paschich got his start in the restaurant industry 27 years ago as the manager of Red Lobster. Prior to joining Alamo Drafthouse in March 2008, he spent eight years at Fired Up Inc., the parent company of Carino’s Italian, beginning as GM and working his way up to VP of operations. In addition to his corporate accomplishments, Paschich was part of a franchise group that owned Cheddar’s Casual CafÃ© in Lubbock, TX. He also started his own restaurant a few years back called Bourbon Street Bar & Grill.
Paschich has always been a big fan of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. After watching the brand increase in locations, Paschich approached Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas with the hopes of becoming a franchisee but, given his extensive experience in the industry, all parties agreed his skills would be best utilized through a corporate position.