The Heart of Show Business Luncheon 2014 will be held on Thursday, December 4th, at The Skirball Cultural Center.

Heart of Show Business

Every year Variety of Southern California honors an individual for his/her commitment to the causes and mission of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the children we serve, as well as his/her position in the Variety and/or entertainment community.


The 2013 recipient of the Variety Heart of Show Business Award is Rich Boynton. 400 industry leaders and Variety supporters attended the Luncheon on December 5, 2013 at the grand ballroom of the Skirball Cultural Center.

Rich Boynton was born in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Dallas, Texas at age 15. A year later, he started his first job working as an usher in the Promenade Theatre. Soon he was promoted to Assistant Manager, and then Manager – all while attending Richland College and North Texas State University. The Promenade is also where he met his wife of over 38 years, Tara. Rich also managed the Medallion Theater prior to going to work for Columbia Pictures selling film in 1978. Two years later, he flipped sides and started buying film for Plitt Theatres. In 1986, Rich began working for AMC Theatres and then for General Cinema in 1991. In 1995, he was transferred from Dallas to Los Angeles. When AMC Theatres bought General Cinema in 2002, Rich worked for a short stint with MGM before joining Loews Theatres. Once again AMC Theatres bought the company Rich worked for, this time he was hired on – and in 2006 he transferred to Kansas City. Currently, Rich is Senior Vice President Head Film Buyer for AMC Theatres.

Rich now lives in Parkville, Missouri with his wife Tara. He enjoys Kansas City barbecue, watching sports (his favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers) and golfing. One of his favorite events is the Variety of Southern California Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch. His most enjoyable past time however, is spending time with his kids and grandkids. Son Aaron, daughter-in-law Anya and grandsons Riley and Tyler live in San Jose, California. Daughter Holly and soon-to-be son-in-law Keith live in Los Angeles. Daughter Drew, son-in-law Spencer, grandson Isaac and granddaughter Iyla live in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Variety of Southern California salutes Rich Boynton and is proud to honor him with the 2013 Heart of Show Business Award.