The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is a trade organization based in the United States whose members are the owners of movie theatres. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Cinemaaustraliajpg|thumb|A movie theater in Australia ]]A movie theater, movie theatre, picture theatre or cinema is a venue Most major theatre chains are members, as are many independent theatre operators; collectively, they account for the operation of over 26,000 motion picture screens in all 50 U. Franchising refers to the methods of practicing and using another person's Philosophy of business. S. states and numerous other countries.
NATO was founded in 1965 by the merger of the largest movie-theater trade organizations, the Theater Owners of America and the Allied States Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors. 
ShoWest is the annual motion picture convention established by NATO in 1975; it is usually held in March, and is the largest and most notable film convention in the world. A convention, in the sense of a meeting is a gathering of individuals who meet at a arid place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest The year 1975 in film involved some significant events Events January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft
In 1980, NATO also began presenting the American Movie Awards, with the winners selected based on voting by theater patrons. The year 1980 in film involved some significant events Events April 30 - The Roger Daltrey film McVicar, opens The American Movie Awards were awards to honour excellence in film there were only two ceremonies one in 1980 and one in 1982 Various legal difficulties prevented the awards from being presented in 1981, and the event was discontinued after the 1982 awards due to competition from other awards shows.
The official magazine of NATO is Boxoffice (magazine). Boxoffice is a Film industry Magazine dedicated to the Movie theatre business published by Boxoffice Media LP