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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ellen Cotter

49 2016 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

James Cotter

46 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Margaret Cotter

47 2014 Vice Chairman of the Board

Devasis Ghose

62 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Robert Smerling

80 2010 President - Domestic Cinemas

William Ellis

58 2015 General Counsel, Secretary

Judy Codding

70 2015 Director

Michael Wrotniak

48 2015 Director

Guy Adams

64 2014 Independent Director

William Gould

76 2004 Independent Director

Edward Kane

77 2004 Independent Director

Douglas McEachern

64 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ellen Cotter

Ms. Ellen Marie Cotter is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. She was Chairman of the Board, Interim President, Chief Executive Officer of the Reading International, Inc., She has been a member of the board since March 7, 2013, and on August 7, 2014 was appointed as Chair of our board. She joined our company in March 1998, is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School. Prior to joining our Company, Ms. Cotter spent four years in private practice as a corporate attorney with the law firm of White & Case in Manhattan. Ms. Cotter is the sister of James J. Cotter, Jr. and Margaret Cotter. Ms. Cotter brings to the board her 16 years of experience working in our company’s cinema operations, both in the United States and Australia. For the past 13 years, she has served as the senior operating officer of our company’s domestic cinema operations. She has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiary, Consolidated Entertainment, LLC, which operates substantially all of our cinemas in Hawaii and California.

James Cotter

Mr. James J. Cotter, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. He was Vice Chairman of the Board, President of Reading International, Inc. He has been a director of our company since March 21, 2002, and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board in 2007. The board appointed Mr. Cotter, Jr. to serve as our President, beginning June 1, 2013. On August 7, 2014, he resigned as Vice Chair and was appointed to succeed his late father, James J. Cotter, Sr., as our Chief Executive Officer. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cecelia Packing Corporation (a Cotter family-owned citrus grower, packer, and marketer) from July 2004 until 2013. Mr. Cotter, Jr. served as a director to Cecelia Packing Corporation from February 1996 to September 1997 and as a director of Gish Biomedical from September 1999 to March 2002. He was an attorney in the law firm of Winston & Strawn, specializing in corporate law, from September 1997 to May 2004.

Margaret Cotter

Ms. Margaret Cotter is a director of the company since September 27, 2002, and on August 7, 2014 was appointed as Vice Chair of our board of Reading International, Inc., Ms. Cotter is the owner and President of OBI, LLC, a company that provides live theater management services to our live theaters. Pursuant to that management arrangement, She also serves as the President of Liberty Theaters, LLC, the subsidiary through which we own our live theaters. She receives no compensation for this position, other than the right to participate in our company’s medical insurance program. She manages the real estate which houses each of the four live theaters under our Theater Management Agreement with Ms. Cotter’s company, OBI LLC. She secures leases, manages tenancies, oversees maintenance and regulatory compliance of these properties as well as heads the day to day pre-development process and transition of our properties from theater operations to major realty developments. She was first commissioned to handle these properties by Sutton Hill Associates, which subsequently sold the business to our company along with other real estate and theaters in 2000. She is also a theatrical producer who has produced shows in Chicago and New York and a board member of the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers. She a former Assistant District Attorney for King’s County in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Devasis Ghose

Mr. Devasis (Dev) Ghose is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company., effective May 11, 2015. In this position, Mr. Ghose will oversee all finance and technology affairs of the Company. Mr. Ghose served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and in a number of senior finance roles for 25 years with three NYSE-listed companies: Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc. (an international company focused on the acquisition, development and operation of self-storage centers in the US and Europe; now part of Public Storage), Skilled Healthcare Group (a health services company, now part of Genesis HealthCare), and HCP, Inc., (which invests primarily in real estate serving the healthcare industry), and as Managing Director-International for Green Street Advisors (an independent research and trading firm concentrating on publicly traded real estate corporate securities in the US & Europe). Earlier, Mr. Ghose worked for 10 years for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the US & KPMG in the UK. He qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. and a Chartered Accountant in the U.K., and holds an Honors Degree in Physics from the University of Delhi, India and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robert Smerling

Mr. Robert F. Smerling is President - Domestic Cinemas of the Company., Mr. Smerling has served as President of our domestic cinema operations since 1994. Mr. Smerling has been in the cinema industry for 57 years and, immediately before joining our company, served as the President of Loews Theatres Management Corporation.

William Ellis

Mr. William D. Ellis is a General Counsel, Secretary of the company. Mr. Ellis has more than 30 years of hands-on legal experience as a real estate lawyer. Before joining our Company, he was a partner in the real estate group at Sidley Austin LLP for 16 years. Before that, he worked at the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Mr. Ellis began his career as a corporate and securities lawyer (handling corporate acquisitions, IPO’s, mergers, etc.) and then moved on to real estate specialization (handling leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, development and land use and entitlement across the United States). He had a substantial real estate practice in New York and Hawaii, areas in which we have particular asset concentrations. Mr. Ellis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his J.D. degree in 1982 from the University of Michigan Law School.

Judy Codding

Dr. Judy Codding is a Director of the Company. Dr. Codding is a globally respected education leader. She is currently, and has since 2010 been, the Managing Director of “The System of Courses,” a division of Pearson, PLC (NYSE:PSO), a leading education company providing education products and services to institutions, governments and direct to individual learners. Prior to that time, and for more than the past five years, Dr. Codding served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of America’s Choice, Inc., which she founded in 1998 and which was acquired by Pearson in 2010. America’s Choice, Inc. was a leading educational organization offering comprehensive, proven solutions to the complex problems educators face in the era of accountability. Dr. Codding has a Doctorate from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and completed post–doctoral work and served as a teaching associate in Education at Harvard University. Dr. Codding serves on various boards including the Board of Trustees of Curtis School, Los Angeles, CA (2011 to present) and the Board of Trustees of Educational Development Center, Inc. (EDC) since 2012.

Michael Wrotniak

Mr. Michael J. Wrotniak is a Director of the Company. Mr. Wrotniak is a specialist in foreign trade and brings to the Board considerable experience in international business, including foreign exchange risk mitigation. Since 2009, Mr. Wrotniak has been the Chief Executive Officer of Aminco Resources, LLC, a privately held international commodities trading firm. He is, and has been for more than the past five years, a trustee of St. Joseph’s Church in Bronxville, New York and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) at their nursing home in the Bronx, New York. Mr. Wrotniak graduated from Georgetown University in 1989 with a B.S.B.A (cum laude).

Guy Adams

Mr. Guy W. Adams is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Adams has been a director of the Company since January 14, 2014. He is a Managing Member of GWA Capital Partners, LLC, a registered investment adviser managing GWA Investments, LLC. The fund invests in various publicly traded securities. Over the past eleven years, Mr. Adams has served as an independent director on the boards of directors of Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Mercer International, Exar Corporation and Vitesse Semiconductor having served in various capacities as lead director, Audit Committee Chair and/or Compensation Committee Chair. Prior to this time, He provided investment advice to various family offices and invested his own capital in public and private equity transactions. Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Adams brings many years of experience serving as an independent director on public company boards, and in investing and providing financial advice with respect to investments in public companies.

William Gould

Mr. William D. Gould is the Director of the Company. He has been a director of our company since October 15, 2004 and has been a member of the law firm of TroyGould PC since 1986. Previously, he was a partner of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. We have from time to time retained TroyGould PC for legal advice. As an author and lecturer on the subjects of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Gould brings to the board specialized experience as a corporate attorney. Mr. Gould’s corporate transactional experience and expertise in corporate governance matters ensures that we have a highly qualified advisor on our board to provide oversight in such matters.

Edward Kane

Mr. Edward L. Kane is an Independent Director of Reading International, Inc., Mr. Kane has been a director of our company since October 15, 2004. Mr. Kane was also a director of our company from 1985 to 1998, and served as President from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Kane currently serves as the Chair of our Tax Oversight Committee and of our Compensation and Stock Option Committee (which we refer to as our Compensation Committee). He also serves as a member of our Executive Committee and our Audit and Conflicts Committee. Since 1996, Mr. Kane’s principal occupation has been healthcare consultant and advisor. In that capacity, he has served as President and sole shareholder of High Avenue Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm, and as the head of its successor proprietorship. At various times during the past three decades, he has been Adjunct Professor of Law at two of San Diego’s Law Schools, most recently in 2008 and 2009 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and prior thereto at California Western School of Law. Mr. Kane brings to the board his many years as a tax attorney and law professor, which experience well-serves our company in addressing tax matters. Mr. Kane also brings his experience as a past President of Craig Corporation and of Reading Company, two of our corporate predecessors, as well as a former member of the boards of directors of several publicly held corporations.

Douglas McEachern

Mr. Douglas James McEachern is an Independent Director of Reading International, Inc., since May 17, 2012. He has served as a member of the board and of the Audit and Compensation Committee for Willdan Group, a NASDAQ listed engineering company, since 2009. Mr. McEachern is also the Chair of the board of Community Bank in Pasadena, California and a member of its Audit Committee. He also is a member of the Finance Committee of the Methodist Hospital of Arcadia. Since September 2009, He has also served as an instructor of auditing and accountancy at Claremont McKenna College. He was an audit partner from July 1985 to May 2009 with the audit firm, Deloitte and Touche, LLP, with client concentrations in financial institutions and real estate. He was also a Professional Accounting Fellow with the Federal Home Loan Bank board in Washington DC, from June 1983 to July 1985. From June 1976 to June 1983, Mr. McEachern was a staff member and subsequently a manager with the audit firm, Touche Ross & Co. (predecessor to Deloitte & Touche, LLP). He received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in 1976 from the University of Southern California.