The next time you’re in a Regal movie theater, snuggled in a plush La-Z-Boy-like seat with your feet up, give thanks to a former UH quarterback.
Johnny Macon is the senior project manager for the company that installed the luxury seats and platforms at Regal Cinemas Windward, Regal Pearl Highlands Stadium, and Regal Maui Mall Megaplex 12. Plans to install the comfortable seating at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium are on hold, although the hope is the project can begin by the end of this year.
After earning his degree, Macon became a high-school teacher and then coach.
Several years ago, Macon’s brother-in-law’s construction company secured a contract with Muvico, which specialized in theme-based theaters. From there, the company wanted to expand to other entertainment-based projects. Macon, who initially wanted to study architecture at UH before the practice schedule got in the way, was recruited to join Aspen Builders Inc.
Macon is based in California, but he travels to different states to oversee projects. After all these years, Macon still wears a hard hat.
“Not the ones with bars in front,” Macon said. “I miss that. I miss the locker room. I miss the roar of the people in the stands.”
Back in the day, Johnny’s wife Paula, their infant daughter, sports writer Paul Arnett and I would would dodge fire ants while watching football practices from the grass hill. Johnny and Paula will be celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year, their daughter is now 23, and their son is a college freshman.
“I’m pretty blessed,” Macon said.