My Weekend: Richard Gelfond
Jun 19, 2015


The chief executive of IMAX enjoys his Manhattan roof garden and the cultural variety of New York – but can't switch off from the job he loves.

Saturday morning
The first thing I do when I wake up is get on the email, so I can see how the movies performed on Friday night. Then I stretch and go on the elliptical machine. If the weather's nice I'll play tennis. I love the weekends because you can have an exercise routine, and get back in control of your body. Then my wife Peggy and I usually have breakfast; she'll prepare hard boiled eggs and English muffins, or bagels and cream cheese.

Saturday afternoon
We live in the West Village in New York, so in the afternoon we tend to walk around the city. We always stop for sushi or dim sum for lunch. Back home, I'll check the email again, and read the newspaper. We might sit in our roof garden – having outdoor space in Manhattan is truly a luxury. Then I'll get on the phone with IMAX in Los Angeles and see what the various news sites are saying about the movies.

Saturday evening
One of the great things about living in New York is that you tend to collect eclectic friends. We recently went to a function on Ellis Island to honour people whose close family were immigrants – I was one of those honoured because my dad was born in Russia. He came over when he was two-and-a-half and spent a month on Ellis Island while the authorities decided whether or not to allow him in. I was married on the island and my roots are important to me. It was great to hear different people's versions of the American story.