Bruce Corwin is chairman and CEO of Metropolitan Theatres, a privately held company owned by the Corwin family since 1923, now operating in California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. Metropolitan’s president is Bruce’s son David. The company began with The Broadway theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In the 1960s, Metropolitan was among the first to venture into Spanish-language film in the LA area, both in subtitle form for American movies and in Spanish for Mexican-produced films. Metropolitan operates Spanish-language theatres in LA and Calexico, California.
Bruce has served as a board trustee at Wesleyan University, the UCLA Foundation, and the University of California, Santa Barbara Foundation. He also served for many years as a board member of the California Community Foundation, and the Discovery Children’s Museum, where he was chair. A 1963 fellow of the CORO Foundation, he served as Southern California president in two generations and served as national president.
A life-long Los Angeles leader in the Democratic Party, Bruce was treasurer for Mayor Tom Bradley’s entire 30-year political career. During that time, his civic and nonprofit leadership positions included president of the board of the Los Angeles City Fire Commission, president of the Variety Boys and Girls Club, and the building of a movie theatre in Watts after the political unrest in 1965. Bruce has a personal connection to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital through those many years of commitment.
Bruce and his wife, Toni, live in Beverly Hills. Bruce is a past president of Temple Israel of Hollywood. Both he and Toni have served as presidents and members of the board of directors of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.