Robert Simonds, Gigi Pritzker, China’s Hony Capital Partner On Indie Studio Venture

China-And-Hollywood__130605112955-150x150__130925193515While Hollywood wonders if a big part of the financing for Jeff Robinov’s new shingle will come from Huayi Brothers Media, others with less luster are tapping China for funding. Producers Robert Simonds and Gigi Pritzker announced in The New Read More »

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AMC Theatres Sued By Regional Chain For “Anticompetitive Conduct”

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 10:32am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEAMC Theatres may have the second-most screens in America, but one small theatre chain says it won’t be shut out. “By its acts, practices, and conduct, over the past 4-5 years and continuing today, AMC has engaged imgresin a course of conduct that amounts to monopolization and/or unlawful exercise of monopoly power,” says Cobb Theatres in an antitrust complaint filed in federal court in Georgia this week. In the 42-page filing (read it here) requesting a jury trial, Cobb wants AMC — which has more than 5,000 screens in about 350 theatres nationwide — stopped via injunction from continuing its alleged behavior that started in 2009. Cobb also seeks an award equal to three times the damages it says it has suffered, legal fees, and all profits AMC made from supposedly preventing Cobb access to films like Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

Mincing no words, the smaller chain cites a “ruthless campaign” and accuses AMC of using “its worldwide and national circuit power and its market power in a substantial number of geographic markets to coerce film distributors” to stop Cobb being able to play major movies. Directly or through joint ownership, Cobb has 19 theatres situated in Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Colorado for a total of 231 screens. Read More »

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AMC Theatres Offering Free Popcorn For Federal Employees

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 6:09pm PDT

Federal employees impacted by the government shutdown can use their free time to see a movie — and get free popcorn while they’re there – courtesy of AMC Theatres. Beginning today, federal workers just need to … Read More »

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IMAX Super-Sizes Partnership Deals With AMC Theaters And Wanda

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 3:51pm PDT

New York, N.Y. and Beijing, PRC – July 24, 2013 –  IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, Asia’s largest cinema owner, today announced an amendment to the parties’ original 2011 joint revenue share agreement with the addition of a minimum of 40 and up to 120 new IMAX®theatres to be located throughout China.  The deal also extends Wanda’s lease terms for all new theatres to 12 years from 10 years and brings Wanda’s total IMAX commitment in China to up to 210 theaters, positioning Wanda Cinema Line as IMAX’s largest international exhibition partner.

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R.I.P. Greg Rutkowski

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 7:33pm PST

Greg Rutkowski, an exhibition veteran who was instrumental in several innovations during his 20-year tenure at AMC Theatres — including the circuit-wide introduction of the cupholder armrest — died November 28 in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. He … Read More »

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AMC Theaters Generated $4M Yesterday From ‘Avengers’ Mania

AMC The AvengersEXCLUSIVE: AMC Theaters pulled out all the stops to cash in on the huge audience interest in Marvel’s The Avengers, and the exhibition chain says today that the effort paid off. “We grossed almost $4M … Read More »

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‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Marathon Event Sells Out AMC Theatres One Month Ahead

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 2:32pm PDT

BREAKING… AMC Theatres made the announcement today and is adding more shows at participating locations. The May 3rd event will feature 6 Marvel movies including the May 4th midnight release of Marvel’s The Avengers in RealD 3D. Price is $40 for … Read More »

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Exhibitor Chains And Website Tugg Join To Lure Audiences To Theaters

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 10:04am PST

Web platform Tugg is teaming up with a group of exhibition powerhouses for a plan designed to give consumers a programming role in their local theater. Chains Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich … Read More »

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Opening Midnight IMAX Shows Already Sold Out In NYC, LA

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 8:27pm PST

UPDATE: Talk about advance planning. A handful of IMAX theaters that screened the special 6-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol thought it would be a good idea to sell TDKR/IMAX 12:01 AM opening night … Read More »

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AMC Theatres To Vacate Westwood 4-Plex

By | Monday November 28, 2011 @ 11:53pm PST

AMC Theatres and the building’s owner, Avco Corp, couldn’t settle on new terms so it’s exiting the Avco Four-plex in Westwood on December 4th. AMC has a newer, cushier, larger, and busier theater in nearby Century City. But the owners … Read More »

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UPDATE: MoviePass Gets Its Ticket Punched As Trial Launch Is Canceled After Two Movie Chains Give It Thumbs Down

By | Thursday June 30, 2011 @ 7:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 7:12 PM: Reps for MoviePass confirm they have thrown in the towel and canceled their test run in San Francisco this weekend. They say this is on a “temporary hiatus,” but I doubt we’ll see this service up and running again particularly since it’s clear two major theater chains don’t want it. That Moviepass counted six AMC theaters in its test run without actually getting clearance from that chain or from Landmark, probably qualifies this as one of the most boneheaded stillborn launches in recent entertainment history.

PREVIOUS: Hollywood doesn’t like to let newcomers into its exclusive club. When a couple of companies tried to sell sell futures based on box office movie grosses, the MPAA used its lobbying might to crush the ventures in DC. Netflix is one of the few interlopers that managed to create a niche for itself in the Hollywood infrastructure, helped by the indisputable fact it was providing a new revenue source at a time when DVD revenues went in the crapper. So it’s not surprising that an upstart service like MoviePass is having so many problems as it tries to test out a service that was to start this weekend in San Francisco. The plan was to charge $50 a month for passes that allowed buyers to see as many movies as they wanted in a calendar month. Stacy Spikes, one of the execs who formed the venture, seemed crestfallen this evening; on the eve of the test program, AMC and Landmark both said they hadn’t been informed about it, wanted no part of it and even seemed to scoff at it. Read More »

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AMC Passes On MoviePass

By | Thursday June 30, 2011 @ 2:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Kansas City, Mo. (June 30, 2011) – AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today announced it will not participate in the beta test of MoviePass, an initiative launching this weekend in the San Francisco area.


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Sarah Palin Documentary ‘The Undefeated’ To Play At AMC Theatres

By | Friday June 10, 2011 @ 9:41am PDT

AMC Theatres will be the exclusive exhibitor for the pro-Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, which charts the ex-Alaska governor’s rise to national prominence, and has solidified a release date: July 15 in select cities (Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, … Read More »

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