KANSAS CITY, MO — AMC Entertainment Inc. today clarified its plans regarding theatre closings, stating that it plans to close approximately 300 screens at the rate of 70 to 80 per year for each of the next four years. AMC officials stated that these closings will come from a list of 548 screens that have been internally identified as candidates for potential closing.
The potential closings are older-style multiplex screens that have lost customer traffic to the popular, newer-style megaplexes that feature stadium seating, bigger screens, plusher seats and other amenities. Megaplex screens now account for 67 per cent of AMC's total screen count.
The 70-80 screen closings per year are a continuation of AMC's pattern of moving aggressively to close older, unprofitable theatres. Since 1995, AMC has closed more than 800 older screens. Company officials noted that many of the future closings will occur as a result of lease expirations, rather than lease buyouts.
AMC yesterday reported record adjusted EBITDA of $35 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2001, an 18 percent increase over the same period last year.
AMC Entertainment Inc. is a worldwide leader in the theatrical exhibition industry. Through its circuit, the company has interests in approximately 382 theatres with 5,340 screens in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Hong Kong, France, and the United Kingdom.
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