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AMC Theaters Steps into Indie Biz?

by Anthony Kaufman
May 2, 2006 2:40 AM
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AMC, the country's second-largest theater chain, is devoting select screens at 72 of its theaters to "independent films," reports the Los Angeles Times. Is this just a PR ploy? As the Times story notes, "Some of the most popular of these independent films already screen at AMC theaters — the documentary Super Size Me, say, or the adult drama Brokeback Mountain," but the company alleges that they'll reach out to a "broader range" of titles "for longer stretches of time."

As Sundance CInemas ramps up across the country and the bullish Mark Cuban continues to champion Landmark Cinemas (and other big chains like Regal also cater to some indies), it will be interesting to see if the success of so-called specialty films cannabilizes itself in theaters. Can these movies support the screens they have struggled so long to attain? And how will AMC's indie initiative respond to day-and-date releases? Unrated or NC-17 films? And how indie will they go? All good questions not answered in the story. Time will tell.

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4 Comments

  • Peter Nellhaus | May 4, 2006 4:08 AMReply

    I'm viewing AMC with a jaundiced eye. Check my blog to see why.

  • Sujewa "El Corazon" Ekanayake | May 2, 2006 5:52 AMReply

    Very good news. Some indie theater chains need competition.

    - Sujewa

  • Josh Boelter | May 2, 2006 5:29 AMReply

    I hope my concerns are unwarranted, but I'm leery of such a big chain getting into the indie business.

  • Andy Horbal | May 2, 2006 4:45 AMReply

    A local Pittsburgh multiplex, the Southside Works Cinema, (owned by the Pittsburgh-based Jenco Cinemas chain), pledged on opening to devote three of its ten screens to "art/European or independent" films. They've remained true to this promise, and they also seems supportive of local film enterprises such as our Jewish-Israeli film festival (which they exclusively house) and the Three Rivers Film Festival (they host the opening night events). But I've noticed that they do employ a rather broad definition of of "art" and "independent" films. Right now, for instance, the roster of three appears to consist of "Akeelah and the Bee", "Friends with Money", and "Thank You for Smoking." There seems to be a widening gulf between the "upper class" and the "lower class" of the independent film world...

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