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A rich history of making history


  • 1920 Maurice, Edward and Barney Dubinsky purchase the Regent Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.
  • 1961 Stanley Durwood becomes CEO of the company and renames it American Multi-cinema.
  • 1962 AMC opens the world’s first multiplex, the Parkway Twin in Kansas City.
  • 1981 AMC becomes the first theatre chain to add cupholder armrests.
  • 1991 Introduces Clip®, a “film strip” character to serve as an ambassador of the brand and its Silence is Golden® program
  • 1995 AMC opens the world’s first megaplex. This innovative destination also inspires AMC to install stadium seating and LoveSeat®-style seating.
  • 2000 AMC co-founds online ticket services to add convenience to even the busiest AMC theatres like Empire 25 in New York City, which is recognized as the busiest theatre in the world.
  • 2002 AMC becomes the first theatre chain to introduce the circuit-wide gift card
  • 2005 AMC co-founds National CineMedia, which runs all of AMC’s preshow entertainment and in-theatre advertising.
  • 2006 AMC expands presence throughout the country with the acquisition of Loews Theatres
  • 2007 AMC partners with IMAX to bring approximately 125 IMAX large-screen digital projection systems to AMC locations around the country.
  • 2008 AMC launches Dine-In Theatres. The concept, which continues to expand throughout the United States, allows guests to order restaurant-style food with the push of a button, from the comfort of their own luxurious movie seat.
  • 2009 AMC partners with Sony and RealD to implement digital and 3D technology.
  • 2009 AMC partners with the Autism Society to launch AMC Sensory Friendly Films nationwide. The program allows children and families to enjoy a movie in a safe, accepting environment that allows talking, yelling, signing and walking around.
  • 2010 AMC acquires Kerasotes theatres and expands its presence in the Midwest.
  • 2011 AMC launches its AMC Stubs rewards program, which provides members with new benefits like concessions upgrades and dollars back for every dollar they spend.

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