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Copyright AMC Germany Limited , all rights reserved. Jump to navigation Jump to search Not to be confused with AMC Networks. American movie theater chain headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, and is the largest movie theater chain in the world. AMC Theatres’ former corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The company moved to Leawood, Kansas in 2013. AMC Theatres was founded in 1920 by Maurice, Edward, and Barney Dubinsky, who had been traveling the Midwest performing melodramas and tent shows with actress Jeanne Eagels. They purchased the Regent Theatre on 12th Street between Walnut and Grand in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1961, Edward’s son Stanley H. Durwood took control of Durwood Theatres, then a small 10-theatre chain, when his father died. Stanley had attended Harvard University and served as a navigator in the U. Air Force during World War II. Under its new name, AMC opened the two-screen Parkway Twin theatre in a shopping center on Kansas City’s Ward Parkway in 1963. This marked the company’s first foray into using the multiplex model.
By the 1980s, the company was experiencing strong growth. AMC had built and was operating a number of 10-screen multiplex cinemas in the United Kingdom, including sites at locations such as Dudley and Tamworth. These were subsequently bought and taken over by UCI. AMC’s megaplexes were a success overseas as well. On December 20, 1996, AMC opened the AMC Arrábida 20 in Portugal.
In January 2002, the 16-screen Great Northern theatre was opened in Manchester, which was later supplemented by the opening of a 12-screen cinema on the Broadway Plaza site in Birmingham in October 2003. AMC was acquired by Marquee Holdings Inc. 2004, an investment vehicle controlled by affiliates of J. Morgan Partners, LLC, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, and Apollo Global Management, a private investment firm.