April 11, 2017—IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and ODEON
Cinemas Group, including its Nordic Cinema Group subsidiary, both wholly owned
by AMC (NYSE:AMC), and the largest cinema operator in Europe, today announced
they signed a binding term sheet for 25 new IMAX® theatre systems to be located
throughout Europe. Under the agreement, 10 IMAX theatres have been identified
and will be added to existing ODEON complexes throughout the UK/Ireland,
Germany, Spain and Italy, with the locations of the remaining sites to be
determined throughout Western, Southern and Northern Europe.
"Europe is a region with tremendous long-term growth
potential. Today we are further delivering on our promise to expand in this
strategic market with the largest European deal in our history. We believe this
agreement, which is a direct result of our strong per-screen averages in the UK
and Germany, will enhance our ability to replicate this success and expand our
presence across Europe—particularly in underpenetrated territories like
Germany, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.
"Together with ODEON & Nordic Cinemas and parent company AMC, we are
committed to delivering unparalleled entertainment experiences to more
audiences throughout Europe where the demand for IMAX continues to grow."
"Today's announcement with IMAX, our longstanding U.S.
partner and now our global partner, is a major step forward to deliver on our
plan to bring the proven and incredibly popular AMC movie-going experience to
our ODEON and Nordic guests," said Adam Aron, CEO and President, AMC
Entertainment Holdings, Inc. "We are excited that the immersive IMAX
experience, which has become synonymous with event movie-going, will be
available to more European movie-goers than ever before."
Today's joint revenue-sharing arrangement brings ODEON &
Nordic Cinemas' total IMAX commitment to 47 theatres. The exhibitors opened
their first IMAX theatre in 2008 in Greenwich, England, and today operate 15
theatres open in the UK, two in Spain and one each in Italy and Sweden, with an
additional 28 contracted to open.
About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and
throughout the world with approximately 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens
across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by:
deploying more plush power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and
beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty
program, web site and smart phone apps; offering premium large format
experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest
Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most
productive theatres in the United States' top markets, having the #1 or #2
market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United
States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon
subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the # 1 theatre chain
in UK & Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software,
architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge
of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are
utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and,
as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical
distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles,
with offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31,
2016, there were 1,215 IMAX theatres (1,107 commercial multiplexes, 16
commercial destinations and 92 institutions) in 75 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015,
shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong
Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code "HK.1970."
IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX
3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos®are
trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found
at www.imax.com. You may also connect with
IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax),
and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
Source: IMAX Corporation