Approximately 200 million guests will enjoy the best movie-going experience in the industry at more than 380 AMC Theatres® locations this year. With best-in-class amenities such as plush, power recliners, MacGuffins full bars, AMC Dine-In Theatres, premium presentation formats including Dolby Cinema at AMC and IMAX, AMC is recognized as the industry leader and an iconic destination for movie-goers. And it all started when the son of one of the original owners returned from serving in the army and took over a successful Midwestern family business.
Stanley Durwood saw one screen in one building as limiting. People wanted more choices. So he began remodeling several large single-screen Kansas City, Mo. theatres into smaller buildings with multiple auditoriums. The result? The first multiplex theatre in the world was born. The success was massive, and the theatre served as a blueprint for the industry. By 1968, Durwood’s multi-screen theatre chain had expanded nationwide and was incorporated as American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (AMC).