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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 21, 2010

Registration No. 333-168105

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549



AMENDMENT
NO. 2 TO

FORM S-1
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933



AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  7832
(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
  26-0303916
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)



c/o AMC Entertainment Inc.
920 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1977
(816) 221-4000
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant's principal executive offices)



Kevin M. Connor, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
AMC Entertainment Inc.
920 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
(816) 221-4000
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)



Copies of Communications to:

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP
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Matthew D. Bloch, Esq.
Erika L. Weinberg, Esq.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10153
(212) 310-8000

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The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

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AMC Entertainment Inc.

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        This is an initial public offering of shares of common stock of AMC Entertainment Inc. (formerly AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.). We are selling an aggregate of                  shares in this offering.

        Prior to this offering, there has been no public market for our common stock. The initial public offering price of our common stock is expected to be between $        and $        per share. We have applied to list the common stock on a national securities exchange under the symbol "AMC".

        The underwriters have an option to purchase up to a maximum of                  additional shares of common stock from us.

        An affiliate of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., one of the underwriters in this offering, is one of our principal stockholders: J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, or JPMP. JPMP currently owns approximately    % of our common stock on a fully diluted basis and will own approximately    % of our common stock upon the completion of this offering (assuming the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares is not exercised). As a result of JPMP's current ownership interest in us, this offering is being conducted in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or the FINRA, rules. These rules require, among other things, that the "qualified independent underwriter" (as such term is defined by the rules) participates in the preparation of the registration statement and prospectus and conducts due diligence. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is assuming the responsibilities of acting as the qualified independent underwriter in this offering.

        Investing in our common stock involves risks. See "Risk Factors" beginning on page 15.

 

 
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        Delivery of the shares of common stock will be made on or about                      , 2010.

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The date of this prospectus is                      , 2010.


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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

    1  

RISK FACTORS

    15  

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    28  

USE OF PROCEEDS

    29  

DIVIDEND POLICY

    30  

CAPITALIZATION

    31  

DILUTION

    32  

UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

    34  

SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

    50  

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

    53  

BUSINESS

    77  

MANAGEMENT

    90  

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

    98  

PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS

    118  

DESCRIPTION OF CERTAIN INDEBTEDNESS

    122  

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

    126  

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

    130  

SHARES ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE SALE

    135  

MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS

    137  

UNDERWRITING

    141  

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    145  

LEGAL MATTERS

    146  

EXPERTS

    146  

CHANGE IN INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

    146  

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

    147  

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

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        You should rely only on the information contained in or incorporated by reference in this document. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different. This document may only be used where it is legal to sell these securities. The information in this document may only be accurate on the date of this document.




MARKET AND INDUSTRY INFORMATION

        Information regarding market share, market position and industry data pertaining to our business contained in this prospectus consists of our estimates based on data and reports compiled by industry professional organizations, including the Motion Picture Association of America, the National Association of Theatre Owners ("NATO"), Nielsen Media Research, Rentrak Corporation ("Rentrak"), industry analysts and our management's knowledge of our business and markets. Unless otherwise noted in this prospectus, all information provided by the Motion Picture Association of America is for the 2009 calendar year, all information provided by NATO is for the 2009 calendar year and all information provided by Rentrak is as of April 1, 2010.

        Although we believe that the sources are reliable, we have not independently verified market industry data provided by third parties or by industry or general publications. Similarly, while we believe our internal estimates with respect to our industry are reliable, our estimates have not been verified by any independent sources. While we are not aware of any misstatements regarding any industry data presented in this prospectus, our estimates involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to changes based on various factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in this prospectus.

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

        The following summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. You should read the entire prospectus carefully, especially the risks of investing in our common stock discussed under "Risk Factors" and our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes.

        AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. ("Parent"), an entity created on June 6, 2007, is the sole stockholder of Marquee Holdings Inc. ("Holdings"). Holdings is a holding company with no operations of its own and has one direct subsidiary, AMC Entertainment Inc. ("AMCE"). Upon completion of this initial public offering, AMCE will be merged with and into Holdings, with Holdings continuing as the surviving entity and then Holdings will be merged with and into Parent, with Parent continuing as the surviving entity (the "Mergers"). Parent will change its name to AMC Entertainment Inc. As used in this prospectus, unless the context otherwise requires, references to "we," "us," "our," the "Company," "AMC" or "AMC Entertainment" refer to Parent and its subsidiaries after giving effect to the Mergers.

        As used in this prospectus, the term "pro forma" refers to, in the case of pro forma financial information, such information after giving pro forma effect to (i) the Mergers, (ii) the Kerasotes Acquisition (as described under "—Recent Developments"), (iii) the NCM Sale (as described under "—Recent Developments") and (iv) this offering and related transactions (collectively, the "Transactions"). Except as stated otherwise herein, the share data set forth in this prospectus reflects the reclassification of Parent's capital stock as described below under "—The Reclassification."

        Parent has a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year ending on the Thursday closest to March 31. Fiscal years 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 contained 52 weeks. Fiscal year 2008 contained 53 weeks.


Who We Are

        We are one of the world's leading theatrical exhibition companies. As of July 1, 2010, we owned, operated or held interests in 382 theatres with a total of 5,342 screens, approximately 99% of which were located in the United States and Canada. Our theatres are primarily located in major metropolitan markets, which we believe offer us strategic, operational and financial advantages. We also have a modern, highly productive theatre circuit that leads the industry in key asset quality and performance metrics, such as screens per theatre and per theatre productivity measures. Our industry-leading performance is largely driven by the quality of our theatre sites, our operating practices, which focus on delivering the best customer experience, and, most recently, our implementation of premium sight and sound formats, which we believe will be key components of the future movie-going experience. As of July 1, 2010, we are the largest IMAX exhibitor in the world with a 43% market share in the United States and more than twice the screen count of the second largest U.S. IMAX exhibitor.

        For the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010 and fiscal year ended April 1, 2010, we generated pro forma revenues of approximately $2.7 billion and $2.7 billion, Adjusted EBITDA (as defined on page 13) of $363.7 million and $365.2 million, and pro forma earnings from continuing operations of $65.0 million and $71.0 million, respectively. We reported revenues of approximately $2.4 billion, Adjusted EBITDA of $327.9 million, earnings from continuing operations of $87.4 million and net earnings of $79.9 million in fiscal 2010. For fiscal 2009 and 2008, we reported revenues of approximately $2.3 billion and $2.3 billion, Adjusted EBITDA of $294.7 million and $347.6 million, losses from continuing operations of $158.8 million and $8.0 million, and net losses of $149.0 million and $6.2 million, respectively.

        We were founded in 1920 and since then have pioneered many of the industry's most important innovations, including the multiplex theatre format in the early 1960s and the North American megaplex theatre format in the mid-1990s. In addition, we have acquired some of the most respected companies in the theatrical exhibition industry, including Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation

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("Loews"), General Cinema Corporation ("General Cinema") and, more recently, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, LLC ("Kerasotes"), the acquisition of which is described under "—Recent Developments."


Our Competitive Strengths

        We believe our leadership in major metropolitan markets, superior asset quality and continuous focus on innovation and the guest experience have positioned us well to capitalize disproportionately on trends providing momentum to the theatrical exhibition industry as a whole, particularly the mass adoption of digital and 3D technologies. We also believe our management team is uniquely equipped to execute our strategy to realize this opportunity, making us a particularly effective competitor in our industry and positioning us well for future growth. Our competitive strengths include:

        Major Market Leader.    We maintain the leading market share within our markets. As of July 1, 2010, we operated in 24 of the top 25 Designated Market Areas as defined by Nielsen Media Research ("DMAs") and had the number one or two market share in each of the top 15 DMAs, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas and Boston. In addition, 75% of our screens were located in the top 25 DMAs and 89% were located in the top 50 DMAs. Our strong presence in the top DMAs makes our theatres more visible and therefore strategically more important to content providers who rely on these markets for a disproportionately large share of box office receipts. According to Rentrak, during our fiscal 2010, 59% of all U.S. box office receipts were derived from the top 25 DMAs and 75% were derived from the top 50 DMAs. In certain of our densely populated major metropolitan markets, we believe a scarcity of attractive retail real estate opportunities enhances the strategic value of our existing theatres. We also believe the complexity inherent in operating in these major metropolitan markets is a deterrent to other less sophisticated competitors, protecting our market share position.

        We believe that customers in our major metropolitan markets are generally more affluent and culturally diverse than those in smaller markets. Traditionally, our strong presence in these markets has created a greater opportunity to exhibit a broad array of programming and premium formats, which we believe drives higher levels of attendance at our theatres. This has allowed us to generate higher per screen and per theatre operating metrics. For example, our pro forma average ticket price in the United States was $8.39 for our fiscal 2010, as compared to $7.64 for the industry as a whole for the 12 months ended March 31, 2010.

        Modern, Highly Productive Theatre Circuit.    We believe the combination of our strong major market presence, focus on a superior guest experience and core operating strategies enables us to deliver industry-leading theatre level operating metrics. Our circuit averages 14 screens per theatre, which is more than twice the National Association of Theatre Owners average of 6.9 for calendar year 2009 and higher than any of our peers. For the fiscal year ended April 1, 2010, on a pro forma basis, our theatre exhibition circuit generated attendance per average theatre of 594,000 (higher than any of our peers) revenues per average theatre of $7.1 million (approximately 31% higher than our closest peer) and operating cash flows before rent (defined as Adjusted EBITDA before rent and G&A-Other) per average theatre of $2.4 million (approximately 19% higher than our closest peer). Over the past five fiscal years, we invested an average of $131.3 million per year to improve and expand our theatre circuit, contributing to the modern portfolio of theatres we operate today.

        Leader in Deployment of Premium Formats.    We also believe our strong major market presence and our highly productive theatre circuit allow us to take greater advantage of incremental revenue-generating opportunities associated with the premium services that will define the future of the theatrical business, including digital delivery, 3D projection, large screen formats, such as IMAX and our proprietary ETX offering, and alternative programming. As the industry's digital conversion accelerates, we believe we have established a differentiated leadership position in premium formats. For example, we are the world's largest IMAX exhibitor with 85 screens as of July 1, 2010, and we expect

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to increase our IMAX screen count to 115 by the end of fiscal year 2012. We are able to charge a premium price for the IMAX experience, which, in combination with higher attendance levels, produces average weekly box office per print that is 300% greater than standard 2D versions of the same movie.

        Innovative Growth Initiatives in Food and Beverage.    We believe our theatre circuit is better positioned than our peer competitors' to generate additional revenue from broader and more diverse food and beverage offerings, in part due to our markets' larger, more diverse and more affluent customer base and our management's extensive experience in guest services, specifically within the food and beverage industry. To capitalize on this opportunity, we have introduced proprietary food and beverage offerings in eight theatres as of July 1, 2010, and we intend to deploy these offerings across our theatre circuit based on the needs and specific circumstances of each theatre. Our wide range of food and beverage offerings feature expanded menus, enhanced concession formats and unique in-theatre dining options, which we believe appeals to a larger cross section of potential customers. For example, in fiscal 2009 we converted a small, six-screen theatre in Atlanta, Georgia to an in-theatre dining facility with a separate bar and lounge area. From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2010, this theatre's attendance increased over 60%, revenues more than doubled, and operating cash flow and margins increased significantly. We plan to continue to invest in enhanced food and beverage offerings across 125 to 150 theatres over the next three years.

        Strong Cash Flow Generation.    We believe that our major market focus and highly productive theatre circuit have enabled us to generate significant and stable cash flow provided by operating activities. For the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010, on a pro forma basis, our net cash provided by operating activities totaled $203.8 million. For the fiscal year ended April 1, 2010, on a pro forma basis, our net cash provided by operating activities totaled $252.9 million. This strong cash flow will enable us to continue our deployment of premium formats and services and to finance planned capital expenditures without relying on the capital markets for funding. In addition, in future years, we expect to continue to generate cash flow sufficient to allow us to grow our revenues, maintain our facilities, service our indebtedness and make dividend payments to our stockholders.

        Management Team Uniquely Positioned to Execute.    Our management team has a unique combination of industry experiences and skill-sets, equipping them to effectively execute our strategies. Our CEO's broad experience in a number of consumer packaged goods and entertainment-related businesses expands our growth perspectives beyond traditional theatrical exhibition and has increased our focus on providing more value to our guests. Recent additions, including a Chief Marketing Officer and heads of Food and Beverage, Programming and Development/Real Estate, augment our deep bench of industry experience. The expanded breadth of our management team complements the established team that is focused on operational excellence, innovation and successful industry consolidation.


Our Strategy

        Our strategy is to use our modern theatre circuit and major market position to lead the industry in innovation and financial and operating metrics. The use of emerging premium formats and our focus on the guest experience give us a unique opportunity to leverage our theatre circuit and major market position across our platform. Our goal is to maintain our company's and the industry's social relevance and to provide our guests with a superior movie-going experience.

        Capitalize on Premium Formats.    We believe operating a digital theatre circuit, when combined with our major markets' customer base, will enhance our capacity utilization and dynamic pricing capabilities, enable us to achieve higher ticket prices for premium formats, and provide incremental revenue from the exhibition of alternative content such as live concerts, sporting events, Broadway shows, opera and other non-traditional programming. We have already seen success from the Metropolitan Opera, with respect to which, during fiscal 2010, we programmed 23 performances in

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75 theatres and charged an average ticket price of $18. Within each of our major markets, we are able to charge a premium for these services relative to our smaller markets. We will continue to broaden our content offerings through the installation of additional IMAX, ETX and RealD systems and the presentation of attractive alternative content. For example:

        Broaden and Enhance Food and Beverage Offerings.    To address consumer trends, we are expanding our menu of premium food and beverage products to include alcohol, healthy items, made-to-order items, customized coffee, hot food items and other gourmet products. We plan to invest across a spectrum of enhanced food and beverage formats, from simple, less capital-intensive concession design improvements to the development of new in-theatre dining options. We have successfully implemented our in-theatre dining offerings to rejuvenate theatres approaching the end of their useful lives as traditional movie theatres and, in some of our larger theatres to more efficiently leverage their additional capacity. The costs of these conversions in some cases are partially covered by investments from the theatre landlord. We plan to continue to invest in enhanced food and beverage offerings across 125 to 150 theatres over the next three years, including approximately 30 theatres that will offer one of our in-theatre dining options.

        Disciplined Approach to Theatre Portfolio Management.    We evaluate the potential for new theatres and, where appropriate, replace underperforming theatres with newer, more modern theatres that offer amenities consistent with our portfolio. We also intend to selectively pursue acquisitions where the characteristics of the location, overall market and facilities further enhance the quality of our theatre portfolio. We presently have no current plans, proposals or understandings regarding any such acquisitions. Historically, we have demonstrated a successful track record of integrating acquisitions such as Loews, General Cinema and Kerasotes. For example, our January 2006 acquisition of Loews

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combined two leading theatrical exhibition companies, each with a long history of operating in the industry, thereby increasing the number of screens we operated by 47%.

        Maximize Guest Engagement and Loyalty.    In addition to differentiating the AMC Entertainment movie-going experience by deploying new sight and sound formats, as well as food and beverage offerings, we are also focused on creating differentiation through guest marketing. We are already the most recognized theatre exhibition brand, with almost 60% brand awareness in the United States. We are actively marketing our own "AMC experience" message to our customers, focusing on every aspect of a customer's engagement with AMC, from the moment a guest visits our website or purchases a ticket to the moment he leaves our theatre. We have also refocused our marketing to drive active engagement with our customers through a redesigned website, Facebook, Twitter and push email campaigns. As of August 19, 2010, we had approximately 229,000 friends on Facebook, and we engaged directly with our guests via close to 32 million emails in fiscal 2010. In addition, our frequent moviegoer loyalty program is scheduled to re-launch during 2011 with a new, more robust fee-based program. Our loyalty program currently has approximately 1.5 million active members.

        Continue to Achieve Operating Efficiencies.    We believe that the size of our theatre circuit, our major market concentration and the breadth of our operations will allow us to continue to achieve economies of scale and further improve operating margins. Our operating strategies are focused in the following areas:


Our Industry

        We believe the theatrical exhibition industry is and will continue to be attractive for a number of key reasons, including:

        Adoption of Digital Technology.    The theatrical exhibition industry is in the initial stages of converting from film-based to digital projection technology. Digital projection results in a premium visual experience for patrons, and digital content gives the theatre operator greater flexibility in programming. The industry will benefit from the conversion to digital delivery, alternative content, 3D formats and dynamic pricing models. As theatre exhibitors have adopted digital technology, the theatre circuits have shown enhanced productivity, profitability and efficiency. Digital technology has increased attendance and average ticket prices. Digital technology also facilitates live and pre-recorded networked and single-site meetings and corporate events in movie theatres and will allow for the distribution of live and pre-recorded entertainment content and the sale of associated sponsorships.

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        Long History of Steady Growth.    The theatrical exhibition industry has produced steady growth in revenues over the past several decades. In recent years, net new build activity has slowed, and screen count has rationalized and is expected to decline in the near term before stabilizing, thereby increasing revenue per screen for existing theatres. The combination of the popularity of movie-going, its steady long-term growth characteristics, industry consolidation that has resulted in more rational capital deployment and the industry's relative maturity makes theatrical exhibition a high cash flow generating business. Box office revenues in the United States and Canada have increased from $5.0 billion in 1989 to $10.6 billion in 2009, driven by increases in both ticket prices and attendance across multiple economic cycles. The industry has also demonstrated its resilience to economic downturns; during four of the last six recessions, attendance and box office revenues grew an average of 8.1% and 12.3%, respectively.

        A Highly Popular and Affordable Out-of-Home Entertainment Experience.    Going to the movies has been one of the most popular and affordable out-of-home entertainment options for decades. The estimated average price of a movie ticket was $7.50 in calendar 2009, considerably less than other out-of-home entertainment alternatives such as concerts and sporting events. In calendar 2009, attendance at indoor movie theatres in the United States and Canada was 1.4 billion. This contrasts with the 119 million combined annual attendance generated by professional baseball, basketball and football over the same time period.

        Importance to Content Providers.    We believe that the theatrical success of a motion picture is often the key determinant in establishing the film's value in the other parts of its product life cycle, such as DVD, cable television, merchandising and other ancillary markets. For each $1 of theatrical box office receipts, an average of $1.33 of additional revenue is generated in the remainder of a film's product life cycle. As a result, we believe motion picture studios will continue to work cooperatively with theatrical exhibitors to ensure the continued importance of the theatrical window.


Recent Developments

        On May 24, 2010, we completed the acquisition of 92 theatres and 928 screens from Kerasotes (the "Kerasotes Acquisition"). Kerasotes operated 95 theatres and 972 screens in mid-sized, suburban and metropolitan markets, primarily in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the Kerasotes theatres feature stadium seating and almost 90% have been built since 1994. The purchase price for the Kerasotes theatres paid in cash at closing was $276.8 million, net of cash acquired, and is subject to working capital and other purchase price adjustments. We paid working capital and other purchase price adjustments of $3.8 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2011, based on the final closing date working capital and deferred revenue amounts and have accrued for this amount as part of the total estimated purchase price. The acquisition of Kerasotes significantly increased our size. For additional information about the Kerasotes acquisition, see the notes to our unaudited consolidated financial statements for the 13-week period ended July 1, 2010 included elsewhere in this prospectus.

        We are a founding member of National CineMedia ("NCM"), a digital cinema screen advertising venture, which we took public in February 2007. NCM operates an in-theatre digital network in the United States. The digital network consists of projectors used to display advertising and other non-film events. All of the Kerasotes theatres and substantially all of the screens we acquired in the Kerasotes Acquisition, which since January 2008 have been included in a network affiliate agreement with NCM that terminated as part of the Kerasotes Acquisition, became part of our long-term Exhibitor Services Agreement with NCM. Accordingly, the Kerasotes Acquisition triggered the adjustment of our membership units pursuant to the Common Unit Adjustment Agreement (the "CSU Agreement") we have with NCM, National CineMedia, LLC ("NCM LLC") and the other founding members of NCM LLC as a result of an extraordinary increase in attendance by approximately 4.5%. Pursuant to the terms of the CSU Agreement, we received an additional 6,510,209 units in NCM LLC, which increased our total ownership to 25,458,613 units, representing a 23.05% interest in NCM. In

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connection with the termination of the NCM/Kerasotes network affiliate agreement, we are required to reimburse NCM approximately $2.9 million for the current net book value of NCM's capital expenditures invested in digital network technology within the acquired Kerasotes theatres prior to the Kerasotes Acquisition date.

        All of our NCM LLC membership units are redeemable for, at the option of NCM, cash or shares of common stock of National CineMedia, Inc. ("NCM Inc.") on a share-for-share basis. On August 18, 2010, AMC ShowPlace Theatres, Inc. ("AMC ShowPlace") redeemed 6.5 million of its NCM LLC membership units for a like number of shares of NCM Inc. common stock, which it sold in an underwritten public offering for $16.00 per share (the "NCM Sale"), reducing our investment in NCM by $36.7 million, the average carrying amount of the shares sold. We received approximately $99.6 million in proceeds after deducting related fees and expenses payable by us, resulting in a gain on sale of $62.9 million. On September 8, 2010, AMC ShowPlace and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. redeemed an additional 10,209 and 144,984 NCM membership units, respectively, and sold them to the underwriters to cover over-allotments at $16.00 per share, further reducing our investment in NCM by $855,000, the average carrying amount of the shares sold. We received approximately $2.4 million of net proceeds from this sale, resulting in a gain on sale of $1.5 million. The net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including repaying indebtedness and to pursue accretive acquisitions as they become available.


The Reclassification

        Prior to consummating this offering, we intend to reclassify each share of the Company's existing Class A common stock, Class N common stock and Class L common stock. Pursuant to the reclassification, each holder of shares of Class A common stock, Class N common stock and Class L common stock will receive               shares of common stock for one share of Class A common stock, Class L common stock or Class N common stock. The transactions described in this paragraph are referred to in this prospectus as the "Reclassification."

        Currently, investment vehicles affiliated with J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC (collectively, "JPMP"), Apollo Investment Fund V, L.P. and certain related investment funds (collectively, "Apollo"), JPMP's and Apollo's co-investors, funds associated with Bain Capital Partners, LLC ("Bain"), affiliates of The Carlyle Group (collectively, "Carlyle"), affiliates of Spectrum Equity Investors (collectively, "Spectrum"), and management hold 100% of our outstanding common stock. JPMP, Apollo, Bain, Carlyle and Spectrum are collectively referred to in this prospectus as the "Sponsors." After giving effect to the Reclassification and this offering, the Sponsors will hold               shares of our common stock, representing approximately       % of our outstanding common stock, and will have the power to control our affairs and policies including with respect to the election of directors (and through the election of directors the appointment of management), the entering into of mergers, sales of substantially all of our assets and other extraordinary transactions. The governance agreements will provide that, initially, the Sponsors will collectively have the right to designate eight directors (out of a total of 10 initial board members) and that each will vote for the others' nominees. The number of Sponsor-designated directors will be reduced as the Sponsors' ownership percentage reduces, such that the Sponsors will not have the ability to nominate a majority of the board of directors once their collective ownership (together with the share ownership held by the JPMP and Apollo co-investors) becomes less than 50.1%. However, because our board of directors will be divided into three staggered classes, the Sponsors may be able to influence or control our affairs and policies even after they cease to own 50.1% of our outstanding common stock during the period in which the Sponsors' nominees finish their terms as members of our board but in any event no longer than would be permitted under applicable law and national securities exchange listing requirements. See "Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Governance Agreements." Pursuant to the Fee Agreement as described under the heading "Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Fee Agreement," upon

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consummation of this offering, the Sponsors will receive an automatic fee equal to the net present value of the aggregate annual management fee that would have been payable to the Sponsors during the remainder of the term of the fee agreement and our obligation to pay annual management fees will terminate. We estimate that our aggregate payment to the Sponsors would have been $28.2 million had the offering occurred on July 1, 2010.


Risk Factors

        The "Risk Factors" section included in this prospectus contains a discussion of factors that you should carefully read and consider before deciding to invest in shares of our common stock.


Corporate Information

        We are a Delaware corporation. Our principal executive offices are located at 920 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. The telephone number of our principal executive offices is (816) 221-4000. We maintain a website at www.amcentertainment.com, on which we will post our key corporate governance documents, including our board committee charters and our code of ethics. We do not incorporate the information on our website into this prospectus and you should not consider any information on, or that can be accessed through, our website as part of this prospectus.

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The Offering

Common stock offered

               shares

Common stock to be outstanding immediately after this offering

 

             shares

Option to purchase additional shares

 

We have granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase on a pro rata basis up to            additional shares from us at the initial public offering price less underwriting discounts and commissions.

Common stock voting rights

 

Each share of our common stock will entitle its holder to one vote per share.

Dividend policy

 

We intend to pay cash dividends commencing from the closing date of this offering. We expect that our first dividend will be with respect to the    quarter of fiscal 2011. The declaration and payment of future dividends to holders of our common stock will be at the sole discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon many factors, including our financial condition, earnings, legal requirements, restrictions in our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing our debt securities and other factors our board of directors deem relevant. See "Risk Factors—We may not generate sufficient cash flows or have sufficient restricted payment capacity under our senior secured credit facility or the indentures governing our debt securities to pay our intended dividends on the common stock," "Dividend Policy," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Commitments and Contingencies," "Description of Certain Indebtedness" and "Description of Capital Stock."

Use of proceeds

 

We estimate that our net proceeds from this offering without exercise of the option to purchase additional shares will be approximately $             million after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses, assuming the shares are offered at $            per share, which represents the midpoint of the range set forth on the front cover of this prospectus. We intend to use the net proceeds to us, together with cash on hand, to: first, repay all $201.0 million of the loans outstanding under the Parent's term loan facility plus accrued and unpaid interest; second, to retire all $240.8 million of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014 plus accrued and unpaid interest; and third, to pay a $28.2 million lump sum payment to the Sponsors pursuant to the Fee Agreement with our Sponsors. Affiliates of certain of the underwriters are holders of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014 and will receive a portion of our net proceeds from this offering. See "Use of Proceeds."

Proposed national securities exchange trading symbol

 

"AMC"

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        Unless otherwise stated herein, the information in this prospectus (other than our historical financial statements and historical financial data) assumes that:

        In the Reclassification, each holder of shares of Parent's Class A common stock, Class L common stock and Class N common stock will receive                      shares of common stock for one share of Class A common stock, Class L common stock or Class N common stock. The number of shares of common stock to be outstanding after completion of this offering is based on                     shares of our common stock to be sold in this offering and, except where we state otherwise, the common stock information we present in this prospectus excludes, as of                    , 2010:

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Summary Historical and Unaudited Pro Forma Financial and Operating Data

        The following summary historical financial data sets forth our historical financial and operating data for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010 and July 2, 2009 and the fiscal years ended April 1, 2010, April 2, 2009 and April 3, 2008 and have been derived from the Company's consolidated financial statements and related notes for such periods included elsewhere in this prospectus. The historical financial data set forth below is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Company's consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this prospectus.

        The following summary unaudited pro forma financial and operating data sets forth our unaudited pro forma combined balance sheet as of July 1, 2010 and unaudited pro forma combined statement of operations for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010 and the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010. The pro forma financial data has been derived from the Company's historical consolidated financial information, including the notes thereto, and the Kerasotes historical financial information, including the notes thereto, included elsewhere in this prospectus, and has been prepared based on the Company's historical consolidated financial statements and the Kerasotes historical financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. The unaudited pro forma combined balance sheet gives pro forma effect to the Transactions as if they had occurred on July 1, 2010. The unaudited pro forma combined statement of operations data gives pro forma effect to the Transactions as if they had occurred on April 3, 2009. The summary unaudited pro forma financial and operating data is based on certain assumptions and adjustments and does not purport to present what the Company's actual results of operations would have been had the Transactions and events reflected by them in fact occurred on the dates specified, nor is it necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be achieved in the future. The summary unaudited pro forma financial data should be read in conjunction with "Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information," the historical consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, of the Company and of Kerasotes, the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and the Company's other financial data presented elsewhere in this prospectus.

        The summary historical financial and operating data presented below should be read in conjunction with "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations", our historical consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, and the Kerasotes historical financial statements, including the notes thereto, included in this prospectus.

 
  Pro Forma   Historical  
 
   
   
   
  13 Weeks Ended   Years Ended(1)(2)  
 
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010(3)
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010(3)
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 2,
2009
  53 Weeks
Ended
April 3,
2008
 
 
  (in thousands, except per share and operating data)
 

Statement of Operations Data:

                                                 

Total revenues

  $ 671,381   $ 2,651,315   $ 2,683,755   $ 640,952   $ 635,312   $ 2,417,739   $ 2,265,487   $ 2,333,044  
                                   

Operating Costs and Expenses:

                                                 
 

Cost of operations

    436,186     1,758,478     1,785,080     406,960     418,443     1,612,260     1,486,457     1,502,578  
 

Rent

    119,350     476,796     479,590     114,554     112,373     440,664     448,803     439,389  
 

General and administrative:

                                                 
   

Merger, acquisition and transactions costs

    5,856     8,002     2,578     5,856     432     2,578     1,481     7,310  
   

Management fee

                1,250     1,250     5,000     5,000     5,000  
   

Other

    14,722     72,929     75,241     13,071     13,282     58,274     53,800     39,084  
 

Depreciation and amortization

    52,162     211,283     213,582     48,603     48,788     188,342     201,413     222,111  
 

Impairment of long-lived assets

        3,765     3,765             3,765     73,547     8,933  
                                   
   

Operating costs and expenses

    628,276     2,531,253     2,559,836     590,294     594,568     2,310,883     2,270,501     2,224,405  
                                   

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  Pro Forma   Historical  
 
   
   
   
  13 Weeks Ended   Years Ended(1)(2)  
 
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 2,
2009
  53 Weeks
Ended
April 3,
2008
 
 
  (in thousands, except per share and operating data)
 

Operating income (loss)

  $ 43,105   $ 120,062   $ 123,919   $ 50,658   $ 40,744   $ 106,856   $ (5,014 ) $ 108,639  

Other income

    (1,939 )   (13,271 )   (2,559 )   (1,939 )   (73,283 )   (87,793 )   (14,139 )   (12,932 )

Interest expense

    34,617     136,799     132,110     44,947     40,494     174,091     188,681     204,226  

Equity in (earnings) loss of non-consolidated entities(4)

    3,062     (20,976 )   (30,300 )   1,766     (6,262 )   (30,300 )   (24,823 )   (43,019 )

Investment income(5)

    (69 )   (31 )   (89 )   (69 )   (127 )   (287 )   (1,759 )   (24,013 )
                                   
 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    7,434     17,541     24,757     5,953     79,922     51,145     (152,974 )   (15,623 )
 

Income tax provision

    6,950     (47,450 )   (46,200 )   6,450     32,700     (36,300 )   5,800     (7,580 )
                                   
 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ 484   $ 64,991   $ 70,957   $ (497 ) $ 47,222   $ 87,445   $ (158,774 ) $ (8,043 )
                                   
 

Basic earnings (loss) from continuing operations per share

                    $ (0.39 ) $ 36.93   $ 68.38   $ (123.93 ) $ (6.27 )
 

Diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per share

                      (0.39 ) $ 36.93     68.24     (123.93 )   (6.27 )

Average shares outstanding:

                                                 
 

Basic

                      1,278.82     1,278.82     1,278.82     1,281.20     1,282.65  
 

Diluted

                      1,278.82     1,278.82     1,281.42     1,281.20     1,282.65  

Balance Sheet Data (at period end):

                                                 

Cash and equivalents

  $ 426,787               $ 401,870         $ 611,593   $ 539,597   $ 111,820  

Corporate borrowings, including current portion

    1,831,515                 2,273,325           2,271,914     2,394,586     2,287,521  

Other long-term liabilities

    343,397                 343,397           309,591     308,702     350,250  

Capital and financing lease obligations, including current portion

    68,879                 68,879           57,286     60,709     69,983  

Stockholders' equity

    875,649                 440,674           439,542     378,484     506,731  
 

Total assets

    3,950,434                 3,968,204           3,774,912     3,774,894     3,899,128  

Other Data:

                                                 

Adjusted EBITDA(6)

  $ 103,779   $ 363,666   $ 365,162   $ 98,967   $ 94,634   $ 327,859   $ 294,705   $ 347,638  

Net cash provided by operating activities

    41,379     203,851     252,904     35,317     83,872     198,936     167,249     201,209  

Capital expenditures

    (13,988 )   (105,789 )   (99,109 )   (13,988 )   (7,307 )   (97,011 )   (121,456 )   (171,100 )

Proceeds from sale/leasebacks

            6,570             6,570          

Operating Data (at period end):

                                                 

Screen additions

    32     32     6     960     6     6     83     136  

Screen dispositions

    15     112     105     131     8     105     77     196  

Average screens—continuing operations(7)

    5,217     5,245     5,271     4,834     4,534     4,485     4,545     4,561  

Number of screens operated

    5,316     5,316     5,299     5,342     4,610     4,513     4,612     4,606  

Number of theatres operated

    380     380     378     382     307     297     307     309  

Screens per theatre

    14.0     14.0     14.0     14.0     15.0     15.2     15.0     14.9  

Attendance (in thousands)—continuing operations(7)

    54,451     219,511     225,222     51,619     53,703     200,285     196,184     207,603  

(1)
A cash dividend of $652.8 million was declared on common stock for fiscal 2008. There were no other cash dividends declared on common stock.

(2)
Fiscal 2008 includes 53 weeks. All other years have 52 weeks.

(3)
The pro forma statement of operations and other data for the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010, which are unaudited, have been calculated by subtracting the pro forma data for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2009 from the pro forma data for the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010 and adding the data for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010. This presentation is not in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe that this presentation provides useful information to investors regarding our recent financial performance, and we view this presentation of the four most recently completed fiscal quarters as a key measurement period for investors to assess our historical results. In addition, our management uses trailing four quarter financial information to evaluate our financial performance for

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(4)
During fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, equity in earnings including cash distributions from NCM were $34.4 million, $27.7 million and $22.2 million, respectively. During fiscal 2008, equity in (earnings) losses of non-consolidated entities includes a gain of $18.8 million from the sale of Hoyts General Cinema South America.

(5)
Includes gain of $16.0 million for the 53 weeks ended April 3, 2008 from the sale of our investment in Fandango, Inc. ("Fandango").

(6)
We present Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of our performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings (loss) from continuing operations plus (i) income tax provisions (benefit), (ii) interest expense and (iii) depreciation and amortization, as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance. These further adjustments are itemized below. You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Set forth below is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to earnings (loss) from continuing operations, our most comparable GAAP measure:

 
  Pro Forma   Historical  
 
   
   
   
  13 weeks Ended   Years Ended(1)(2)  
 
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 2,
2009
  53 Weeks
Ended
April 3,
2008
 
 
  (in thousands, except per share and operating data)
 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ 484   $ 64,991   $ 70,957   $ (497 ) $ 47,222   $ 87,445   $ (158,774 ) $ (8,043 )

Plus:

                                                 
 

Income tax provision (benefit)

    6,950     (47,450 )   (46,200 )   6,450     32,700     (36,300 )   5,800     (7,580 )
 

Interest expense

    34,617     136,799     132,110     44,947     40,494     174,091     188,681     204,226  
 

Depreciation and amortization

    52,162     211,283     213,582     48,603     48,788     188,342     201,413     222,111  
 

Impairment of long-lived assets

        3,765     3,765             3,765     73,547     8,933  
 

Certain operating expenses(a)

    581     5,724     6,099     (9,475 )   956     6,099     1,517     (16,248 )
 

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated entities

    3,062     (20,976 )   (30,300 )   1,766     (6,262 )   (30,300 )   (24,823 )   (43,019 )
 

Investment income

    (69 )   (31 )   (89 )   (69 )   (127 )   (287 )   (1,759 )   (24,013 )
 

Other (income) expense(b)

        450     11,276         (71,230 )   (73,958 )       (1,246 )
 

General and administrative expense:

                                                 
   

Merger, acquisition and transaction costs

    5,856     8,002     2,578     5,856     432     2,578     1,481     7,310  
   

Management fee

                1,250     1,250     5,000     5,000     5,000  
   

Stock-based compensation expense

    136     1,109     1,384     136     411     1,384     2,622     207  
                                   

Adjusted EBITDA(c)(d)

  $ 103,779   $ 363,666   $ 365,162   $ 98,967   $ 94,634   $ 327,859   $ 294,705   $ 347,638  
                                   

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Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures commonly used in our industry and should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings (loss) as an indicator of operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity (as determined in accordance with GAAP). Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We have included Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA because we believe they provide management and investors with additional information to measure our performance and liquidity, estimate our value and evaluate our ability to service debt. In addition, we use Adjusted EBITDA for incentive compensation purposes.


Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA have important limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. For example, Adjusted EBITDA:

does not reflect our capital expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;

does not reflect the significant interest expenses, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt;

excludes tax payments that represent a reduction in cash available to us;

does not reflect any cash requirements for the assets being depreciated and amortized that may have to be replaced in the future; and

does not reflect management fees that may be paid to our sponsors.

(7)
Includes consolidated theatres only.

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RISK FACTORS

        Before you decide to purchase shares of our common stock, you should understand the high degree of risk involved. You should consider carefully the following risks and other information in this prospectus, including our pro forma and historical financial statements and related notes. If any of the following risks actually occur, our business, financial condition and operating results could be adversely affected. As a result, the trading price of our common stock could decline, perhaps significantly.


Risks Related to Our Industry

We have no control over distributors of the films and our business may be adversely affected if our access to motion pictures is limited or delayed.

        We rely on distributors of motion pictures, over whom we have no control, for the films that we exhibit. Major motion picture distributors are required by law to offer and license film to exhibitors, including us, on a film-by-film and theatre-by-theatre basis. Consequently, we cannot assure ourselves of a supply of motion pictures by entering into long-term arrangements with major distributors, but must compete for our licenses on a film-by-film and theatre-by-theatre basis. Our business depends on maintaining good relations with these distributors, as this affects our ability to negotiate commercially favorable licensing terms for first-run films or to obtain licenses at all. Our business may be adversely affected if our access to motion pictures is limited or delayed because of deterioration in our relationships with one or more distributors or for some other reason. To the extent that we are unable to license a popular film for exhibition in our theatres, our operating results may be adversely affected.

We depend on motion picture production and performance.

        Our ability to operate successfully depends upon the availability, diversity and appeal of motion pictures, our ability to license motion pictures and the performance of such motion pictures in our markets. We license first-run motion pictures, the success of which has increasingly depended on the marketing efforts of the major motion picture studios. Poor performance of, or any disruption in the production of these motion pictures (including by reason of a strike or lack of adequate financing), or a reduction in the marketing efforts of the major motion picture studios, could hurt our business and results of operations. Conversely, the successful performance of these motion pictures, particularly the sustained success of any one motion picture, or an increase in effective marketing efforts of the major motion picture studios, may generate positive results for our business and operations in a specific fiscal quarter or year that may not necessarily be indicative of, or comparable to, future results of operations. In addition, a change in the type and breadth of movies offered by motion picture studios may adversely affect the demographic base of moviegoers.

We are subject, at times, to intense competition.

        Our theatres are subject to varying degrees of competition in the geographic areas in which we operate. Competitors may be national circuits, regional circuits or smaller independent exhibitors. Competition among theatre exhibition companies is often intense with respect to the following factors:

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        The theatrical exhibition industry also faces competition from other forms of out-of-home entertainment, such as concerts, amusement parks and sporting events and from other distribution channels for filmed entertainment, such as cable television, pay per view and home video systems and from other forms of in-home entertainment.

Industry-wide screen growth has affected and may continue to affect the performance of some of our theatres.

        In recent years, theatrical exhibition companies have emphasized the development of large megaplexes, some of which have as many as 30 screens in a single theatre. The industry-wide strategy of aggressively building megaplexes generated significant competition and rendered many older, multiplex theatres obsolete more rapidly than expected. Many of these theatres are under long-term lease commitments that make closing them financially burdensome, and some companies have elected to continue operating them notwithstanding their lack of profitability. In other instances, because theatres are typically limited use design facilities, or for other reasons, landlords have been willing to make rent concessions to keep them open. In recent years, many older theatres that had closed are being reopened by small theatre operators and in some instances by sole proprietors that are able to negotiate significant rent and other concessions from landlords. As a result, there has been growth in the number of screens in the U.S. and Canadian exhibition industry from 2005 to 2008. This has affected and may continue to affect the performance of some of our theatres. The number of screens in the U.S. and Canadian exhibition industry slightly declined from 2008 to 2009.

An increase in the use of alternative film delivery methods or other forms of entertainment may drive down our attendance and limit our ticket prices.

        We compete with other film delivery methods, including network, syndicated cable and satellite television, DVDs and video cassettes, as well as video-on-demand, pay-per-view services and downloads via the Internet. We also compete for the public's leisure time and disposable income with other forms of entertainment, including sporting events, amusement parks, live music concerts, live theatre and restaurants. An increase in the popularity of these alternative film delivery methods and other forms of entertainment could reduce attendance at our theatres, limit the prices we can charge for admission and materially adversely affect our business and results of operations.

Our results of operations may be impacted by shrinking video release windows.

        Over the last decade, the average video release window, which represents the time that elapses from the date of a film's theatrical release to the date a film is available on DVD, an important downstream market, has decreased from approximately six months to approximately three to four months. If patrons choose to wait for a DVD release rather than attend a theatre for viewing the film, it may adversely impact our business and results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. Film studios are currently considering a premium video on demand product which could also cause the release window to shrink further. We cannot assure you that this release window, which is determined by the film studios, will not shrink further or be eliminated altogether, which could have an adverse impact on our business and results of operations.

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Development of digital technology may increase our capital expenses.

        The industry is in the process of converting film-based media to digital-based media. We, along with some of our competitors, have commenced a roll-out of digital equipment for exhibiting feature films and plan to continue the roll-out through our joint venture DCIP. However, significant obstacles exist that impact such a roll-out plan, including the cost of digital projectors, and the supply of projectors by manufacturers. During fiscal 2010, DCIP completed its formation and $660 million funding to facilitate the financing and deployment of digital technology in our theatres. We cannot assure you that DCIP will be able to obtain sufficient additional financing to be able to purchase and lease to us the number of digital projectors ultimately needed for our roll-out or that the manufacturers will be able to supply the volume of projectors needed for our roll-out. As a result, our roll-out of digital equipment could be delayed or not completed at all.

General political, social and economic conditions can reduce our attendance.

        Our success depends on general political, social and economic conditions and the willingness of consumers to spend money at movie theatres. If going to motion pictures becomes less popular or consumers spend less on concessions, which accounted for 27% of our revenues in fiscal 2010, our operations could be adversely affected. In addition, our operations could be adversely affected if consumers' discretionary income falls as a result of an economic downturn. Political events, such as terrorist attacks, could cause people to avoid our theatres or other public places where large crowds are in attendance.


Risks Related to Our Business

Our substantial debt could adversely affect our operations and prevent us from satisfying those debt obligations.

        We have a significant amount of debt. As of July 1, 2010, on a pro forma basis, we had $1.9 billion of outstanding indebtedness, and our subsidiaries had approximately $4.6 billion of undiscounted rental payments under operating leases (with initial base terms of between 15 and 20 years).

        The amount of our indebtedness and lease and other financial obligations could have important consequences to you. For example, it could:

        If we fail to make any required payment under our senior secured credit facility or to comply with any of the financial and operating covenants contained therein, we would be in default. Lenders under our senior secured credit facility could then vote to accelerate the maturity of the indebtedness under the senior secured credit facility and foreclose upon the stock and personal property of our subsidiaries that is pledged to secure the senior secured credit facility. Other creditors might then accelerate other indebtedness. If the lenders under the senior secured credit facility accelerate the maturity of the

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indebtedness thereunder, we might not have sufficient assets to satisfy our obligations under the senior secured credit facility or our other indebtedness. See "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources."

        Our indebtedness under our senior secured credit facility bears interest at rates that fluctuate with changes in certain prevailing interest rates (although, subject to certain conditions, such rates may be fixed for certain periods). If interest rates increase, we may be unable to meet our debt service obligations under our senior secured credit facility and other indebtedness.

The agreements governing our indebtedness contain covenants that may limit our ability to take advantage of certain business opportunities advantageous to us.

        The agreements governing our indebtedness contain various covenants that limit our ability to, among other things:

        These restrictions could limit our ability to obtain future financing, make acquisitions or needed capital expenditures, withstand economic downturns in our business or the economy in general, conduct operations or otherwise take advantage of business opportunities that may arise.

        Although the indentures for our notes contain a fixed charge coverage test that limits our ability to incur indebtedness, this limitation is subject to a number of significant exceptions and qualifications. Moreover, the indentures do not impose any limitation on our incurrence of capital or finance lease obligations or liabilities that are not considered "Indebtedness" under the indentures (such as operating leases), nor do they impose any limitation on the amount of liabilities incurred by subsidiaries, if any, that might be designated as "unrestricted subsidiaries," which are subsidiaries that we designate, that are not subject to the restrictive covenants contained in the indentures governing our notes. Furthermore, there are no restrictions in the indentures on our ability to invest in other entities (including unaffiliated entities) and no restrictions on the ability of our subsidiaries to enter into agreements restricting their ability to pay dividends or otherwise transfer funds to us. Also, although the indentures limit our ability to make restricted payments, these restrictions are subject to significant exceptions and qualifications.

We may not generate sufficient cash flow from our theatre acquisitions to service our indebtedness.

        In any acquisition, we expect to benefit from cost savings through, for example, the reduction of overhead and theatre level costs, and from revenue enhancements resulting from the acquisition. However, there can be no assurance that we will be able to generate sufficient cash flow from these acquisitions to service any indebtedness incurred to finance such acquisitions or realize any other anticipated benefits. Nor can there be any assurance that our profitability will be improved by any one or more acquisitions. Any acquisition may involve operating risks, such as:

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If our cash flows prove inadequate to service our debt and provide for our other obligations, we may be required to refinance all or a portion of our existing debt or future debt at terms unfavorable to us.

        Our ability to make payments on and refinance our debt and other financial obligations and to fund our capital expenditures and acquisitions will depend on our ability to generate substantial operating cash flow. This will depend on our future performance, which will be subject to prevailing economic conditions and to financial, business and other factors beyond our control. As of August 16, 2007, Holdings began paying cash interest on its 12% senior discount notes due 2014 and made its first semi-annual cash interest payment on February 15, 2008. Holdings' ability to service the 12% senior discount notes due 2014 is subject to the restrictions on distributions from AMCE contained in its senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing AMCE's debt securities. The maximum amount we would be permitted to distribute in compliance with our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing our debt securities, on a pro forma basis, was approximately $361.1 million as of July 1, 2010.

        In addition, our notes require us to repay or refinance those notes when they come due. If our cash flows were to prove inadequate to meet our debt service, rental and other obligations in the future, we may be required to refinance all or a portion of our existing or future debt, on or before maturity, to sell assets or to obtain additional financing. We cannot assure you that we will be able to refinance any of our indebtedness, including our senior secured credit facility, sell any such assets or obtain additional financing on commercially reasonable terms or at all.

        The terms of the agreements governing our indebtedness restrict, but do not prohibit us from incurring additional indebtedness. If we are in compliance with the financial covenants set forth in the senior secured credit facility and our other outstanding debt instruments, we may be able to incur substantial additional indebtedness. If we incur additional indebtedness, the related risks that we face may intensify.

We face significant competition for new theatre sites, and we may not be able to build or acquire theatres on terms favorable to us.

        We anticipate significant competition from other exhibition companies and financial buyers when trying to acquire theatres, and there can be no assurance that we will be able to acquire such theatres at reasonable prices or on favorable terms. Moreover, some of these possible buyers may be stronger financially than we are. In addition, given our size and market share, as well as our recent experiences with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in connection with the acquisition of Kerasotes and prior acquisitions, we may be required to dispose of theatres in connection with future acquisitions that we make. As a result of the foregoing, we may not succeed in acquiring theatres or may have to pay more than we would prefer to make an acquisition.

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Acquiring or expanding existing circuits and theatres may require additional financing, and we cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain new financing on favorable terms, or at all.

        On a pro forma basis, our net capital expenditures aggregated approximately $99.1 million for fiscal 2010. We estimate that our planned capital expenditures will be between $130.0 million and $160.0 million in fiscal 2011 and will continue at this level or higher over the next three years. Actual capital expenditures in fiscal 2011 may differ materially from our estimates. We may have to seek additional financing or issue additional securities to fully implement our growth strategy. We cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain new financing on favorable terms, or at all. In addition, covenants under our existing indebtedness limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness, and the performance of any additional theatres may not be sufficient to service the related indebtedness that we are permitted to incur.

We may be reviewed by antitrust authorities in connection with acquisition opportunities that would increase our number of theatres in markets where we have a leading market share.

        Given our size and market share, pursuit of acquisition opportunities that would increase the number of our theatres in markets where we have a leading market share would likely result in significant review by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, and we may be required to dispose of theatres in order to complete such acquisition opportunities. For example, in connection with the acquisition of Kerasotes, we are required to dispose of 11 theatres located in various markets across the United States, including Chicago, Denver and Indianapolis. As a result, we may not be able to succeed in acquiring other exhibition companies or we may have to dispose of a significant number of theatres in key markets in order to complete such acquisitions.

We must comply with the ADA, which could entail significant cost.

        Our theatres must comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA. Compliance with the ADA requires that public accommodations "reasonably accommodate" individuals with disabilities and that new construction or alterations made to "commercial facilities" conform to accessibility guidelines unless "structurally impracticable" for new construction or technically infeasible for alterations. Non-compliance with the ADA could result in the imposition of injunctive relief, fines, and an award of damages to private litigants or additional capital expenditures to remedy such noncompliance.

        On January 29, 1999, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, or the Department, filed suit alleging that our stadium-style theatres violated the ADA and related regulations. On December 5, 2003, the trial court entered a consent order and final judgment on non-line-of-sight issues under which AMCE agreed to remedy certain violations at its stadium-style theatres and at certain theatres it may open in the future. Currently we estimate that betterments related to non-line of sight remedies will be required at approximately 140 stadium-style theatres. We estimate that the total cost of these betterments will be approximately $54 million and through July 1, 2010 we have incurred approximately $34.1 million of these costs. See "Business—Legal Proceedings."

We are party to significant litigation.

        We are subject to a number of legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business. We cannot be assured that we will succeed in defending any claims, that judgments will not be entered against us with respect to any litigation or that reserves we may set aside will be adequate to cover any such judgments. If any of these actions or proceedings against us is successful, we may be subject to significant damages awards. For a description of our legal proceedings, see "Business—Legal Proceedings."

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We may be subject to liability under environmental laws and regulations.

        We own and operate facilities throughout the United States and manage or own facilities in several foreign countries and are subject to the environmental laws and regulations of those jurisdictions, particularly laws governing the cleanup of hazardous materials and the management of properties. We might in the future be required to participate in the cleanup of a property that we own or lease, or at which we have been alleged to have disposed of hazardous materials from one of our facilities. In certain circumstances, we might be solely responsible for any such liability under environmental laws, and such claims could be material.

We may not be able to generate additional ancillary revenues.

        We intend to continue to pursue ancillary revenue opportunities such as advertising, promotions and alternative uses of our theatres during non-peak hours. Our ability to achieve our business objectives may depend in part on our success in increasing these revenue streams. Some of our U.S. and Canadian competitors have stated that they intend to make significant capital investments in digital advertising delivery, and the success of this delivery system could make it more difficult for us to compete for advertising revenue. In addition, in March 2005 we contributed our cinema screen advertising business to NCM. As such, although we retain board seats and an ownership interest in NCM, we do not control this business, and therefore do not control our revenues attributable to cinema screen advertising. We cannot assure you that we will be able to effectively generate additional ancillary revenue and our inability to do so could have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Although Holdings and AMCE already file certain periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, becoming a public company will increase our expenses and administrative burden, in particular to bring our company into compliance with certain provisions of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 to which we are not currently subject.

        As a public company, we will incur significant legal, accounting and other expenses that we did not incur as a private company. In addition, our administrative staff will be required to perform additional tasks. For example, in anticipation of becoming a public company, we will need to create or revise the roles and duties of our board committees, adopt additional internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures, retain a transfer agent and adopt an insider trading policy in compliance with our obligations under the securities laws.

        In addition, changing laws, regulations and standards relating to corporate governance and public disclosure, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the applicable national securities exchange, are creating uncertainty for public companies, increasing legal and financial compliance costs and making some activities more time consuming. We are currently evaluating and monitoring developments with respect to new and proposed rules and cannot predict or estimate the amount of the additional costs we may incur or the timing of such costs. These laws, regulations and standards are subject to varying interpretations, in many cases due to their lack of specificity, and, as a result, their application in practice may evolve over time as new guidance is provided by regulatory and governing bodies. This could result in continuing uncertainty regarding compliance matters and higher costs necessitated by ongoing revisions to disclosure and governance practices. We intend to invest resources to comply with evolving laws, regulations and standards, and this investment may result in increased general and administrative expenses and a diversion of management's time and attention from revenue-generating activities to compliance activities. If our efforts to comply with new laws, regulations and standards differ from the activities intended by regulatory or governing bodies due to ambiguities related to practice, regulatory authorities may initiate legal proceedings against us and our business may be harmed. We also expect that being a public company and these new rules and regulations will make it

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more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance, and we may be required to accept reduced coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain coverage. These factors could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified members of our board of directors, particularly to serve on our audit committee, and qualified executive officers.

We depend on key personnel for our current and future performance.

        Our current and future performance depends to a significant degree upon the retention of our senior management team and other key personnel. The loss or unavailability to us of any member of our senior management team or a key employee could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We cannot assure you that we would be able to locate or employ qualified replacements for senior management or key employees on acceptable terms.

We have had significant financial losses in recent years.

        Prior to fiscal 2007, AMCE had reported net losses in each of the prior nine fiscal years totaling approximately $510.1 million. For fiscal 2007, we reported net earnings of $116.9 million. For fiscal 2008 and 2009, we reported net losses of $6.2 million and $149.0 million, respectively. We reported net earnings of $79.9 million in fiscal 2010. If we experience losses in the future, we may be unable to meet our payment obligations while attempting to expand our theatre circuit and withstand competitive pressures or adverse economic conditions.

Our investment in and revenues from NCM may be negatively impacted by the competitive environment in which NCM operates.

        We have maintained an investment in NCM. NCM's in-theatre advertising operations compete with other cinema advertising companies and other advertising mediums including, most notably, television, newspaper, radio and the Internet. There can be no guarantee that in-theatre advertising will continue to attract major advertisers or that NCM's in-theatre advertising format will be favorably received by the theatre-going public. If NCM is unable to generate expected sales of advertising, it may not maintain the level of profitability we hope to achieve, its results of operations and cash flows may be adversely affected and our investment in and revenues and dividends from NCM may be adversely impacted.

We may suffer future impairment losses and lease termination charges.

        The opening of large megaplexes by us and certain of our competitors has drawn audiences away from some of our older, multiplex theatres. In addition, demographic changes and competitive pressures have caused some of our theatres to become unprofitable. As a result, we may have to close certain theatres or recognize impairment losses related to the decrease in value of particular theatres. We review long-lived assets, including intangibles, for impairment as part of our annual budgeting process and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be fully recoverable. We recognized non-cash impairment losses in 1996 and in each fiscal year thereafter except for 2005. AMCE's impairment losses from continuing operations over this period aggregated to $285.0 million. Beginning fiscal 1999 through July 1, 2010, we also incurred theatre and other closure expenses, including theatre lease termination charges aggregating approximately $56.4 million. Deterioration in the performance of our theatres could require us to recognize additional impairment losses and close additional theatres, which could have an adverse effect on the results of our operations.

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Risks Related to This Offering

Future sales of our common stock could cause the market price for our common stock to decline.

        Upon consummation of this offering, there will be                     shares of our common stock outstanding. All shares of common stock sold in this offering will be freely transferable without restriction or further registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Of the remaining shares of common stock outstanding,                will be restricted securities within the meaning of Rule 144 under the Securities Act, but will be eligible for resale subject to applicable volume, manner of sale, holding period and other limitations of Rule 144. We cannot predict the effect, if any, that market sales of shares of our common stock or the availability of shares of our common stock for sale will have on the market price of our common stock prevailing from time to time. Sales of substantial amounts of shares of our common stock in the public market, or the perception that those sales will occur, could cause the market price of our common stock to decline. After giving effect to the Reclassification, the Sponsors will hold                     shares of our common stock, all of which constitute "restricted securities" under the Securities Act. Provided the holders comply with the applicable volume limits and other conditions prescribed in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, all of these restricted securities are currently freely tradable. The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted revisions to Rule 144 that, among other things, shorten the holding period applicable to restricted securities under certain circumstances from one year to six months.

        Additionally, as of the consummation of this offering, approximately                     shares of our common stock will be issuable upon exercise of stock options that vest and are exercisable at various dates through May 28, 2019, with an exercise price of $            . Of such options,                     will be immediately exercisable. As soon as practicable after the completion of this offering, we intend to file a registration statement on Form S-8 under the Securities Act covering shares of our common stock reserved for issuance under our equity incentive plan. Accordingly, shares of our common stock registered under such registration statement will be available for sale in the open market upon exercise by the holders, subject to vesting restrictions, Rule 144 limitations applicable to our affiliates and the contractual lock-up provisions described below.

        We and certain of our stockholders, directors and officers have agreed to a "lock-up," pursuant to which neither we nor they will sell any shares without the prior consent of             for 180 days after the date of this prospectus, subject to certain exceptions and extension under certain circumstances. Following the expiration of the applicable lock-up period, all these shares of our common stock will be eligible for future sale, subject to the applicable volume, manner of sale, holding period and other limitations of Rule 144. In addition, the Sponsors have certain demand and "piggy-back" registration rights with respect to the common stock that they will retain following this offering. See "Shares Eligible for Future Sale" for a discussion of the shares of common stock that may be sold into the public market in the future, including common stock held by the Sponsors.

Our stock price may be volatile and may decline substantially from the initial offering price.

        Immediately prior to this offering, there has been no public market for our common stock, and an active trading market for our common stock may not develop or continue upon completion of the offering. The initial public offering price will be determined by negotiations between us and the representatives of the underwriters and may not be indicative of the price at which our common stock will trade after the offering.

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regardless of our actual operating performance. You may be unable to resell your shares at or above the public offering price because of a number of factors, including:

We may not generate sufficient cash flows or have sufficient restricted payment capacity under our senior secured credit facility or the indentures governing our debt securities to pay our intended dividends on the common stock.

        Following this offering, and subject to legally available funds, we intend to pay quarterly cash dividends, commencing from the closing date of this offering. We expect that our first dividend will be with respect to the    quarter of fiscal 2011. We are a holding company and will have no direct operations. We will only be able to pay dividends from our available cash on hand and funds received from our subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries' ability to make distributions to us will depend on their ability to generate substantial operating cash flow. Our ability to pay dividends to our stockholders will be subject to the terms of our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing the outstanding notes. Our operating cash flow and ability to comply with restricted payments covenants in our debt instruments will depend on our future performance, which will be subject to prevailing economic conditions and to financial, business and other factors beyond our control. In addition, dividend payments are not mandatory or guaranteed, and our board of directors may never declare a dividend, decrease the level of dividends or entirely discontinue the payment of dividends. Your decision whether to purchase shares of our common stock should allow for the possibility that no dividends will be paid. You may not receive any dividends as a result of the following additional factors, among others:

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        The maximum amount we would be permitted to distribute in compliance with our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing our debt securities on a pro forma basis was approximately $361.1 million as of July 1, 2010. As a result of the foregoing limitations on our ability to make distributions, we cannot assure you that we will be able to make all of our intended quarterly dividend payments.

We are controlled by the Sponsors, whose interests may not be aligned with our public stockholders.

        Even after giving effect to this offering, the Sponsors will beneficially own approximately        % of our common stock and will have the power to control our affairs and policies including with respect to the election of directors (and through the election of directors the appointment of management), the entering into of mergers, sales of substantially all of our assets and other extraordinary transactions. We intend to avail ourselves of the "controlled company" exception under the applicable national securities exchange rules, which eliminates the requirement that we have a majority of independent directors on our board of directors and that we have compensation and nominating committees composed entirely of independent directors, but retains the requirement that we have an audit committee composed entirely of independent members. The governance agreements will provide that, initially, the Sponsors will collectively have the right to designate eight directors and that each will vote for the others' nominees. Additionally, our governance documents provide that directors shall be elected by a plurality of votes and do not provide for cumulative voting rights. The right to designate directors will reduce as the Sponsors' ownership percentage reduces, such that the Sponsors will not have the ability to nominate a majority of the board of directors once their collective ownership (together with the share ownership held by the JPMP and Apollo co-investors) becomes less than 50.1%. However, because our board of directors will be divided into three staggered classes, the Sponsors may be able to influence or control our affairs and policies even after they cease to own 50.1% of our outstanding common stock during the period in which the Sponsors' nominees finish their terms as members of our board but in any event no longer than would be permitted under applicable law and national securities exchange listing requirements. The directors elected by the Sponsors will have the authority, subject to the terms of our debt, to issue additional stock, implement stock repurchase programs, declare dividends, pay advisory fees and make other decisions, and they may have an interest in our doing so.

        The interests of the Sponsors could conflict with our public stockholders' interests in material respects. For example, the Sponsors could cause us to make acquisitions that increase the amount of our indebtedness or sell revenue-generating assets. Furthermore, the Sponsors are in the business of making investments in companies and may from time to time acquire and hold interests in businesses that compete directly or indirectly with us. The Sponsors may also pursue acquisition opportunities that may be complementary to our business, and as a result, those acquisition opportunities may not be available to us. In addition, our governance documents do not contain any provisions applicable to deadlocks among the members of our board, and as a result we may be precluded from taking advantage of opportunities due to disagreements among the Sponsors and their respective board designees. So long as the Sponsors continue to own a significant amount of the outstanding shares of our common stock, they will continue to be able to strongly influence or effectively control our decisions. See "Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Governance Agreements."

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Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our amended and restated bylaws, as amended, contain anti-takeover protections, which may discourage or prevent a takeover of our company, even if an acquisition would be beneficial to our stockholders.

        Provisions contained in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws, as amended, as well as provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law, could delay or make it more difficult to remove incumbent directors or for a third party to acquire us, even if a takeover would benefit our stockholders. These provisions include:

        Our issuance of shares of preferred stock could delay or prevent a change of control of our company. Our board of directors has the authority to cause us to issue, without any further vote or action by the stockholders, up to                     shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, in one or more series, to designate the number of shares constituting any series, and to fix the rights, preferences, privileges and restrictions thereof, including dividend rights, voting rights, rights and terms of redemption, redemption price or prices and liquidation preferences of such series. The issuance of shares of preferred stock may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of our company without further action by the stockholders, even where stockholders are offered a premium for their shares.

        Our incorporation under Delaware law, the ability of our board of directors to create and issue a new series of preferred stock or a stockholder rights plan and certain other provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws could impede a merger, takeover or other business combination involving Parent or the replacement of our management or discourage a potential investor from making a tender offer for our common stock, which, under certain circumstances, could reduce the market value of our common stock. See "Description of Capital Stock."

Our issuance of preferred stock could dilute the voting power of the common stockholders.

        The issuance of shares of preferred stock with voting rights may adversely affect the voting power of the holders of our other classes of voting stock either by diluting the voting power of our other classes of voting stock if they vote together as a single class, or by giving the holders of any such preferred stock the right to block an action on which they have a separate class vote even if the action were approved by the holders of our other classes of voting stock.

Our issuance of preferred stock could adversely affect the market value of our common stock.

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the market price for our common stock by making an investment in the common stock less attractive. For example, investors in the common stock may not wish to purchase common stock at a price above the conversion price of a series of convertible preferred stock because the holders of the preferred stock would effectively be entitled to purchase common stock at the lower conversion price causing economic dilution to the holders of common stock.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. may have a conflict of interest with respect to this offering.

        Prior to the completion of this offering, JPMP, an affiliate of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. ("J.P. Morgan"), owned more than 10% of our outstanding common stock and therefore J.P. Morgan is presumed to have a "conflict of interest" with us under FINRA Rule 2720. Accordingly, J.P. Morgan's interest may go beyond receiving customary underwriting discounts and commissions. In particular, there may be a conflict of interest between J.P. Morgan's own interests as underwriter (including in negotiating the initial public offering price) and the interests of its affiliate JPMP (as a principal stockholder). Because of the conflict of interest under FINRA Rule 2720, this offering is being conducted in accordance with the applicable provisions of that rule. FINRA Rule 2720 requires that the "qualified independent underwriter" (as such term is defined by FINRA Rule 2720) participates in the preparation of the registration statement and prospectus and conducts due diligence. Accordingly, Goldman, Sachs & Co. ("Goldman Sachs") is assuming the responsibilities of acting as the qualified independent underwriter in this offering. Although the qualified independent underwriter has participated in the preparation of the registration statement and prospectus and conducted due diligence, we cannot assure you that this will adequately address any potential conflicts of interest related to J.P. Morgan and JPMP. We have agreed to indemnify Goldman Sachs for acting as qualified independent underwriter against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, or the Securities Act, and to contribute to payments that Goldman Sachs may be required to make for these liabilities.

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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        In addition to historical information, this prospectus contains forward-looking statements. The words "forecast," "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "should," "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including those discussed in "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

        This list of factors that may affect future performance and the accuracy of forward-looking statements is illustrative but not exhaustive. In addition, new risks and uncertainties may arise from time to time. Accordingly, all forward-looking statements should be evaluated with an understanding of their inherent uncertainty.

        Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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USE OF PROCEEDS

        We estimate that our net proceeds from this offering without exercise of the option to purchase additional shares will be approximately $             million after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses, assuming the shares are offered at $            per share, which represents the midpoint of the range set forth on the front cover of this prospectus. If the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full, the net proceeds to us will be approximately $             million.

        We intend to use these net proceeds, together with cash on hand, to: first, repay all $201.0 million of the loans outstanding under the Parent's term loan facility plus accrued and unpaid interest; second, to retire all $240.8 million of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014; and third, to pay a $28.2 million lump sum payment to the Sponsors pursuant to the Fee Agreement with our Sponsors. Affiliates of certain of the underwriters are holders of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014 and will receive a portion of our net proceeds from this offering. See "Risk Factors—Risks Related to this Offering."

        Borrowings under the Parent's term loan facility mature on June 13, 2012. The weighted average interest rate on such borrowings was            % per annum as of July 1, 2010. The Parent's term loan facility was entered into to finance a dividend by the Parent to its stockholders. Our outstanding 12% senior discount notes mature on August 15, 2014. The notes were issued to finance the merger with Marquee Inc.

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DIVIDEND POLICY

        Following this offering and subject to legally available funds, we intend to pay a quarterly cash dividend at an annual rate initially equal to $            per share (or a quarterly rate initially equal to $            per share) of common stock, commencing from the closing date of this offering. We expect that our first dividend will be with respect to the    quarter of 2011. Based on the approximately                     million shares of common stock to be outstanding after the offering, this dividend policy implies a quarterly cash requirement of approximately $             million. We cannot assure you that any dividends will be paid in the anticipated amounts and frequency set forth in this prospectus, if at all.

        We are a holding company and have no direct operations. We will only be able to pay dividends from our available cash on hand and funds received from AMCE. AMCE's ability to make any payments to us will depend upon many factors, including its operating results, cash flows and the terms of our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing AMCE's debt securities. In addition, our ability to pay dividends to our stockholders will be subject to the terms of our indebtedness. Although we have sustained net losses in prior periods and cannot assure you that we will be able to pay dividends on a quarterly basis or at all, we believe that a number of recent positive developments in our business have improved our ability to pay dividends in compliance with applicable state corporate law once this offering has been completed. These include: the completion of the Kerasotes Acquisition, which increased the scale and cash flow of our company and generated, and we expect will continue to generate, synergies and cost savings; the continued positive impact of our implementation of premium formats and enhanced food and beverage offerings; the use of proceeds from this offering, together with cash on hand, to retire all $201.0 million of the Parent's term loan facility and $240.8 million of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014, which we estimate will reduce our annual cash interest expense by approximately $28.9 million for the fiscal year ended April 1, 2011; and the discontinuation of $5.0 million per year management fees paid to our Sponsors as a result of this offering. Further, we expect to continue to benefit from substantial net operating loss carry-forwards from prior periods that will be available to offset taxes that we may owe. Also, because the Delaware General Corporation Law, or the DGCL, permits corporations to pay dividends either out of surplus (generally, the excess of a corporation's net assets (total assets minus total liabilities) over its stated capital, in each case as defined and calculated in the manner prescribed by the DGCL) or net profits, we may be able to pay dividends even if we report net losses in future periods. We do not intend to borrow funds to pay the projected quarterly dividend described above.

        The maximum amount we would be permitted to distribute in compliance with our senior secured credit facility and the indentures governing our debt securities, on a pro forma basis, was approximately $361.1 million as of July 1, 2010.

        The declaration and payment of any future dividends will be at the sole discretion of our board of directors after taking into account various factors, including legal requirements, AMCE's ability to make payments to us, our financial condition, operating results, cash flow from operating activities, available cash and current and anticipated cash needs.

        On June 15, 2007, we paid a cash dividend of $652.8 million to our stockholders on the outstanding shares of our common stock.

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CAPITALIZATION

        The following table sets forth our cash and cash equivalents and capitalization as of July 1, 2010 (i) on an actual basis, and (ii) on a pro forma basis giving effect to the NCM Sale, the Mergers, this offering and the use of proceeds therefrom. The information in this table should be read in conjunction with "Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information," "Business," the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements and the historical financial statements of the Company and the respective accompanying notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this prospectus.

 
  As of July 1, 2010  
 
  Actual   Pro Forma  
 
  (in thousands)
 

Cash and cash equivalents(1)

  $ 401,870   $ 426,787  
           

Short term debt (current maturities of long-term debt and capital and financing lease obligations)

  $ 10,261   $ 10,261  

Long-term debt:

             
 

Parent term loan facility

    201,015      
 

12% senior discount notes due 2014

    240,795      
 

8% senior subordinated notes due 2014

    299,269     299,269  
 

11% senior subordinated notes due 2016

    325,000     325,000  
 

8.75% senior fixed rate notes due 2019

    586,496     586,496  
 

Senior secured credit facility:

             
   

Revolving loan facility(2)

         
   

Term loan

    614,250     614,250  
 

Capital and financing lease obligations

    65,118     65,118  
           
 

Total debt

  $ 2,342,204   $ 1,900,394  
           

Stockholders' equity

             
 

Common Stock voting ($.01 par value                 shares authorized;                 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010 after giving pro forma effect to the Reclassification)

  $   $ 14  
 

Class A-1 Common Stock voting ($.01 par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized; 382,475.00 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010)

    4      
 

Class A-2 Common Stock voting ($.01 par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized; 382,475.00 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010)

    4      
 

Class N Common Stock nonvoting ($.01 par value, 375,000 shares authorized; 1,700.64 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010)

         
 

Class L-1 Common Stock voting ($.01 par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized; 256,085.61 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010)

    3      
 

Class L-2 Common Stock voting ($.01 par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized; 256,085.61 shares issued and outstanding as of July 1, 2010)

    3      
 

Additional paid-in capital

    669,973     1,086,473  
 

Treasury stock, 4,314 shares at cost

    (2,596 )   (2,596 )
 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (1,666 )   (1,666 )
 

Accumulated deficit

    (225,051 )   (206,576 )
           
 

Total stockholders' equity

    440,674     875,649  
           
 

Total capitalization

  $ 2,782,878   $ 2,776,043  
           

(1)
A $1.00 increase (decrease) in the assumed initial public offering price of $        per share would increase (decrease) our cash and cash equivalents by $        , assuming the number of shares offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same and after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses payable by us.

(2)
The aggregate revolving loan commitment under our senior secured credit facility is $200.0 million. As of July 1, 2010, this availability was reduced by approximately $12.8 million of standby letters of credit that were outstanding on July 1, 2010. Covenants under our existing senior indebtedness also limit our ability to borrow on the commitments under our $200.0 million revolving loan facility.

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DILUTION

        Dilution is the amount by which the offering price paid by the purchasers of the common stock to be sold in the offering exceeds the net tangible book value per share of common stock after the offering. Net tangible book value per share is determined at any date by subtracting our total liabilities from the total book value of our tangible assets and dividing the difference by the number of shares of common stock deemed to be outstanding at that date.

        Our net tangible book value as of                        , 2010 was $         million, or $        per share. After giving effect to the receipt and our intended use of approximately $         million of estimated net proceeds from our sale of         shares of common stock in the offering at an assumed offering price of $             per share (the midpoint of the range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus), our as adjusted net tangible book value as of                        , 2010 would have been approximately $         million, or $        per share. This represents an immediate increase in pro forma net tangible book value of $        per share to existing stockholders and an immediate dilution of $        per share to new investors purchasing shares of common stock in the offering. The following table illustrates this substantial and immediate per share dilution to new investors:

 
  Per Share  

Assumed initial public offering price per share

  $    
 

Net tangible book value before the offering

       
 

Increase per share attributable to investors in the offering

       
       

Pro forma net tangible book value after the offering

       
       

Dilution per share to new investors

  $    
       

        A $1.00 increase (decrease) in the assumed initial public offering price of $        per share would increase (decrease) our pro forma net tangible book value by $        , the as adjusted net tangible book value per share after this offering by $        per share and the dilution per share to new investors in this offering by $        , assuming the number of shares offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same and after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses payable by us.

        The following table summarizes on an as adjusted basis as of                        , 2010, giving effect to:

 
   
   
  Total
Consideration
   
 
 
  Shares Purchased    
 
 
  Average
Price Per
Share
 
 
  Number   Percent   Amount   Percent  

Existing stockholders

            % $         % $    

Investors in the offering

            %           %      
                       
 

Total

          100 % $       100 % $    
                       

        A $1.00 increase (decrease) in the assumed initial public offering price of $            per share (the midpoint of the range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus) would increase (decrease) total

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consideration paid by existing stockholders, total consideration paid by new investors and the average price per share by $            , $            and $            , respectively, assuming the number of shares offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same, and without deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses payable by us.

        The tables and calculations above assume no exercise of:

        To the extent any of these options are exercised, there will be further dilution to new investors.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

        We derived the following unaudited pro forma condensed financial information by applying pro forma adjustments attributable to the Kerasotes Acquisition, this offering, the Mergers and the NCM Sale to our historical consolidated financial statements and the Kerasotes financial statements included in this prospectus.

        These adjustments include:

        The unaudited pro forma balance sheet gives pro forma effect to the Transactions as if they had occurred on July 1, 2010. The unaudited pro forma condensed statement of operations data for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010 and the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010 gives effect to the Transactions as if they had occurred on April 3, 2009. We describe the assumptions underlying the pro forma adjustments in the accompanying notes, which should be read in conjunction with the unaudited pro forma condensed financial information.

        We estimate that our net proceeds from this offering without exercise of the option to purchase additional shares will be approximately $       million after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses, assuming the shares are offered at $      per share, which represents the midpoint of the range set forth on the front cover of this prospectus. If the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full, the net proceeds to us will be approximately $       million. We intend to use these net proceeds, together with cash on hand, to: first, repay all $201.0 million of the loans outstanding under the Parent's term loan facility plus accrued and unpaid interest; second, to retire all $240.8 million of our outstanding 12% senior discount notes due 2014 plus accrued and unpaid interest; and third, to pay a $28.2 million lump sum payment to the Sponsors pursuant to the Fee Agreement with our Sponsors.

        The pro forma statement of operations and other data for the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010, which are unaudited, have been calculated by subtracting the pro forma data for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2009 from the pro forma data for the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010 and adding the data for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010. This presentation is not in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe that this presentation provides useful information to investors regarding our recent financial performance, and we view this presentation of the four most recently completed fiscal quarters as a key measurement period for investors to assess our historical results. In addition, our management uses trailing four quarter financial information to evaluate our financial performance for ongoing planning purposes, including a continuous assessment of our financial performance in comparison to budgets and internal projections. We also use trailing four quarter financial data to test compliance with covenants under our senior secured credit facility. This presentation has limits as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

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        The unaudited pro forma condensed financial information is for illustrative and informational purposes only and should not be considered indicative of the results that would have been achieved had the transactions been consummated on the dates or for the periods indicated and do not purport to represent consolidated balance sheet data or statement of operations data or other financial data as of any future date or any future period.

        The unaudited pro forma condensed financial information should be read in conjunction with the information contained in "Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes appearing elsewhere in this prospectus and the Kerasotes financial statements.

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AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED PRO FORMA BALANCE SHEET
AS OF JULY 1, 2010
(dollars in thousands)

 
  As of July 1, 2010  
 
  Parent
Historical
as of
July 1, 2010
  Offering
Transactions
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  NCM
Common Shares
Sold
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
 

Assets

                         

Cash and equivalents

  $ 401,870   $ 450,000   (4) $ 99,600   (9) $ 426,787  

          (524,683 )(4)            

Current assets

    128,632             128,632  

Property, net

    1,013,635             1,013,635  

Intangible assets, net

    162,134             162,134  

Goodwill

    1,937,104             1,937,104  

Other long-term assets

   
324,829
   
(6,462

)(4a)
 
(36,225

)(9)
 
282,142
 
                   

Total assets

  $ 3,968,204   $ (81,145 ) $ 63,375   $ 3,950,434  
                   

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

                         

Current liabilities

  $ 489,280   $ (10,935 )(4) $   $ 478,345  

Corporate borrowings:

                         
 

Parent term loan facility

    201,015     (201,015 )(4)        
 

12% Senior Discount Notes due 2014

    240,795     (240,795 )(4)        
 

8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014

    299,269             299,269  
 

11% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2016

    325,000             325,000  
 

8.75% Senior Notes due 2019

    586,496             586,496  
 

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility due 2013

    614,250             614,250  
 

Capital and financing lease obligations

    65,118             65,118  
 

Other long-term liabilities

    706,307             706,307  
                   

Total liabilities

    3,527,530     (452,745 )       3,074,785  

Stockholders' Equity:

                         

Common Stock

    14             14  

Additional paid-in capital

    669,973     416,500   (4)       1,086,473  

Treasury stock

    (2,596 )           (2,596 )

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (1,666 )           (1,666 )

Accumulated earnings (deficit)

    (225,051 )   (44,900 )(6a)   63,375   (9a)   (206,576 )
                   

Stockholders' equity (deficit)

    440,674     371,600     63,375     875,649  
                   

Total liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

  $ 3,968,204   $ (81,145 ) $ 63,375   $ 3,950,434  
                   

See Notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information.

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AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED PRO FORMA STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED JULY 1, 2010
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended July 1, 2010  
 
  Parent
13 Weeks Ended
July 1, 2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
April 1, 2010
to May 24,
2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
Acquisition
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent Pro Forma
Kerasotes
Acquisition
  Offering
Transactions
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  NCM
Common Shares
Sold
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
 

Revenues

  $ 640,952   $ 40,696   $ (10,267 )(1) $ 671,381   $   $   $ 671,381  

                  (2)                        

Cost of operations

    406,960     25,802     (6,632 )(1)   436,186             436,186  

                10,056   (2)                        

Rent

    114,554     6,405     (2,311 )(1)   119,350             119,350  

                702   (2)                  

General and administrative:

                                           
 

M&A Costs

    5,856             5,856             5,856  
 

Management fee

    1,250             1,250     (1,250 )(7)        
 

Other

    13,071     1,651         14,722             14,722  

Depreciation and amortization

    48,603     2,702     (561 )(1)   52,162             52,162  

                1,418   (2)                  
                               
 

Operating costs and expenses

    590,294     36,560     2,672     629,526     (1,250 )       628,276  
 

Operating income (loss)

   
50,658
   
4,136
   
(12,939

)
 
41,855
   
1,250
   
   
43,105
 

Other expense

   
(1,939

)
 
   
   
(1,939

)
 
   
   
(1,939

)

Interest expense

    44,947     395     (179 )(2)   45,163     (10,546 )(5)       34,617  

Equity in loss of non-consolidated entities

    1,766             1,766         1,296   (10)   3,062  

Investment income

    (69 )   (99 )   99   (2)   (69 )           (69 )
                               

Total other expense (income)

    44,705     296     (80 )   44,921     (10,546 )   1,296     35,671  
                               

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    5,953     3,840     (12,859 )   (3,066 )   11,796     (1,296 )   7,434  

Income tax provision (benefit)

    6,450         (3,400) (3)   3,050     4,400   (8)   (500) (11)   6,950  
                               

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ (497 ) $ 3,840   $ (9,459 ) $ (6,116 ) $ 7,396   $ (796 ) $ 484  
                               

Basic earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

  $ (0.39 )                               $    
                                         

Average shares outstanding-Basic

    1,278.82                                      

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

  $ (0.39 )                               $    
                                         

Average shares outstanding-Diluted

    1,278.82                                      

See Notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED PRO FORMA STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
FIFTY-TWO WEEKS ENDED APRIL 1, 2010
(dollars in thousands, except for per share data)

 
  Fifty-two weeks ended April 1, 2010  
 
  Parent
52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
Year
Ended
Dec. 31,
2009
Historical
  Kerasotes
Three
Months
Ended
Mar. 31,
2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
Three
Months
Ended
Mar. 31,
2009
Historical
  Kerasotes
Twelve
Months
Ended
Mar. 31,
2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
Acquisition
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
Kerasotes
Acquisition
  Offering
Transactions
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
 

Revenues

  $ 2,417,739   $ 325,964   $ 79,723   $ 76,283   $ 329,404   $ (62,611 )(1) $ 2,683,755   $   $ 2,683,755  

                                  (777 )(2)                  

Cost of operations

    1,612,260     210,990     53,942     50,428     214,504     (41,684 )(1)   1,785,080         1,785,080  

Rent

    440,664     45,212     11,640     11,336     45,516     (11,365 )(1)   479,590         479,590  

                                  4,775   (2)              

General and administrative:

                                                       
 

M&A costs

    2,578                         2,578         2,578  
 

Management fee

    5,000                         5,000     (5,000 )(7)    
 

Other

    58,274     17,011     3,973     4,017     16,967         75,241         75,241  

Depreciation and amortization

    188,342     21,894     4,628     5,252     21,270     (1,540 )(1)   213,582         213,582  

                                  5,510   (2)                  

Impairment of long-lived assets

    3,765                         3,765         3,765  
                                       
 

Operating costs and expenses

    2,310,883     295,107     74,183     71,033     298,257     (44,304 )   2,564,836     (5,000 )   2,559,836  
 

Operating income (loss)

    106,856     30,857     5,540     5,250     31,147     (19,084 )   118,919     5,000     123,919  

Other income

    (87,793 )                       (87,793 )   85,234   (6)   (2,559 )

Interest expense

    174,091     4,150     744     1,042     3,852     (3,852 )(2)   174,091     (41,981 )(5)   132,110  

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated entities

    (30,300 )                       (30,300 )       (30,300 )

Investment (income) expense

    (287 )   3,291     569     715     3,145     (2,947 )(2)   (89 )       (89 )
                                       

Total other expense (income)

    55,711     7,441     1,313     1,757     6,997     (6,799 )   55,909     43,253     99,162  
                                       

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    51,145     23,416     4,227     3,493     24,150     (12,285 )   63,010     (38,253 )   24,757  

Income tax provision (benefit)

    (36,300 )                   4,400   (3)   (31,900 )   (14,300 )(8)   (46,200 )
                                       

Earnings from continuing operations

  $ 87,445   $ 23,416   $ 4,227   $ 3,493   $ 24,150   $ (16,685 ) $ 94,910   $ (23,953 ) $ 70,957  
                                       

Basic earnings per share from continuing operations

  $ 68.38                                             $    
                                                     

Weighted average shares outstanding—Basic

    1,278.82                                                  

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

  $ 68.24                                             $    
                                                     

Weighted average shares outstanding—Diluted

    1,281.42                                                  

See Notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Information.

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AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED PRO FORMA STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
FIFTY-TWO WEEKS ENDED JULY 1, 2010
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 
  Fifty-two Weeks Ended July 1, 2010  
 
  Parent
52 Weeks
Ended April 1,
2010
Historical
  Parent
13 Weeks
Ended July 1,
2010
Historical
  Parent
13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
Historical
  Parent
52 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010 Historical
  Kerasotes
Year
Ended
December 31,
2009
Historical
  Kerasotes
January 1,
2010
to May 24,
2010 Historical
  Kerasotes
Six Months
Ended
June 30,
2009
Historical
  Kerasotes
July 1,
2009
to May 24,
2010
Historical
  Kerasotes
Acquisition
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
Kerasotes
Acquisition
  Offering
Transactions
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  NCM
Common
Shares
Sold
Pro Forma
Adjustments
  Parent
Pro Forma
 

Revenues

  $ 2,417,739   $ 640,952   $ 635,312   $ 2,423,379   $ 325,964   $ 120,419   $ 160,673   $ 285,710   $ (56,997 )(1) $ 2,651,315   $   $   $ 2,651,315  

                                                    (777 )(2)                        

Cost of operations

    1,612,260     406,960     418,443     1,600,777     210,990     79,744     105,268     185,466     (37,821 )(1)   1,758,478             1,758,478  

                                                    10,056   (2)                        

Rent

    440,664     114,554     112,373     442,845     45,212     18,045     22,708     40,549     (10,863 )(1)   476,796             476,796  

                                                    4,265   (2)                  

General and administrative:

                                                                               
 

M&A Costs

    2,578     5,856     432     8,002                         8,002             8,002  
 

Management fee

    5,000     1,250     1,250     5,000                         5,000     (5,000 )(7)        
 

Other

    58,274     13,071     13,282     58,063     17,011     5,624     7,769     14,866         72,929             72,929  

Depreciation and amortization

    188,342     48,603     48,788     188,157     21,894     7,330     10,844     18,380     (1,079 )(1)   211,283             211,283  

                                                    5,825   (2)                  

Impairment of long-lived assets

    3,765             3,765                         3,765               3,765  
                                                       
 

Operating costs and expenses

    2,310,883     590,294     594,568     2,306,609     295,107     110,743     146,589     259,261     (29,617 )   2,536,253     (5,000 )       2,531,253  
 

Operating income (loss)

    106,856     50,658     40,744     116,770     30,857     9,676     14,084     26,449     (28,157 )   115,062     5,000         120,062  

Other income

    (87,793 )   (1,939 )   (73,283 )   (16,449 )                       (16,449 )   3,178   (6)       (13,271 )

Interest expense

    174,091     44,947     40,494     178,544     4,150     1,139     2,030     3,259     (3,259 )(2)   178,544     (41,745 )(5)       136,799  

Equity in earnings of non-consolidated entities

    (30,300 )   1,766     (6,262 )   (22,272 )                       (22,272 )       1,296   (10)   (20,976 )

Investment income

    (287 )   (69 )   (127 )   (229 )   3,291     470     812     2,949     (2,751 )(2)   (31 )           (31 )
                                                       

Total other expense (income)

    55,711     44,705     (39,178 )   139,594     7,441     1,609     2,842     6,208     (6,010 )   139,792     (38,567 )   1,296     102,521  
                                                       

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    51,145     5,953     79,922     (22,824 )   23,416     8,067     11,242     20,241     (22,147 )   (24,730 )   43,567     (1,296 )   17,541  

Income tax provision (benefit)

    (36,300 )   6,450     32,700     (62,550 )                   700   (3)   (63,250 )   16,300   (8)   (500 )(11)   (47,450 )
                                                       

Earnings from continuing operations

  $ 87,445   $ (497 ) $ 47,222   $ 39,726   $ 23,416   $ 8,067   $ 11,242   $ 20,241   $ (21,447 ) $ 38,520   $ 27,267   $ (796 ) $ 64,991  
                                                       

Basic earnings per share of common stock

                    $ 31.06                                                   $    
                                                                             

Average shares outstanding—

                                                                               

Basic

                      1,278.82                                                        

Diluted earnings per share of common stock

                    $ 30.90                                                   $    
                                                                             

Average shares outstanding—

                                                                               

Diluted

                      1,285.66                                                        

See Notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Kerasotes Acquisition

        On May 24, 2010, we completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets (92 theatres and 928 screens) of Kerasotes. Kerasotes operated 95 theatres and 972 screens in mid-sized, suburban and metropolitan markets, primarily in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the Kerasotes theatres feature stadium seating and almost 90% have been built since 1994. We acquired Kerasotes based on their highly complementary geographic presence in certain key markets. Additionally, we expect to realize synergies and cost savings related to the Kerasotes acquisition as a result of moving to our operating practices, decreasing costs for newspaper advertising and concessions and general and administrative expense savings, particularly with respect to the consolidation of corporate related functions and elimination of redundancies. The purchase price for the Kerasotes theatres paid in cash at closing was $276.8 million, net of cash acquired, and is subject to working capital and other purchase price adjustments. We paid working capital and other purchase price adjustments of $3.8 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2011, based on the final closing date working capital and deferred revenue amounts and have accrued for this amount as part of the total estimated purchase price.

        The acquisition of Kerasotes is being treated as a purchase in accordance with Accounting Standards Topic 805, Business Combinations. The following is a summary of the allocation of the purchase price to the estimated fair values of assets and liabilities acquired in the transaction. The allocation of purchase price is based on management's judgment after evaluating several factors, including bid prices from potential buyers and a preliminary valuation assessment which falls under Level 3 of the valuation hierarchy. The allocation of purchase price is preliminary, expected to be finalized during fiscal 2011 and subject to changes as an appraisal of both tangible and intangible assets and liabilities is finalized and additional information becomes available, however, we do not expect material changes:

(In thousands)
  Total  

Cash

  $ 809  

Receivables, net(1)

    3,832  

Other current assets

    12,905  

Property, net

    204,998  

Intangible assets, net(2)

    17,425  

Goodwill(3)

    109,233  

Other long-term assets

    5,920  

Accounts payable

    (12,980 )

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

    (12,439 )

Deferred revenues and income

    (1,690 )

Capital and financing lease obligations

    (12,583 )

Other long-term liabilities(4)

    (34,015 )
       

Total estimated purchase price

  $ 281,415  
       

(1)
Receivables consist of trade receivables recorded at fair value. We did not acquire any other class of receivables as a result of the acquisition of Kerasotes.

(2)
Intangible assets consist of certain Kerasotes' trade names, a non-compete agreement, and favorable leases. See Note 4 to our unaudited consolidated financial statements for the 13-week period ended July 1, 2010 included elsewhere in this prospectus for further information.

(3)
Goodwill arising from the acquisition consists largely of the synergies and economies of scale expected from combining the operations. Amounts recorded for goodwill are not subject to amortization and are expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

(4)
Other long-term liabilities consist of certain theatre and ground leases that have been identified as unfavorable.

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        During the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, we incurred acquisition-related costs of approximately $5.8 million included in general and administrative expense: merger, acquisition and transaction costs in our consolidated statements of operations. We have expensed acquisition-related transaction costs as incurred pursuant to ASC 805-10.

        In connection with the acquisition of Kerasotes, we divested five Kerasotes theatres with 59 screens as required by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. Proceeds from the divested theatres exceeded the carrying amount of such theatres by $16.9 million, which was recorded as a reduction to goodwill. In addition, we have classified two Kerasotes theatres with 26 screens that will be divested as held for sale during the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010. Assets held for sale of approximately $9.0 million were classified as other current assets in our unaudited consolidated balance sheets. The theatres are expected to be sold within the next 12 months.

        We were also required by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice to divest of four legacy AMC theatres with 57 screens. We recorded a gain on disposition of assets of $10.1 million for one divested legacy theatre with 14 screens during the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, which reduced operating expenses by approximately $10.1 million. Additionally, we acquired two theatres with 26 screens that were received in exchange for three of the legacy AMC theatres with 43 screens.

        A reconciliation of the $275.0 million purchase price as set forth in the acquisition agreement to the total estimated purchase price is as follows:

Base Purchase Price   $ 275,000,000  
Swap Termination Costs     1,798,000  
Closing Date Working Capital Amount     4,617,000  
       
Total estimated purchase price   $ 281,415,000  
       

Methods and Significant Assumptions Used in Valuation

Leases

        To evaluate whether the individual standard operating leases being acquired were either favorable or unfavorable, a representative sample of leases from both Kerasotes' and AMC's theatre portfolio was analyzed to develop an estimate of current market terms. Rent, as a percentage of revenue, was considered an appropriate metric to estimate a market term.

        Theatres considered at-market were the theatres in which rent-to-revenue ratio was within a calculated a range equal to one standard deviation around the average. As a secondary test, a comparison of all of the theatres' positive average annual operating cash flow ("OCF") margin was done. Similar to the rent to revenue analysis, a one standard deviation range from the average OCF margin was developed to represent reasonable profitability. Certain theatres within this at-market rent range were deemed favorable or unfavorable depending on the strength of their OCF margin.

        To calculate the value of the favorable and unfavorable leases, the expected rent to be paid annually was compared to a normalized rent level based on the average rent-to-revenue ratio discussed above. The rent differential was calculated over the remaining term of the individual leases for the identified theatres. The difference in rent was then discounted at a rate of return based on rates for similar real property.

Trade Name

        The Royalty Savings or Relief-from-Royalty Method, an income approach (Level 3 fair value measurement), was used to estimate the Fair Value of the ShowPlace and Star trade names. The

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Royalty Savings Method, estimates the value of a trade name by capitalizing the royalties saved because we own the trade name. The relief from royalty analysis is comprised of two primary steps including: i) the determination of the appropriate royalty rate, and ii) the subsequent application of the relief from royalty method.

        The seller has retained the "Kerasotes" name but most of the theatres were branded as either ShowPlace or Star. Therefore we valued the ShowPlace and Star trade names. We plan to preserve the use all of the ShowPlace and Star Theatres' trade names on a total of 46 theatres.

        The royalty savings was calculated by multiplying the royalty rate by the annual revenues for all of the theatres with the ShowPlace or Star names. The royalty rate was established based on various quantitative and qualitative factors. The present value of the after-tax royalty savings was determined using a rate for intangible assets.

Non-Compete Agreement

        As part of the Kerasotes transaction, certain management members of the remaining Kerasotes company ("Potential Competitors") entered into five year non-competition agreements, which prevent them from competing against the sold Kerasotes theatres and all other AMC theatres over the duration of the agreement. The Differential Cash Flow Method, an income approach (Level 3 fair value measurement), was used to value the Non-Competition Agreements.

        Key assumptions used in the Differential Cash Flow Method included assumptions regarding theatre cash flows with and without the non-compete agreements in place, probabilities regarding competitors reentering the market, and a discount rate used to present value cash flows, appropriate for intangible assets.

Our preliminary allocation of purchase price as of May 24, 2010 consisted primarily of:

(a)
Receivables and Current assets acquired from Kerasotes, which excluded $26.7 million of assets in the Kerasotes unaudited condensed statement of assets and liabilities as of March 31, 2010 included elsewhere in this prospectus as such assets were not acquired. Other current assets includes $9.0 million of property, net for two theatres held for sale as at July 1, 2010;

(b)
Property, net which reflects the estimated fair value of furniture, fixtures and equipment, leasehold improvements and real estate;

(c)
Intangible assets, net comprised principally of six theatres with favorable leases of $5.6 million, the ShowPlace and Star trade names of $5.1 million and noncompete agreements with Kerasotes management of $6.4 million;

(d)
Other long-term assets is comprised of Land and Buildings at certain inactive theatre locations;

(e)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses and other liabilities primarily comprised of utility accruals, trade payables, accrued payroll and payroll taxes, and accrued property taxes. We did not assign any fair value to $0.3 million of "Current portion of developer reimbursements," $0.7 million of "Current portion of long-term debt to Parent" or $7.3 million of "Current portion of deferred gain" that are listed on the Kerasotes March 31, 2010 unaudited condensed statement of assets and liabilities included elsewhere in this Prospectus as the "Current portion of developer reimbursements" represented deferred rent which is reduced to $0 fair value in purchase accounting, the "Long-term debt to Parent" was not a liability that was assumed in the acquisition and the deferred gain related to Kerasotes sale lease back transactions is reduced to $0 in purchase accounting;

(f)
Deferred revenues for advance ticket sales, gift card sales and other scrip. As part of its fair value estimation for deferred revenue amounts, we reduced the historical amounts recorded by Kerasotes

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(g)
Capital and financing lease obligations were recorded for one location accounted for by Kerasotes as a sale leaseback transaction following the financing method. Deferred rent for two theatre locations totaling $4.1 million included in the Kerasotes March 31, 2010 unaudited condensed statement of assets and liabilities included elsewhere in this prospectus within the line item called "Developer reimbursements" were assigned a fair value of $0 as deferred rent is reduced to $0 fair value in purchase accounting; and

(h)
Other long-term liabilities, comprised of the estimated fair value of 14 theatres with unfavorable leases acquired from Kerasotes of $34.0 million. We did not assign any fair value to $19.9 million of "Long-term debt to Parent," $111.2 million of "Deferred gain from sale-leaseback transactions" or $7.4 million of "Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities" included in the Kerasotes March 31, 2010 unaudited condensed statement of assets and liabilities included elsewhere in this Prospectus as the "Long-term debt to Parent" was not a liability that was assumed in the acquisition and the "Deferred gain" related to Kerasotes sale lease back transactions and deferred rent is reduced to $0 in purchase accounting.

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Earnings (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations

        Basic earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations is computed by dividing net earnings (loss) from continuing operations by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations includes the effects of outstanding stock options, if dilutive. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share:

(in thousands, except per share data)   13 weeks
Ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
Ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
Ended
July 1, 2010
 

Numerator:

                   

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ (497 ) $ 87,445   $ 39,726  

Denominator:

                   

Shares for basic earnings (loss) per common share

    1,278.82     1,278.82     1,278.82  

Stock options

        2.60     6.84  
               

Shares for diluted earnings (loss) per common share

    1,278.82     1,281.42     1,285.66  
               

Basic Earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share

  $ (0.39 ) $ 68.38   $ 31.06  
               

Diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share

  $ (0.39 )   68.24   $ 30.90  
               

        Options to purchase 31,597.2 shares of common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $384 per share were outstanding during the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share since the options were anti-dilutive. Options to purchase 10,830.7 shares of common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $491 per share were outstanding during the year ended April 1, 2010, but were not included in the computations of diluted earnings per share since they were anti-dilutive.

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Pro Forma Earnings (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations

        Basic earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations is computed by dividing net earnings (loss) from continuing operations by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations includes the effects of outstanding stock options, if dilutive. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share:

(in thousands, except per share data)   13 weeks
Ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
Ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
Ended
July 1, 2010
 

Numerator:

                   

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ 484   $ 70,957   $ 64,991  

Denominator:

                   

Shares for basic earnings (loss) per common share

                   

Stock options

                   
               

Shares for diluted earnings (loss) per common share

                   
               

Basic Earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share

  $     $     $    
               

Diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per common share

  $     $     $    
               

        Options to purchase                         shares of common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $      per share were outstanding during the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share since the options were anti-dilutive. Options to purchase                         shares of common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $      per share were outstanding during the year ended April 1, 2010, but were not included in the computations of diluted earnings per share since they were anti-dilutive.

Kerasotes Acquisition Pro Forma Adjustments

(1)
Reflects the exclusion of revenues and expenses and disposition of assets and liabilities for theatres expected to be disposed of in connection with the approval of the Kerasotes Acquisition by the U.S. Department of Justice:

 
  13 Weeks Ended
July 1, 2010
  52 Weeks Ended
April 1, 2010
  52 Weeks Ended
July 1, 2010
 
 
  (thousands of dollars)
  (thousands of dollars)
  (thousands of dollars)
 

Revenues

  $ 10,267   $ 62,611   $ 56,997  

Cost of operations

    6,632     41,684     37,821  

Rent

    2,311     11,365     10,863  

Depreciation & amortization

    561     1,540     1,079  

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(2)
Pro forma adjustments are made to the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial statement of operations for purchase accounting to reflect the following:

 
  13 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  Estimated
Useful Life
  Balance Sheet
Classification
 
  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

   
   

Revenues:

                           

Remove Kerasotes historical gift certificate breakage

  $   $ (777 ) $ (777 )        

Cost of operations:

                           

Remove gain on sale of divested theatres

    10,056         10,056          

Depreciation and Amortization:

                           

Remove Kerasotes historical amount

  $ (2,702 ) $ (21,270 ) $ (18,380 )        

Buildings and improvements, furniture, fixtures and equipment and leasehold improvements

    3,800     24,700     22,325     7   Property, net

Favorable leases

    123     800     723     9   Intangibles, net

Non-compete agreements

    197     1,280     1,157     5   Intangibles, net

Tradename

                Indefinite   Intangibles, net
                       

  $ 1,418   $ 5,510   $ 5,825          
                       

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  13 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  Estimated
Useful Life
  Balance Sheet
Classification
 
  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

   
   

Rent:

                           

Kerasotes amortization of deferred gain on sale-leaseback transactions

  $ 1,086   $ 7,275   $ 6,524          

Unfavorable leases

    (384 )   (2,500 )   (2,259 )   15   Other long-term liabilities
                       

  $ 702   $ 4,775   $ 4,265          
                       

 
  13 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
   
   
 
  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

   
   

Interest Expense:

                           

Interest expense to Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, LLC and other

  $ (179 ) $ (3,852 ) $ (3,259 )        
                       

  $ (179 ) $ (3,852 ) $ (3,259 )        
                       

 
  13 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks
ended
July 1, 2010
   
   
 
  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

  (thousands of
dollars)

   
   

Investment Income:

                           

Kerasotes expense related to interest rate swap and other

  $ 99   $ (2,947 ) $ (2,751 )        
                       

  $ 99   $ (2,947 ) $ (2,751 )        
                       
(3)
Represents the expected income tax impact of the Kerasotes Acquisition in U.S. tax jurisdictions at the expected state and federal rate of approximately 37.5%.

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Offering Transactions Pro Forma Adjustments

(4)
Reflects the estimated cash sources and uses of funds in connection with the offering Transactions as summarized below.

 
Sources of Funds
  Amount   Uses of Funds   Amount  
   
  (thousands of dollars)
   
  (thousands of dollars)
 
 

Proceeds from the
sale of common stock

  $ 450,000  

Repayment of principal Parent term loan facility

  $ 161,047  
 

Company cash

    74,683  

Repayment of PIK interest Parent term loan facility

    40,597  
 

       

Repayment of principal 12% senior discount notes due 2014

    240,795  
 

       

Premium on repayment of 12% senior discount notes due 2014

    9,632  
 

       

Repayment of accrued interest on 12% senior discount notes due 2014

    10,935  
 

       

Lump sum payment under management fee agreement

    28,177  
 

       

Underwriting fees for sale of common stock

    27,000  
 

       

Professional and consulting fees for sale of common stock

    6,500  
                 
 

  $ 524,683       $ 524,683  
                 
(4a)
Pro forma adjustments have been made to stockholders' equity for those income statement items that are not expected to have a continuing impact in connection with the offering Transactions, as follows:

Write off of discount on Parent term loan facility

  $ 629  

Write off of deferred charges on Parent term loan facility

    1,721  

Write off of deferred charges on 12% senior discount notes due 2014

    4,741  

Premium paid on 12% senior discount notes due 2014

    9,632  

Lump sum payment under management fee agreement

    28,177  
       

  $ 44,900  
       
(5)
Represents the elimination of all interest expense and amortization of discount and deferred charges recorded historically related to the debt obligations to be extinguished with the proceeds from this offering as follows:

 
  13 weeks ended
July 1, 2010
  52 weeks ended
April 1, 2010
  52 weeks ended
July 1, 2010
 
 
  (thousands of dollars)
  (thousands of dollars)
  (thousands of dollars)
 

Parent term loan facility due 2012 PIK interest(1)

  $ 2,670   $ 10,572   $ 10,453  

Parent term loan facility due 2012 discount amortization

    80     360     328  

Parent term loan facility due 2012 deferred charge amortization

    245     1,087     1,002  

12% senior discount notes due 2014 interest

    7,264     28,816     28,816  

12% senior discount notes due 2014 deferred charge amortization

    287     1,146     1,146  
               

  $ 10,546   $ 41,981   $ 41,745  
               

(1)
Interest rates based on LIBOR plus 5% and ranged from 5.2% to 5.5%.

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(6)
Represents the elimination of the $85.2 million gain on extinguishment on the Parent term loan facility during the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010 and $3.2 million gain on extinguishment on the Parent term loan facility during the 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010 as the Parent's term loan facility will be extinguished with the proceeds from this offering. Because all interest expense related to the Parent term loan facility is eliminated in (5) above as if the Transactions had occured on April 3, 2009, we have treated the recorded gain on the partial extinguishment of the Parent term loan in a similar manner.

(7)
Reflects the termination of the management fee agreement. The management fee will be terminated in connection with the Transactions as discussed elsewhere in this prospectus.

(8)
Represents the expected income tax impact of the offering Transactions, in U.S. tax jurisdictions at our expected state and federal tax rate of 37.5%.

NCM Inc. Common Shares Sold Pro Forma Adjustments

(9)
On August 18, 2010, we sold 6.5 million NCM Inc. shares for $16.00 per share and reduced our related investment in NCM by $36.2 million, for the average carrying amount of the shares of $5.57 per share. Net proceeds received were $99.6 million, after deducting related underwriting fees and professional and consulting costs of $4.4 million, resulting in a gain on sale of $63.4 million.

(9a)
Pro forma adjustment has been made to stockholders' equity for the gain on sale of NCM Inc. shares that is not expected to have a continuing impact in connection with the NCM Inc. common shares sold.

(10)
Represents the elimination of equity in earnings recorded for NCM based on an economic ownership prior to the sale of approximately 23% or $1.7 million replaced with the ownership percentage after the sale of approximately 18% or $0.4 million. AMC ShowPlace received slightly more than 6.5 million NCM membership units in June 2010, and later redeemed 6.5 million units for an equal number of shares of NCM Inc. common stock, which it sold immediately thereafter in August 2010. AMC ShowPlace and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. redeemed an additional 10,209 and 144,984 NCM membership units, respectively, for an equal number of shares of NCM Inc. common stock, which it sold immediately thereafter in September 2010. We recorded equity in undistributed earnings of NCM for the month of June based on our 23.05% ownership interest at that time, which resulted in equity in earnings that were $1.3 million greater than they would have been had we sold the shares that were received in June 2010 on April 3, 2009. The amounts for the 13 and 52 weeks ended July 1, 2010 are the same because the only impact for either period is for the acquisition of member ship units in June 2010, as that is the only period of time in which we held the additional shares and recorded additional equity in undistributed earnings.

(11)
Represents the expected income tax impact of the NCM Inc. common shares sold, in U.S. tax jurisdictions at our expected state and federal tax rate of 37.5%.

        We have included this sale of NCM Inc. common shares in this pro forma presentation, as we believe such sale has a material impact on our net working capital and sources of liquidity.

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SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

        The following table sets forth certain of our selected historical financial and operating data. Our selected financial data for the fiscal years ended April 1, 2010, April 2, 2009, April 3, 2008, March 29, 2007 and March 30, 2006 and the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010 and July 2, 2009 have been derived from the consolidated financial statements for such periods either included elsewhere in this prospectus or not included herein.

        The selected financial data presented herein should be read in conjunction with "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, and our other historical financial information, including the notes thereto, included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Years Ended(1)(2)  
 
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 2,
2009
  53 Weeks
Ended
April 3,
2008
  52 Weeks
Ended
March 29,
2007
  52 Weeks
Ended
March 30,
2006(3)
 
 
  (in thousands, except per share and operating data)
 

Statement of Operations Data:

                                           

Revenues:

                                           
 

Admissions

  $ 448,597   $ 446,227   $ 1,711,853   $ 1,580,328   $ 1,615,606   $ 1,576,924   $ 1,125,243  
 

Concessions

    175,959     173,660     646,716     626,251     648,330     631,924     448,086  
 

Other theatre

    16,396     15,425     59,170     58,908     69,108     94,374     90,631  
                               
   

Total revenues

    640,952     635,312     2,417,739     2,265,487     2,333,044     2,303,222     1,663,960  
                               

Operating Costs and Expenses:

                                           
 

Film exhibition costs

    238,823     249,101     928,632     842,656     860,241     838,386     604,393  
 

Concession costs

    20,496     19,165     72,854     67,779     69,597     66,614     48,845  
 

Operating expense

    147,641     150,177     610,774     576,022     572,740     564,206     436,028  
 

Rent

    114,554     112,373     440,664     448,803     439,389     428,044     326,627  
 

General and administrative:

                                           
   

Merger, acquisition and transactions costs

    5,856     432     2,578     1,481     7,310     12,447     12,523  
   

Management fee

    1,250     1,250     5,000     5,000     5,000     5,000     2,000  
   

Other

    13,071     13,282     58,274     53,800     39,084     45,860     38,296  
 

Restructuring charge

                            3,980  
 

Depreciation and amortization

    48,603     48,788     188,342     201,413     222,111     228,437     158,098  
 

Impairment of long-lived assets

            3,765     73,547     8,933     10,686     11,974  
                               
   

Operating costs and expenses

    590,294     594,568     2,310,883     2,270,501     2,224,405     2,199,680     1,642,764  
 

Operating income (loss)

    50,658     40,744     106,856     (5,014 )   108,639     103,542     21,196  
                               

Other income

    (1,939 )   (73,283 )   (87,793 )   (14,139 )   (12,932 )   (10,267 )   (9,818 )

Interest expense:

                                           
 

Corporate borrowings

    43,564     39,081     168,439     182,691     197,721     214,539     136,932  
 

Capital and financing lease obligations

    1,383     1,413     5,652     5,990     6,505     4,669     3,937  

Equity in (earnings) losses of non-consolidated entities(4)

    1,766     (6,262 )   (30,300 )   (24,823 )   (43,019 )   (233,704 )   7,807  

Investment income(5)

    (69 )   (127 )   (287 )   (1,759 )   (24,013 )   (17,594 )   (3,333 )
                               

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    5,953     79,922     51,145     (152,974 )   (15,623 )   145,899     (114,329 )

Income tax provision

    6,450     32,700     (36,300 )   5,800     (7,580 )   28,246     70,660  
                               

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

    (497 )   47,222     87,445     (158,774 )   (8,043 )   117,653     (184,989 )

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income tax provision(6)

    (17 )   723     (7,534 )   9,728     1,802     (746 )   (31,234 )
                               
 

Net earnings (loss)

  $ (514 ) $ 47,945   $ 79,911   $ (149,046 ) $ (6,241 ) $ 116,907   $ (216,223 )
                               

                                           

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  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Years Ended(1)(2)  
 
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1,
2010
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 2,
2009
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 1,
2010
  52 Weeks
Ended
April 2,
2009
  53 Weeks
Ended
April 3,
2008
  52 Weeks
Ended
March 29,
2007
  52 Weeks
Ended
March 30,
2006(3)
 
 
  (in thousands, except per share and operating data)
 

Basic earnings (loss) per share of common stock:

                                           
 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ (0.39 ) $ 36.93   $ 68.38   $ (123.93 ) $ (6.27 ) $ 91.76   $ (215.57 )
 

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

    (0.01 )   0.56     (5.89 )   7.60     1.40     (0.59 )   (36.40 )
                               
 

Net earnings (loss) per share

  $ (0.40 ) $ 37.49   $ 62.49   $ (116.33 ) $ (4.87 ) $ 91.17   $ (251.97 )
                               
 

Average shares outstanding:

                                           
 

Basic

    1,278.82     1,278.82     1,278.82     1,281.20     1,282.65     1,282.25     858.12  

Diluted earnings (loss) per share of common stock:

                                           
 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

  $ (0.39 ) $ 36.93   $ 68.24   $ (123.93 ) $ (6.27 ) $ 91.69   $ (215.57 )
 

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

    (0.01 )   0.56     (5.88 )   7.60     1.40     (0.58 )   (36.40 )
                               
 

Net earnings (loss) per share

  $ (0.40 ) $ 37.49   $ 62.36   $ (116.33 ) $ (4.87 ) $ 91.11   $ (251.97 )
                               

Average shares outstanding:

                                           
 

Diluted

    1,278.82     1,278.82     1,281.42     1,281.20     1,282.65     1,283.20     858.12  

Balance Sheet Data (at period end):

                                           

Cash and equivalents

  $ 401,870         $ 611,593   $ 539,597   $ 111,820   $ 319,533   $ 232,366  

Corporate borrowings, including current portion

    2,273,325           2,271,914     2,394,586     2,287,521     1,864,670     2,455,686  

Other long-term liabilities

    343,397           309,591     308,702     350,250     373,943     395,458  

Capital and financing lease obligations, including current portion

    68,879           57,286     60,709     69,983     53,125     68,130  

Stockholders' equity

    440,674           439,542     378,484     506,731     1,167,053     1,042,642  

Total assets

    3,968,204           3,774,912     3,774,894     3,899,128     4,118,149     4,407,351  

Other Data:

                                           

Net cash provided by operating activities(7)

  $ 35,317   $ 83,872   $ 198,936   $ 167,249   $ 201,209   $ 417,870   $ 25,694  

Capital expenditures

    (13,988 )   (7,307 )   (97,011 )   (121,456 )   (171,100 )   (142,969 )   (123,838 )

Proceeds from sale/leasebacks

            6,570                 35,010  

Operating Data (at period end):

                                           

Screen additions

        6     6     83     136     107     106  

Screen acquisitions

    960                     32     1,363  

Screen dispositions

    131     8     105     77     196     243     60  

Average screens—continuing operations(8)

    4,834     4,534     4,485     4,545     4,561     4,627     3,583  

Number of screens operated

    5,342     4,610     4,513     4,612     4,606     4,666     4,770  

Number of theatres operated

    382     307     297     307     309     318     335  

Screens per theatre

    14.0     15.0     15.2     15.0     14.9     14.7     14.2  

Attendance (in thousands)—continuing operations(8)

    51,619     53,703     200,285     196,184     207,603     213,041     161,867  

(1)
A cash dividend of $652.8 million was declared on common stock for fiscal 2008. There were no other cash dividends declared on common stock.

(2)
Fiscal 2008 includes 53 weeks. All other years have 52 weeks.

(3)
We acquired Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation on January 26, 2006, which significantly increased our size. In the Loews Acquisition we acquired 112 theatres with 1,308 screens throughout the United States that we consolidate.

(4)
During fiscal 2010, fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, equity in earnings including cash distributions from NCM were $34.4 million, $27.7 million and $22.2 million, respectively. During fiscal 2008, equity in (earnings) losses of

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(5)
Includes gain of $16.0 million for the 53 weeks ended April 3, 2008 from the sale of our investment in Fandango, Inc. Includes interest income on temporary cash investments of $17.3 million for the 52 weeks ended March 29, 2007.

(6)
All fiscal years presented include earnings and losses from discontinued operations related to 44 theatres in Mexico that were sold during fiscal 2009. Both fiscal 2007 and 2006 includes losses from discontinued operations related to five theatres in Japan that were sold during fiscal 2006 and five theatres in Iberia that were sold during fiscal 2007.

(7)
Cash flows provided by operating activities for the 52 weeks ended March 30, 2006 do not include $142.5 million of cash acquired in the Loews Mergers which is included in cash flows from investing activities.

(8)
Includes consolidated theatres only.

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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

        The following discussion and analysis concerns our historical financial condition and results of operations for the periods indicated. This discussion contains forward-looking statements. Please see "Forward-Looking Statements" for a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to these statements.

Overview

        We are one of the world's leading theatrical exhibition companies. As of July 1, 2010, we owned, operated or had interests in 382 theatres and 5,342 screens with 99%, or 5,287, of our screens in the U.S. and Canada, and 1%, or 55 of our screens in China (Hong Kong), France and the United Kingdom.

        During the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010, we acquired 92 theatres with 928 screens from Kerasotes in the U.S. In connection with the acquisition of Kerasotes, we divested of nine theatres with 116 screens as required by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and acquired two theatres with 26 screens that were received in exchange for three of the divested theatres above with 43 screens. We also closed one theatre with 15 screens in the U.S. and acquired one theatre with 6 screens in the U.S. in the ordinary course of business.

        Our Theatrical Exhibition revenues are generated primarily from box office admissions and theatre concession sales. The balance of our revenues are generated from ancillary sources, including on-screen advertising, rental of theatre auditoriums, fees and other revenues generated from the sale of gift cards and packaged tickets, on-line ticket fees and arcade games located in theatre lobbies.

        Box office admissions are our largest source of revenue. We predominantly license "first-run" motion pictures from distributors owned by major film production companies and from independent distributors. We license films on a film-by-film and theatre-by-theatre basis. Film exhibition costs are accrued based on the applicable admissions revenues and estimates of the final settlement pursuant to our film licenses. Licenses that we enter into typically state that rental fees are based on either aggregate terms established prior to the opening of the picture or on a mutually agreed settlement upon the conclusion of the picture run. Under an aggregate terms formula, we pay the distributor a specified percentage of box office receipts or pay based on a scale of percentages tied to different amounts of box office gross. The settlement process allows for negotiation based upon how a film actually performs.

        Concessions sales are our second largest source of revenue after box office admissions. Concessions items include popcorn, soft drinks, candy, hot dogs and other products. We negotiate prices for our concessions products and supplies directly with concessions vendors on a national or regional basis to obtain high volume discounts or bulk rates and marketing incentives.

        Our revenues are dependent upon the timing and popularity of motion picture releases by distributors. The most marketable motion pictures are usually released during the summer and the year-end holiday seasons. Therefore, our business is highly seasonal, with higher attendance and revenues generally occurring during the summer months and holiday seasons. Our results of operations will vary significantly from quarter to quarter.

        During fiscal 2010, based on revenues, films licensed from our six largest distributors accounted for approximately 84% of our U.S. and Canada admissions revenues. Our revenues attributable to individual distributors may vary significantly from year to year depending upon the commercial success of each distributor's motion pictures in any given year.

        During the period from 1990 to 2009, the annual number of first-run motion pictures released by distributors in the United States ranged from a low of 370 in 1995 to a high of 633 in 2008, according to the Motion Picture Association of America 2009 MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics. The number of

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digital 3D films released increased to a high of 20 in 2009 from a low of 0 during this same time period.

        We continually upgrade the quality of our theatre circuit by adding new screens through new builds (including expansions) and acquisitions and by disposing of older screens through closures and sales. We are an industry leader in the development and operation of megaplex theatres, typically defined as a theatre having 14 or more screens and offering amenities to enhance the movie-going experience, such as stadium seating providing unobstructed viewing, digital sound and enhanced seat design. We have increased our 3D screens to 628 screens and our IMAX screens to 85 screens as of July 1, 2010; and as of July 1, 2010, approximately 11.8% of our screens were 3D screens and 1.6% were IMAX screens.

Significant Events

        On August 18, 2010, we redeemed 6.5 million of our NCM LLC membership units for a like number of shares of NCM Inc. common stock, which we sold in the NCM Sale for $16.00 per share, reducing our investment in NCM by $36.7 million, the average carrying amount of the shares sold. We received approximately $99.6 million in proceeds after deducting related fees and expenses payable by us, resulting in a gain on sale of $62.9 million. On September 8, 2010, AMC ShowPlace and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. redeemed an additional 10,209 and 144,984 NCM membership units, respectively, and sold them to the underwriters to cover over-allotments at $16.00 per share, further reducing our investment in NCM by $855,000, the average carrying amount of the shares sold. We received approximately $2.4 million of net proceeds from this sale, resulting in a gain on sale of $1.5 million. The net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including repaying indebtedness and to pursue accretive acquisitions as they become available.

        On May 24, 2010, we completed the acquisition of 92 theatres and 928 screens from Kerasotes. Kerasotes operated 95 theatres and 972 screens in mid-sized, suburban and metropolitan markets, primarily in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the Kerasotes theatres feature stadium seating and almost 90 percent have been built since 1994. The purchase price for the Kerasotes theatres paid in cash at closing was $276.8 million, net of cash acquired and is subject to working capital and other purchase price adjustments as described in the Unit Purchase Agreement. The acquisition of Kerasotes significantly increased our size. For additional information about the Kerasotes acquisition, see the notes to our consolidated financial statements for the 13 week period ended July 1, 2010, included elsewhere in this prospectus.

        On March 10, 2010, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, LLC ("DCIP") completed its financing transactions for the deployment of digital projection systems to nearly 14,000 movie theatre screens across North America, including screens operated or managed by the Company, Regal Entertainment Group ("Regal") and Cinemark Holdings, Inc ("Cinemark"). At closing, we contributed 342 projection systems that we owned to DCIP, which we recorded at estimated fair value as part of an additional investment in DCIP of $21.8 million. We also made cash investments in DCIP of $840,000 at closing and DCIP made a distribution of excess cash to us after the closing date and prior to year-end of $1.3 million. We recorded a loss on contribution of the 342 projection systems of $563,000, based on the difference between estimated fair value and our carrying value on the date of contribution. On March 26, 2010, we acquired 117 digital projectors from third party lessors for $6.8 million and sold them together with seven digital projectors that we owned to DCIP for $6.6 million. We recorded a loss on the sale of these 124 systems to DCIP of $697,000. As of April 1, 2010, we operated 568 digital projection systems leased from DCIP pursuant to operating leases and anticipate that we will have deployed 4,000 of these systems in our existing theatres over the next three to four years.

        The additional digital projection systems will allow us to add additional 3D screens to our circuit where we are generally able to charge a higher admission price than 2D. The digital projection systems leased from DCIP and its affiliates will replace most of our existing 35 millimeter projection systems in our U.S. theatres. We are examining the estimated depreciable lives for our existing 35 millimeter

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projection systems, with a net book value of $14.2 million, and expect to adjust the depreciable lives in order to accelerate the depreciation of these existing 35 millimeter projection systems, so that such systems are fully depreciated at the end of the digital projection system deployment timeframe. We currently estimate that the increase to depreciation and amortization expense as a result of the acceleration will be $2.7 million, $0.3 million and $1.0 million in fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Upon full deployment of the digital projection systems, we expect the cash rent expense of such equipment to approximate $4.5 million, annually, and the deferred rent expense to approximate $5.5 million, annually, which will be recognized in our consolidated statements of operations as "Operating expense".

        On June 9, 2009, we completed the offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of our 8.75% Senior Notes due 2019 (the "Notes due 2019"). Concurrently with the notes offering, we launched a cash tender offer and consent solicitation for any and all of our then outstanding $250 million aggregate principal amount of 85/8% Senior Notes due 2012 (the "Fixed Notes due 2012") at a purchase price of $1,000 plus a $30 consent fee for each $1,000 of principal amount of currently outstanding Fixed Notes due 2012 validly tendered and accepted by us on or before the early tender date (the "Cash Tender Offer"). We used the net proceeds from the issuance of the Notes due 2019 to pay the consideration for the Cash Tender Offer plus accrued and unpaid interest on $238.1 million principal amount of the Fixed Notes due 2012. We recorded a loss on extinguishment related to the Cash Tender Offer of $10.8 million in other expense during the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010, which included previously capitalized deferred financing fees of $3.3 million consent fee paid to holders of $7.1 million and other expenses of $372,000. On August 15, 2009, we redeemed the remaining $11.9 million of Fixed Notes due 2012 at a price of $1,021.56 per $1,000 principal in accordance with the terms of the indenture. We recorded a loss of $450,000 in Other expense related to the extinguishment of the remaining Fixed Notes due 2012 during the 52 weeks ended April 1, 2010, which included previously capitalized deferred financing fees of $157,000, a consent fee paid to the holders of $257,000 and other expenses of $36,000.

        We acquired Grupo Cinemex, S.A. de C.V. ("Cinemex") in January 2006 as part of a larger acquisition of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation. We do not operate any other theatres in Mexico and have divested of the majority of our other investments in international theatres in Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay over the past several years as part of our overall business strategy.

        On December 29, 2008, we sold all of our interests in Cinemex, which then operated 44 theatres with 493 screens primarily in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area, to Entretenimiento GM de Mexico S.A. de C.V. ("Entretenimiento"). The purchase price received at the date of the sale and in accordance with the Stock Purchase Agreement was $248.1 million. During the year ended April 1, 2010, we received payments of $4.3 million for purchase price adjustments in respect of tax payments and refunds, and a working capital calculation and post closing adjustments. Additionally, we estimate that as of April 1, 2010, we are contractually entitled to receive an additional $8.8 million in purchase price adjustments in respect of tax payments and refunds. While we believe we are entitled to these amounts from Cinemex, the collection thereof will require litigation, which was initiated by us on April 30, 2010. Resolution could take place over a prolonged period. As a result of the litigation, we have established an allowance for doubtful accounts related to this receivable in the amount of $7.5 million as of April 1, 2010 and further directly charged off $1.4 million of certain amounts as uncollectible with an offsetting charge of $8.9 million recorded to loss on disposal included as a component of discontinued operations in fiscal 2010.

        The operations and cash flows of the Cinemex theatres have been eliminated from our ongoing operations as a result of the disposal transaction. We do not have any significant continuing involvement in the operations of the Cinemex theatres. The results of operations of the Cinemex theatres have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

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        In May 2007, we disposed of our investment in Fandango, accounted for using the cost method, for total proceeds of $20.4 million, of which $18 million was received in May and September 2007 and $2.4 million was received in November 2008, and have recorded a gain on the sale, included in investment income, of approximately $16 million during fiscal 2008 and $2.4 million during fiscal 2009. In July 2007, we disposed of our investment in Hoyts General Cinemas South America ("HGCSA"), an entity that operated 17 theatres in South America, for total proceeds of approximately $28.7 million and recorded a gain on the sale, included in equity earnings of non-consolidated entities, of approximately $18.8 million.

Stock-Based Compensation

        We account for stock-based employee compensation arrangements using the fair value method. The fair value of each stock option was estimated on the grant date using the Black-Scholes option pricing model using the following assumptions: common stock value on the grant date, risk-free interest rate, expected term, expected volatility, and dividend yield. We have elected to use the simplified method for estimating the expected term of "plain vanilla" share option grants as we do not have enough historical experience to provide a reasonable estimate. Compensation cost is calculated on the date of the grant and then amortized over the vesting period.

        We granted 38,876.7 options on December 23, 2004, 600 options on January 26, 2006, 15,980.5 options on March 6, 2009 and 4,786 options on May 28, 2009 to employees to acquire our common stock. The fair value of these options on their respective grant dates was $22.4 million, $138,000, $2.1 million, and $0.65 million, respectively. All of these options currently outstanding are equity classified.

        On July 8, 2010, we granted 6,422 options and 10,803 shares of restricted stock. The fair value of these options and restricted shares on their respective grant dates was $1.9 million and $8.1 million, respectively. All of these options currently outstanding are equity classified.

        The common stock value used to estimate the fair value of each option on the December 23, 2004 grant date was based upon a contemporaneous third party arms-length transaction on December 23, 2004 in which we sold 769,350 shares of our common stock for $1,000 per share to unrelated parties. The common stock value used to estimate the fair value of each option on the March 6, 2009 grant date was based upon a contemporaneous valuation reflecting market conditions as of January 1, 2009, a purchase of 2,542 shares by Parent for $323.95 per share from our former Chief Executive Officer pursuant to his Separation and General Release Agreement dated February 23, 2009 and a sale of 385.862 shares by Parent to our current Chief Executive Officer pursuant to his Employment Agreement dated February 23, 2009 for $323.95 per share.

        On June 11, 2007, Marquee Merger Sub Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., merged with and into Holdings, with Holdings continuing as the surviving corporation (the "holdco merger"). In connection with this, Parent adopted an amended and restated 2004 stock option plan (formerly known as the 2004 Stock Option Plan of Marquee Holdings Inc.). The option exercise price per share of $1,000 was adjusted to $491 pursuant to the antidilution provisions of the 2004 Stock Option Plan to give effect to the payment of a one time non-recurring dividend paid by Parent on June 15, 2007 of $652.8 million to the holders of its 1,282,750 shares of common stock. The Company determined that there was no incremental value transferred as a result of the modification and as a result, no additional compensation cost to recognize.

        The common stock value of $339.59 per share used to estimate the fair value of each option on the May 28, 2009 grant date was based upon a valuation prepared by management on behalf of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Management chose not to obtain a contemporaneous valuation performed by an unrelated valuation specialist as management believed that the valuation obtained at January 1, 2009 and the subsequent stock sales and purchases were recent and could easily be updated and rolled forward without engaging a third party and incurring additional costs. Additionally, management considered that the number of options granted generated a

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relatively low amount of annual expense over 5 years ($130,100) and that any differences in other estimates of fair value would not be expected to materially impact the related annual expense. The common stock value was estimated based on current estimates of annual operating cash flows multiplied by the current average peer group multiple for similar publicly traded competitors of 6.7x less net indebtedness, plus the current fair value of our investment in NCM. Management compared the estimated stock value of $339.59 per share with the $323.95 value per share discussed above related to the March 6, 2009 option grant and noted the overall increase in value was primarily due the following:

March 6, 2009 grant value per share

  $ 323.95  
       

Decline in net indebtedness

    20.15  

Increase in value of investment in NCM

    37.10  

Increase due to peer group multiple

    47.89  

Decrease in annual operating cash flows

    (89.50 )
       

May 28, 2009 grant value per share

  $ 339.59  
       

        The common stock value of $752 per share used to estimate the fair value of each option and restricted share on July 8, 2010 was based upon a contemporaneous valuation reflecting market conditions. The estimated grant date fair value for 5,399 shares of restricted stock (time vesting) and 1,351 shares of restricted stock (performance vesting, where the performance targets were established at the grant date following ASC 718-10-55-95) was based on $752 per shares and was $4.1 million and $1.0 million, respectively. The estimated grant date fair value of the options granted on 5,399 shares was $293.72 per share, or $1.6 million, and was determined using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The option exercise price was $752 per share, and the estimated fair value of the shares was $752, resulting in $0 intrinsic value for the option grants. Total unrecognized stock based compensation expense related to the restricted stock awards and options granted on July 8, 2010 pursuant to the 2010 equity incentive plan was $6.7 million.

Critical Accounting Estimates

        Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP. In connection with the preparation of our financial statements, we are required to make assumptions and estimates about future events, and apply judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, expenses and the related disclosures. We base our assumptions, estimates, and judgments on historical experience, current trends and other factors that management believes to be relevant at the time our consolidated financial statements are prepared. On a regular basis, we review the accounting policies, assumptions, estimates, and judgments to ensure that our financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with GAAP. However, because future events and their effects cannot be determined with certainty, actual results could differ from our assumptions and estimates, and such differences could be material.

        Our significant accounting policies are discussed in note 1 to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. A listing of some of the more critical accounting estimates that we believe merit additional discussion and aid in better understanding and evaluating our reported financial results are as follows.

        Impairment charges.    We evaluate goodwill and other indefinite lived intangible assets for impairment annually, or more frequently as specific events or circumstances dictate. Impairment for other long lived assets (including finite lived intangibles) is done whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that these assets may not be fully recoverable. We have invested material amounts of capital in goodwill and other intangible assets in addition to other long lived assets. We operate in a very competitive business environment and our revenues are highly dependent on movie content supplied by film producers. In addition, it is not uncommon for us to closely monitor certain

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locations where operating performance may not meet our expectations. Because of these and other reasons over the past three years we have recorded material impairment charges primarily related to long lived assets. For the last three years, impairment charges were $3.8 million in fiscal 2010, $73.5 million in fiscal 2009 and $8.9 million in fiscal year 2008. There are a number of estimates and significant judgments that are made by management in performing these impairment evaluations. Such judgments and estimates include estimates of future revenues, cash flows, capital expenditures, and the cost of capital, among others. Management believes we have used reasonable and appropriate business judgments. These estimates determine whether an impairment has been incurred and also quantify the amount of any related impairment charge. Given the nature of our business and our recent history, future impairments are possible and they may be material based upon business conditions that are constantly changing.

        Our recorded goodwill was $1,937 million, 1,845 million and $1,845 million as of July 1, 2010, April 1, 2010 and April 2, 2009, respectively. We evaluate goodwill and our trademark for impairment annually during our fourth fiscal quarter and any time an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value for a reporting unit below its carrying amount. Our goodwill is recorded in our Theatrical Exhibition operating segment, which is also the reporting unit for purposes of evaluating recorded goodwill for impairment. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value we are required to reallocate the fair value of the reporting unit as if the reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination and the fair value of the reporting unit was the price paid to acquire the reporting unit. We determine fair value by using an enterprise valuation methodology determined by applying multiples to cash flow estimates less net indebtedness, which we believe is an appropriate method to determine fair value. There is considerable management judgment with respect to cash flow estimates and appropriate multiples and discount rates to be used in determining fair value, and, accordingly, actual results could vary significantly from such estimates which fall under Level 3 within the fair value measurement hierarchy.

        We performed our annual goodwill impairment analysis during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The estimated fair value of our Theatrical Exhibition reporting unit exceeded its carrying value by approximately $500 million, which we believe is substantial. While the fair value of our Theatrical Exhibition operations exceeds the carrying value at the present time, small changes in certain assumptions can have a significant impact on fair value. Facts and circumstances could change, including further deterioration of general economic conditions, the number of motion pictures released by the studios, and the popularity of films supplied by our distributors. These and/or other factors could result in changes to the assumptions underlying the calculation of fair value which could result in future impairment of our remaining goodwill.

        We evaluated our enterprise value as of April 1, 2010 and April 2, 2009 based on a contemporaneous valuation reflecting market conditions. Two valuation approaches were utilized; the income approach and the market approach. The income approach provides an estimate of enterprise value by measuring estimated annual cash flows over a discrete projection period and applying a present value rate to the cash flows. The present value of the cash flows is then added to the present value equivalent of the residual value of the business to arrive at an estimated fair value of the business. The residual value represents the present value of the projected cash flows beyond the discrete projection period. The discount rate is determined using a rate of return deemed appropriate for the risk of achieving the projected cash flows. The market approach used publicly traded peer companies and reported transactions in the industry. Due to conditions and the relatively few sale transactions, the market approach was used to provide additional support for the value achieved in the income approach.

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        Key rates used in the income approach for fiscal 2010 and 2009 follow:

Description
  Fiscal 2010   Fiscal 2009  

Discount rate

    9.0 %   10.0 %

Market risk premium

    5.5 %   6.0 %

Hypothetical capital structure: Debt/Equity

    40%/60 %   40%/60 %

        The discount rate is an estimate of the weighted average cost of debt and equity capital. The required return on common equity was estimated by adding the risk-free required rate of return, the market risk premium (which is adjusted for the Company's estimated market volatility, or beta), and small stock premium. The discount rate used for fiscal 2010 was 9.0% and the discount rate used for fiscal 2009 was 10.0%. The lower discount rate was due to a number of factors, such as a decrease in corporate bond yields, decrease in betas, and decrease in market risk premiums, given current market conditions.

        The aggregate annual cash flows were determined based on management projections on a theatre-by-theatre basis further adjusted by non-theatre cash flows. The projections considered various factors including theatre lease terms, a reduction in attendance, and a reduction in capital investments in new theatres, given current market conditions and the resulting difficulty with obtaining contracts for new-builds. Cash flow estimates included in the analysis reflect our best estimate of the impact of the roll-out of digital projectors throughout our theatre circuit. Because we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kerasotes on December 9, 2009 and consummated the acquisition on May 24, 2010, the valuation study includes our projected cash flows for Kerasotes. The decrease in attendance for the 13 weeks ended July 1, 2010 described below under "—Operating Results—For the 13 Weeks Ended July 1, 2010 and July 2, 2009" was not available or included in our projections that were used for the estimation of fair value. Based on the seasonal nature of our business, fluctuations in attendance from period to period are expected and we do not believe that the results would significantly decrease our projections for the full fiscal year 2011, or impact our conclusions regarding goodwill impairment. The anticipated acceleration of depreciation of the 35mm equipment described above under "—Significant Events" does not have an impact on our estimation of fair value as depreciation does not impact our projected available cash flow. The expected increases in rent expense upon full deployment of the digital projection systems also described under "—Significant Events" were included in the cash flow projections used to estimate our fair value as a part of our fiscal 2010 annual goodwill impairment analysis, and had the impact of reducing the projected cash flows. Because Cinemex was sold in December 2008, cash flows for the fiscal 2009 study did not include results from Cinemex. Cash flows were projected through fiscal 2017 and assumed revenues would increase approximately 3.25% annually primarily due to projected increases in ticket and concession pricing. Costs and expenses, as a percentage of revenue are projected to decrease from 85.5% to 85.1% through fiscal 2017. The residual value is a function of the estimated cash flow for fiscal 2018 divided by a capitalization rate (discount rate less long-term growth rate of 2%) then discounted back to represent the present value of the cash flows beyond the discrete projection period. You should note that we utilized the foregoing assumptions about future revenues and costs and expenses for the limited purpose of performing our annual goodwill impairment analysis. These assumptions should not be viewed as "projections" or as representations by us as to expected future performance or results of operations, and you should not rely on them in deciding whether to invest in our common stock. See "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements."

        As the expectations of the average investor are not directly observable, the market risk premium must be inferred. One approach is to use the long-run historical arithmetic average premiums that investors have historically earned over and above the returns on long-term Treasury bonds. The premium obtained using the historical approach is sensitive to the time period over which one calculates the average. Depending on the time period chosen, the historical approach yields an average premium in a range of 5.0% to 8.0%.

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        There was no goodwill impairment as of July 1, 2010, April 1, 2010 or April 2, 2009.

        Film exhibition costs.    We have agreements with film companies who provide the content we make available to our customers. We are required to routinely make estimates and judgments about box office receipts for certain films and for films provided by specific film distributors in closing our books each period. These estimates are subject to adjustments based upon final settlements and determinations of final amounts due to our content providers that are typically based on a films box office receipts and how well it performs. In certain instances this evaluation is done on a film by film basis or in the aggregate by film production suppliers. We rely upon our industry experience and professional judgment in determining amounts to fairly record these obligations at any given point in time. The accrual made for film costs have historically been material and we expect they will continue to be so into the future. During fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008 our film exhibition costs totaled $928.6 million, $842.7 million and $860.2 million, respectively.

        Income and operating taxes.    Income and operating taxes are inherently difficult to estimate and record. This is due to the complex nature of the tax code which we use to file our tax returns and also because our returns are routinely subject to examination by government tax authorities, including federal, state and local officials. Most of these examinations take place a few years after we have filed our tax returns. Our tax audits in many instances raise questions regarding our tax filing positions, the timing and amount of deductions claimed and the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions. Our federal and state tax operating loss carried forward of approximately $457.9 million and $891.4 million, respectively at April 1, 2010, require us to estimate the amount of carry forward losses that we can reasonably be expected to realize using feasible and prudent tax planning strategies that are available to us. Future changes in conditions and in the tax code may change these strategies and thus change the amount of carry forward losses that we expect to realize and the amount of valuation allowances we have recorded. Accordingly future reported results could be materially impacted by changes in tax matters, positions, rules and estimates and these changes could be material.

        Gift card and packaged ticket revenues.    As noted in our significant accounting policies for revenue we defer 100% of these items and recognize these amounts as they are redeemed by customers or when we estimate the likelihood of future redemption is remote based upon applicable laws and regulations. A vast majority of gift cards are used or partially used. However a portion of the gift cards and packaged ticket sales we sell to our customers are not redeemed and not used in whole or in part. Non-redeemed or partially redeemed cards or packaged tickets are known as "breakage" in our industry. We are required to estimate breakage and do so based upon our historical redemption patterns. Our history indicates that if a card or packaged ticket is not used for 18 months or longer, its likelihood of being used past this 18 month period is remote. When it is determined that a future redemption is remote we record income for unused cards and tickets. We changed our estimate on when packaged tickets would be considered remote in terms of future redemption in fiscal 2008 and changed our estimate of redemption rates for packaged tickets in 2009. Prior to 2008 dates we had estimated that unused packaged tickets would not become remote in terms of future use until 24 months after they were issued. The change we made to shorten this period from 24 to 18 months and align redemption patterns for packaged tickets with our gift card program represented our best judgment based on continued development of specific historical redemption patterns in our gift cards at AMC. We believe this 18 month period continues to be appropriate and do not anticipate any changes to this policy given our historical experience. We monitor redemptions and if we were to determine changes in our redemption statistics had taken place we would be required to change the current 18 month time period to a period that was determined to be more appropriate. This could cause us to either accelerate or lengthen the amount of time a gift card or packaged ticket is outstanding prior to being remote in terms of any future redemption.

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Operating Results

        The following table sets forth our revenues, costs and expenses attributable to our operations. Reference is made to note 15 to the audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus for additional information therein.

        Both fiscal years 2010 and 2009 include 52 weeks and fiscal year 2008 includes 53 weeks.

(In thousands)
  13 Weeks
Ended
July 1