AMC Theaters, also known as AMC Cinemas, or just AMC, is an American chain of movie theaters, the owner and operator of which is AMC Entertainment Inc., which is further owned and governed by AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. Founded in 1920, AMC is the second biggest share holder of American market after Regal Entertainment Group, leaving behind Cinemark Theaters. AMC Theaters operates 346 locations, most of which are located in North America alone. The brand has 86 locations in China as well, and is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.
AMC Theaters was established by Dubinsky Brothers, Maurice, Barney and Edward, in 1920, who used to travel to the Midwest to perform melodramas with Jeanne Eagels. They bought Regent Theater in Kansas City, and named it Durwood Theaters. In 1961, Edward’s son, Stanley, came back from his army service, and took control of his family business. He quickly changed its name to AMC (American Multi-Cinema Inc.), and started converting large single screen theaters into small buildings with several auditoriums, with a view to give more choices to the viewers. With this, the world’s first multiplex cinema was established. Since then, innovations applied by AMC are revolutionizing the cinema industry, and it has become the 2nd biggest chain of movie theaters in the country.