AMC faces lawsuit over practice Cinetopia says harms competition

Movie theater operator Cinetopia is taking its industry’s largest player to court, suing AMC Entertainment Inc. over antitrust concerns.

Oregon-based Cinetopia, which has four locations, claims Leawood, Kansas-based AMC, the world’s largest theater operator, uses exclusive showings of blockbuster films to hurt its competition.

Cinetopia’s lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Kansas, zeroes in on the Cinetopia theater at Prairiefire, a development in Overland Park, Kansas. The suit claims that, after Cinetopia rejected AMC’s offer to buy the Prairiefire property, AMC obtained exclusive showings of several major films — a practice known as “movie clearance” — and caused harm to Cinetopia’s business in the area.

The developer of Prairiefire has previously claimed AMC’s practices hurt Cinetopia and, as a result, the rest of Prairiefire.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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