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Cinetopia Locations Shut Down, Reopening as AMC Locations, After Clearance Fight with AMC

Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 2:24 PM

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Three Cinetopia movie theaters in the Portland, Oregon (Vancouver, Washington) area, as well as one in Kansas City, Kansas have closed, and will reopen as AMC locations.

The theaters affected are:

According to several news reports we could find, Cinetopia was in a dispute with AMC over "clearance" practices by AMC that prevented Cinetopia location from playing certain movies. An article published in The Columbian (see the article in the list below) details the issue:

In the lawsuit Cinetopia filed against AMC, the two sides agreed weeks ago to a Friday deadline to tell a federal judge in Kansas City, Kan. — AMC’s corporate hometown — the status of an out-of-court settlement the two companies were negotiating.

Cinetopia contends in the lawsuit that AMC is breaking antitrust law through a practice called “clearance,” in which a bigger theater chain refuses to screen new movies unless studio distributors agree to withhold the movie from nearby competing theaters during the initial few weeks after the release date.

Cinetopia's web site now redirects to a page on AMC web site, which mentions the acquisition of theatres from Cinetopia by AMC Theatres. If you have a Cinetopia loyalty card, a gift card, and/or a discount ticket, AMC says that you should bring in what you have to one of the former Cinetopia locations and they will provide a corresponding credit/benefit

As far as we can tell, all four theaters previously offered in-theater dining, which matches up with AMC's "Dine-In" brand, but only two will continue to do so under that brand. The Cinetopia Overland Park 18 will become the AMC Dine-In Prairiefire 17 and the Cinetopia Progress Ridge 14 will become the AMC Dine-In Progress Ridge 14.

The Cinetopia Mill Plain 8 will be converted to AMC's "Classic" brand, and will be called the AMC Classic Mill Plain 8. The Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 will become the AMC Vancouver Mall 23.

The Vinotopia and Brewtopia restaurants at the locations will become MacGuffins bars, which have a full menu of alcoholic drinks that moviegoers can take into the auditorium. Food items will vary by location, so time will tell how the food side of things will change. Likewise, ticket prices will change as well.

Some of the locations will open sooner than others, so keep an eye on the Showtimes page for updates as they become available!

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