Posts tagged with "Adam Aron"

AMC courts individual investors with free popcorn

June 3, 2021

Meme stock AMC has long since passed the point where individual investors outnumber institutional ones—and now it’s opening a dialogue with those owners directly, Fortune magazine reports.

The term, “meme stock,” refers to investments that have become sought after by retail investors trading on apps such as Robinhood. Trading in meme stocks is mainly driven by the fear of missing out (FOMO). Traders ignore the fundamentals and focus on the potential.

The theater chain on Wednesday announced AMC Investor Connect— a program that will offer investors ve some perks (and, more importantly, get people back into theaters). Up first: A free large tub of popcorn.

“During my five-plus year tenure as CEO at AMC, I’ve taken great pride in the relationships I have forged with AMC’s owners,” said Adam Aron, president and CEO of AMC in a statement. “With AMC Investor Connect, that effort in relationship-building will continue apace, even if our shareholders now number in the millions. After all, these people are the owners of AMC, and I work for them.”

Indeed, Fortune reports, people who sign up for AMC Investor Connect will receive everything from free and discounted items to invitations to special screenings to direct communications from Aron.

But the company isn’t exactly insisting on proof of ownership. Signing up for the program is done simply by checking a checkbox on the signup page. (You’ll also have to be a member of AMC’s loyalty program, called AMC Stubs.)

The program was warmly welcomed on Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets community, which is where a lot of the AMC enthusiasm is generated.

“This is a ceo who understands. I love it!,” exclaimed JurassicPark-fan-190, while Hard2Digest used the program to further pump the stock, saying “[Aron] is giving away FREE large popcorn. The LEAST you apes can do today is buy 1 more share. Just one share. 3.2million apes, let’s keep pushing.”

Twitter was just as enamored with the announcement.

AMC said over 3.2 million individual investors held an ownership stake in the company as of March 11. That number has certainly gone up since then. The theater chain is now more than 80% owned by individual investors.

Research contact: @FortuneMagazine

Popcorn amid pandemic: AMC to reopen theaters on August 20 with one-day-only 15-cent movie tickets

August 14, 2020

Would you be tempted enough by cheap thrills to chance getting exposed to COVID-19 ills? AMC Theatres, literally, is banking on its ability to entice patrons to sit for several hours in air-conditioned, semi-packed movie houses just by offering one-day-only 15-cent tickets, Yahoo reports.

One day after the United States reported the highest number of deaths in a single day (August 12) from the novel coronavirus since mid-May, AMC Theatres has announced plans to start the first phase of reopening theaters with a “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices” plan that will see more than 100 American-based cinemas offering 15-cent movie tickets for patrons.

The promotion is a one-day-only affair on August 20, Yahoo notes. It’s inspired by the founding of AMC Theatres in 1920, when the Dubinsky Brothers established a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We are thrilled to once again open our doors to American moviegoers who are looking for an opportunity to get out of their houses and apartments and escape into the magic of the movies,” Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Theatres, said in a statement. “As our guests return on our first day of resumed operations …, we invite them to join us in celebrating a return to the movies, and in celebrating 100 years of AMC making smiles happen with movies at 1920 prices of only 15 cents each.”

The AMC promotion is just part of the first phase of reopening plans. The company expects to reopen as many as two-thirds of its more than 600 theater locations in the United States by September 3.

What will be on the screens? Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet, which was delayed multiple times to hold out for a theatrical release.

Research contact: @YahooNews