Carmike chain joins exhibition org

NATO reps 24 out of 25 largest circuits

HOLLYWOOD — Carmike Cinemas, one of the nation’s largest chains with 2,262 U.S. screens, has joined the National Assn. of Theater Owners.

NATO reps 24 of the nation’s 25 largest circuits with AMC Entertainment as the lone holdout. AMC dropped its membership in the trade org in 2001, citing the need for flexibility to pursue its agenda.

“Michael Patrick’s Carmike team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and NATO welcomes their leadership as we confront the many challenges and examine the many opportunities facing exhibition,” NATO prexy John Fithian said. “With Michael and his talented staff now part of NATO, the exhibition industry has never stood more united.”

Patrick said, “Carmike recognizes the many benefits available to us by becoming active members in NATO and we approach this alliance with extreme optimism knowing that as a represented industry we can successfully address any issue before this organization.”

Fithian said exhibs face a wide array of issues, led by the question of guidelines for conversion to digital projection.

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