LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMC Theatres® is proud to announce the launch of the AMC Shows for Support program, which will offer some of the past year’s biggest movies for just $3, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Will Rogers Institute, the Autism Society of America, Autism Speaks and the AMC Cares Fund.
Starting June 23 and throughout this eight-week program, AMC guests can see the following blockbusters for $3 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m., at more than 200 AMC locations nationwide:
|June 23-25:||ANCHORMAN 2|
|June 30-July 1:||THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE|
|July 21-23:||300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE|
|July 28-30:||NEED FOR SPEED|
|Aug. 11-13:||RIDE ALONG|
AMC Shows for Support builds on the success of the company’s program in 2013, which raised more than $200,000 for the Will Rogers Institute, the Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks.
“The response from guests last year was incredible, and encouraging, but not surprising as AMC Shows for Support combines three things movie-goers love: big movies on the big screen, community support, and exceptional value,” said Elizabeth Frank, executive vice president and chief content and programming officer, AMC. “These eight weeks provide our guests an opportunity to see these great films from the last few months for just $3, while raising significant funds for the Will Rogers Institute and our autism organization partners.”
The Will Rogers Institute is a national organization committed to reducing disability and deaths causes by pulmonary illness through the funding of advanced medical research. The money AMC raises will fund cystic fibrosis research underway at Kansas City, Mo.-based Children’s Mercy Hospital, in addition to other hospital grants.
“The AMC Shows for Support program will enable Will Rogers Institute to sustain critically needed medical research funding,” said Todd Vradenburg, executive director of Will Rogers Institute. “Will Rogers Institute programs have been supported by movie-goers since 1936 and we are grateful that AMC continues an entertainment industry tradition to fight pulmonary disease. We sincerely thank AMC and its guests.”
AMC Shows for Support will also fund medical research through Autism Speaks and improve access to services and support through the Autism Society, expanding the company’s commitment to helping people living with autism. AMC operates a monthly film series, AMC Sensory Friendly Films, in partnership with the Autism Society, and also administers AMC FOCUS, a program which provides individuals affected by disabilities with access to opportunities for competitive employment.
"The Autism Society is proud to continue our work with AMC Theatres on both Sensory Friendly Films and their FOCUS program,” said Scott Badesch, president and CEO of the Autism Society. “We are grateful for their work on key issues, particularly meaningful employment for those affected by a disability. AMC's leadership and generosity should serve as an example to the business community. The Autism Society's participation in the AMC Shows for Support program will help us continue the important work of supporting families and individuals affected by autism; we are grateful for AMC's continued support."
“AMC Shows for Support is an opportunity to see great movies while helping to raise awareness and funds for autism,” said Alec Elbert, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Autism Speaks. “We are grateful to AMC Theatres for their commitment to supporting the autism speaks community through this innovative program.”
“We are thrilled to be working with so many partners to make this program possible and truly appreciate the support of our six participating studio partners – Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures,” said Robert J. Lenihan, president, programming, AMC. “We also would like to thank our technical partners – Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., Technicolor, Digital Content Distribution Coalition (DCDC) and Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP) – as they are collectively helping us bring these titles to our guests and this program to life.”
For the AMC Shows for Support movie schedule, the participating locations list, or to purchase tickets, which are on sale now, please visit amctheatres.com/programs/shows-for-support.
About AMC Theatres
AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 345 locations and 4,976 screens in the United States. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country’s top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). www.amctheatres.com.
About the Will Rogers Institute
The Will Rogers Institute is a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation -- a charity named after one of the greatest humanitarians, philanthropists and entertainers, Will Rogers. The Institute is dedicated to the support of research and medical school fellowships in debilitating lung diseases and disorders, the distribution of free health educational materials, and being a national leader in providing life-saving neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals throughout the United States. For more information about the Institute, please visit www.wrinstitute.org.
About The Autism Society
The Autism Society is the nation's largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. Founded in 1965, the Autism Society and its national network of affiliates is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with autism today, supporting families and communities, ensuring that individuals lead lives of dignity and attain the highest possible quality of life. The Autism Society works to help each person living with autism maximize their quality of life through the efforts of 106 local and state affiliates. The Autism Society of America also has a seven day, 12 hours per day Contact Center where trained professional staff helps thousands of individuals and families each year. Information on the Autism Society can be found at www.autism-society.org.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.