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March 3, 2016, 8:04 p.m. EST

AMC to buy Carmike, becoming world’s biggest theater chain

Chinese-owned company makes $1.1 billion acquisition

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By Erich Schwartzel

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An AMC Entertainment IMAX theater is seen in Sunnyvale, Calif.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. agreed to buy Carmike Cinemas Inc. in a deal that would make a Chinese-owned company the largest movie-theater operator in the U.S.

AMC /zigman2/quotes/200235402/composite AMC -0.87%   will pay $30 a share for Carmike  for a total payout of $1.1 billion, including the assumption of some Carmike debt, the companies said Thursday. The price is a nearly 20% premium to Carmike’s closing share price of $25.11 on Nasdaq.

The deal would also make AMC the world’s largest movie-theater operator.

AMC was purchased in 2012 by China’s Dalian Wanda Group Corp. for $2.6 billion. AMC’s 5,425 screens are concentrated in urban locations, while Carmike’s roughly 2,954 screens tend to be in more suburban and rural areas.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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