AMC Theatres® Summer Nights Program to Benefit Autism Organizations

AMC offers movie-goers another opportunity to see the biggest recent blockbusters on the big screen and support medical charities

Kansas City, Mo. (June 17, 2013) – AMC Theatres® is proud to announce the launch the AMC Summer Nights program, which will offer some of the past year’s biggest movies for just $3, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Will Rogers Institute, the Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks.

Starting June 24 and throughout this eight week program, AMC guests can see the following blockbusters for $3 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., at more than 200 AMC locations nationwide:

June 24-26:      THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
July 1-3:          DJANGO UNCHAINED
July 8-10:        THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
July 15-17:      THE HUNGER GAMES
July 22-24:      OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
July 29-31:      OZ: THE GREAT & POWERFUL
Aug. 5-7:         G.I.JOE: RETALIATION
Aug. 12-14:     OBLIVION

 “AMC Summer Nights 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. “We have eight weeks of blockbusters lined up for our guests, so they can afford and enjoy extra movie-going with their friends. Together, we anticipate 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 Summer Nights 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 the people who attend movies at their theaters.”

AMC Summer Nights 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 Theaters 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 Summer Nights 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 Summer Nights is a wonderful opportunity to see great movies while helping to raise funds and awareness of autism,” said Alec Elbert, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Autism Speaks. “We are grateful to AMC Theatres for its commitment to supporting the autism community through this innovative program.”

“We are pleased to have worked with so many partners to make this program possible. We appreciate the support of our eight participating studio partners – FilmDistrict, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Weinstein Company, and Universal Pictures, “ said Robert J. Lenihan, president, programming, AMC. “We also would like to thank our technical partners – Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., Technicolor 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 Summer Nights movie schedule, the participating locations list, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.amctheatres.com/summermovienights.

About AMC Theatres
AMC Theatres® delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences at 344 theatres and 4,988 screens throughout the United States. AMC operates 25 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the United States, including four of the top five. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content to an engaged audience in state-of-the-art buildings.

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.

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 $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. 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 and related activities 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.