Kansas City is a city of movie theaters. I have been to every first-run theater in a 40-minute radius. Out of all of them, AMC Theatres has the best facilities. They are the largest theater company here and they have a habit of renovation.
For something so mundane, AMC 30 in Olathe KS sure set the bar high. These hand dryers in the ladies restroom—I don’t have any experience in the men’s, let me know if you guys got jipped—are formed for your hands to descend straight down. They power on when they sense you and BAM, blast your fingers with warm air like an angry hurricane. Drying hands is now a 15 second workout.
Okay, so they have cool hand dryers in their bathrooms. What else?
They have Fork & Screen© and CinemaSuites©, two dine-in options. They re-did their concessions, their lights and whole theaters at a time. Independence, Ward Parkway, and now the selling of Mainstreet to Alamo Drafthouse are proof of their renovation-mindedness.
But there’s one more thing that sets this Kansas City based company apart: It was just purchased by the Chinese company Wanda. For more than 2 billion dollars. According to the articles I found, this would make it the largest theater group in the world.
Talk about an upgrade.
Now I don’t know how you feel about the Chinese owning another American company or their sudden increased power in our media distribution, but isn’t it great that they are quoted saying they will continue the renovations? Maybe they’ll put in couches. Ooo, and movies with smells. I’m never going to a farm or zoo movie again.
It’s the renovation that counts, right?