AMC climbs 13% as the theater chain prepares to reopen locations in California

AMC Entertainment
  • AMC shares rose as much as 13% early Monday ahead of the company’s plans to reopen Los Angeles locations.
  • The Los Angeles flagship theaters – AMC Burbank 16 and AMC Century City 15 – will start showing films Monday afternoon.
  • AMC will reopen more Los Angeles theaters starting March 19.
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AMC shares sharply advanced early Monday, extending this year’s stunning run higher as the chain will begin reopening theaters in California.

Investors pushed the shares up ahead of the Monday afternoon reopening of two of the company’s flagship locations in Los Angeles: AMC Burbank 16 and AMC Century City 15. AMC and other leisure companies last year closed locations worldwide to curb the spread of COVID-19.

AMC stock bounced up 13% to $12.59 during premarket trading then pared the gain to 9.5%. The shares this year have surged by roughly 330% from a little more than $2 each.

“To put the magnitude of Los Angeles reopening in perspective, as a movie market, the L.A. [Designated Market Area] is about double the size of the New York City market, which just finished last weekend as the No. 1 DMA in our circuit for box office,” said Adam Aron, chief executive of AMC, in a statement Friday.

The company’s remaining 23 locations in Los Angeles County will reopen beginning on March 19. AMC has 56 locations in California.

AMC has become a popular stock among investors on the Reddit social media platform along with video game retailer Gamestop.

The move for California theaters will follow New York City where movie theaters began partially reopening on March 5.