PITTSBURG — The only foreseeable change at Pittsburg’s movie theater since being acquired by AMC Theatres is new employee T-Shirts beginning Feb. 1.
On Dec. 16, AMC announced the acquisition of 33 theaters — including Pittsburg 8 — across 12 states from Starplex Cinemas. The announcement stated there would be renovations to some of those theaters, but spokesperson Ryan Noonan said Pittsburg was not included, for now.
“There are no other significant guest-facing operational changes expected in the immediate timeframe,” Noonan said, referring only to the changes in uniforms.
The best part for Amanda Grewing, a freshman at Pittsburg State University, is ticket prices are staying the same.
“I only live three blocks away,” she said. “And the price helps me because I am a broke college kid.”
Students, seniors, military and children ages 3 to 11 can still see an evening movie for — $6 for adults — much less than the $8.34 average ticket price across the nation, according to statista.com.
Noonan said the prices could rise in the future, but not as a result of the acquisition.
“It doesn’t mean it will be the price forever, but for now we have no plans to change the ticket prices,” he said, adding studio charges for films and expenses for labor could factor in to future pricing.
Interestingly, some AMCs offer an area where movie goers can get a cocktail.
“We offer our MacGuffins bar in several locations around the country, including Kansas and Missouri,” Noonan said. “But, again there is no specific plans for AMC Pittsburg 8 at this time.”
Noonan said the factors making a location ideal for a bar are part of the company’s “competitive strategy.”
He did expect signage to change at some point. Noonan added the theater would start to offer the AMC rewards program, which is $12 a year and offers free upgrades on fountain drinks and popcorn, among other things.
The AMC Pittsburg 8 will stop accepting Starplex Cinemas’ gift cards as well. Although, those gift cards can be converted at amctheatres.com/starplex.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.