National Amusements
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National Amusements
National Amusements, Inc.
Industry Entertainment
Movie theaters
Founded Dedham, Massachusetts in 1936; 82 years ago (1936)
Founder Michael Redstone
Headquarters Norwood, Massachusetts, United States
Area served
Worldwide, with main market focusing on United States
Key people
Sumner Redstone
(Chairman & CEO)
Shari Redstone
Owner Sumner Redstone (80%)[1]
Shari Redstone (20%)[1]
Subsidiaries Viacom
CBS Corporation

National Amusements, Inc. is an American privately owned theater company and mass media holding company based in Dedham, Massachusetts and incorporated in Maryland.[2] It is the parent of Viacom and CBS Corporation, both of which were formed in 2006 after they were split from the original Viacom.

As of December 2016, National Amusements, directly and through subsidiaries, holds approximately 79.8% of the Class A (voting) common stock of Viacom Inc., constituting 10% of the overall equity of the Company, and holds approximately 79.5% of the Class A (voting) common stock and 2.4% of the Class B (non-voting) common stock of CBS Corporation, constituting 9.1% of the overall equity of the Company.

The City Center 15 Cinema De Lux in White Plains, New York's City Center includes a waiting area with a television, newspaper rack and sofas (left), a piano (right of center), and a bar and grill restaurant (not pictured).

The company operates more than 1,500 movie screens across the Northeastern United States, the United Kingdom, Latin America, and Russia under its Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, Cinema de Lux, and KinoStar brands.

National Amusements was an equal partner in (now owned by Fandango Media).

National Amusements' slogan, "Welcome to the Show", was coined by policy trailer producer Pike Productions, Inc., with which National Amusements had an exclusive contract until Filmack acquired Pike, in the late 2000s.

Financial troubles

At the end of 2008, the financial troubles of the owners, billionaires Sumner Redstone and Shari Redstone, started when Sumner Redstone had to dump $400 million of nonvoting shares.[3]

It was released that National Amusements planned to sell $390 million of notes in another attempt to refinance a large part of the company's bank owed debt.[4]

Sale of theaters and subsidiary stock

In October 2009, the news was released that National Amusements would be selling almost $1 billion of stock they own in CBS and Viacom.[5] National Amusements has sold 35 theaters to Rave Motion Pictures. Today these theatres are owned by Cinemark, AMC, Carmike, Alamo, or have closed. National Amusements now almost exclusively operates theaters in the Northeast (with the exception of one location in Ohio).[6]

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