Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

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RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

The Company manages theatres for Laredo Theatres, Ltd. (“Laredo”). The Company is the sole general partner and owns 75% of the limited partnership interests of Laredo. Lone Star Theatres, Inc. owns the remaining 25% of the limited partnership interests in Laredo and is 100% owned by Mr. David Roberts, Lee Roy Mitchell’s son-in-law. Lee Roy Mitchell is the Company’s Chairman of the Board and directly and indirectly owns approximately 8% of the Company’s common stock. Under the agreement, management fees are paid by Laredo to the Company at a rate of 5% of annual theatre revenues up to $50,000 and 3% of annual theatre revenues in excess of $50,000. The Company recorded $586, $654 and $694 of management fee revenues during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. All such amounts are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements with the intercompany amounts eliminated in consolidation.

The Company has an Aircraft Time Sharing Agreement with Copper Beech Capital, LLC to use, on occasion, a private aircraft owned by Copper Beech Capital, LLC. Copper Beech Capital, LLC is owned by Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Tandy Mitchell. The private aircraft is used by Mr. Mitchell and other executives who accompany Mr. Mitchell to business meetings for the Company. The Company reimburses Copper Beech Capital, LLC the actual costs of fuel usage and the expenses of the pilots, landing fees, storage fees and similar expenses incurred during the trip.  For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the aggregate amounts paid to Copper Beech Capital, LLC for the use of the aircraft was approximately $131, $68 and $114, respectively.

The Company holds events for its employees and their families at Pinstack, an entertainment facility, at various times throughout the year.  Pinstack is majority-owned by Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Tandy Mitchell.  In connection with these events, the Company paid Pinstack approximately $36 and $5 during the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018, respectively.  

The Company currently leases 14 theatres and one parking facility from Syufy Enterprises, LP (“Syufy”) or affiliates of Syufy. Raymond Syufy is one of the Company’s directors and is an officer of the general partner of Syufy. Of these 15 leases, 14 have fixed minimum annual rent. The one lease without minimum annual rent has rent based upon a specified percentage of gross sales as defined in the lease. For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the Company paid total rent of approximately $22,483, $23,447 and $25,678, respectively, to Syufy.  During 2019, the Company began providing digital equipment support to drive-in theatres owned by Syufy.  The Company recorded approximately $30 of management fees related to these services during the year ended December 31, 2019.

The Company has a 50% voting interest in FE Concepts, a joint venture with AWSR, an entity owned by Lee Roy Mitchell and Tandy Mitchell.  FE Concepts operates a family entertainment center that offers bowling, gaming, movies and other amenities.  See Note 8 for further discussion.  The Company has a theatre services agreement with FE Concepts under which the Company receives management fees for providing film booking and equipment monitoring services for the facility.  The Company recorded $64 of management fees during the year ended December 31, 2019.  The Company held its 2019 holiday party at the facility owned by FE Concepts for which the Company paid FE Concepts $78 in event fees.