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Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions

The Company manages theatres for Laredo Theatre, 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 of Directors 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 $123 and $539 of management fee revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. All such amounts are included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements with the intercompany amounts eliminated in consolidation.

The Company has an Aircraft Time Sharing Agreement with Copper Beech Capital, LLC (“Copper Beech”) to use, on occasion, a private aircraft owned by Copper Beech. Copper Beech 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 for 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 nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, the aggregate amounts paid to Copper Beech for the use of the aircraft was $12 and $111, respectively.

The Company 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 nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, the Company paid total rent of approximately $17,271 and $20,006, respectively, to Syufy.  The Company negotiated a deferral of rent payments for April, May and June of 2020 for 4 of the 14 leased theatres to be paid back over the months of July through December of 2020.  The Company did not remeasure its lease liabilities and lease right-of-use assets as a result of these negotiations in accordance with FASB guidance.  See further discussion at Note 4.  

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 that opened during December 2019.  See Note 10 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 $19 of management fees during the nine months ended September 30, 2020.