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Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions
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Related Party Transactions

The Company manages a theatre 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 9% 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. The Company recorded $222 and $123 of management fee revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. All such amounts are included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements with the intercompany amounts eliminated in consolidation.

Walter Hebert, Mr. Mitchell’s brother-in-law, previously served as the Executive Vice President – Purchasing of the Company and retired in July 2021. Mr. Hebert now serves as a consultant to the Company until July 2022. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company has paid Mr. Hebert $62 related to consulting services.

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, 2021 and 2020, the aggregate amounts paid to Copper Beech for the use of the aircraft was $0 and $12, respectively.

The Company leases 14 theatres 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 14 leases, twelve have fixed minimum annual rent. The two leases without minimum annual rent have rent based upon a specified percentage of gross sales as defined in the lease. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company paid total rent of $17,893 and $17,271, respectively, to Syufy.

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.