Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  


Prior to March 2010, the Company leased one theatre from Plitt Plaza Joint Venture (“Plitt Plaza”) on a month-to-month basis. Plitt Plaza is indirectly owned by Lee Roy Mitchell, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, who directly and indirectly owns approximately 9% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares of common stock. The Company closed this theatre during March 2010. The Company recorded $118 and $30 of facility lease and other operating expenses payable to Plitt Plaza joint venture during the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2010, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company recorded approximately $111 related to the termination of the lease, which is reflected in (gain) loss on sale of assets and other on the consolidated statement of income.

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. 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 $102, $105 and $476 of management fee revenues during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 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, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the aggregate amounts paid to Copper Beech Capital, LLC for the use of the aircraft was approximately $64, $73 and $86, respectively.

The Company leases 20 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. Certain of these leases have fixed minimum annual rent and others have just percentage rent with no minimum annual rent. For the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Company paid total rent of approximately $18,614, $18,058 and $18,881, respectively, to Syufy.