Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets - Net (Details)

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Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets - Net (Details) (USD $)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Dec. 31, 2010
Dec. 31, 2011
Argentina Theatres [Member]
Dec. 31, 2011
US Operating Segment [Member]
Dec. 31, 2010
US Operating Segment [Member]
Dec. 31, 2009
US Operating Segment [Member]
Dec. 31, 2011
US Operating Segment [Member]
Argentina Theatres [Member]
Dec. 31, 2011
International Operating Segment [Member]
Dec. 31, 2010
International Operating Segment [Member]
Dec. 31, 2011
International Operating Segment [Member]
Argentina Theatres [Member]
Summary of goodwill                    
Beginning Balance $ 1,122,971 $ 1,116,302   $ 948,026 $ 948,026 $ 948,026   $ 174,945 $ 168,276  
Acquisition of ten theatres in Argentina (see Note 5)     43,018       0     43,018
Foreign currency translation adjustments (15,352) 6,669           (15,352) 6,669  
Ending Balance $ 1,150,637 $ 1,122,971   $ 948,026 $ 948,026 $ 948,026   $ 202,611 $ 174,945