Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Investments in and Advances to Affiliates - Additional Information (Detail)

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Investments in and Advances to Affiliates - Additional Information (Detail) (USD $)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Dec. 31, 2012
Investments in and Advances to Affiliates [Line Items]    
Percentage of equity method investment 33.00%  
AC JV, LLC
   
Investments in and Advances to Affiliates [Line Items]    
Owner ship of class A units 97.00%  
Cash contributed in exchange of class A units by founding members $ 269  
Members contribution plan agreement The Founding Members each contributed cash of approximately $269 to AC in exchange for 1% of the Class A Units of AC.  
Member interest plan description NCM and the Founding Members entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, under which NCM sold each of the Founding Members 31% of its Class A Units in AC, the aggregate value of which was determined to be $25,000, in exchange for a six-year Promissory Note. Each of the Promissory Notes are for $8,333 and bear interest at 5% per annum and requires annual principal and interest payments, with the first of such payments due on December 26, 2014.  
Aggregate value of Class A units 25,000  
Aggregate value of promissory note 8,333  
Interest bearing promissory notes 5.00%  
Deferred portion of gain on sale of equity method investment $ 2,175  
Percentage of equity method investment 32.00% 32.00%
Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition
   
Investments in and Advances to Affiliates [Line Items]    
Percentage of equity method investment 14.60% 14.60%