Centennial, Colo.—Sep 23, 2022
National CineMedia Expands Network Adds VIP Cinemas and Closes Ten Additional Exhibit Partnerships including MJR and Cinergy Entertainment
New Deals Secure 800 screens and 16.5M annual attendees
National CineMedia (NCM), America’s largest movie network uniting brands with young, diverse movie audiences, today announced the expansion of its network with the addition of VIP Cinemas. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, VIP Cinemas is a family-owned and operated circuit of seventeen theaters across eight states. From South Florida to Central Kansas, VIP recognizes the value of bringing the big screen to communities of every size.
NCM is also extending service agreements with an additional 10 exhibitors in the U.S.including Cinergy Entertainment, GQT Movies, MJR Digital Cinemas and United Entertainment Corp, securing more than 800 screens and approximately 16.5M annual attendees to its network for the long term.
"As a small theater chain emerging out of COVID-19, maximizing revenues and reducing workloads through streamlined processes have become top priorities. NCM has demonstrated they are the perfect strategic partner to achieve both of those goals," shared Jake McSparin of VIP Cinemas.
“It’s such a pleasure to continue providing top-notch pre-show entertainment and revenue to these partners,” said Jennifer Lupo, NCM’s Vice President for Affiliate Partnerships. “As we’ve re-imagined our Noovie® pre-show to be more engaging and relevant to movie-going audiences, we’re proud to have the support and trust of the exhibitor community. Together, providing the best patron experience is our goal.”
“We are excited to renew and continue our partnership with NCM. They have been a tremendous partner of ours at MJR Theatres and their innovation and commitment to the theatrical experience has been exceptional. They stepped up and stayed diligent during the pandemic and have come out on the other side with an even stronger and more creative approach to digital advertising that will benefit MJR and our guests. It’s a pleasure to work with such a devoted and talented group of individuals,” said Joel Kincaid, Vice President of Operations, MJR.
The fourth quarter of 2022 is home to multiple tentpole movie releases including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Avatar: The Way of the Water and Black Adam—all blockbusters that will continue to drive NCM’s young and diverse audience into theaters.
“We are very pleased to renew our partnership with NCM. We’ll be able to continue to show NCM’s engaging pre-show, and we’ll be adding their newest content offerings to share with our guests. Cinema exhibition is back, and the movies are as good as ever. This renewed partnership between Cinergy and NCM reflects the historical durability and a new future for the cinema industry,” said Cinergy Entertainment CFO Rich Schwarte.
Reaching hundreds of millions of moviegoers annually, the NCM® network features over 1,650 theaters with more than 20,600 screens throughout the US, including both regional and national exhibitors such as AMC, Regal and Cinemark. NCM’s network of premiere exhibitors gain access to the Noovie family of content including Noovieverse, Perri’s Picksand The Noovie Trivia Show.