Carmike Cinemas Inc. is a movie theatre corporation headquartered in Columbus, Georgia in the United States of America. It currently operates 250 thea.. read moreters in 36 states, making it the fourth largest theatre company in the United States.
Carmike was founded when Michael W. Patrick, and his father, Carl L. Patrick, Sr. acquired Martin Theatres from Fuqua Industries in 1982. The theater name comes from a combination of Carl L. Patrick, Sr.'s two sons, Carl Jr. and Michael, hence Carmike.
Carmike theaters are largely positioned in rural or suburban areas with populations under 200,000. Most of its older theaters are six or eight auditoriums deep. Carmike sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2000 after failing to make $9 million in interest payments. The company was about $650 million in debt. Since declaring bankruptcy, many theaters in dead markets were closed down, and some were renovated or relocated in areas with desirable market potential. Most of these newer theaters are 10 screens or larger. The number of theaters owned by the company dropped from 448 to just over 300. One such theater which closed as a result of the bankruptcy was the historic Indian Hills Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, which contained a 70-foot (21 m) wide Cinerama screen, the largest in the United States. Indian Hills was later demolished in August 2001. Actress Patricia Neal called the destruction of the theater "a crime."
Carmike exited bankruptcy in early 2002, after having invested in the construction of new megaplex theater complexes.
In 2005 the company purchased 30 GKC Theaters from the heirs of George Kerasotes. His George Kerasotes Corporation was the result of a split with other family members who jointly owned Kerasotes Theatres
The company posted a $127 million loss in 2007 and posted a $203,000 loss in their third quarter earnings report in 2008.
Carmike Cinemas Inc.'s board of directors removed Michael Patrick as its chief executive in January 2009, citing struggles with earnings and the company's less than $3 a share stock price, down from $26 a share in January 2007. S. David Passman III was selected as a temporary non-executive chairman until a new chief executive is found.