Spanish-Language Cinema Says AMC Forced It Out of Houston

Law360, New York (April 21, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT) -- A shuttered Spanish-language movie theater filed an antitrust suit against AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. in Texas federal court on Monday, accusing the nation’s second largest movie exhibitor of illegally squeezing it out of the Houston area market by blocking the smaller cinema from getting new releases.

Viva Cinema said that AMC told major Hollywood studios it wanted exclusive licensing rights and threatened not to show movies at its nearby location if they were also playing at Viva. The niche theater, unable to secure virtually any new releases, said that it was forced to close in the fall of 2013, less than...

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