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April 1, 2021 


Dear Fellow AMC Shareholders,


The Board of Directors (the “Board”) and management team of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our company. As fellow shareholders, we are entirely committed to growing our business for the shareholders who are rooting for our success, certainly not to those who would seek to profit from our demise.


As we emerge from the impact of COVID-19, we believe it is important to preserve AMC’s strategic flexibility to rebuild our business, bolster liquidity, grow and create shareholder value. The Board is asking for your vote “FOR” approval of an amendment to our charter to increase the total number of shares of AMC’s Class A Common Stock for the Company (Proposal 1). The Board and management team fully support this proposal and intend to vote FOR this proposal.


Without your approval of Proposal 1, our ability to raise incremental liquidity, grow and prosper could be adversely affected and shareholder value could subsequently be negatively impacted.


Like You, We Only Want to See AMC Succeed, and That Is Why We Are Seeking Your

Assistance by Voting “FOR” Proposal 1.


AMC Is Well-Positioned to Benefit from the COVID-19 Recovery.


AMC has survived the COVID-19 pandemic that dramatically impacted our industry in 2020 and continues to do so. We believe we are poised to experience substantial growth as movie-goers emerge from being confined to their homes for more than a year. COVID-19-related statistics in the U.S. continue to improve, and vaccination distribution programs are making great progress, with nearly 30% of the U.S. population having received at least one vaccination shot.


Currently, 99% of our U.S. theatres are open, including our largest markets in New York City and Los Angeles, and our research indicates that there is substantial pent up demand to return to theatres and experience movies on the big screen—as they were intended to be seen. Importantly, we are excited about the incredible film slate that our studio partners have lined up, with at least one new blockbuster title expected to be released every week during the second half of 2021.


At the same time, as we have recently disclosed, we will continue to face significant challenges, including those associated with our high leverage, cash spend on fixed and other costs and the need for attendance levels to materially increase from their current low levels. We need the ability to navigate these risks, and our ability to do so will meaningfully influence the value of our common stock. Although our existing authorized capital will allow us to raise some additional capital in the short term to bolster liquidity, the failure to authorize additional shares will hamper our ability to respond to challenges, rebuild our business, bolster liquidity if necessary, grow and create shareholder value.





We urge you to approve an increase to our authorized share capital, thus enhancing AMC’s ability to rebuild our business, bolster liquidity if necessary, grow and create shareholder value as we emerge from the impact of COVID-19.


The Board is seeking to increase the number of authorized shares to provide a long-term benefit for our shareholders. We are requesting this approval because we firmly believe it is in the best interests of our shareholders—after all, our Board and management team are all shareholders and are incentivized to maximize shareholder value. We intend to use the increased authorized shares only to the extent that they can be used to benefit our shareholders.


The increased authorized share capital will give us the option to pursue value accretive strategic options for our shareholders that might include any of the following:


·Debt Reduction and Bolstering of Liquidity - Opportunities could exist to use equity to buy back debt on the open market or redeem debt, or to swap debt for equity, potentially at a discount to the face value of the debt (which would be especially beneficial to our shareholders). By reducing our debt, we would also reduce the interest costs associated with such debt, which would in turn free up capital to invest in growth opportunities that can create value for our shareholders. Our high leverage also creates risk to the value of our equity. With our high leverage, it is essential that we maintain the flexibility to increase our liquidity.


·Lease Negotiations – An increase in authorized shares would allow AMC to potentially use equity as a component of our negotiations with landlords, to further amend lease terms for the benefit of our shareholders, thereby increasing shareholder value.


·Pursue attractive growth or business development opportunities – An increase in authorized share capital would allow AMC to raise additional capital where we find value accretive opportunities, thereby increasing shareholder value. Additional capital raised could take the form of issuing additional equity, convertible debt or other hybrid financial instruments. Value accretive opportunities could also be pursued through the use of our equity as currency. However, it is important to note that we would only pursue these opportunities to the extent that they create value for our shareholders.


To be clear, any decision to issue additional shares will be based only on the belief that such action will serve to create or protect long term value for our shareholders.


For the reasons described above a failure to approve an increase in authorized share capital could have a negative impact on long term shareholder value.




For more than 100 years, AMC has delighted movie-goers with an unparalleled theatrical experience. Since 1920, AMC has been at the forefront of theatrical exhibition innovation, introducing many of the amenities that have become industry standards and developing a reputation as an industry leader and an iconic destination for movie-goers.


We urge you to vote “FOR” Proposal 1 – an amendment to our charter to increase the total number of shares of AMC’s Class A Common Stock the Company can issue by 500,000,000 shares to a total of 1,024,173,073 shares of Class A Common Stock at our upcoming Annual Meeting to be held on May 4, 2021. You will be able to vote online or by proxy, or in person as described in more detail in our definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 19, 2021.





If you have already submitted a proxy, you may change your vote prior to the Annual Meeting by voting again using the same materials. Only your latest dated vote counts.


If you have already submitted a proxy by telephone or over the Internet and you would like to change your vote, please call our proxy solicitor, D.F. King & Co., Inc., at (800) 249-7120, or click on the original voting link you used to submit your vote from the email you received with the proxy materials (if you hold at Robinhood, look for an email from, and for all other shareholders, check for an email from You can also email D.F. King & Co., Inc. at


On behalf of the entire AMC team, I want to thank you for your continued support and confidence during these challenging times. 





Kevin M. Connor


Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary





Additional Information and Where to Find It


This communication may be deemed solicitation material in respect of the Annual Meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (“AMC” or the “Company”). This communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the Annual Meeting, the Company plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and mail or otherwise provide to its stockholders a proxy statement regarding the business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting. The Company may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting. This document is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document that may be filed by the Company with the SEC.




Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other documents the Company files with the SEC (when available) through the website maintained by the SEC at The Company makes available free of charge on its investor relations website at copies of materials it files with, or furnishes to, the SEC.


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The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting. Security holders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of the Company’s directors and executive officers in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on March 12, 2021 (the “2021 Form 10-K”). To the extent the holdings of the Company’s securities by the Company’s directors and executive officers have changed since the amounts set forth in the Company’s 2021 Form 10-K, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC.


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