AMC Theatres today announced it will soon complete its so-called Sightline at AMC pilot test program at select locations in three U.S. markets. The results of this pilot program clarified consumer reaction to seat-based pricing within a movie theatre.
Among all theatres participating in the Sightline at AMC pilot, AMC saw the following results:
More than three out of four AMC Stubs members who previously purchased tickets within the Preferred Sightline sections of the theatre continued to select those seats, even with the slight upcharge applied.
More than one out of ten AMC Stubs members selected a seat outside the Preferred Sightline section, where there was no additional charge.
AMC saw little or no incremental lift in front-row attendance, even with a price reduction applied to those seats.
To ensure its ticket prices stay competitive, Sightline at AMC will not continue at the current pilot locations once the test ends in the coming weeks, and the program will not roll out nationwide.
But AMC is applying its learnings as it pivots to its next innovation – enhanced spacious front row seating. Beginning in late 2023, AMC will begin testing its newest seating concept. Large, comfortable lounge style seating areas will allow guests to lay all the way back and relax. The angle of the seats will also make it more enjoyable to watch movies from these front row seats closest to the screen.
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