(WTVM) - Federal regulators have given official approval to AMC to buy Carmike Cinemas.
The deal worth $1.2 billion was approved Tuesday night in Kansas City, MO, making AMC the largest movie theater chain in the United States.
The Department of Justice says the approval hinges on AMC selling theaters in 15 cities including some in Alabama and Georgia where it competes with Carmike.
AMC released the following statement Thursday evening:
The deal gives AMC more than 600 theaters across the nation.
Carmike is based in Columbus, GA and has 271 theaters with a combined 2,917 screens in 41 states.