AMC AMC Entertainment

Adam Aron Chief Executive Officer and President
Sean Goodman Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John Merriwether Vice President, Investor Relations
Chad Beynon Macquarie
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Greetings, and welcome to the AMC Entertainment Second Quarter 2021 earnings webcast.

During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterward, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Monday, August 9th, 2021. I would now like to turn the conference over to John Merriwether, Vice President Investor Relations. ahead. go Please

John Merriwether

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Adam Aron

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Sean Goodman

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