Columbus, GA -- Carmike Cinemas' President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, "Carmike performed favorably on several key metrics in Q4 2014 despite a third consecutive quarter of year-over-year industry box office declines. Total admission revenues, which increased 5.9% year over year, continues to reach record highs as we complete acquisitions and replace older theatres with state-of-the-art entertainment complexes.
"We believe our theatre-level operating teams performed well in the quarter despite the soft industry trends. Our concessions strategies continue to capture a greater share of concessions spending. Carmike's 11.2% increase in total concessions and other revenues and 6.5% rise in concessions and other spending per patron during the quarter extends our industry leadership in these performance metrics and highlights the benefit of our focus on delivering a diverse range of food and beverage offerings to theatregoers at affordable price points. In this regard, we are proud that the 2014 fourth quarter marks our twentieth consecutive reporting period of year-over-year concessions and other per patron revenue growth.
"We recently opened our first two theatres providing in-auditorium full service casual dining to an entire theatre complex, in Bloomington, IL and Richmond, VA and plan to open a third dine-in theatre in the second quarter of 2015. Our dine in experience includes reserved seating, friendly wait staff to ensure patrons are greeted both with a menu as well as a helpful guide on using the silent electronic push-button service, which allows patrons to enjoy a convenient in-seat ordering and dining experience, complete with a wide array of food and beverage options while enjoying a movie in our premium seats. Patrons may order as many times as they wish during the movie, allowing for appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages to be ordered and delivered fresh from the kitchen when the patron is ready to enjoy them.
"Carmike remains focused on its initiatives to build long-term shareholder value. While the film slate varies from quarter-to-quarter, we continue to execute our strategy to identify acquisition and build-to-suit opportunities that expand our theatre circuit and scale in attractive, complementary markets thereby strengthening our platform for sustainable growth. Our year over year average screen count increased nearly 11% to over 2,900 screens in the fourth quarter.
"Given the industry wide year over year increase of approximately 9% through this weekend, we remain cautiously optimistic about the 2015 first quarter box office environment notwithstanding that the first quarter of 2014 provides the most difficult comparison in 2015. We are enthusiastic about the film slate for the remainder of 2015, which contains a robust offering of highly-anticipated tent-pole sequels and exciting new titles. Finally, Carmike's growing circuit of high quality theatres, ongoing success in maximizing high-margin concessions revenue opportunities and our Company-wide emphasis on customer service excellence remain critical factors in our ability to generate positive operating results over the long-term," concluded Mr. Passman.