Obviously not in Kansas anymore—or was I?
Sure enough it was the grand opening of AMC Entertainment’s new Theatre Support Center located at the Park Place development in South Leawood.
Could’ve fooled me, because touring the new four story state-of-the-art facility had the feel of something you’d expect to see at the headquarters of a Google or Apple.
Luring AMC across the state line with those ever so popular Kansas incentives has now provided America’s second largest theater circuit with an iconic 21st century, pristine new age headquarters that would’ve made company founder Stan Durwood proud.
When one enters the heavily glassed building your first focus is upon a giant 36 monitor video wall which features a mix of company clips and theatrical trailers.
But that’s just the beginning.
There’s a Network Operations Center keeping tabs on AMC’s 342 theater locations.
And how about the digital wall of current hits which changes weekly.
There’s wallpaper made of movie poster strips. A tribute wall to AMC’s best week (at the box office) ever. And yes, a map of the United States of AMC.
Think that’s it…no way.
Not by a long stretch. The open, environmentally friendly structure also features a putting green, ping pong tables, exterior terraces, carpet patterns derived from movie images, a thumb print controlled company kitchen, eight Trek bicycles and helmets for use by staffers from the AMC LiveWell Center and a walk station to burn calories.
And it’s all surrounded by office openness.
I know I’m missing many of the impressive design applications that make AMC’s new corporate headquarters a business home for its 400-plus associates.
The structure would make for an architectural marvel in any world capitol.
Instead it’s now the buzz of Leawood to which we were invited by its mayor Peggy Dunn, Kansas governor Sam Brownback, AMC chief exec Gerry Lopez as well as a rep of the circuit’s new Chinese ownership.
So yes Toto, we were STILL in Kansas.