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Ohio's attorney general begins an antitrust investigation against theaters
The investigation focuses on AMC, Cinemark and Regal cinemas
by WKSU's MICHAEL BRATTON


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DeWine says the investigation comes down to ease of access for consumers.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that his office is investigating the nation’s three largest movie-theater chains for possible antitrust violations.

The investigation focuses on whether AMC, Cinemark and Regal engaged in conduct that unfairly excludes competitors and keeps new theaters from entering the market.

DeWine says the investigation all comes down to ease of access for consumers.

LISTEN: DeWine on the reason behind the investigation

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“It hurts the public because movie ... tickets are based on competition, just like anything else," said DeWine. "The more competition you have obviously the better. And the same is true for access.”

If the investigation uncovers violations of state or federal laws, DeWine’s office can then seek an injunction or other monetary remedies.

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