SOURCE: Carmike Cinemas, Inc

October 04, 2005 12:42 ET

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. Announces Executive Promotions

COLUMBUS, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 4, 2005 -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) announced today the promotion of Anthony J. Rhead and Larry B. Collins and the addition of Lee Champion to Carmike's executive staff.

Anthony Rhead has been promoted to Senior Vice President-Entertainment. In this position, Mr. Rhead will be responsible for developing the Company's digital cinema program. Mr. Rhead most recently served as Senior Vice President-Film and Secretary. Mr. Rhead joined Carmike in June 1981. In July 1983, Mr. Rhead became Vice President-Film. In December 1997, he was elected Senior Vice President-Film and in January 2002, he was elected Senior Vice President-Film and Secretary. Prior to joining Carmike, he worked for Plitt Theatres for nine years.

Larry Collins was promoted to Vice President-Film. Mr. Collins will be directly responsible for the film department. Mr. Collins joined Carmike's Film Department in April 1994 and has been a film buyer for the Northeast and Midwest regions since November 1994. Prior to joining Carmike, Mr. Collins was Vice President, Film Department for Cinema World Theatres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Collins was with Cinema World and Cinemette Theatres in Pittsburgh for 15 years.

Lee Champion has rejoined Carmike as Senior Vice President-General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Champion most recently was a partner at Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker and Ford in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Champion previously served in the same capacity at Carmike for four years.

Mr. Jim Zehr has joined Carmike as Director of Real Estate and Development. Mr. Zehr will be responsible for the development of new projects, negotiating leases and the sale and acquisition of real estate. He most recently served as Assistant Vice President - Finance for GKC Theatres for 8 years. Prior to joining GKC Theatres, Mr. Zehr was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an office equipment company.

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a premiere motion picture exhibitor in the United States with 309 theatres and 2,495 screens in 37 states, as of September 30, 2005. Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized communities with populations of fewer than 100,000. Carmike's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol "CKEC." For more information visit Carmike's website,

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