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How big theater chains might be trying to put the indy guys out of business

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You probably won't have trouble finding showtimes for Kung Fu Panda 3 when it comes out if you want to go to a big theater, but what if a small indy theater is more your speed?

You probably won't have trouble finding showtimes for Kung Fu Panda when it comes out, especially if you have one of those big, sprawling theater chains near you. 

What if, though, the only screens around are in a small, independent theater?

Some of these mom and pop movie houses are claiming that the big boys such as Regal and AMC are using their muscle and pressuring studios not to offer their films to the indy theaters.

Now, the little guys are getting together and taking their case to court. They say the big chains are operating as kind of a monopoly.

A Martinez joins

, Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, for a discussion on the topic.

If you'd like to hear the entire segment click on the audio embedded at the top of this post. 

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