Carmike Cinemas was a motion picture exhibitor headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. The company has theaters with screens in various states, including the DC area, and is the fourth largest movie theater in the United States. The company bills itself as "America's Hometown Theatre" and Carmike theaters are largely positioned in rural or suburban areas with populations under 200,000. The company's theaters operate under various names and will generally have a name followed by the number of auditoriums at that location; for example, "Carmike 15". AMC purchased Carmike and Starplex and change it into the current AMC Classic.