extending from May to July, and during the holiday season, extending from early November through year-end. The unexpected emergence of a hit film during other periods can alter this seasonality
trend. The timing and quality of such film releases can have a significant impact on our results of operations, and the results of one quarter are not necessarily indicative of results for the next quarter or for the same period in the following
Our worldwide headquarters is located in Plano, Texas. Personnel at our corporate headquarters provide oversight for our domestic and international theatres, including our executive team and department
heads in charge of film licensing, food and beverage, theatre operations, theatre construction and maintenance, real estate, human resources, marketing, legal, finance, accounting, tax, audit and information technology support. Our U.S. operations
are divided into eighteen regions, primarily organized geographically, each of which is headed by a region leader. We have seven regional offices in Latin America responsible for the local management of theatres in thirteen countries (Honduras, El
Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala are operated out of one Central American regional office). Each regional office is headed by a general manager and generally includes personnel in film licensing, marketing, human resources,
information systems, operations and accounting. We have chief financial officers in Brazil and Argentina, which are our two largest international markets.
We have approximately 16,500 employees in the U.S.,
approximately 22% of whom are full time employees and 78% of whom are part time employees. We have approximately 8,000 employees in our international markets, approximately 30% of whom are full time employees and approximately 70% of whom are part
time employees. Some of our international locations are subject to union regulations. We regard our relations with our employees to be satisfactory.
The distribution of motion pictures is largely regulated by
federal and state antitrust laws and has been the subject of numerous antitrust cases. The manner in which we can license films from certain major film distributors is subject to consent decrees resulting from these cases. Consent decrees bind
certain major film distributors and require the films of such distributors to be offered and licensed to exhibitors, including Cinemark, on a theatre-by-theatre and film-by-film basis. Consequently, exhibitors cannot enter into long-term
arrangements with major distributors, but must negotiate for licenses on a theatre-by-theatre and film-by-film basis.
subject to various general regulations applicable to our operations including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or the ADA, and regulations recently issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that require nutrition labels for certain
menu items. Our theatre operations are also subject to federal, state and local laws governing such matters as wages, working conditions, citizenship, health and sanitation requirements and various business licensing and permitting.
Financial Information About Geographic Areas
We currently have operations in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Bolivia, which are reflected in the
consolidated financial statements. See Note 20 to the consolidated financial statements for segment information and financial information by geographic area.