Assignment and Subletting
Section 14.1.Assignment and Subletting. Except as otherwise provided herein (including, without limitation, Section 14.2 below), Tenant shall not assign this Lease or any interest herein nor sublet the Premises or any portion thereof (singularly, a “Transfer” and collectively, “Transfers”) without obtaining the prior written consent of Landlord, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned. Prior to any Transfer requiring Landlord’s consent, Tenant shall provide Landlord with the following: (1) a description of the business background and experience of the proposed transferee, (2) a draft copy of the proposed instrument by which Tenant proposes to effectuate the Transfer, and (3) a current financial statement for the proposed transferee. Within thirty (30) days after receiving this information, Landlord shall notify Tenant of its determination. If Landlord consents to the Transfer, Tenant shall provide Landlord with a copy of the executed instrument effectuating the Transfer. Should Landlord fail to respond within the requisite thirty (30) day period, Landlord will be deemed to have consented to the Transfer. Should Landlord wish to withhold its consent, it must state in writing the specific reasons for its determination. Four Wall Deals and customary license and/or concession arrangements shall not be “Transfers” hereunder and shall be permitted without Landlord’s consent. Except as provided in Section 14.3, no Transfer shall relieve Tenant from liability hereunder. Any disputes between Landlord and Tenant regarding the necessity of obtaining or the reasonableness of Landlord’s consent shall, at the request of either Party, be resolved by arbitration pursuant to Section 18.5 below.
Section 14.2.Permitted Transfers. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Tenant shall be permitted without Landlord’s consent to assign or Transfer its interest in the Lease or sublet the entire Premises in connection with any of the following (individually and collectively, “Permitted Transfers”): (i) the sale, issuance or transfer of any voting capital stock of Tenant to any Tenant Affiliate, (ii) the sale, issuance or transfer of any voting capital stock of any entity, which controls Tenant or to a Tenant Affiliate, (iii) any Transfer to a Tenant Affiliate, (iv) any Transfer to any corporation, partnership, trust, joint venture or other entity provided that Tenant continues to operate and manage the Premises, (v) any Transfer to any entity to which five (5) or more theaters are Transferred in a single transaction, (vi) any Transfer to any entity which may, as a result of a reorganization, merger, consolidation, or sale of assets succeed to the business now carried on by Tenant in the Metropolitan Area, (vii) any assignment, sublease or Transfer to any corporation or entity that operates at least one hundred (100) screens in at least ten (10) theaters, has a net worth in excess of $10,000,000, and agrees to operate the Premises as a theater, (viii) any assignment, sublease or Transfer in connection with any merger, consolidation or reorganization of Tenant in which Tenant is the surviving entity, (ix) any Transfer to any other corporation or entity so long as such corporation or entity merges or consolidates with Tenant, acquires a substantial portion of the assets or stock of Tenant or operates the Premises for the Theater Use, and (x) any assignment, sublease or Transfer in connection with any permitted financing or leasehold encumbrance. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Tenant shall be permitted without Landlord’s consent to enter into license and concession agreements and Four Wall Deals for any use permitted herein.
Section 14.3.Release. Tenant shall automatically be released of all of its obligations and liabilities to Landlord arising from this Lease upon an assignment or a Transfer involving an assignment (other than those accruing prior to the assignment date) subject to all of the following conditions being satisfied as of the date of such assignment: (1) the assignee has expressly assumed all such obligations in writing and a copy of such instrument has been sent to Landlord; (2) the assignment was consented to by Landlord or constitutes a Permitted Transfer; (3) the assignee has a net worth in excess of $100,000,000 (as determined in accordance with Section 7.3(b); (4) the assignee operates ten (10) or more theaters containing one hundred (100) or more screens; and (5) the assignee performs under this Lease without a monetary Event of Default for a period of at least two (2) years. At the request of Tenant, Landlord shall confirm in writing whether Tenant remains liable after an assignment and, if applicable, Landlord shall execute an instrument confirming that Tenant has been released from all further obligations hereunder; provided, however, that the failure of Landlord to execute an assignment document releasing Tenant from all of its obligations and liabilities arising under this Lease shall not effect Tenant’s full and complete release from all of its obligations and liabilities arising from this Lease. To the extent the original Tenant, (the “Original Tenant”) has not been released from all of its