In September 2003 it was decided the two traditional movie theater Associations Working Group (since 1972) and Guild of German Art House Cinemas (since 1953) have merged. The AG CINEMA - GUILD (AG Kino Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater e.V) was founded, a communicative network that meet dedicated and independent commercial cinemas across Germany . The AG CINEMA - GUILD represents the common interests of the cinema theaters and supported in their daily work. Currently, about 300 cinema operators with 500 screens are members of the AG CINEMA - GUILD. The Guild supports also some 40 distributors, associations, individuals and companies as associate members of the association.