LOS ANGELES - Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group has signed an agreement with Muvico Entertainment that will outfit its existing and new complexes with Sony’s 4K projection technology.

Muvico’s Rosemont, Ill., theater was the first theater in the United States to be fully equipped with Sony’s 4K digital projectors and, following the success of that theater, Muvico made the decision to enter into this agreement with Sony. The rollout begins this winter with the opening of Muvico’s Thousand Oaks, Calif., facility.

The agreement covers existing Muvico theaters, which will be upgraded to the digital technology, as well as new locations that Muvico builds in the future.

In addition to committing to Sony’s 4K projectors for its full conversion to digital, the exhibitor plans to use a range of Sony products in its facilities. These include LCD displays in lobby and concession areas for digital signage, menu boards and full-motion video trailers; as well as VAIO® computers, PlayStationTM gaming systems, security cameras and more.

Muvico, a leader in the theatrical exhibition industry and one of the premier circuits in the U.S., has 13 locations with a total of 248 screens.

“4K technology gives us a solid foundation for converting our chain to digital,” said Mike Whalen, president of Muvico. “It provides our guests with resolution and picture quality never before seen on the big screen.

“It also opens up so many new business opportunities for displaying alternative content in our theaters such as live concerts and sporting events,” he added.

“Having access to Sony’s full product line will further improve the overall customer experience and our operations by delivering a more attractive and interactive presentation of products that are vital to the revenue stream of any theater. The fact that Sony can deliver all this for us as part of one fully integrated solution was very attractive to us.”

Sony’s DCSS group will work with Muvico on the integration, installation, maintenance and service support for this roll-out, providing the exhibitor with a complete turn-key solution for converting to digital technology.

“Muvico’s vision is that exhibitors need to offer more complete services, and they have been a pioneer in re-defining the movie-going experience,” said Mike Fidler, senior vice president of Sony’s Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group. “They’ve extended their focus far beyond the auditorium and into the lobbies, restaurants, and more, truly turning the movie theater into a digital destination.

“Working with them to further the use of 4K technology, as well as maximize Sony’s product and technology expertise, will simply elevate this experience to an entirely new level,” Fidler said.

The new Thousand Oaks location will feature Muvico’s “Premier Concept” theme, similar to their Boca Raton, Fla. and Rosemont facilities, offering such services as complimentary valet parking, reserved seating, a digital arcade and access to a full-service restaurant and bar for guests 21 years and older.

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the world's most powerful Internet movie-ticketing service, expanded its exhibitor program by signing an exclusive online ticketing agreement with New Orleans-based Southern Theatres L.L.C., which became the 25th new exhibitor to join MovieTickets.com in 2008. MovieTickets.com currently boasts 135 participating theater chains.

Under the agreement, MovieTickets.com will offer online ticketing for all of Southern Theatre's 18 locations and 268 screens. Southern Theatres operates The Grand Theatres and Amstar Cinemas, state-of-the-art multiplex stadium-seating movie theaters with locations across 15 DMAs including Houston, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.

"Southern Theatres, a well known and highly respected circuit, recognized the value, uniqueness, and superiority of our solution," said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. "Over the years we've achieved substantial growth in our exhibitor program and will continue to focus on adding more high quality theater chains in the vital areas of the country."

"We are excited to be a part of the MovieTickets.com network and especially pleased to be creating a private label phone service to help improve service to our patrons," said George Solomon, CEO of Southern Theatres. "There are great opportunities with our MovieTickets.com partnership that will increase the convenience of ticket purchasing for our theatres."

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SHOWEAST, USA - In parallel with the signing of national service agreements with some industry players, GDC Technology (“GDC”) has made a similar arrangement with Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. to expand its servicing network throughout the U.S. Under the agreement, Christie will provide a range of services to GDC’s customers such as product installation, maintenance and service support.

GDC has conducted extensive training programs for Christie technical staff in preparation for this cooperation. One of the important services to be provided by Christie on behalf of GDC is the remote monitoring of GDC servers at the customer site via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP); this is to ensure prompt corrective measures can be taken in the event of any abnormality. Through its world’s second largest installed base, GDC has acquired extensive technical knowledge and experience required to train engineers for servicing its products. GDC’s service training program provides engineers hands-on training including everything from site survey and installation to service, troubleshooting and maintenance. GDC also maintains an expanding library of technical documentation that includes detailed manuals, troubleshooting guides and multimedia presentations.

“Christie has a long working relationship with GDC dating back to 2002,” said Sean James, Vice President of Managed Services, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “This partnership marks a new milestone in our cooperation with GDC and we hope this will be further strengthened in the years to come.”

“Christie is an industry heavy weight and its support will go a long way to help GDC build a better servicing network for its fast-rising number of customers in the U.S.,” said Dr Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “Knowing Christie is behind GDC products will ensure peace of mind for our customers.”

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SHOWEAST, USA - GDC Technology today launches two new models SA-2100A and SA-2100T Digital Cinema Server, its fourth generation digital cinema playback servers designed to fully comply with DCI specifications and FIPS-140 security requirements. SA-2100A and SA-2100T are advanced versions of the highly-successful model SA-2100, retaining all its features which include: 2K/4K DCI MXF JPEG2000 playback, DCI MXF JPEG2000 3D playback, MPEG2 MXF Interop playback, CineLink IITM link encryption, CineCanvasTM image and subtitling management, FIPS-140 security features, DCI approved forensic watermarking, HDTV live streaming/store-and-forward capabilities, highly stable Linux-based operating system, touch screen user interface and ingest of Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) via physical media, network and satellite.

SA-2100A and SA-2100T offer increased storage capacity and flexibility, and come with a number of new features (visit http://www.gdc-tech.com/sa2100A.htm for details):

· Redundant hot swappable 2TB content storage
· Built-in support for a pluggable Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Sled that allows for high-speed ingest of DCPs
[not available for SA-2100T]
· Integrated DVD-ROM drive for ingest of DCPs from DVDs [not available for SA-2100T]
· Dual redundant hot swappable power supplies to safeguard against power supply failure
· 16-pin General Purpose Input/output Port (GPIO) for theater automation
· CD-ROM with software for accessing the Screen Management System(SMS) from a Windows PC
· Optional Quad Link (SA-2100AQ) for
(i) Highest quality 3D playback with dual stream 12-bit 4:4:4 output images to two projectors simultaneously
(ii) Independent playback of two separate 2D content streams to two projectors simultaneously (From Q1 2009)

The SA-2100A comes with more ingest options than the SA-2100T, which makes it more suited for multiplexes without central storage management. Being the second largest provider of digital cinema servers worldwide and the largest player in Asia with two-thirds of the market share, GDC Technology expects to exceed customers’ expectations with the introduction of the new SA-2100A and SA-2100T servers. “GDC Technology understands the needs of its customers well because we listen and work closely with the users,” said Dr Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “The new features of SA-2100A and SA-2100T are high on the wish list of digital cinema operators. I am confident they will be delighted to see what the new servers can do for them”.

The new servers will be showcased at Barco (#100), Christie (#302) and Strong (#200) booths at ShowEast, October 13-16 2008, Orlando World Centre Marriott.

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NEW YORK, NY - Continuing the strategy to offer compelling alternative content programming that drives revenue during off-peak periods, Screenvision, a leading cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution company, and National Amusements will bring Return to the Rafters, exclusively to select National Amusements theaters., The film, about the Boston Celtics epic 2007-2008 championship season, it’s first in 22 years, will be featured at National Amusements Cinema de Lux and Showcase Cinema Theatres in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on October 27th at 7:30pm for a one time only event.

“Screenvision’s exhibitor partners are always looking for additional revenue streams and our compelling alternative content provides them with exactly that,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president, exhibitor relations for Screenvision. “Return to the Rafters is an incredible sports documentary that has great potential on a regional basis and we look forward to working with National Amusements to promote it.”

Joe Amodei, President of Arts Alliance America, which handles the film’s DVD release and marketing, added, “We are allowing sports fans an evening where they can watch their heroes on the big screen. Celtics fans throughout the New England area will be able to go to their local movie theatre and root for their home team. The Celtics’ performances have become larger than life, and deserve to be seen in that capacity.”

Launched in 2007, Screenvision’s alternative content division has been able to provide exhibitors with a wide array of intriguing programming ranging from operas and sports, to documentaries and children’s films. Its presentations have included the film The Ballet Shoes, the documentary film UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, the La Scala opera series and its partnership with the New York Mets for Mets at the Movies. The division is able to develop programming strategies for both wide national releases as well as more localized and regional events presented through Screenvision’s High Definition digital network of more than 7,000 screens.

National Amusements is transforming the movie-going experience by offering exciting alternative entertainment experiences like Return to the Rafters. The first theatre circuit to feature live, high-definition sports broadcasting, National Amusements is expanding its programming with live comedy music and other forms of unique entertainment concepts. National Amusements is focused on making their theatres a community entertainment destination for everyone to enjoy.

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