SMART ceased manufacturing our cinema product line at the end of June 2008. We are not accepting new orders.

In the 30 years we have been offering efficient and low cost products. Recently the costs have skyrocket for parts, labor, and shipping costs. While some competitors have moved their production to Communist China or other low cost Asian countries, we have prided ourselves on “Made in America” products. We have absorbed as much of the increases as possible. It is no longer feasible to continue to offer our products without a sharp increase in price.

Several manufacturers have approached us to buy the designs, rights, and manufacturing documentation for several of our popular products. It is likely you will see these products offered by other manufacturers soon. We will publish links to their websites when negotiations are completed.

SMART will continue to offer some products that are sub-contracted to outside assembly companies in our region. We will also continue to offer warranty service for the products we have made in the past year.

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Cinemark Holdings, Inc., and RealD 3D, the global leader in 3D, announced today that Cinemark will add up to 1,500 RealD 3D screens to its circuit, bringing RealD’s committed 3D platform to a game-changing 5,000 worldwide screens. Cinemark’s global deployment of its greatly expanded 3D platform, with RealD as exclusive digital 3D provider, comes as an unprecedented slate of top-tier 3D films is announced for 2009 and 2010. The parties expect to commence the roll-out upon completion of the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP) initiative.

The consummation of the announced deal is subject to completion of definitive agreements and is contingent upon DCIP finalizing the necessary digital cinema conversion arrangements.

“Cinemark has always been committed to new, exciting, premium experiences for our cinema guests,” said Alan Stock, CEO of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. “Our partnership with RealD 3D brings amazing 3D visuals to our screens in time for a roster of great 3D films from the leading talents in cinema.”

“We are thrilled that Cinemark has chosen RealD to make this breakthrough commitment to 3D,” said Michael Lewis, chairman and CEO of RealD. “Cinemark and RealD together can now bring a premium 3D experience to moviegoers throughout the United States and Latin America, who will truly have ‘the best seat in town.’ This expansion of our RealD 3D platform also means that RealD has passed the 5,000 screen milestone: a game-changing number for 3D and for the business of movies.”

"RealD is building a groundbreaking 3D platform which paves the way for the release of such films as our upcoming Journey to the Center of the Earth, which, in the 3D version, is the first live-action narrative 3D film ever released," said Dan Fellman, President Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "The 5,000 screen milestone is a huge win for studios and exhibitors alike."

RealD’s next-generation 3D is immersive and realistic, bearing no resemblance to the anaglyph red-and-blue glasses of the 50’s or other analog technologies. The new digital 3D has been hailed as the greatest advance in filmmaking since the advent of color. 5,000 3D screens has often been cited as a number at which the box-office impact of 3D becomes nationwide and undeniable. Such a planned rollout provides a greatly expanded platform for Hollywood’s creative community to release 3D films, with the attendant increased attendance and revenue.

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- DTS Digital Cinema today announced the introduction of a new suite of products at Cinema Expo International 2008. The ScreenStoreTM Media Player, Theatre Management System (TMS), and Screen Management System (SMS) have all been launched at the industry showcase demonstrating DTS Digital Cinema’s commitment to providing solutions for the digital cinema network.

Drawing upon DTS Digital Cinema’s extensive experience in the cinema market, the ScreenStoreTM comes equipped with built-in networking and pre-show programming capability and provides highly flexible networking and configuration capabilities, along with the solid, reliable performance that DTS Digital Cinema has been famous for delivering to ‘the big screen’ for over 14 years. The ScreenStoreTM delivers eight independent audio channels supporting high quality digital surround sound, plus enhanced video up to 1920 x 1080p for pre-show or alternative content. The unit contains an internal hard drive that can store over 500 hours of multichannel film soundtracks, up to 88 hours of pre-show video and stills, up to 17 hours of high definition alternative content, up to 44 hours of standard definition alternative content or a combination of each. In order to meet customer needs, analogue and digital audio outputs are both standard features and optional features include DTS Digital Cinema AccessTM technology for subtitling, captioning, and audio description as well as high definition video playback.

The TMS has been developed to be deployed as the central control system for the theatre and is designed specifically for exhibitors. The software is intuitive and easy to use enabling exhibitors to focus on managing their content rather than managing a computer system. It provides direct control of the Library Server and Screen Server and, due to its web-based architecture, can independently view or manage any player or projector in the cinema complex, from any networked location in or outside the complex. With DTS Digital Cinema’s TMS functionality, managers can easily create new shows, schedule and supervise receipt of content and keys, provide reports and manage and monitor system health and security.

This product has been designed to interface with any screen server unit quickly and efficiently enabling it to work with any existing compatible equipment a customer has installed. The SMS comes equipped with industry-standard image, sound and security features and offers a flexible, user-friendly GUI that enables easy scheduling and management of content, a simple control interface and tight integration with DTS Digital Cinema’s proprietary Theatre Management System. The SMS can be used as a standalone digital cinema player for a single screen, or as a network player in a multiplex configuration when used with the DTS Digital Cinema Library Server. It fully supports the DCI specification for 2K resolution JPEG2000 content and also supports HD-MPEG2 files.

Tony Nowak, Managing Director of DTS Europe Ltd. comments: "We are delighted to be able to show our new suite of products to the industry at Cinema Expo International 2008. We believe it is essential to continue our commitment to providing the best possible technology for our customers through the continuous development of our products and these solutions are a perfect example of this."

The first installations of the TMS and SMS will take place in Q3 and the ScreenStoreTM will be available for delivery in Q4 2008.

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Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, today announced that it is one of the premier locations in the U.S. selected to show Hancock in Sony 4K digital cinema on its 70-foot-wide UltraScreen® at the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Brookfield, Wis. Hancock, a Peter Berg film staring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman, opens with special screenings at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1 and begins its regular run on July 2 at the Majestic in UltraScreen 2.

“4K digital cinema is the cutting edge in motion picture production and presentation,” said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. “Sony’s 4K digital projection takes the moviegoing experience to a whole new level, engaging audiences in the visual experience and story of the film, especially on the UltraScreen. This ultimate digital projection technology makes the moviegoing experience more entertaining than ever. We are excited to be one of first theatre locations throughout the world offering this one-of-a-kind ultimate digital experience to our guests.”

Marcus Theatres is using Sony’s SRX-R220 digital cinema projection system for the run of Hancock. The projection system is capable of outputting 18,000 lumens and more than 8 million pixels of resolution.

“Sony’s 4K digital projectors allow guests to experience superb contrast, vivid color and the highest resolution now available,” said Mark Collins, director of projection technologies for Marcus Theatres. “4K digital projectors create a picture that is four times the pixels of the traditional 2K resolution, and slightly more than four times the pixels of today’s consumer high definition television sets. The result is an incredibly fine picture with pixels so small, and with such small interpixel gaps, they merge together seamlessly for the viewer at normal viewing distances. 4K digital projection enables moviegoers to sit in the front row and still retain the illusion of a seamless, continuous picture.”

“We are pleased to have Marcus Theatres be among a very exclusive, yet rapidly growing, number of theaters in the U.S. to have the ability to screen a full-length feature movie in 4K,” said Andrew Stucker, director of industry relations for digital cinema at Sony Electronics. “Moviegoers who visit Marcus Theatres to see Hancock in 4K, will be in for an immersive visual experience that only 4K resolution can provide.”

Marcus Theatres will show Hancock in 4K digital cinema on its UltraScreen 2 at the Marcus Majestic Cinema beginning with special screenings on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Regular 4K showings begin Wednesday, July 2 at 11:10 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:25 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. on UltraScreen 2.

 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 23, 2008) - Coming off reaching the billion-dollar mark in international box office sales last weekend, Paramount Pictures Corporation has now also crossed the billion-dollar milestone on its domestic gross sales, making it the first studio to accomplish this feat this calendar year and besting last year's billion-dollar record by nearly three weeks.

This marks back-to-back years of firsts for Paramount Pictures and five consecutive weeks of holding the Number One spot in domestic market share. The studio also set a new first as of this weekend - having the Top Three grossing films of 2008 at mid-year.

The half-year got off to a strong start, with JJ Abrams' thriller Cloverfield earning $80M. Paramount was further buoyed by the blockbuster successes of Marvel Entertainment's Iron Man ($305M), Lucas Films' and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($291M) and DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda ($156M - which this weekend surpassed Horton Hears A Who! to become the year's third top grossing film to this point).

"It has been a wonderful year so far," said Paramount Chairman Brad Grey. "As we look towards the rest of 2008, and into 2009 -- when we will have Transformers II, JJ Abram's Star Trek, G.I. Joe and NowhereLand starring Eddie Murphy, among others -- we are as excited about the future as we are by reaching this milestone."

Paramount's forthcoming openings this year include DreamWorks' Tropic Thunder starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black (August 15, 2008), Paramount Vantage's American Teen (July 25, 2008), DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (November 7, 2008) and Paramount's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (Christmas Day).

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