LAS VEGAS, NV - Cruising the aisles at this year's ShoWest-filmdom's annual paean to all things cinematic where theatre owners, manufacturers, studios, and the press all co-mingle to find out what's new and exciting-one could stroll past booths showcasing everything from the latest incarnations of popcorn to high-end digital technology. In the latter category, one standout was QSC's DCP 300, a comprehensive digital cinema processor ideally suited for both D-Cinema upgrades and new installations.

Making its industry debut in booth #1509, the device showed-off its power to combine 24-bit, 16-channel D-Cinema processing with DSP crossover functions and remote, Ethernet-based monitoring and control features that can give guidance to entire audio systems. Capable of receiving up to eight AES pairs of input from D-Cinema servers on two DB25 connectors, the DCP 300 facilitates network digital audio transport as well, via CobraNet, to easily accommodate future expansion.

"The reaction the DCP 300 received at this show was nothing short of phenomenal," says QSC Senior Director of Cinema Solutions Barry Ferrell. "We've never drawn this kind of attention from a product launch, ever. You go into these things knowing in your heart that you have a great product, but you can't help but develop a case of nerves the night before the show opens. The overwhelming positive response we received was definitely a big validation from the outside world that we got it right."

Ferrell credits the DCP 300's full feature set as being one of the primary factors drawing wide attention to the product. Among these features, the device's full compatibility with QSC's DCA amplifiers allows it to be added to applications converting to digital projection without the need for replacing existing amps. Housing advanced DSP crossover settings for the QSC family of DCS loudspeakers supporting up to five active two-way, three-way, or four-way screen channels, the device additionally offers full 1/3 octave graphic EQ on all channels (except subwoofer), a master volume and master mute, and an internal pink noise generator. 10 channels of analog inputs have also been thoughtfully provided for legacy 35 mm film processors. Dual power supplies further complement the package, along with complete parameter backup via SD memory.

"From an end-user's standpoint, these are all features inherently designed to keep you on-screen or get you back up quickly," Ferrell adds. "That means the show goes on, night-after-night, uninterrupted."

User interface on the DCP 300 is simple and intuitive using a color LCD touchscreen found on its front panel. A speaker also located on the front panel lets users keep tabs on either selected mixes of inputs or outputs, or any individual amplifier output channel. Line-level hearing and visually impaired outputs are furnished as standard equipment as well. Network support includes compatibility with QSC's QSControl and QSCreator, plus instrumentation and status indicators.

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Toronto, Ontario: Cineplex Entertainment Limited Partnership ("Cineplex") announced today it has signed a binding agreement with Onsite Media Network Inc. ("Onsite") pursuant to which Cineplex would acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Onsite through a shareholder approved Plan of Arrangement (the "Arrangement"). Onsite is an Alberta-based digital signage network company that broadcasts advertising and custom content to premium office towers and sports stadiums across Canada. The total transaction value is approximately $1.7 million. The Arrangement is conditional on Onsite shareholder approval as well as upon the usual and customary regulatory conditions and the approval by the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Cineplex has signed voting agreements with Onsite shareholders representing approximately 67% of the total number of shares outstanding.

The Onsite network includes a Sports Stadium Network with 1,000 screens located at GM Place (Vancouver), Pengrowth Saddledome (Calgary), Rexall Place (Edmonton) and Scotiabank Place (Ottawa) as well as the Office Tower Network which features approximately 200 screens located in public concourses and food courts throughout 22 Brookfield Property Management Ltd. office towers. These marquee office properties in Toronto's vibrant PATH system include, among others, First Canadian Place, TSX Exchange Tower, Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place), and Hudson's Bay Centre at Bloor and Yonge, and in Calgary at Banker's Hall, Royal Bank Building, 5th Avenue Place, and coming soon to Petro Canada Centre. Additional network locations are in Place DeVille I and II in Ottawa. The Onsite network will add more than 120 million annual impressions to the current Cineplex Media offerings.

"Adding Onsite enables us to expand our advertising reach beyond our theatres and into some of Canada's premier, high-traffic facilities. Through Cineplex Media, we already have the content, the sales force and the business relationships in place. This acquisition extends our reach further to new audiences in office towers and stadiums," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment.

The Arrangement is expected to close on or about April 30, 2009.

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Las Vegas - At ShoWest 2009, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB), announced a limited-time "buy one get one free" Dolby® 3D Glasses offer for exhibitors installing a new Dolby 3D Digital Cinema system. The special promotion will run from April 6 through May 22, 2009.

This promotion coincides with the North American release of Disney/Pixar's Up on May 29, 2009, and will provide exhibitors around the world who purchase and install a Dolby 3D Digital Cinema system during the promotional period with an opportunity to purchase eco-friendly, reusable Dolby 3D glasses at this special price.

"Movie theatre owners around the world are excited by the advantages the Dolby 3D Digital Cinema solution provides, given its superior presentation and environmentally friendly 3D glasses," said John Carey, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Products and Services, Dolby Laboratories. "This offer builds upon Dolby 3D's already cost-effective solution, and we look forward to expanding the number of Dolby 3D screens to satisfy the growing consumer demand for high-quality 3D screenings."

Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, said, "After many successful Disney Digital 3DTM film releases on Dolby 3D systems, we couldn't be happier with their technology and eco-friendly, reusable glasses solution. With more than 17 upcoming new Disney Digital 3D films, starting with Disney/Pixar's Up on May 29, 2009, we're excited that Dolby has chosen to make such a compelling sales offer of their 3D systems to exhibitors worldwide."

Dolby's unique full-spectrum color-filter technology licensed from Infitec, enabled by the high-tech passive Dolby 3D Glasses, enhances the motion picture experience. The system provides realistic color reproduction and extremely sharp images. The environmentally friendly and reusable glasses can be used repeatedly, significantly reducing the cost per viewing for exhibitors.

For additional information on the Dolby 3D Glasses offer, contact salesadmin@dolby.com.

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LAS VEGAS - NCM Fathom, the alternative entertainment division of National CineMedia, announced today an agreement with MarQe Entertainment Inc., (MarQe) to present a series of New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) performances exclusively in select movie theaters nationwide beginning this August. The NYTB is historically known for its elaborate storybook sets, rich costumes and mesmerizing choreography where each classical story comes to life through the art of dance. The New York Theatre Ballet series will complement Fathom's existing opera schedule, offering audiences a "Season of the Arts," beginning in late summer and continuing into 2010. The series will include a live performance of The Nutcracker, which is slated to be broadcast live from New York in December. Each performance will feature exclusive segments that will only be seen by cinema audiences. The agreement for Fathom to exclusively distribute The New York Theatre Ballet series was announced today by Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom, at ShoWest 2009, the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry.

Through this new agreement, Fathom in conjunction with MarQe will present The New York Theatre Ballet series featuring six performances of dynamic chamber ballet classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals and The Alice in Wonderland Follies. The ballet performances are perfectly suited to the attention span of the youngest audience members, yet sophisticated enough for the most discerning adults. Hailed by The New York Times as "a discreet little pearl in the oyster of New York dance," NYTB has earned acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by great choreographers and for its innovative ballets based on children's literature.

The New York Theatre Ballet series will be offered across NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network (DBN) - North America's largest cinema broadcast network that reaches nearly 500 movie theaters and performing arts centers in the country. Tickets will be available beginning Friday, July 10th. Visit www.FathomEvents.com to learn more.

Founded by Diana Byer in 1978, the NYTB is the most widely seen chamber ballet in the U.S. NYTB is the only chamber ballet company in New York to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009 - an important milestone since numerous chamber companies have closed due to dwindling arts funding and increased costs.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with MarQe and NCM Fathom bringing NYTB's 30-year legacy to the screen for audiences across the country to enjoy. In this current economic climate, it is more important than ever to make the arts accessible and affordable and we're doing just that by bringing the rich experience of the NYTB to local cinemas nationwide," said Byer, artist director and founder of NYTB.

MarQe Entertainment Inc. specializes in the creation and worldwide distribution of high definition digital versions of world class performing arts and special events. MarQe
will produce the NYTB events for distribution to movie theaters nationwide.

"Our arrangement with Fathom enables us to bring the performing arts of all disciplines to audiences around the country," CEO & Executive Producer of MarQe Entertainment Marina Giokas said. "Together, we are providing widespread communities and groups an opportunity to attend some of the world's greatest performances that have previously been inaccessible due to barriers of time, location and costs. This is truly a groundbreaking initiative."

Fathom is a leader in the alternative entertainment industry, presenting a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide since 2002 including live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as special live town hall discussions, sporting, music, anime and many other unique entertainment presentations.

"Fathom has experienced great success in bringing performing arts events to movie theaters around the country and this exclusive partnership with MarQe enables us to offer a ‘Season of the Arts' with the New York Theatre Ballet series," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "This prestigious chamber ballet will add another dimension to our event schedule and give fans of all ages the chance to gather, experience and enjoy more of the fine arts in their local movie theaters."

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LAS VEGAS - Sony is unveiling new technologies designed to work with its 4K digital cinema projection systems at ShoWest here this week.

The new technologies include a Theater Management System, which can provide exhibitors with increased efficiency and automation in their operations, and a new anamorphic lens for higher brightness in 2D projection systems.

"Exhibitors moving to digital cinema are looking for all the necessary tools and options to be readily available and easy-to-use, in order to make their digital transition as smooth as possible," said Gary Johns, vice president of Sony Electronics' Digital Cinema Systems Division. "Their goal is to provide the highest-quality presentation for their customers, while simultaneously increasing their efficiency and eliminating operational mistakes."

The new anamorphic lens, model LKRL-A001, will allow exhibitors to reach 14 foot-lamberts of brightness on screens up to 70 feet wide. Sony will work with studios and the digital cinema industry to gather input so that the new lens meets with necessary technical requirements and standards for digital cinema projection.

The new Theater Management System includes a direct interface to the Sony Screen Management System that controls all the 4K projectors in one location. Through one user-friendly graphical interface, operators can: import schedule data directly from their ticketing and/or point-of-sale system; create schedules using a show template; monitor the status of screens, projectors and other equipment; and also transfer schedule data and DCP/KDM automatically.

Up to 32 screens can be supported by the SMPTE/DCI compliant Theater Management System (DCI Specification Version 1.2) and the system is compatible with a range of media formats, including: JPEG-Interop, and SMPTE formats.

The Sony Theater Management System is expected to be available in June, and the lens is planned to be available in July.

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