IMAX Corporation and Hoyts Cinemas Ltd., one of the largest exhibitors in Australia, today announced a joint venture agreement to install four IMAX® theatres in the cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The deal marks the Company’s first international joint venture deal featuring the Company’s new IMAX® Digital theatre system and doubles IMAX’s footprint in Australia. To date, IMAX has signed contracts for more than 180 IMAX® Digital theatre systems, with approximately 50 scheduled to be installed by the end of 2008.

Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, IMAX and Hoyts Cinemas will share in the cost and profitability of the new theatres. The first three theatres will be installed at the Entertainment Quarter 12 in Sydney, the Highpoint 17 in Melbourne and the Carousel 16 in Perth. These openings are scheduled to coincide with the Australian launch of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in December of this year. The fourth theatre will be installed in Melbourne in 2009.

“IMAX is a widely recognized and very successful brand in Australia, and we are excited to open these locations in partnership with IMAX to offer our customers the world’s most immersive cinema experience,” said Delfin Fernandez, CEO of Hoyts Cinemas. “IMAX theatres offer a cinematic experience that people can’t get at home or in a conventional theatre, and this unique offering has proven to drive incremental attendance at the multiplex. Additionally, the IMAX Digital projection system eliminates the need for film prints, which significantly lowers operating costs and enables us to offer our customers a wider range of IMAX content.”

“Entering into a partnership with one of the largest exhibitors in Australia is a fantastic way to initiate our international JV business, and it adds to the momentum of our overall digital growth strategy,” said IMAX’s Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “Hoyts is a top-notch exhibitor with a commitment to innovation and expansion, and we believe this partnership will strengthen our presence in the region.”

The highly anticipated IMAX Digital projection system further enhances The IMAX Experience® and helps drive profitability for studios, exhibitors and IMAX theatres by eliminating the need for film prints, increasing program flexibility and ultimately increasing the number of movies shown on IMAX screens.

IMAX’s film slate for the remainder of 2008, 2009 and 2010 includes:

The Dark Knight - Warner Bros. Pictures - July 18, 2008
Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa - DreamWorks Animation - November 7, 2008
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Warner Bros. Pictures - November 21, 2008
Under the Sea 3D - Warner Bros. Pictures - February, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens 3D - DreamWorks Animation - March, 2009
Hubble 3D (working title) - Warner Bros. Pictures - February, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon 3D - DreamWorks Animation - March, 2010
Shrek Goes Fourth 3D - DreamWorks Animation - May, 2010

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Screenvision has partnered with Journeyfilm to present the national premiere of the feature documentary UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days. The movie chronicles the amazing feats of running legend Dean Karnazes and The North Face Endurance 50, in which he ran 50 marathons in 50 different states in 50 consecutive days.

Screenvision’s alternative programming division will make the documentary available to its exhibitor partners beginning July 31st for limited on-screen engagements at more than 170 theatres across the country. UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days will be distributed through Screenvision’s hi-definition digital network, providing a high quality and cost-effective way to reach each exhibitor’s desired locations.

“We are committed to offering our exhibitor partners compelling alternative content that provides them with additional revenue streams,” said Darryl Shaffer, executive vice president, exhibitor relations for Screenvision. “UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days is the type of documentary we feel could have widespread appeal on a national basis and we look forward to working with our partners to promote it.”

The alternative programming division was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision’s presentation of the La Scala opera series and its partnership with the New York Mets for “Mets at the Movies” are examples of previous successes.

"Inspiration is a two-way street, and I've been so touched by the many people who joined me along the way during this incredible expedition," said Karnazes. "Running is often an individual sport, but it has brought us all together. I’m thrilled that this documentary is here to continue to inspire—it’s a true symbol of what people can achieve if they aspire to explore their personal limits.”

UltraMarathon Man is directed by JB Benna (The Runner) and produced by both JB and Jennifer Benna of Journeyfilm. The documentary is aligned with The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative, and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment, and footwear.

 

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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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