DALLAS, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian Schultz, CEO of Studio Movie Grill (SMG), recently announced a major expansion initiative that has seen new locations open in Indianapolis, Columbus and Dallas in the last several months, with new theaters opening in Chatham, IL, Colleyville, TX, The Colony, TX and Tyler, TX; more sites are currently in the works. Since Brian developed the concept in 1993 and established SMG in 2000 (www.studiomoviegrill.com ), the company has swiftly grown to 16 locations and 158 screens in seven states.
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"Studio Movie Grill is excited to be expanding and to be on the forefront of enormous growth in our segment of the movie exhibition industry," said Schultz. "We are always seeking new ways to provide the guest with a relaxing, no-rush experience in an appealing environment, coupled with the best technology, dedicated service and a continually evolving, eclectic menu."
SMG's newest Dallas-area location, SMG Colleyville, is set to open in April, 2014. The 51,935-square foot establishment will be an upscale social destination, encompassing eight screens and over 1,000 seats.
In The Colony, a 10-screen, 40,000-square foot location will bring the total number of SMG screens to 176. The theater will seat 1,300 and is scheduled to open before year's end.
A complete remodeling and modernization will bring the existing Chatham 14 Theater in Chicago in line with today's SMG brand identity. With a completion date of May 2014, SMG Chatham will boast 13 screens and 1,400 seats, along with a modern lounge and lobby area and an exciting, contemporary menu.
SMG Tyler will add an additional 10 screens. The 42,000-square foot theater will seat 1,400 and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.
The four newest additions to the SMG family will offer casual dining and lounge areas for socializing before or after the main feature and dinner. Definitive touch points will be reflected in every location, as SMG refines its architectural and design elements to achieve a consistent identity.
"The Studio Movie Grill is so much more than movies," explains Schultz. "We offer one-stop destinations for dining, entertainment, and a welcoming place to meet with friends and family. We're a great choice for both special occasions and a simple night out."
"SMG is excited to transform the typical cinema experience and offer a community gathering place alongside dinner and a movie."
With an ever-evolving menu, Studio Movie Grill has upped the ante on what to expect from theater food. Whereas competitors have settled for "bar food in the dark," SMG plans a new menu roll out in May that will feature everything from Sage Dusted Pork Chops and Pork Belly Macaroni and Cheese to Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips, not to mention a premium liquor selection, expertly mixed cocktails and new beer choices, including a larger sized offering.
Studio Movie Grill exists to Open Hearts and Minds to Our Shared Story and proudly supports local initiatives through community outreach and by offering programs that make an impact. One example is SMG's Special Needs Screenings for families raising children with special needs. Established over seven years ago, these screenings offer first-run family movies free to children with special needs and their siblings. Additionally, SMG With A Twist provides affordable alternate, educational and family programming, including documentaries, cartoons, concert films, sports, and special advanced promotional screenings, plus themed monthly film series. This unique and distinct programming supports local community initiatives, artistic creation and public awareness in SMG neighborhoods.
All SMG locations offer 100% reserved seating online or at the box office. Special offerings can be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/studiomoviegrillfan ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/studiomoviegril ). For more information or to sign up for the SMG e-blast, please visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com .
About Studio Movie Grill
SMG modernized the traditional movie-going experience by combining first-run movies with in-theater dining and is characterized in the market today by its continued ability to innovate and maximize movie and menu offerings. For additional information, please visit www.studiomoviegrill.com .
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Hong Kong (February 26, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Broadway Circuit, one of the largest cinema circuits in Hong Kong with 62 screens in 12 theatres currently, observes extremely reliable operations in 2013 as it leveraged GDC Technology's servers and services for its digital cinema deployments. In over 150,000 performances last year, GDC Technology has successfully delivered 99.99% uptime for Broadway Circuit.
Broadway Circuit is the largest theatre chain in Hong Kong with the most installations of digital screens. It manages three brands, including the stylish cinema brand "Broadway" and the premium cinema brands "PALACE" and "AMC", covering all the major locations in Hong Kong. Over the years Broadway Circuit has been dedicated to equipping each of its theatres with advanced digital cinema equipment, with an aim to offer audiences the perfect visual and audio enjoyment.
"As one of Hong Kong's premier theatre chains, we selected GDC Technology to provide the best solution for our digitization, said Tessa Lau, CEO of Broadway Circuit. "We achieved the highest record of Chinese New Year box office this year for which we believe without the digital deployment, we could hardly do 9 shows per screen per day to capture the hype of the audiences' needs."
"GDC Technology is committed to providing high quality products and prompt services that deliver the finest cinematic experience possible," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "We will continue to dedicate our utmost efforts to support Broadway Circuit in its pursuance of performance reliability."
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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a leading global digital cinema solutions provider with the largest installed base of digital cinema servers in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by Hollywood studios. GDC Technology also provides a comprehensive suite of digital cinema products and services providing exhibitors and distributors with a one-stop solution for exhibiting digital cinema content, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. Its subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, has 6 years of VPF experience and manages over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Founded in Singapore in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology has established a global market presence and strong brand recognition with 11 offices and 28 local service centers around the world. GDC Technology is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
About Broadway Theatre Company Limited (www.cinema.com.hk)
Broadway Cinema was first established in 1950s and has gradually developed to nowadays the largest cinema circuit in Hong Kong. Broadway circuit comprises two brands, including the stylish quality "Broadway" and premium elegance design "PALACE", covering all the major locations in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. The circuit is operated by Edko Films Ltd, the parent company of Broadway Theatre Co. Ltd. Edko is a full-scope independent movie company that apart from operating the theaters, it also produces and distributes films, operates paid TV Movie channel, and develop advertising production. Since 1996 Edko has appointed by AMC Cinemas to manage the two AMC cinemas in Hong Kong. Hence, Broadway, PALACE and AMC altogether have a presence of 12 cinemas across the territory, providing 62 screens and over 9,900 comfortable seating. Each cinema come with a different design feature, and is equipped with advanced digital cinema equipments, offering audiences almost the perfect visual and audio enjoyment.
20TH CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE "DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES" ON JULY 11, 2014
WASHINGTON D.C. (February 25, 2014) - Andy Serkis will receive the "CinemaCon® Vanguard Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Serkis will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 27, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Simply put, Andy Serkis is a genius in our magical world of the movies. When it comes to 'performance capture' he has no equal and has pioneered an art form that has changed the world of acting," noted Neuhauser. "While he may in his own way be Hollywood's best kept secret, legions of fans around the world have been captivated and mesmerized by Andy in having created such memorable characters as King Kong, Gollum and of course, Caesar in the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise. CinemaCon couldn't be more ecstatic than to honor him with the 'CinemaCon Vanguard Award.'"
Serkis will star in the 20th Century Fox release "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," in theaters everywhere on July 11, 2014. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is about a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar who are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. The film also stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Enrique Murciano and Kirk Acevedo. The film is directed by Matt Reeves.
Award-winning actor Andy Serkis' work can be seen in a range of memorable roles on the big screen, small screen and onstage. On the big screen he is best known for his performance as Gollum in the Academy Award®-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, a role in which Serkis won an Empire Award for. Additional feature film work includes; "King Kong," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a performance that earned him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, "The Adventures of Tintin," "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," "The Prestige," and "The Cottage." On the small screen, Serkis has appeared in the BBC miniseries "Little Dorrit," which garnered him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor, starred as Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of "Einstein and Eddington," and potrayed Ian Brady in HBO's "Longford," where his performance earned him a Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award nomination. As an accomplished stage actor, he has received acclaim for his work on the stage for his performances in "Othello," "Cabaret," and "King Lear," to name a few. In addition, Serkis served as 2nd Unit Director on "The Hobbit" trilogy and helmed the award winning Heavenly SwordTM for PLAYSTATION®3 and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for Namco Bandai Games. In October 2012, Serkis announced the acquisition of two projects that will be produced by his London based performance capture studio, The Imaginarium: "The Bone Season," and "Animal Farm," which Serkis will direct. In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called Snake, starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne and Rupert Graves.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 31,450 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 80 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.
Hundreds Attend the Celebration of New Theatre
Scottsdale, AZ, February 21, 2014 - Nearly one thousand were on hand this past Saturday as Harkins Theatres and the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona celebrated the official ground breaking at the site of the new Harkins Queen Creek 14 theatre.
Those in attendance were treated to games, Harkins' award winning popcorn and other movie snacks, with some guests receiving Harkins Family Gift Packs. Harkins' mascots, Fill-Up the Cup and Movie Monkey, were also in attendance to take pictures with the little ones.. All in attendance were invited to an exclusive grand opening event that will take place in the spring of 2015.
Dan Harkins, Owner of Harkins Theatres and Gail Barney, Mayor of Queen Creek welcomed the community before digging their golden shovels in the ground at what will soon be the entrance of the theatre.
"Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors for joining us at this festive event. It was exciting and gratifying to see such overwhelming support," said Harkins. "We are thrilled to finally be able to bring the Harkins Ultimate Moviegoing® experience to our loyal moviegoers in the southeast valley communities."
Highlights of the new Harkins Queen Creek 14 theatre include:
14 wall-to-wall curved screens
Harkins PlayCenter in-lobby child care
Harkins Ultimate LoungerTM reclining seats
Pristine state-of-the-art digital projection and sound
Gourmet concession stand with expanded offerings
For more information visit www.harkinstheatres.com
Harkins anticipates opening Queen Creek 14 in the spring of 2015. The theatre will be located at Queen Creek Marketplace on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse and Ellsworth roads.
About Harkins Theatres
Celebrating 80 years in Arizona and headquartered in Scottsdale, Harkins Theatres is the largest family owned theatre chain in the country and the premier movie exhibitor of the Western U.S. operating over 400 screens. Featuring a larger selection of film, snacks, and innovative amenities to moviegoers since 1933, Harkins Theatres is renowned for its commitment and passion for offering the Ultimate Moviegoing® experience. Founded by showman, inventor, and community leader Dwight "Red" Harkins, Harkins Theatres has historically been a trailblazer for advancements in the motion picture exhibition industry. For more history, awards, and other information, visit www.harkinstheatres.com