MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. ("AccessIT"), the global leader in digital cinema solutions, today announced that Dickinson Theatres is the first theatre chain to commit to the previously announced Phase 2 Digital Cinema Deployment Plan for up to 10,000 screens. Dickinson will convert 310 screens in 24 multiplexes across eight states including a concentration of 84 screens in eight locations in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The first eight screens to be included have been installed in Little Rock, AR at the Chenal theatre.
"AccessIT's proven success over the last three years gave us the confidence to select them as our partner to take us into the digital era," said John Hartley, President & CEO of Dickinson Theatres. "We're thrilled to be working with them on digital cinema including their alternative content and live event broadcast capabilities that we expect to be showing in our theatres."
"AccessIT is excited and proud that Dickinson Theatres will be the first exhibitor partner in our Phase 2 Deployment Plan," said Chuck Goldwater, President of AccessIT's Media Services Group. "With more than 80 years of excellence in the exhibition business, Dickinson Theatres and John Hartley and his team have the experience, the vision and the passion to take full advantage of the benefits of digital technology as leaders in the industry."
Craig Sholder, Vice-President of Entertainment Solutions for Christie, added: "Dickinson and AccessIT are great partners of ours and we're delighted to continue to support the conversion to digital. With more than 15 new movies slated for 3D release, our unique and proven 1.2" DLP Cinema(R) technology offers brightness levels unsurpassed in the industry for the most compelling 3D experience. We're enthusiastic to bring the latest advancements to their theaters while still offering the lowest cost of ownership and best support in the industry. Dickinson's passion and innovative spirit will set the pace for another successful 80 years."
AccessIT Digital Cinema is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema that provides the funding, operations and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Its Phase Two plan for up to an additional 10,000 screens over three years will provide networked, turnkey, Digital Cinema systems in conformance with DCI specifications, including AccessIT's unique Library Management Server(R) and Theatre Command Center(R) software. The system will also include, digital projectors and JPEG 2000 media servers from a variety of vendors whose equipment is designed to meet the DCI specifications as well as a demanding set of performance and reliability requirements AccessIT developed through its success with the Phase One plan.
AccessIT is the global leader in providing integrated solutions for digital cinema. The Company's ground-breaking digital cinema networked services along with its Library Management Server(R) and Theatre Command Center(R) software have enabled theatres across the United States to play more than nine million digital showings of Hollywood features to date. AccessIT's 24/7 satellite operations delivers feature movies, alternative content advertising, and pre-show entertainment through its UniqueScreen Media subsidiary, including live 2-D and 3-D events through its CineLive(R) satellite network, expanding box office sales and developing new ways to attract incremental revenues. Through its alternative content distribution unit, The Bigger Picture, AccessIT offers channels of programming including Opera, Kidtoons, Faith Based, Concerts, Sports and Anime. Access Integrated Technologies(R) and AccessIT(TM) are trademarks of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.