CINEASIA, Hong Kong - GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has closed a deal with UA Cinemas ("UA") to supply DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment under the VPF scheme. GDC is the front-runner in Asia holding the most number VPF agreements with major Hollywood Studios which include 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures International, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures International and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Under these VPF agreements, the participating studios will make financial contributions for a limited time towards the hardware cost of DCI-compliant digital equipment deployed by GDC. Few companies can offer both VPF arrangement and one-stop digital cinema solution together; the unique strength of GDC in both has made it the preferred choice for Asian exhibitors who are thinking of converting to digital.

With 13 systems already installed at 7 cinema sites, UA Cinemas has been a loyal customer of GDC. The new contract will see another 20 systems to be installed by GDC by the end of 2010. UA Cinemas was introduced by the Lark Group in 1985 with the opening of UA Shatin, the first ever US-style multiplex cinema brought in to Hong Kong. With approximately 38 screens at eight locations, UA is today one of the major cinema chains in the territory.

"We are pleased to engage GDC again to outfit our new digital cinemas as we are thoroughly impressed by GDC's quality products and excellent technical service," said Bob Vallone, Director and General Manager of Lark Multimedia Ltd. "GDC's VPF scheme is really the icing on the cake; it will go a long way in alleviating the capital outlay needed by the exhibitors when going digital."

"GDC strives to provide its customers a complete digital cinema solution, not just technically, but also commercially," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC's VPF scheme offers our customers a viable commercial model to finance their digital conversion and puts together a sustainable roll-out strategy. We are happy that UA Cinemas has recognized this and we expect more exhibitors to join in soon."

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Hong Kong - Digital cinema pioneer Barco and digital cinema solution provider GDC Technology ("GDC") are proud to announce that GDC's Integrated media block ("IMB") can be seamlessly integrated into Barco's cinema projectors. Barco and GDC showcase this industry leading technology on the show floor at CineAsia, running from 8 until 10 December in Hong Kong.

In recent years, long-standing partners GDC and Barco have realized some 1000 digital conversions in China. As a further proof of the two companies' strong relations, the GDC IMB can now be fully integrated into Barco's digital cinema projectors."

"We are very happy to continue our strong partnership with Barco, and to offer the digital cinema industry a total solution with an integrated media block" said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The GDC media block has been designed to meet the DCI v1.2 Specification Media Block in Projector Configuration and supports 12-bit X'Y'Z' uncompressed playback for resolutions up to 4K. It further features lesser perimeter of security for content and keys compared to an external media server solution and requires less cabling between the media block and storage server."

Frank Christiaens, President of Barco for Greater China Region continues: "With the IMB integrated in a Barco projector, customers are sure of a compact, future-proof digital projection solution based on Texas Instruments' Enhanced DLP Cinema® technology. We truly value our long-standing partnership with GDC and the integration of the GDC media block into our projectors confirms our joint commitment to the Chinese marketplace."

Barco and GDC showcase the integrated media block at CineAsia, Hong Kong, from December 8 to 10, booth #301.

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, the world leader in digital cinema projection, was selected by Movie Palace, Inc., as the exclusive digital cinema provider for its new all-digital Studio City Stadium 10, a 10-screen classic multiplex theatre in Casper, Wyoming. It is the second Movie Palace theatre in Casper to use Christie digital projectors. The company has also installed the Christie CP2000 series projectors - the world's most popular digital cinema projector - in its other locations in Cheyenne and Rock Springs, Wyoming.

"We chose Christie based on three key criteria: reliability, brightness and customer service. Since we built our reputation on presenting high quality images on the screen and providing the best service in the community, we depend on the flawless performance and customer care that Christie products and their staff provide us," remarked Randy Pryde, president of Movie Palace.

Pryde noted that Movie Palace plans to equip all their locations with Christie DLP Cinema projectors. "Offering the brightest and most reliable products in the industry, Christie greatly enhances our customers' movie viewing experience," he observed.

According to Pryde, Movie Palace conducted extensive research on the older, classic theatres, and then merged the glamour and architecture of these legendary movie theatres with the ultimate in digital projection technology and state-of-the-art sound systems.

Andrew Houck, the manager of the new Studio City Stadium 10, noted: "We installed six Christie CP2000-ZX projectors, three Christie CP2000-M projectors and one Christie CP2000-SB projector in our multiplex because they not only project stunning images on the screen, they also deliver the most cost-effective digital solutions in the industry. As well, Christie continues to set the standards for 3D, in both resolution and brightness. We anticipate that we will be utilizing these digital projectors in the future for concerts, sporting events and corporate activities."

CLACO Equipment and Services, Inc., one of the region's leading cinema dealers, was responsible for the installation. According to Vince Butler, digital technician and installations manager at CLACO, Christie's strong reputation for superior service before and after the sale and the lowest cost of ownership were important factors in their decision to install Christie projectors.

"In addition to its world-class customer support, Christie equipment is both top notch and among the most reliable in the industry, making our job much easier," said Butler. "Movie Palace has had excellent experience in the past using other Christie equipment, such as Christie consoles, automations and 35mm lamp houses, and have found them extremely reliable. Digital cinema is the next frontier, and we look forward to working with Christie to deliver the most visually exciting movie presentations in the industry."

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Storyteller Theatres and Liberty Development announced today that Storyteller Theatres Corporation has signed a lease for a 10-screen multiplex theatre at Liberty Square in Edgewood, New Mexico. The 1400-seat all stadium theatre, that will allow patrons to enjoy unobstructed views in total comfort, boasts luxury rocking chair seats, premium projection systems, Dolby Digital sound and Digital 3D projection featuring RealD 3D and wall-to-wall screens. The theatre also features a large, Café Style, fast-serve concession stand offering a wide variety of food and beverages. The spacious custom designed lobby will feature popular arcade games and a four station box office as well as automated ticketing machines. The theatre will also sell tickets over the internet.

"We are looking forward to opening this state-of-the-art movie theatre in Edgewood", said Matthew Brandt, Co-CEO of Storyteller Theatres. "We are confident that our customers will thoroughly enjoy the movie going experience in our theatre and our total commitment to customer service. Most of all, we are here to bring fun and the magic of movies into Edgewood's own back yard".

Brandt also stated that Storyteller Theatres is excited to be associated with other national and regional retailers coming to Liberty Square and that Liberty Development shares their vision in creating a first-class destination for entertainment and shopping.

"Edgewood is one of the fastest growing areas in New Mexico", said Andrew Somerville, Developer and Executive Manager of Liberty Development. "We are extremely pleased to be working with Storyteller Theatres to bring a state of the art theatre to Edgewood and we extend our appreciation and thanks to Mayor Stearley, Karen Mihalek and the Town of Edgewood for their support and assistance in bringing Storyteller to our area. This theatre will be the cornerstone of a premiere entertainment and shopping experience".

Storyteller Theatres, currently owns and operates 70 screens in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming. For further information visit their website.

 

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NEW YORK - In a move designed to increase the reach of independent cinema, IFC Entertainment, one of the leading distributors of independent and foreign films, and Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced a partnership that gives Netflix U.S. rights to 53 unique titles from IFC Entertainment. Through this agreement select titles from IFC Entertainment's eclectic library of independent films will become available to be streamed instantly to televisions and computers via the Netflix service. The deal was announced jointly by Lisa Schwartz, executive vice president for IFC Entertainment, and Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix.

The partnership gives Netflix members on an unlimited plan the opportunity to instantly watch the newly acquired films on their computers or TVs through a range of Netflix ready devices. Those devices include Netflix ready Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung and Best Buy's Insignia brand; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console and Sony's Playstation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system; TiVo digital video recorders, and Internet TVs from Sony and, soon, VIZIO. The films will be available beginning Friday, November 20th.

"Netflix has always championed independent cinema and has creatively built audiences for films in this genre, and we're excited to give their customers instant access to this wide-ranging collection of independent film," said Lisa Schwartz, executive vice president for IFC Entertainment. "Our top priority is to make independent film available to a wider audience and this partnership further underscores that commitment."

"Partnering with IFC Films gives us the opportunity to expand the number of quality films that our subscribers can watch instantly," said Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix. "This deal reinforces our commitment to bringing diversity to the library and properties like this collection of titles bring us closer to that goal."

The deal will include 53 contemporary classic, and recent critically acclaimed titles, including English-language independents from John Sayles' Sundance prize winner THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and the award-winning RETURN OF SECAUCUS SEVEN, Christopher Nolan's first film FOLLOWING, Joe Swanberg's NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, James Toback's WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?, and Rebecca Miller's debut ANGELA.

The library will also feature documentaries by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris, including the groundbreaking THE THIN BLUE LINE and his debut feature GATES OF HEAVEN. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's award-winning BROTHER'S KEEPER, and Jim Stern and Adam Del Deo's political documentary SO GOES THE NATION are also featured.

In addition, some of the most celebrated foreign language titles of recent years can be instantly streamed from Netflix, including Susanne Bier's BROTHERS, Patrice Chereau's GABRIELLE, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Cannes prize winner NOBODY KNOWS, Lukas Moodysson's TOGETHER, Christophe Honoré's DANS PARIS, Catherine Breillat SEX IS COMEDY, Alfonso Cuaron SOLO CON TU PAREJA, Kristian Levring THE INTENDED and Hou Hsiao Hsien's THREE TIMES.

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