CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that Pacific ArcLight has installed 17 of NEC's 3D digital cinema projectors and is preparing to wow audiences when James Cameron's movie "Avatar" is released on December 18 by Fox Studios.

"We found the NEC NC2500S-A projectors to be a great fit for us, especially with the new higher light output for amazing picture quality," said Joe Miraglia, Pacific's Director of Design, Construction & Facilities. "We're very excited to be 100 percent ready to bring Avatar to our audiences, and, in fact, we are premiering the film at midnight on December 17 at ArcLight Hollywood, Cinerama Dome as well as ArcLight Sherman Oaks."

Pacific Theatres and ArcLight Cinemas have installed NEC digital cinema projectors in 10 locations throughout Los Angeles, including ArcLight Hollywood, which has 825 seats and a screen size of 28-ft. x 86-ft. A major reason for the projector upgrade was to show 3D feature movies, although the theaters will use the projectors to show many popular movies in standard format, too. ArcLight Hollywood, ArcLight Sherman Oaks, Northridge Fashion Center, and Glendale Stadium 16 all have NEC projectors with 3D capabilities in the largest auditoriums of each individual complex.

"Audience expectations are pretty high these days. There are great 3D movies coming out, and NEC digital cinema projectors are transforming the audience experience," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager, Digital Cinema Division, NEC Display Solutions. "Our customer Pacific ArcLight is sending a message that they are a great destination for 3D releases, and this translates to strong box office performance."

The NEC NC2500S-A's new technical enhancement allows 3D content to utilize the full 2K resolution of the 1.2-inch DMD from Texas Instruments, using triple flash technology for smooth motion. With a 33% increase in resolution and brightness, the projector is one of the brightest on the market. The boost in performance means a greater viewing experience for theatergoers.

NEC's full line of digital cinema projectors serves a wide range of screen sizes and budgets, and is available immediately for upgrade or purchase. For more information about NEC's various digital cinema projectors, please visit this page, or call 1-818-557-2500. To learn more about NEC financing options, please click here, or contact NECDigitalCinemaLease@neclease.com.

 

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CINEASIA, Hong Kong - GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed up a number of new customers for 3D deployment using RealD's industry-leading 3D platform. This announcement comes on the heels of an agreement signed between GDC and RealD in April 2009 whereby GDC became a distributor for RealD's 3D platform in Asia. Under the agreement, GDC serves as a representative for RealD, taking care of sales inquiries, technical support, maintenance, installation, marketing support, and on-going operations.

The newly signed-up customers include Broadway Circuit (Hong Kong), UA Cinemas (Hong Kong), Blitz Theatres (Indonesia), Ambassador Cinemas (Taiwan) and Shaw Cinemas (Singapore), with more expected in the pipeline. The signing of these deals marks a good start to the GDC-RealD partnership, which to date has accounted for close to 100 additional RealD 3D installations in Asia.

"In anticipation of the fast-expanding 3D market worldwide, RealD formed a strategic alliance with GDC earlier in the year to assist with the Asia Pacific region," said Joseph Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema at RealD. "Our partnership with GDC is off to a solid start and we are confident we will see continued growth of our worldwide leading 3D technology in the Asian market."

"We are witnessing a phenomenal growth in 3D digital cinema worldwide since the debut of new 3D technology in which RealD is the clear market leader," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The 3D market in Asia is poised for high growth mirroring the trend in the U.S and Europe. Our tie-up with RealD will further consolidate GDC's position as a market leader in Asia, offering comprehensive digital cinema solutions in 3D."

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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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