San Francisco - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that its latest generation cinema processor, the Dolby® CP750 Digital Cinema Processor, will be available for orders during ShoWest starting March 30, 2009.

The CP750 is designed to work within the new digital cinema environment, integrating easily with preshow servers, alternative content, and digital cinema servers.

The processor has an easy-to-use interface and powerful internal software that facilitates the setup process and can be easily programmed to manage audio settings and configurations. It can play back PCM digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic® Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital Surround EXTM, and analog audio. In addition, the CP750 can be monitored and controlled remotely from anywhere on the theatre's network.

"Dolby is committed to simplifying digital cinema for our customers, making it easy for exhibitors to upgrade or build a complete digital cinema environment," said Page Haun, Senior Director of Cinema Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby CP750 is the heart of a theatre's audio system. It provides the features and functionality that exhibitors need for all content played in digital cinema while also providing the reliability and fidelity that they expect from Dolby and the Dolby brand."

The CP750 accepts up to eight PCM channels from the digital cinema server. Three additional digital inputs accept PCM or up to 5.1-channel Dolby Digital from preshow and alternative content sources. An eight-channel analog input can accept audio from existing sound processors for hybrid film/d-cinema installations. In addition, the CP750 can process a narrative soundtrack for the hearing and/or visually impaired.

By allowing the theatre's integrator or network operation center to manage the system, the CP750 can be monitored, controlled, and upgraded from one centralized location. It also integrates easily with Dolby's Theatre Management Software (TMS). Other capabilities include the ability for the CP750 to respond to digital input selection and volume cues within a show, to enable real-time volume control, and to recognize ASCII commands from third-party TMS controllers.

In addition to being the ideal solution for new theatres, the CP750 is the ideal choice when existing theatres convert to digital cinema, as they will avoid the expenditure of an adapter and the cost to maintain their legacy cinema processor.

Dolby will begin taking orders for the CP750 at ShoWest from March 30 to April 2, 2009, and it will be on display in Dolby's booth, 1605.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Baldwin Park, California - Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent to Philips for its innovative Helios® xenon lamp technology. Designed as direct replacements for standard xenon lamps in film cinema applications, Helios lamps can provide up to 30% more light on the screen with no reflector or lens changes and no lamp house modifications. Helios lamps are available in a wide range of wattages and configurations to fit all leading film projectors.

Helios lamps can be used in two ways to reduce an exhibitor's total cost of ownership:

- Provide equivalent light on the screen using a lower wattage Helios lamp. For example, a Helios 4.2 kw lamp running at 4.2 kW can achieve the same light output on the screen as a 5 kW or 6 kW standard lamp running at full power. This provides lower energy costs and cooling requirements and allows the use of a lower cost lamp.
- Provide more light on the screen at the same power consumption. For example, a standard 3 kW can be replaced with a Helios 3 kW lamp running at 3 kW and up to 30% more light will be available on screen. This provides an easy way to upgrade projection equipment without expensive modifications.

Helios lamps are already in wide use by major film exhibitors around the world.

The complete Philips Cinema Xenon lamp range will be displayed at ShoWest, Philips booth #1216-1218. ShoWest will be held from March 30th until April 2nd at Bally's & Paris in Las Vegas.

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CYPRESS, CA - The conversion to digital cinema by theatre operators throughout the United States continues and is gaining momentum as the 2009 schedule of 3D movies are released. With the soon to be released Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks/Paramount), independent theatre operators have recognized the benefits of converting to digital cinema. Sonic Equipment Company, an authorized Christie cinema reseller, is equipping dozens of independent theatres across the U.S. Midwest with the latest Christie DLP Cinema® projectors with Brilliant3DTM technology which enables 3D content to be projected in full 2K resolution with the industry's lowest operating costs.

Using Sonic's Complete Digital Package, which offers financing options and a low cost Preventative Maintenance Service Program, theatre owners have found a high quality solution. "Christie offers us the best choices in technology, performance and reliability for our customers while also keeping prices affordable. Independent theatres are looking for the best deal with the most ‘bang-for-the-buck' and have found it here with our package options," says Eric L. Olson, director of operations, Sonic Equipment Company.

"Our install and service teams have stepped up to meet the growing demands of customers ready to convert their 35mm booths to digital. The relationship we have with Christie has helped to make it easier to sell lots of digital projectors and present the most compelling offer to our customers through training, product availability and their ongoing commitment to their re-seller network," continues Olson.

Craig Sholder, vice-president of Entertainment Solutions at Christie, adds, "With exhibitors excited about bringing new movie experiences to audiences and more 3D Hollywood content slated for this year and next, we are excited to enable Sonic to bring the best digital experience to independent theatre operators throughout the U.S."

Introduced at ShowEast 2008, Christie's Brilliant3D technology, available on all Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema projectors, delivers 33% more brightness for 3D than the competition, costs less to operate and uses a single lens solution regardless of the 2D and 3D movie formats. Christie digital cinema projectors are found in more than 60% of 3D digital theatres in North America.

Over the past few months, Sonic Equipment Company has converted dozens of screens to digital, and more are on the way, including:

Arkansas
Sun Valley Cinema 6 - Mountain Home, AR

Kansas
Blair Theatre - Belleville, KS
Derby Cinema, Derby, KS

Missouri
B & B Theatres Festus 8 Cinema - Festus, MO
B & B Theatres Liberty Cinema 12 - Liberty, MO
Great Eight Cinemas - Union, MO
Sullivan Cinema 6 - Sullivan, MO

Ohio
Athena Grand - Athens, OH

Oklahoma
B & B Claremore Cinema 8 - Claremore, OK

Texas
Times Square Cinemas - Tyler, TX

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LOS ANGELES - Industry veteran Ted Hatfield, Director of Film Marketing for Regal Entertainment Group, will be honored at ShoWest 2009 with a special Marvin Levy Career Achievement in Film Marketing Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event. The ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Marketing Award was presented for the first time ever last year, to Marvin Levy, and it was announced by Steven Spielberg that from thereon in it was to be called the Marvin Levy Career Achievement in Film Marketing Award, in his honor. This special accolade will be presented on Wednesday, April 1, at ShoWest 2009, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas.

Hatfield joined Regal Entertainment Group in 1997 and serves as their Director of Film Marketing. Prior to 1998, he had a seven year association with Sony Pictures Releasing where he was Vice President of Exhibitor Relations a title which he also held at MGM during his 23 year association with the studio. Hatfield is currently a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Entertainment Publicist Professional Society, The Motion Picture Pioneers and other prestigious industry organizations.

"To be able to single out the achievements of Ted Hatfield is truly a great honor for ShoWest, the motion picture industry and if I may add, myself as I am proud to say that I go back a wonderful 28 years of knowing and working with him," noted Neuhauser. "His tireless work ethic and boundless enthusiasm makes him a true professional in the world of film marketing and he is respected and admired by all who know him. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor such a talented man at ShoWest 2009."

Hatfield began his career in the motion picture industry at the age of 11, when he was hired by ABC-Paramount Theatres as an usher at the Paramount Theatre in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He spent the next 18 years with that company advancing to theatre management and eventually to the position of District Manager. In 1967 Hatfield left the exhibition side of the business to join MGM as Assistant Exploitation Director. While at MGM, he also held the positions of National Advertising Coordinator, Vice President of Field Operations and Vice President of Exhibitor Relations. He joined Sony Pictures Releasing in 1990, where he held the title of Vice President of Exhibitor Relations until 1997. He joined Regal Cinemas (now Regal Entertainment Group) in 1997 in his current role as Director of Film Marketing.

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WOKINGHAM, UK - Christie, a leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to fit 68 Christie 2K DLP Cinema® projection systems in the exclusive agreement between the Amsterdam Booking Company B.V. (ABC), a buying group representing Dutch independent cinemas, and Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe's leading digital cinema provider. Christie digital cinema projectors will be deployed in 68 screens within 20 cinemas across The Netherlands. The deal also covers the installation of a professional satellite network for the transmission of live events and encrypted content.

"We are very pleased that ABC has chosen to invest so strongly in digital cinema for its future development. We are also delighted that Arts Alliance Media has secured another success in Europe, a testimony of their leadership in digital and 3-D digital cinema," says Richard Nye, Senior Market Development Manager, Cinema, Christie. He adds, "We have been working with AAM for five years now, and this agreement will further strengthen the excellent relationships we have with them in what is now four European countries."

ABC acted quickly to equip screens for the Dutch release of Disney's 3D movie Bolt on February 11th, making it the first wide 3-D release in the Netherlands. Seven Christie CP2000-S 2K DLP Cinema projectors have already been installed in Heerenveen, Heerlen, Schagen, Spijkenisse, Venray, Weert and Zutphen, in time for Bolt. The remaining projectors will be a mixture of CP2000-S and Christie CP2000-ZX models.

ABC's roll-out will permit the screening of other upcoming 2009 3-D movies such as Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks/Paramount), Up (Pixar/Disney), Ice Age 3 (Twentieth Century Fox), Planet 51 (Sony Pictures), Toy Story 3D (Pixar/Disney) and Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox). Digital 3-D screens generate higher box office than standard screens.

Rich Phillips, Head of Technical Operations, AAM says, "We have chosen Christie's projectors because of their performance and flexibility offered for a variety of screen sizes in existing theatre infrastructure. Our commitment is to help all cinemas convert to digital, regardless of size or location and having Christie on board is incredibly valuable from this point of view."

The Christie projectors and Doremi servers were jointly selected by AAM and ABC for the deployment. The satellite equipment will be provided by Arqiva Satellite and Media. Under the conditions of the agreement, AAM will create a fully integrated digital cinema and satellite network within the ABC group of cinemas. The agreement requires AAM to procure, service and maintain all digital cinema systems deployed, including the projectors and servers, central storage servers and a theatre management system. FTT Filmtronics, a subsidiary of Christie partner FTT in Germany will carry out the installations, as well as provide maintenance and local support. Thomas Rüttgers, General Manager of FTT, testifies, "We are delighted to be working again with Christie for this exciting project, as previous installations such as the major deployment of D-Cinema systems in Austria, already proved to be a success. We are also very pleased to be working jointly with Arts Alliance on this project."

To date, AAM has a European footprint of 507 installed and operated digital cinema screens in the UK, France, Spain and Norway. Successes of Christie with AAM include the UK Film Council funded project - the Digital Screen Network (DSN) and Circuit George Raymond (CGR Cinémas) in France. The company is currently completing the 400-screen rollout in CGR Cinémas with the help of Christie projectors. AAM was the first digital cinema provider in Europe to sign VPF-based deployment agreements with studios and exhibitors.

With 80 years of experience in cinema, Christie is today manufacturing the most actively used projectors in digital cinema, designed to fulfil the requirements as specified by DCI for a superior cinematic experience. To date, Christie surpassed an historic 5,500 active 2K digital cinema installations worldwide, less than four years after launching the world's largest digital cinema deployment plan.

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