Los Angeles, CA - XPAND, a dominant international leader in 3D Digital experiences and technology platforms, is pleased to announce that GDC Technology and XPAND have launched one the largest 3D theater deployments across mainland China, having signed a lucrative distribution agreement in preparation for recent Hollywood 3D blockbuster releases, including Journey to the Center of the Earth, now premiering across international film markets.

With an aggressive roll-out in the various regions which includes Beijing, Changzhou, Chengdu City, Dalian City, Guiyang City, Guanghzhou, Ha’Erbin City, Huizhou City, Lanzhou City, Nanjing, Quindao City, Shenyang City, Shenzhen, Taiyuan City, Xiamen, Wuhan City, Wulumuqi City, Wuxi City and Zhenjiang, there have been 63 installations to-date with a target plan of 100 theaters fully installed and operating by the end of this year.

Having recognized GDC Technology as the leader in Asia with two-third’s of the market share of digital cinema servers, XPAND has been honored to formulate a valuable partnership over the last year to penetrate this highly developed region and looks to achieve several thousand screens in Asian during 2009.

“We have respected Dr. Man-Nang Chong (GDC Technology founder and CEO), and his entire team to their commitment of this rapid deployment in China,” says Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND. “Our partnership has secured China as one of the leading countries that have prepared for the increased 3D releases next year, as well as the entire digital campaign.”

XPAND’S enormous growth over the past year is attributed to their superior stereoscopic active technology system, which continues to be the most adaptive and flexible 3D technology in today’s marketplace. With more than 350 theatres globally, XPAND is one of the top three producers’ of 3D cinema systems.

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, has surpassed the historic 5,000 digital cinema milestone, posting a record 5,197 completed installations worldwide just three years after launching the world’s largest digital cinema deployment plan.

“Surpassing the 5,000 milestone is a remarkable achievement, not only for Christie, but for the cinema industry itself. In 2005, there were only a handful of installations in the entire world and many people questioned the long-term viability of the move to digital,” remarks Jack Kline, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “As the market faces more competition, it’s helping to drive innovation and we’re seeing interesting growth opportunity around the world. The long term prospects are strong and we look forward to maintaining a steady pace of installations for years to come.”

Kline notes that Christie digital cinema contracts are marked by deployments on a large-scale, the first of which was the launch of the largest deployment in history - the 4,000-installation contract with Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (“AccessIT”) (NASDAQ: AIXD) through the groundbreaking Christie/AIX funding plan. This agreement led to the 4th largest exhibitor in the United States to “go digital” in 100% of its screens, Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (“Carmike”) (NASDAQ: CKEC), with 2,300 screens.

“Christie/AIX was a landmark achievement for the industry,” recalls Bud Mayo, chairman and CEO of AccessIT. “With Christie’s strong product line, service and support, our server partner, and AccessIT’s software and network technology, we provided the world with the first viable network technology and business model for the successful deployment of digital cinema. The Christie/AIX deployment plan is recognized today as having sparked the digital cinema revolution.”

In addition to Christie/AIX, other major digital cinema deployments for Christie, often marked by 100% conversion of the contracted circuits, include:

- 80 screens for Arts Alliance Digital Cinema (AADC), which selected Christie DLP Cinema® projectors for the roll-out of the digital screen network for the UK Film Council. This digital screen network marked the world’s first digital cinema deployment on a large scale.

- 400 screens for Arts Alliance Media (AAM), which selected Christie as the exclusive DLP Cinema projector provider for French chain Circuit George Raymond (CGR Cinémas). The agreement also saw CGR Cinémas become the first European cinema network to convert completely to digital cinema exhibition.

- 193 Christie DLP Cinema projectors for XDC’s first large-scale deployment in Austria. The agreement with Cineplexx Kinobetriebe GmbH, Austria’s largest cinema chain, will result in 100% conversion of the circuit’s 193 screens. XDC launched the first Pan-European digital cinema roll-out in 2005, selecting Christie DLP Cinema projectors for deployments across Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

- 200 Christie DLP Cinema projectors as part of an exclusive contract with Scrabble Entertainment (SE), launching India’s largest single digital cinema deployment. This was a historic development that finally brought the digital cinema revolution to India.

- 100 Christie DLP Cinema projectors for the Shanghai Film Group (SFG) Corporation’s United Circuit in China. SFG selected Christie exclusively for the initial phase of this growing nationwide deployment plan.

Christie also continues to set the pace of installations internationally, most recently with the major sale of its DLP Cinema projectors for use at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and eventual installation throughout China. Christie was also part of Canada’s largest digital cinema conversion of 25 theaters across the country for Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN), the country’s leading operator of movie theaters. In the United States, Christie was the exclusive DLP Cinema provider for Warren Theatres’ spectacular new 14-screen multiplex in Moore, Oklahoma. The Moore Warren Theatre, the most expensive in the history of the state, is also one of the largest, with luxury accommodations and screens up to 80 feet wide and 4 stories tall.

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GDC Technology (“GDC”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded authorized vendor status by Cinema Buying Group (CBG), a buying program for independent theaters administered by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

CBG has over 600 members made up of small to medium-sized independent theaters representing over 8000 (~20%) screens in North America. Recognizing the significant collective buying power of CBG, GDC now has made available our product information on the websites of both CBG and Cinema Solutions, a service provider of CBG. Cinema Solutions’ online ordering portal allows members to procure products directly from GDC and other vendors.

“CBG is committed to bringing the best digital cinema products possible to our members,” Wayne Anderson, CBG Managing Director. “GDC products are known for their quality, cost-effectiveness and reliability as demonstrated throughout their over 500 screens in Asia; we want our members to benefit from GDC’s experience.”

“We are delighted to be awarded the authorized vendor status from CBG especially at a time when GDC is fast expanding its presence in the North America market,” said Dr Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “This will go a long way in creating brand awareness for GDC products among CBG members and I hope this will eventually translate into large-scale deployment in the North American market.”

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LOS ANGELES - Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group has signed an agreement with Muvico Entertainment that will outfit its existing and new complexes with Sony’s 4K projection technology.

Muvico’s Rosemont, Ill., theater was the first theater in the United States to be fully equipped with Sony’s 4K digital projectors and, following the success of that theater, Muvico made the decision to enter into this agreement with Sony. The rollout begins this winter with the opening of Muvico’s Thousand Oaks, Calif., facility.

The agreement covers existing Muvico theaters, which will be upgraded to the digital technology, as well as new locations that Muvico builds in the future.

In addition to committing to Sony’s 4K projectors for its full conversion to digital, the exhibitor plans to use a range of Sony products in its facilities. These include LCD displays in lobby and concession areas for digital signage, menu boards and full-motion video trailers; as well as VAIO® computers, PlayStationTM gaming systems, security cameras and more.

Muvico, a leader in the theatrical exhibition industry and one of the premier circuits in the U.S., has 13 locations with a total of 248 screens.

“4K technology gives us a solid foundation for converting our chain to digital,” said Mike Whalen, president of Muvico. “It provides our guests with resolution and picture quality never before seen on the big screen.

“It also opens up so many new business opportunities for displaying alternative content in our theaters such as live concerts and sporting events,” he added.

“Having access to Sony’s full product line will further improve the overall customer experience and our operations by delivering a more attractive and interactive presentation of products that are vital to the revenue stream of any theater. The fact that Sony can deliver all this for us as part of one fully integrated solution was very attractive to us.”

Sony’s DCSS group will work with Muvico on the integration, installation, maintenance and service support for this roll-out, providing the exhibitor with a complete turn-key solution for converting to digital technology.

“Muvico’s vision is that exhibitors need to offer more complete services, and they have been a pioneer in re-defining the movie-going experience,” said Mike Fidler, senior vice president of Sony’s Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group. “They’ve extended their focus far beyond the auditorium and into the lobbies, restaurants, and more, truly turning the movie theater into a digital destination.

“Working with them to further the use of 4K technology, as well as maximize Sony’s product and technology expertise, will simply elevate this experience to an entirely new level,” Fidler said.

The new Thousand Oaks location will feature Muvico’s “Premier Concept” theme, similar to their Boca Raton, Fla. and Rosemont facilities, offering such services as complimentary valet parking, reserved seating, a digital arcade and access to a full-service restaurant and bar for guests 21 years and older.

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the world's most powerful Internet movie-ticketing service, expanded its exhibitor program by signing an exclusive online ticketing agreement with New Orleans-based Southern Theatres L.L.C., which became the 25th new exhibitor to join MovieTickets.com in 2008. MovieTickets.com currently boasts 135 participating theater chains.

Under the agreement, MovieTickets.com will offer online ticketing for all of Southern Theatre's 18 locations and 268 screens. Southern Theatres operates The Grand Theatres and Amstar Cinemas, state-of-the-art multiplex stadium-seating movie theaters with locations across 15 DMAs including Houston, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.

"Southern Theatres, a well known and highly respected circuit, recognized the value, uniqueness, and superiority of our solution," said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. "Over the years we've achieved substantial growth in our exhibitor program and will continue to focus on adding more high quality theater chains in the vital areas of the country."

"We are excited to be a part of the MovieTickets.com network and especially pleased to be creating a private label phone service to help improve service to our patrons," said George Solomon, CEO of Southern Theatres. "There are great opportunities with our MovieTickets.com partnership that will increase the convenience of ticket purchasing for our theatres."

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