CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to introduce its Brilliant3D technology that enables 3D content to be projected in full 2K resolution for digital cinema projectors utilizing 1.2” DMD chips from Texas Instruments. A first for the industry, this new technology will be available exclusively on all Christie digital cinema projectors and will be launched at ShowEast beginning October 13 in Orlando, FL. Following the successful demonstrations with RealD at IBC in Amsterdam last month, Christie’s new technology provides 33% more brightness for 3D content and uses only a single lens system.

“We’re very excited about this technological development from Christie. This advancement combined with our RealD XL system enhances the 3D experience tremendously. Together, we can fill screens up to 75ft in width with true triple-flash capable technology, making 3D films even brighter and clearer,” noted Joseph Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema, RealD.

Craig Sholder, vice-president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions stated, “With more than 15 new movies slated for 3D release over the next 18 months, Christie’s new Brilliant3D will enable exhibitors to project 3D movies onto the largest screens—while reducing both lamp and electricity expenses. Christie engineers initiated development of this technology so that audiences would have the most compelling 3D experience.”

Christie Brilliant3D will be available on the world’s brightest 2K DLP Cinema® projectors, the Christie CP2000-SB and Christie CP2000-XB, as well as on the Christie CP2000-ZX. Christie’s CP2000-M digital cinema projector, based on the .98” DMD chip, will also feature Christie Brilliant3D technology. With this new technology, Christie now offers 3D in full 2K resolution at brightness levels not previously seen before in theatres.

Sholder added, “We’ve enabled our full suite of digital cinema projectors with Christie technology. And, our flagship Christie CP2000-SB will offer double the brightness for 3D projection than any other competitive product on the market. We’re thrilled to offer a much more viable solution to the industry for projecting 3D movies on medium and large screens. Christie remains at the forefront of the digital cinema revolution with 3D solutions for every exhibitor on any size screen.”

In addition, Christie is also announcing a new suite of variable prime zoom lenses that enable a convenient and cost-effective, single lens solution for 2D and 3D content regardless of format, keeping operating costs down. These lenses and new projector solutions will be available for the release of the 3D blockbusters scheduled for the upcoming holiday season.

 

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, sets a new standard for quality and reliability with the introduction of the new Christie Champion Lamp Warranty. For all eligible lamps, Christie will provide a full 100% credit of the purchase price. The new warranty, effective October 1, 2008 applies to all of Christie's industry acclaimed CXL and CDXL Xenon lamps used for film and digital cinema projectors.

The new Christie Champion Warranty is one of the most powerful guarantees of product excellence in the industry. For example, previously the CXL-20 was 100% covered for the first 1,200 hours and pro-rated between 1,200 to 2,400 hours of operation. Now, the new warranty gives 100% coverage for the full 2,400 hours of operation.

“Christie cinema lamps are backed by years of quality engineering to an exacting standard, making them unequaled in the industry for dependability,” notes Jim Dukes, film cinema and Xenon lamp product manager for Christie’s Entertainment Solutions division. “The new Christie Champion Lamp Warranty reflects our continued confidence in the exceptional quality of our products. Christie lamps continue to exceed industry expectations for performance and combined with the new warranty, represent the most competitive offer in the industry."

At the heart of Christie’s cinema projectors, the CXL and CDXL lamps offer exceptionally high output and brightness. Recognized throughout the cinema industry as a reliable light source, they are guaranteed against all defects.

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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.

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Scottsdale, Ariz. - Harkins Theatres’ tribute to screen legend, Paul Newman raised nearly $3,300 for The Painted Turtle: A Hole in the Wall Camp in California.

Harkins presented the Paul Newman film festival at Harkins Valley Art in downtown Tempe, Ariz. earlier this month (Oct, 10 - 16), and showcased the screen legend’s finest films, including, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, Slap Shot, Road to Perdition, and The Sting.

"Paul Newman was one of the finest actors of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life and his career to giving back to the community, and his contributions will be felt for decades to come,” said Dan Harkins, Owner of Harkins Theatres. “We are thrilled at the success of this film festival and are proud to help contribute to Paul’s charitable legacy.”

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, Hole in the Wall Camps are the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious medical conditions. The Painted Turtle is the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast. The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience to children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well and their ability to lead a rich, productive life.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Acclaimed filmmaker Wayne Wang’s new film The Princess of Nebraska made its world premiere on YouTube on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 12:00am EST. With more than 165,000 views in its first two days, the online launch represents the most successful studio film premiere in YouTube's history. In relation to a theatrical release, the film would have placed around 15th on the box office charts. The free release was launched on YouTube's Screening Room, a new channel dedicated to premium film content: http://www.youtube.com/ytscreeningroom.

Magnolia Pictures' Ray Price said, “It’s astounding that over a two day period The Princess of Nebraska became the most widely viewed independent film in the country.”

The Princess of Nebraska is adapted from a collection of short stories by Granta prize-winning author Yiyun Li. It marks the eighth of Wang’s Asian-themed films that explore the bonds of family and Chinese identity in the modern world, making up one of the largest bodies of introspective work in independent film over the last 25 years.

In The Princess of Nebraska, Sasha (Ling Li) is a foreign exchange student who finds herself pregnant. She’s the new generation of China, unmoored to traditions and history. As she says, “In America I learned a new phrase, ‘moving on.’ Tomorrow I can start a new page.” She travels from Nebraska to San Francisco to get an abortion, but in her exploration of the city in the next 24 hours she learns that turning a new page doesn’t necessarily mean turning your back on the past.

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