LOS ANGELES, Calif -- Signaling significant progress in transforming the theaters at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, mall-owner Capri Urban Investors, LLC today announced that Rave Motion Pictures will step-in as the new theater operator for the upgraded facility. The theaters are currently being transformed into a state-of-the-art, fifteen-screen multiplex featuring stadium seating, new amenities, digital projection and sound, 3-D screens and new décor throughout.

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza theaters will provide a completely new movie-going experience for its patrons, with a targeted opening by Memorial Day, 2011.

In Los Angeles, Rave currently operates the Rave 18 at the Howard Hughes Center (formerly known as "The Bridge" Theater). The company, founded in 1999 by Thomas W. Stephenson Jr., owns or manages 61 theaters and approximately 1,000 screens located in 20 states across the country.

Rave Motion Pictures was a pioneer in adopting 3-D technology and has set the industry standard for customer experience and comfort. Rave is also a leader in alternative content programming, from live sports to concerts to opera.

"Rave Motion Pictures will make a fantastic addition to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza," said Ken Lombard, President of Capri Urban Investors, LLC and Partner of Capri Capital Partners, LLC. "They understand Los Angeles, the urban marketplace, and have an absolute commitment to delivering the best movie experience you'll find anywhere."

"We are extremely impressed with Capri's commitment to turn Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza into a Class-A retail center," said Thomas W. Stephenson, Jr., President and CEO of Rave Motion Pictures. "We look forward to being part of the new plans at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and are proud to be the first major upgrade of many more to come for the center."

Due to the extensive renovation taking place, the theater building, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Marlton Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, closed its doors earlier this summer. During the construction process, local residents are encouraged to visit the Rave 18 theater complex at 6081 Center Drive just off the San Diego Freeway. Show times and information are available at www.ravemotionpictures.com.

"Bringing a top-flight operator with the most modern facilities available in America today is great news for the residents of neighborhoods surrounding Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza," said Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks. "Capri made a commitment to upgrade the mall, and this is a big and immediate step in delivering on that commitment," he said.

Beyond the new multiplex, renovation plans for the mall's continued transformation are underway, including a vibrant, brand-new interior design featuring a dining terrace and live entertainment performance area, new flooring, lighting and other amenities, as well as extensive exterior building, site and landscape improvements throughout the 43-acre property. The mall renovation will be completed before the 2011 holiday season.

For more information, please visit: www.crenshawplaza.com.

 

Read more

CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection, has presented the world's first full feature screening in 4K resolution DLP Cinema® before members of the Hollywood community. Held at the famed Mann Chinese theater complex in Hollywood, California, the screening was presented for the annual Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) technical conference. SMPTE is the leading technical society for the motion picture industry. The 4K presentation on a Christie Solaria CP4230 projector, featured Alfred Hitchcock's classic, "North by Northwest," which was meticulously restored by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with a process that included the highest available scanning resolution and played back using an Integrated Media Block from Doremi Cinema.

"We were impressed by the 4K presentation of this timeless Hitchcock chase thriller," said Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE Engineering Vice President and Senior Vice President, Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations. "The image looked superb, and the audience gave the film enthusiastic and rave reviews. Both Motion Picture Imaging's restoration and the digital presentation were excellent."

"The audience saw details in the 4K restoration that were unlike anything ever seen before," said Brian Claypool, Senior Product Manager, Entertainment Solutions for Christie. "It's not an easy thing to showcase new technology to an audience of engineers and technicians who belong to every discipline of the film industry. To get such a positive reaction from them is proof that superior 4K has arrived, and Christie's 4K DLP Cinema solution meets the industry's highest standards in image quality for spectacular 2D and 3D presentations."

The new Christie SolariaTM Series 4K projector line for digital cinema features the enhanced 4K DLP Cinema chip from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and is designed to be compliant with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specification. It was the first 4K DLP Cinema projection system to be demonstrated publicly at IBC in September 2010 and launched at ShowEast several weeks ago, where Christie began accepting orders.

The latest Christie Solaria CP4230 and CP4220 projectors feature the Christie 4K+4 advantage, which includes maximum performance for 3D, Christie Pixel TrackTM technology for optimum image quality, simple maintenance procedures and the lowest cost of ownership of any digital projector on the market.

 

Read more

New York, NY -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, and Massachusetts-based National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, announced today a long-term expansion of their in-theatre advertising relationship. The new partnership strengthens Screenvision's nationwide digital network in top DMAs such as New York and Boston.

Through the agreement, Screenvision retains exclusive selling rights to the on-screen preshow across National Amusements' 34 movie theatre locations representing 455 screens in the U.S. operating under the Showcase, Multiplex and Cinema de Lux brands in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Hartford/New Haven, and Providence.

Screenvision will have non-exclusive in-lobby promotions selling rights across the National Amusements' US theaters. In addition, Screenvision will integrate their pre show content to the digital 4K cinema projection equipment being rolled out at National Amusements over the next several months.

The Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of over 15,000 screens in over 2,400 theatre locations across all 50 states and 93% of DMAs nationwide; delivering through more than 150 theatrical circuits, including 10 of the top 15 exhibitor companies.

"Expanding our relationship with National Amusements was a top-priority for Screenvision. National Amusements' footprint is of great value to Screenvision and ensures we will continue to reach a vast audience with our first-rate preshow," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "This deal along with our recently signed long-term exhibitor agreements with Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Rave Motion Pictures, Harkins Theatres and Malco Theatres further solidifies Screenvision's strong exhibitor network."

John Bilsborough, Senior Vice President, Operations, National Amusements, Inc. added, "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Screenvision and look forward to growing our advertising base by developing new and innovative approaches to on-screen advertising and in-theatre promotions. We are proud to be part of this first class advertising network."

 

Read more

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that its senior management will participate at the following NYC-based investor conferences in November 2010.

• November 9: Piper Jaffray Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference
o CEO David Passman will join a ‘Trends in Film Exhibition' Panel at 2 pm ET moderated by analyst James Marsh. David Passman and CFO Richard Hare will also participate in 1-on-1 investor meetings throughout the day.
• November 16: Merriman Capital Investor Summit Conference
o Management will give an investor presentation at 10:00 am ET that will be webcast via http://www.wsw.com/webcast/mcm13/ckec/ and PPT slides will be available at the ‘Carmike Investors' section of the www.carmike.com website. Passman and Hare will also participate in 1-on-1 investor meetings throughout the day.
• November 17: Citi Credit Conference
o Management will give an investor presentation at 10:40 am ET and Passman and Hare will also participate in 1-on-1 investor meetings throughout the day.

About Carmike Cinemas (www.carmike.com)

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema and 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. As of September 30, 2010, Carmike had 240 theatres with 2,241 screens in 36 states. Carmike's digital cinema footprint reached 2,111 screens, including 200 theatres with 591 screens that are also equipped for 3-D. Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized communities with populations of fewer than 100,000.

 

Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed