Las Vegas/SHOWEST- Christie maintains unprecedented dominance in the digital cinema landscape through constant innovation and product enhancements to its acclaimed DLP Cinema® series of projectors, continuously raising the standards of performance and drawing praises worldwide. The latest, the industry's first technological breakthrough for 3D, Christie Brilliant3DTM, has sparked renewed excitement among exhibitors, who are racing to digitize their theatres ahead of a record number of 3D features that are coming down the Hollywood pipeline.

Christie Brilliant3D with triple flash technology significantly boosts projector performance and image brightness, delivering the industry's best single-lens solution for 3D. It utilizes the entire reflective surface of the DMD chip from Texas Instruments (TI), enabling 3D content to be projected in full 2K resolution. The technology is available on the Christie CP2000-SB, Christie CP2000-XB, Christie CP2000-ZX and the compact Christie CP2000-M; a versatile, digital cinema dynamo that is poised to revolutionize theatre booth design.

 

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"For theatres, it's all about the light," said Gary Engvold, president of Integrity Entertainment Systems, LLC, an authorized digital cinema reseller for Christie. In the past five months, Integrity has been rolling out the full resolution 2K triple flash Christie CP2000-ZX projectors. It recently installed four systems at Bow Tie Cinemas, six at Zurich Theatres, and three at Dipson Theatres.

"Not all equipment is created equal," added Engvold. "Christie projectors offer superior optics that put much more light on the screen - a key requirement for 3D. The full 2K resolution delivered by Christie Brilliant3D technology means theatres don't have to reduce the content size for the screen, so audiences see a brighter, clearer picture. But it's not just about what's on the screen. Christie also offers a solid support structure behind every one of their projectors."

Christie Brilliant3D Dazzles South of the Border

With the digital cinema market heating up in Latin America, Cinema Equipment and Supplies, headquartered in Miami, Florida, has a proven reputation as an industry leader. The company sees 2009 as a watershed year when digital cinema will finally gain widespread acceptance "South of the Border" and anticipates the installation of Christie 3D projection systems in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Ecuador.

"Christie Brilliant3D projectors are our first choice for installation because their cutting edge 1.2" full-chip resolution triple flash technology provides the highest brightness, an important benefit for 3D," said Guillermo Younger, president of Cinema Equipment and Supplies. "Our clients are very responsive because they know we offer them projection systems that deliver the best picture possible for their screens. We're proud to be associated with Christie, a true industry leader whose customer service and support are ‘numero uno!'"

Christie Brilliant3D Spans the Oceans

An industry leader in high tech cinema products and services, American Cinema Equipment (ACE) has already installed projectors with Christie Brilliant3D in more than 15 theatre complexes throughout the US, including Hawaii and Guam.

Scott Hicks, president and CEO of ACE, always specifies Christie projectors for 3D presentations. "We depend on Christie's unmatched technical expertise and the consistent reliability of its products," he said. "Their Brilliant 3D technology with full 2K resolution, along with their new lenses, noticeably improves light output on the screen, delivering a spectacular 3D movie experience."

ACE's technical director, Scott Kimber, summed it up: "There is a comfort zone working with Christie personnel. Without a doubt, they are on top of their game."

"Christie strives to provide the best products in the industry, but we are also fully committed to our customers, ensuring quality service and support," said Craig Sholder, vice-president of Entertainment Solutions for Christie. "Christie Brilliant3D is the latest enhancement for digital cinema that is helping theatres around the world increase revenues and lower cost of operations while providing moviegoers with a superior viewing experience."

 

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Working in conjunction with our US business partners Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., Vista Cinema Software will be installed in two new Kerasotes sites located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and in Chicago, Illinois. With a total of 30 screens between them, the two new sites are unique to Kerasotes. These cinemas will feature reserved seating and will offer movie-goers a Premium Class cinema experience complete with a restaurant and bar.

The Premium Class area, featured in the new cinemas provides cinema-goers with a luxurious environment to enjoy a quiet drink and fine dining experience before their movie. Ushers will escort patrons to their plush reclining seats and ensure that they are pampered from the moment they walk into the Premium Class area. Reserved seating is steadily being introduced to US cinema circuits and patrons will find this an advantage when purchasing tickets to popular blockbusters. Patrons will now be able to select their seats at the Point of Sale and Online.

As well as using the base Vista Cinema system, Kerasotes has elected to install HeadOffice and Kiosk modules and is also looking to install Vista Plasma. Vista Plasma is fully integrated with the Vista Cinema system, which enables all signs to be automatically updated in real-time. Plasma screens are located throughout the cinema and are used to show session information, concession promotions and movie trailers; creating an interesting and informative ambience.

Kiosks will be stationed in the cinema's foyers providing an alternative location for ticket and/or concession purchase or collection. Vista Kiosk software provides a clear and easy-to-use interface that makes purchasing tickets or concessions, from the kiosks a fast and convenient box office alternative for patrons. Utilizing Vista's HeadOffice module will enable Kerasotes to automate information transfers between the cinemas and their Head Office. This provides Kerasotes with an up-to-date and accurate performance and accounting reports across their entire circuit.

The ease with which the Vista Point of Sale system was able to accurately handle allocated seating and the fast staff uptake times, made the selecting Vista very easy for Kerasotes. The cinemas are set for a November opening and Dean Kerasotes, COO, is anticipating a big turnout for the grand opening. "Guests have come to expect to receive the very best in service from our Organization and we believe this new cinema concept completely delivers on that expectation. Vista makes managing multiple concept cinemas easy and we are looking forward to introducing more cinemas like these to our guests."

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LAS VEGAS - MovieTickets.com today announced at ShoWest it will provide online movie ticketing services for its 150th theater chain - a milestone partnership for the company, which now represents seven times as many exhibitors as its nearest competitor.

Providing advance ticketing services to 150 theaters chains, MovieTickets.com - the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing - represents over 50 percent of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend and continues to expand the growing popularity and visibility of its service.

In reaching the milestone, the site is also reporting record year-to-date numbers for ticket sales and site traffic as it nears the 100-million-tickets-sold threshold.

"This is a landmark accomplishment for MovieTickets.com. To reach 150 exhibitors and for us to be on pace for a record-breaking 2009 really speaks to the recession-proof nature of movie-going and the strength of the services we provide," said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. "We look forward to continued growth domestically and abroad."

In just the past two quarters, MovieTickets.com has added 15 exhibitors, and over 1,000 screens. Notable exhibitor additions with 100-plus screens include Southern Theaters, Frank Theaters, Flagship Cinemas, NCG Cinemas and Muvico Theaters.

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ShoWest, Las Vegas - GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider and Barco, a world leader in visualization and display solutions, are pleased to announce that it has won a major contract to deploy 100 digital cinema projection systems for Guangzhou-based Jinyi Zhujiang Movie Circuit Co., Ltd ("Jinyi"), the sixth largest exhibitor in China (according to 2007 published boxoffice collection). Under the agreement, the deployment began in February 2009 and it is expected to be completed within the next 18 months. The DCI-2000 Digital Cinema Integrated Projection System, which consists of GDC's SA-2100 Digital Cinema Server and Barco's DLP Cinema® Projector, will be adopted in this deployment.

Jinyi was founded as a joint venture between Jiayu Group and Guangzhou Cinema Chain, specializing in the business of premier cinemas in China. It has close to 200 screens throughout China and is one of the leading cinema exhibitors in the country. "Jinyi has been using GDC and Barco products since 2007 and we are thoroughly satisfied with GDC's digital cinema solution and round the clock service which is the largest and most comprehensive in China," said Mr. Xu Binbiao, GM of Jinyi. "Given GDC's commitment in China, it is natural that GDC was eventually picked by us as the strategic partner of our digital cinema roll out program."

As a leading company in digital cinema projection technology, Barco has been supplying state-of-the-art products to China and has worked closely with GDC in numerous digital cinema projects in the country. Barco's reliable products, comprehensive service and support take the worry out of its customers as they know their capital investment is well spent and protected. "We are heartened to win yet another major deployment contract with GDC in China," said Frank Christiaens, President, Barco China. "This contract will further consolidate Barco's number one position in the country, and we are optimistic that our healthy partnership with GDC will bear even more fruits in future."

"GDC has been providing one-stop digital cinema solution with Barco to its customers in China ever since digital cinema has started in China," said Dr Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "Our quality products and 365x24x7 customer service have won the hearts of many of our customers, and we welcome Jinyi to join in this growing family of GDC supporters in China."

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Las Vegas, Nevada - XPAND, the international authority in 3D cinemas and technology platforms, will officially display its newest model of 3D glasses - the X101 Series - at ShoWest, the leading industry event for motion pictures, March 30-April 2. The X101 Series 3D active glasses are considered to be the most sophisticated technology in today's marketplace for viewing stereoscopic 3D digital cinema. They were developed by XPAND in response to customer demand and exhibitor preferences for an upgrade that delivers a sleek, stylish, lightweight form factor with superior imaging, clarity and brightness. Several new features of the X101 3D glasses enhance the movie-going experience for theater patrons while simplifying overall operations for the exhibitors.

XPAND will exhibit its full line of 3D cinema system components, products and services, which combined offer exhibitors a "total product package." One of these essential support products, include a new 3D Glasses Trolley for ease with distribution, collection and inventory controls, as well as a streamlined process for sanitizing glasses with disposable wipes, both which will be presented in Palace Suites 6 & 7 along with a special 3D theater environment.

"The future of 3D cinema is here and XPAND is 3D's future success - for an array of markets beyond commercial and institutional theaters, with hospitality venues, touring shows, live events and gaming," says Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND. "We've built a successful international business combined of technical excellence, creativity and affordability. Our new X101 Series is based on what exhibitors told us they needed in order to have the best 3D movie experience for their patrons, the best 3D system performance and most cost-effective 3D solution with environmental awareness. As a result, our orders and installations are skyrocketing, and we've taken the necessary steps to double production to meet the demand. We are committed to providing exhibitors with a complete 3D cinema solution."

The core 3D viewing technology is XPAND's specialized, fast-switching liquid crystal cell that provides rapid, stereoscopic shutter action to deliver alternate right- and left-eye images. Hallmarks of the new X101 Series glasses are long-range encrypted IR signal activation, environmentally friendly diodes, a power-saving auto on/off mechanism and solid construction with built-in flex points and replaceable batteries that extend product life, meaning greater returns for exhibitors. This light-efficient technology delivers the brightest possible picture and saves projector lamp power and the glasses also feature compatibility with DLP cinema chips, and a choice of two elective anti-theft systems.

This winning 3D total package gives moviegoers the most high-end individual experience while benefiting exhibitors with less operational time and expense.

Special 3D Screening: Battle for Terra

As part of its presence at ShoWest, XPAND is proud to announce the screening of the upcoming 3D animated feature, Battle for Terra, on Wednesday evening, April 1st. This Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions film, slated for a May 1, 2009 release is rated PG and includes a distinguished voice cast with Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Amanda Peet, James Garner, Dennis Quaid, Chris Evans and Danny Glover. Directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas, with Screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos.

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