Hong Kong (February 4, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is proud to announce that Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre in Pennsylvania, has selected GDC Technology's SX-2000AR server with Barco's DP2K-32B projector and Ballantyne Strong for its digital conversion.
Shankweiler's Drive-in Theatre, the oldest drive-in movie theater in the United States opened up for its 80th season in April last year. The theatre's owners, Paul F. Geissinger and his wife, Susan, have been upgrading the theatre throughout the past three decades and successfully turned it into a Pennsylvania hangout for people of all ages during the summer months.
"I chose GDC Technology because I am deeply impressed by its outright desire to help the Drive-Ins and its servers are very well received by the industry for their reliability and ease of use. With Barco's projector which is well-known and competitively priced, I am able to elevate the movie presentation quality to a new level with the brightest available output. I have great confidence in their respective abilities to help our transition from film to digital. It's comparable to switching from analog to high-definition television," Paul F. Geissinger, owner of Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre, explained of the enhanced quality he now owns.
"We applaud Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre for evolving its tradition of excellence in outdoor cinema by selecting Barco digital projection for its unparalleled brightness, which will ensure their continued ability to deliver the highest quality movie presentation for their loyal patrons," comments Patrick Lee, Vice President of Digital Cinema for Barco North America.
"We are very pleased to help Shankweiler's Drive-In with its conversion to a digital platform and further enhance the moviegoing experience for its customers," said Ray Boegner, SVP of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. "With more than 60 years of experience providing sound systems and 35mm projection systems to drive-in theatres, combined with our field services organization staffed by more than 50 service techs experienced in drive-in theaters and digital technology, Ballantyne Strong is an ideal partner to help Shankweiler's Drive-In continue providing an outstanding entertainment experience."
"GDC Technology is honored to partner with Barco and Ballantyne Strong on the digital rollout for Shankweiler's Drive-in Theatre," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "It means a lot more than just the digital cinema deployment, but to support Shankweiler's Drive-in Theatre's commitment in preserving the America's oldest drive-in with the best cinema technology."
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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a leading global digital cinema solutions provider with the largest installed base of digital cinema servers in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by Hollywood studios. GDC Technology also provides a comprehensive suite of digital cinema products and services providing exhibitors and distributors with a one-stop solution for exhibiting digital cinema content, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. Its subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, has 6 years of VPF experience and manages over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Founded in Singapore in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology has established a global market presence and strong brand recognition with 11 offices and 28 local service centers around the world. GDC Technology is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
About Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre (www.shankweilers.com)
Located on Route 309 about 90 minutes northwest of Philly near Allentown, Pennsylvania, Shankweiler's was the second drive-in theatre built in the United States (1934). Shankweiler's maintains the title of oldest continuously operating drive-in theatre in the country (it also became the first to offer audio in FM broadcast stereo in 1986). Paul Geissinger co-owns Shankweiler's with his wife, Susan.
About Barco (www.barco.com)
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,900 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.156 billion euro in 2012.
About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.strong-world.com )
Ballantyne Strong is a provider of digital equipment, screens and managed services as well as specialty lighting equipment. The Company supplies major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world. Through its subsidiary, Convergent Media Systems, the Company is also a leading player in digital signage and content creation and distribution systems for the retail, hospitality, financial services, cinema and government markets.
Regal Crown Club members eligible to win a trip to the 2015 Oscars®
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 2014-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces the Regal Crown Club Red Carpet Dreams official sweepstakes. During February, any Regal Crown Club member who uses their card when purchasing tickets for a Best Picture nominated film is entered to win. The grand prize winners will enjoy a trip for two to the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 2015 Oscars® in Los Angeles, California.
"The most anticipated awards show in Hollywood remains the Academy Awards presentation each year, and Regal is excited to be a part of the action," said Ted Cooper, senior vice president of film at Regal Entertainment Group. "This is a great opportunity to provide some of the most loyal moviegoers in the country with the chance to experience all the glamour of the Red Carpet Arrivals."
For contest eligibility, Regal Crown Club members need only to see a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar® January 31 through February 28 and to use their loyalty card at Regal Cinemas, United Artists or Edwards Theatres. As an added incentive, members will also receive five extra credits on their Regal Crown Club Card by attending any of the nominated films. Movie fans can tune into The Oscars®, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, on ABC March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. EST. The films nominated for this year's Best Picture Oscar® are:
American Hustle (R)
Captain Phillips (PG-13)
Dallas Buyers Club (R)
12 Years a Slave (R)
The Wolf of Wall Street (R)
"The Oscars celebrate some of the most talented people in the film industry, and Regal is proud to showcase these films to audiences all over the country," said Neal Pinsker, senior vice president of operations for Regal Entertainment Group. "We hope Regal fans will join us to see these highly acclaimed movies on the silver screen for the first time or for an encore before the awards ceremony."
The "Red Carpet Dreams Sweepstakes" is an exclusive opportunity for Regal Crown Club members to win a trip to L.A. to view the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 2015 Oscars®. Through a promotional partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Regal is able to offer a grand prize package for two sets of winners' access to view the Red Carpet Arrivals from fan bleachers at the 87th Academy Awards® Ceremony in 2015.
Regal fans can access the Regal Crown Club by their card or through a mobile device for easy access on-the go by downloading the Regal Movies app. Users can program their favorite theatre, gather movie information, select showtimes and purchase tickets. The Regal Crown Club is the number one theatre loyalty program in the country, allowing patrons to accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. Free membership is available at the theatre or online. Moviegoers can also stay connected through Regal Cinemas' Facebook page and Twitter account, @RegalMovies.
About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,406 screens in 581 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of January 23, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.
Frozen is in contention to reach a billion dollars at the global box office. The Disney film saw a 20% boost in overseas sales over the weekend, collecting $24 million from 45 territories in its tenth week outside of North America. Frozen had seen a natural dip in form over the last three weekends, going from a $52.5 million tally in its sixth frame to a $20 million tally last weekend. The rise in sales lifts the animated film's overseas cume past the $500 million milestone to a $504 million total.
Frozen posted the highest opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Sweden with a $2.2 million debut. It is the highest grossing animated film of all time in South Korea ($44.7M) and Denmark ($7M). Frozen is currently the eighth highest grossing animated release of all time overseas (based on original runs and not including re-releases) and second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all-time, behind only Finding Nemo.
Top markets for Frozen include: the United Kingdom ($59.5M), Germany ($45.7M), France ($41.8M), Russia ($33.1M), Australia ($29.2M), Italy ($27M), Mexico ($25.1M), and Spain ($20.8M). The animated film will be released during China's New Year celebrations next weekend and in Japan on March 15. Frozen has grossed a total of $864.4 million worldwide.
The Wolf of Wall
Street became the highest grossing Martin Scorsese film in Germany and the
United Kingdom after holding on to yet another #1 weekend finish in both
markets. after holding on to the #1 spot Germany registered a $4.7 million hold
from 623 dates for an 18-day cume of $20.1 million. The U.K. posted a $4.2
million hold from 502 dates for a 17-day total of $24.7 million.
The Wolf of Wall Street finished as the #2 film on the market over its third weekend in Spain, falling short of surpassing the opening weekend of American Hustle with a $2.4 million hold from 280 dates. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a total of $11.4 million in Spain after 17 days in release.
New releases for The Wolf of Wall Street include a $1.5 million bow from 115 screens in Japan and a $940k debut at 72 dates in Norway.
VIY, a 3D Russian fantasty-adventure film, broke the opening weekend record for a domestic film with a $17.1 million debut after opening in Russia on Thursday. 3D continues to thrive in the market as the film dominated the box office with an estimated 71% marketshare. VIY is the fourth biggest opener of all time in Russia behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 3, and Twilight 4.
12 Years a Slave kept the top spot in France in its second weekend in the market with a $2.9 million take from 443 screens. The historical drama has also held well in the United Kingdom, where it earned an additional $2.4 million for a second place finish, and Germany, where it added $802k from 205 screens. Oscar buzz has helped the film attract audiences outside of North America. The drama opened in second place in Australia this weekend with a $1.3 million tally from 122 screens. The film collected $9.7 million from 40 overseas markets to reach a $50.6 million cume outside of North America, nearly $5 million more than the film's domestic gross.
12 Years a Slave will reach the $100 million global mark by next weekend. The film has currently grossed a total of $96.4 million worldwide.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hit the $100 million global mark this weekend. The spy film earned $9.1 million from 55 territories in a weekend that saw the thriller expand to 16 new markets.
Jack Ryan took a $1.9 million debut from 394 screens in France, an $897k bow from 67 locations in Taiwan, a $725k opening from 306 sites in Spain, and a $349k premiere for 39 locales in Belgium.
The spy film took a 45% dip in the United Kingdom to add $1.2 million from 460 locations to its $4.1 million cume. Australia added $485k from 232 sites to reach a $4.5 million total and China pulled in $300k from 2,800 screens to reach a $24.3 million cume. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has grossed a total of $61.1 million overseas.
47 Ronin dethroned I, Frankenstein for the top spot at the Mexican box office with a $2.2 million bow from 575 screens. The action flick took a #3 debut in Germany with $1.9 million from 452 dates and finished its opening weekend in Brazil in second place with $1 million from 205 dates. The new markets helped the film add $7.4 million to its overseas tally this weekend. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $92 million overseas from 44 territories and will expand to seven additional territories over the next couple of months. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $130.2 million worldwide.
The Book Thief earned $4.1 million from 1,850 screens in 28 markets. The film took a surprising #1 opening in Brazil, defeating 47 Ronin in an opening weekend box office face-off with a $1.3 million bow. The Book Thief has grossed $23.6 million overseas. The Book Thief will expand to France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore next weekend.
Walking with Dinosaurs brought in $3 million from 2,286 screens in 21 markets. The animated film opened in first place in Venezuela with $794k. The film has grossed $84.2 million overseas.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took a $2.1 million haul from 2,121 screens in 39 markets. The Ben Stiller film has earned a total of $117 million overseas as it prepares to expand to Japan and Venezuela in March.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reached the $600 million milestone overseas after adding $2.7 million from 1,714 screens across 50 territories. Top markets for Smaug include: Germany ($87M), the United Kingdom ($70M), France ($50.5M), Russia ($45M), Australia ($33.4M), Spain ($23.4M), and Sweden ($20.2M). Smaug is reporting an $854.2 million global cume.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones added $2.3 million from 45 territories after opening in five new territories this weekend. Italy opened to $337k from 170 screens and New Zealand enjoyed a $122k debut from 45 locations. The Marked Ones also opened in the Philippines, where it grossed $111k from 80 locations. The horror film has now collected $53.9 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide.
Lone Survivor battled opened in fourth place in the United Kingdom with a $1.3 million bow from 389 dates.
Devil's Due took a $1.1 million opening from 675 screens in Mexico and added a total of $3 million from 2,196 screens in 20 markets to its overseas tally. The horror film has now grossed $9.5 million overseas and $24.2 million worldwide.
Anchorman 2 fell below the million dollar mark overseas this weekend, as the film added $967k from 760 locations in 8 territories. Anchorman 2 has grossed a total of $43.4 million overseas and $167.8 million worldwide.
Despicable Me 2 is finishing out its overseas run. The animated film added $450k from 600 dates in its two remaining territories, raising its cume outside of North America to $602 million. Despicable Me 2 is only the fourth film to have crossed the $600 million mark overseas, a figure it was able to reach after adding $48.5 million from 24 days in China.
Despicable Me 2 is the fourth highest grossing animated film overseas, behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($718.3M), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($690.1M), and Toy Story 3 ($648.2M). It ranks #3 in terms of all time global box office for an animated film with a $970 million worldwide cume, behind Toy Story 3 ($1.1B), and The Lion King ($987.8M).
Saving Mr. Banks improved to a $17.9 million overseas cume. The Disney-approved biopic will reach the $100 million global mark in the coming days after finishing the weekend with a $98.9 million worldwide cume.