CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that Southern Theatres, LLC, has selected digital cinema projectors from NEC for the newly renovated and redesigned Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans. The move by Southern Theatres extends its current relationship with NEC and Master Reseller Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), and positions this leading exhibitor to capitalize on the growing list of upcoming 3D Hollywood blockbusters.

Seeking to resurrect The Theatres at Canal Place, Southern Theatres outfitted five all-digital auditoriums with over-sized, reclining leather seats, shared swivel-tables and drink holders in a stadium-seating configuration with reserved seating. The new amenities include an upscale café and premium bar in the foyer, and a call button for in-theater food and beverage table service. NEC large-screen LCD displays give the concession areas added appeal and menu flexibility. The grand opening of the complex is at 10 p.m. today, just before the 12:01 a.m. premiere of the new "Sex and The City 2" movie.

"It is an honor to continue our work with George Solomon of Southern Theatres," said Pierre Richer, President and C.O.O. of NEC Display Solutions. "New Orleans is being restored one project at a time, and we are very privileged to play a small role."

Ballantyne Strong, a master reseller for the exhibitor segment of NEC's business, is providing the hardware and installation services for the theaters. For this project, NEC NC2000 projectors were selected, which are 3D capable with advanced security features for digital content protection. The NC2000 also includes sophisticated technology for venting and cooling.

"Ballantyne Strong is grateful to have a role in revitalizing New Orleans, and this major upgrade transforms The Theatres at Canal Place into a top entertainment destination," said John Wilmers, President and CEO, Ballantyne Strong. "Our innovative solution of mounting the projectors in soundproof ceiling enclosures also provides more room for movie patrons to enjoy the ambience of the buildings."

"Investing in this community means a lot to us, and the superb design of the facility continues Southern's tradition of delivering the best movie-going experience possible," said Solomon, President of Southern Theatres. "NEC and Ballantyne Strong are great partners, and they understand our mission of rebuilding the area to include simple luxuries people have missed since 2005."

Solomon has been in the theater business with his family for more than 50 years and launched Southern Theatres, LLC, to develop and operate state-of-the-art, multiplex stadium-seating movie theaters.

The NEC Digital Cinema Projector Series models meet DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) requirements, so exhibitors are prepared to capitalize on current opportunities as well as position themselves for future growth.


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Singapore/Manila - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed the Anti-Camcording Act, thereby passing it into law and intensifying the fight against movie piracy in the country. Considered a milestone legislation piece not only in the Philippines but also in South East Asia, the Anti-Camcording Law aims to help curb illegal camcording activities in the country and in the Asian region.

Under the Anti-Camcording Law, any person who is caught using or attempting to use an audiovisual recording device to transmit or make a copy of any part of a performance in an exhibition facility of any cinematographic film or other audiovisual work will be charged with a fine of PhP 50,000 to PhP 750, 000 (US$1,000-US$17,000) and will face imprisonment of a minimum of six months and one day to six years and one day.

"We congratulate the Philippine government in this milestone victory in the country's fight against movie piracy and its renewed commitment to join its Asian counterparts in protecting content and tackling copyright theft by going after the source with a strong anti-camcording law," said Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific of the Motion Picture Association (MPA). "Enforcement authorities in the Philippines can get down to the business of clamping down on the serious problem of camcord piracy like their counterparts in Japan and Hong Kong have done so effectively."

Introduced by House Representative Irwin Tieng and sponsored by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Mar Roxas, the new law is expected to greatly benefit the local movie industry, which has suffered staggering losses amounting to lost revenue due to the illegal replication and proliferation of pirated optical discs. Under the new law, the Philippine National Police (PNP) with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Optical Media Board (OMB), the National Cinema Association of the Philippines (NCAP) and its member exhibitors will be expected to fully enforce the provisions.

Currently, more than 90% of the pirated copies of newly released movies on the street and on Internet sites originate from illegal copies made in cinemas. Around 9% of global camcords in 2009 have been forensically traced to theatres in the Asia-Pacific.

"Undoubtedly, the Anti-Camcording Act will boost OMB's overall piracy initiatives," said OMB Chief Ronnie Ricketts. "It is about time that we have this law in place to fully implement our anti-piracy programs and operations against illegal camcorders and pirates."

"The recent passage of the Anti-Camcording Law will play a critical role in helping protect the interests of the Philippine movie industry which is still struggling from huge losses due to piracy. Through this law, we are also counting on the help of other industry players to reinvigorate the industry and eventually, creating more business and employment opportunities for all the members of the industry," said Engr. Ric Camaligan, President of the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council.

Industry groups, including international exhibitors and cinema associations that ensure that local movie-going public enjoys the best cinema entertainment experience, likewise, expressed their full support for the new law.

"The National Cinema Association of the Philippines welcomes the passage of the Anti-Camcording Law and will fully support its implementation. The new law will further boost our fight against movie piracy as illegal camcorders will now be forewarned of the consequence of their illegal activities through the signages to be posted in our cinemas. We would like to thank our lawmakers and all others who supported the passage of the law," said Atty. Rolando Dueñas, External Vice-President of NCAP.

"The passage of the Anti-Camcording Law is a welcome advantage in our battle against film and video piracy," remarked Philippine Motion Pictures Producers Association President Orlando Ilacad. "Piracy has crippled our industry to a point that moist of the players have already stopped their businesses due to losses. This law might be the shot in the arm that we have been waiting for."

The Anti-Camcording Law will be considered effective and in force 15 days from the date of the latest and complete publication made of the Act and its provisions. With strict enforcement of the law's provisions and with the full government and industry support, the Anti-Camcording Law is expected to effectively bolster content protection efforts, not only in the Philippines, but also in the region.


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces the addition of the Regal Premium ExperienceSM ("RPX") to Kendall Village Stadium 16. The all-digital giant screen experience will be open to the public on May 28th in Miami beginning with the 12:01AM first screening of Disney's Prince of Persia. RPX tickets are currently on sale at the box office and online.

RPX presents movies the way filmmakers intended with powerful, uncompressed surround sound and bright eye-popping images in 2D and RealD 3D. Patrons will enjoy the custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests, a giant immersive screen illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system for the best picture you've ever heard!

"Regal Entertainment Group's first RPX location on 42nd Street in New York exceeded our expectations and impressed moviegoers in Times Square," stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is proud to continue the rollout of RPX at our Kendall theatre which is already an extremely popular location for moviegoers in the Miami market."

Regal technicians individually design each RPX location to provide an enhanced experience in sight and sound. The Regal Premium Experience in Kendall includes a massive screen stretching more than 52 feet wide. The brightest, clearest images possible are delivered to the screen by dual 21,000 lumen digital projectors. The 20,000 watt digital audio system will surround moviegoers in a specially designed 9.1 speaker array providing pinpoint sound. This powerful sound system incorporates 80 different loudspeaker components including twenty 18" subwoofers for deep resonating bass.

Regal Entertainment Group currently operates 42 IMAX® Theatres. The company expects to add the IMAX Experience® to additional locations while also launching more RPX theatres. The addition of RPX to Regal's already successful IMAX® strategy complements and extends the number of Regal theatres featuring premium moviegoing experiences.


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LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, and Common Sense Media, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media and technology experience for kids and families, have formed an editorial partnership to help parents make great - and age-appropriate - movie choices for their families. Beginning today, millions of Fandango users can find Common Sense Media movie reviews for thousands of new releases and DVDs at Fandango.

Parents can find Common Sense reviews in both the movies and DVDs sections on the Critics Reviews page for each film. The Common Sense ON, IFFY, or OFF button - along with a traditional 5-star review - will be featured at the top of each Critics Reviews page. By clicking "Information for Parents," users will be taken to the full Common Sense review at the bottom of the page, featuring the Decider Slider®, What Parents Need to Know, and a breakdown of the movie's content, from violence and sex to role models and messages.

Based on childhood development criteria, Common Sense Media's ratings system helps parents make decisions about which movies, video games, TV shows, websites, books, and music are right for their families. The Common Sense ratings information complements traditional ratings services with more detailed, easy-to-understand information.

"As parents, we need to be selective about our kids' entertainment choices, and Common Sense Media provides Fandango with easy-to-read consumer reviews especially tailored for parents," said Jessica Yi, vice president of product development for Fandango. "At Fandango, we're constantly looking at ways to enhance the user experience. Common Sense Media helps us add authoritative, trustworthy, family-friendly information that complements our own user reviews and ratings, trailers, and showtimes and ticketing information - so that everything you need to make your movie-going decision is all in one place."

"Today's parents have such a great need for information about what their kids are watching or playing, and they need it right at their fingertips," Anne Zehren, president and COO of Common Sense Media. "Our Common Sense reviews are designed to empower parents with the tools and information they need to help kids get the best -- and avoid the worst -- of media and entertainment. Now that our detailed reviews are available at Fandango -- the go-to site for millions of busy parents looking to relax with their kids in front of a movie at the end of a long week -- it's even easier for parents to make smart choices, and pick movies that truly reflect their own, personal values."

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