SAN FRANCISCO and CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, two of the most popular online and mobile movie brands, and NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, today announced a strategic alliance to develop innovative new advertising and marketing initiatives reaching moviegoers beginning in September.

The new alliance combines the reach of the NCM Cinema Network - the nation's largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and other leading movie theaters across the country - with the popularity and social-media strength of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes. Together, the two entertainment-industry leaders can offer brands exciting opportunities to build true 360-degree in-theater, online and mobile campaigns to reach moviegoers before, during and after the movie.

"This is an extremely exciting collaboration, combining in-theater, online and mobile platforms that will motivate both online audiences and in-theater audiences around the country," said Ken Venturi, NCM's chief creative officer and executive vice president of interactive media. "We're working with Flixster to develop creative and scalable marketing solutions that will be relevant and engaging to moviegoers."

Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes complement the NCM Interactive Network, the No. 1 online portfolio of sites reaching moviegoers according to comScore. Flixster's websites and mobile apps are together used by more than 35 million moviegoers each month. Every weekend, more than 3 million moviegoers use Flixster's mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android-powered devices.

Joe Greenstein, co-founder and CEO of Flixster Inc., said, "Together, Flixster and NCM will reach hundreds of millions of moviegoers in movie theaters, online and across mobile platforms, providing an immersive new way to connect consumers with compelling content and messages."

NCM Media Networks' creative team will also work with Flixster to develop the company's first broad, consumer-focused marketing campaign for Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, expected to debut in NCM's First Look pre-feature program on the big screen in movie theaters around the country this fall. NCM's award-winning in-house agency has created cinema campaigns for more than 3,000 local, regional and national advertisers.


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Torrance, CA -- Krikorian Premiere Theatres (KPT) first began their green efforts by removing 35mm projectors and converting all auditoriums to digital projection.

"We had already taken a big step by removing 35mm film from the equation," said Todd Cummings, VP of Operations, "but we wanted to find different ways to do more for the environment."

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