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Record Number of Installations in Past Year Include More than 20 Groupo Cinemex CinemeXtremo 

Auditoriums Featuring Dolby Atmos for Exceptional Power and Performance

 

CINEMACON/LAS VEGAS – (April 21, 2015) – Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, is proud to announce a record year for Christie Vive Audio™ installations worldwide, with the groundbreaking cinema speaker system on target to power its 150th screen in time for some of this year’s most heavily anticipated blockbuster movies. At the current pace, the company anticipates a 100 percent increase in Christie Vive locations, with up to 300 auditoriums pumping out rich, dynamic, detailed cinema audio by CinemaCon 2016. 

 

The latest locations to embrace Christie Vive – Southern Theatres’ Movie Tavern in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Movie Tavern in Flourtown, Pennsylvania – are scheduled to open in May and July 2015, respectively. The installations are a testament to Southern Theatres’ confidence in Christie Vive. The company was one of the first in the U.S. to power a multiplex exclusively with Christie Vive Audio and Christie Solaria Series Projectors – the Grand 14 Esplanade in Kenner, La., which opened in 2013; and the Movie Tavern Northshore in Covington, La., which opened last year. They followed in the steps of other renowned exhibitors such as Grupo Cinemex, which opened 21 CinemeXtremo Premium Large Format auditoriums with Christie Vive and Dolby Atmos®.  

With 40 regional locations and growing, Southern Theatres has won extensive praise for providing the ultimate in movie viewing, with state-of-the-art digital projection, audio technology, and 3D capability. Its Movie Tavern locations are recognized for their full-service offerings that include casual dining, a full bar option, luxury recliners in every auditorium, and reserve seating. The result is a memorable experience that caters to all the senses, from taste and touch, to the brilliant sight of digital cinema and aural excellence of systems like Christie Vive, which unlocks the full potential of DCI digital cinema audio formats. 

 

“We’re proud of our tradition of bringing the latest developments in cutting-edge technology, which Christie Vive Audio helps us deliver,” said Ron Krueger II, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Theatres. “We’re the first theatre to power every auditorium with Christie Vive Audio, a revolutionary leap in cinema loudspeaker design that provides an improved sound experience for every guest in every seat in the house, and our commitment to installing Vive Audio is evident in our growth plans for 2015.”

 

Rolando Maggi, Director of Infrastructure, Grupo Cinemex, agreed. “We are passionate about bringing our guests the latest in cutting-edge cinema visual and sound technology, and we count on Christie to help us deliver a consistently memorable movie viewing experience.”

 

He added: “Since our first launch of CinemeXtremo a year ago, we remain committed to opening additional CinemeXtremo auditoriums with Dolby Atmos® and Christie Vive Audio for their exceptional performance. Cinemex Tlalnepantla will be the next locations to treat its audiences to the awesome experience of a CinemeXtremo auditorium.”

 

“Christie Vive Audio’s exceptional pace of installation attests to the groundbreaking innovation that is its cinema-specific line array design and immersive sound,” said Patrick Artiaga, Director of Business Development, Audio Solutions, Christie. “We take great pride in the confidence, support, and trust that renowned exhibitors such as Southern Theatres and Grupo Cinemex place in Christie to provide them with quality cinema visual and audio solutions to meet the highest demands of today’s tech-savvy audience. We look forward to celebrating many more future installations as exhibitors ‘heed the call’ of the superior audio experience that is Christie Vive.”

 

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com.

 

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About Movie Tavern

Founded in 2001, Dallas-based Movie Tavern is a leader in the cinema eatery segment catering to adults and families with 19 high-quality theatres and 149 digital screens in nine states. In September 2013, Movie Tavern was acquired by New Orleans-based Southern Theatres, a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a leading private equity firm. With the acquisition of Movie Tavern, Southern Theatres became the eighth largest theatre company in North America.

 

About Southern Theatres

Southern Theatres, LLC., owned and operated by George Solomon, was formed in May of 2002. Solomon has been in the theatre business with his family for over 50 years and launched Southern Theatres, LLC. to develop and operate state-of-the art multiplex stadium-seating movie theatres. In April 2005, Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) made a $30 million equity investment in Southern Theatres, LLC. VSS is a private equity and mezzanine capital fund management company dedicated to investing in media, communications and information industries in North America and Europe. Southern Theatres, LLC. is the eighth largest theatre circuit in The United States and is currently responsible for the daily operation s of The Grand Theatres, Amstar Cinemas, The Theatres at Canal Place and oversight of operations for Movie Tavern. The company operates 40 locations with 452 screens in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Southern Theatres, LLC. is well positioned for continued expansion in key markets throughout the United States. Southern Theatres, LLC. is proud to be headquartered in New Orleans, La.

 

About Grupo Cinemex

Cinemex is the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, with 267 sites and

2,338 screens in 76 cities across Mexico. With over 10,000 employees, Cinemex presented in the last 6 years a steady double-digit growth in the country. The company expects 89 million in attendance in 2014. In 2013, Cinemex was awarded the International Achievement Award in Exhibition at the ShowEast annual conference. Today, Cinemex continues to offer innovative concepts in cinema, including Platino Cinemex and Cinemex Premium, state-of-the-art theatres equipped with luxury seating and first-class dining, as well as Cinemex 3D, the 4D experience, CinemeXtremo, Casa de Arte, and alternative content. At Cinemex, being the best in entertaining our guests is our main goal. http://cinemex.com/

 

About Christie

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and entertainment audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com. 

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National CineMedia (NCM) Expands Theater Network With Santikos Theatres and Cinetopia 

New Affiliate Agreements With Santikos And Cinetopia, As Well As Others Including Crossroads and Rosecrest Entertainment, Will Add Over 10 Million Attendees

Centennial, CO — April 21, 2015 — National CineMedia (NCM), the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S. and the #1 weekend network in America, continues to expand its national reach with the addition of five new movie theater circuit affiliates in 2015 and 2016, representing an increased audience of over 10 million moviegoing attendees.

Santikos Theatres has signed an agreement to become an NCM affiliate as of 2016, adding its 142 screens to NCM’s national theater network. The Santikos Theatre circuit includes nine unique entertainment venues in South Texas, including some of the top grossing theatres and top PLF screens in the US. Featured locations include the Palladium IMAX in San Antonio and the Palladium AVX and Silverado IMAX in the Houston area. Opening in early 2016 for Santikos is another unique entertainment complex, the Casa Blanca. John L. Santikos, the circuit's founder and owner passed away in late 2014, leaving operation and assets of the circuit to the San Antonio Area Foundation, which makes Santikos Theatres the only known theatre circuit that donates all profits to local charities. Santikos employees proudly continue the company's 104-year-old tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences, superior cinematic presentations and multiple entertainment offerings within fabulous and unique facilities.

Cinetopia, with its four theaters and 63 screens, have joined NCM’s network as an affiliate, effective beginning this month. Cinetopia theaters include the Overland Park 18 in the Kansas City area, the Progress Ridge 14 in the Portland, Oregon area, and the Vancouver Mall 23 and the Mill Plain 8 in the Vancouver, Washington area. Each of Cinetopia's locations adds luxury to the movie-watching experience in grand auditoriums, living-room theaters, movie parlors and GXL theaters with wine, a selection of local microbrews, fresh market-to-table cuisine and plush seats.

Other regional and local affiliates which recently became a part of NCM’s national network include the Crossroads Movies 8 in Oklahoma City and the Rosecrest Entertainment Lexington Cinema 8 in North Carolina.

In addition, NCM has also renewed affiliate agreements with Galaxy Theatres, with 13 theaters and 66 screens in the Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Austin, and Des Moines areas, and the premier entertainment destination LA Live in Los Angeles — further solidifying its position as America’s largest cinema network.

“Advertisers value ubiquitous audience coverage, so creating a premier national video advertising network with a larger impression base that can compete more effectively with TV, online and mobile networks is good for both our advertising clients and our theater circuit partners,” said NCM Chairman and CEO Kurt Hall.

Mr. Hall continued, “And we are making good progress that bodes well for our theater circuit partners in the coming year, as we are seeing increasing advertiser demand that has resulted in our 2015 upfront commitments nearly doubling versus 2014, after a strong Q4 2014 where revenue per average network screen increased 13% versus Q4 2013.”

Mr. Hall concluded, “We are confident that the addition of these new high-quality theater affiliates to our network, along with the increased investments we are making in our proposal, inventory management and audience targeting technology systems, will allow us to compete even more effectively in the video advertising marketplace of the future.” 

The new affiliate theatre circuits announced today will join other national theatre circuits  AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group and over 40 other leading regional theater circuit affiliates nationwide in exclusively presenting NCM’s FirstLook pre-show with Shazam interactivity and the ability to seamlessly target moviegoers online and on mobile devices through NCM’s digital offerings.

These new affiliates will also benefit from NCM’s industry-leading innovations including its Turbo initiative, which accelerates the delivery time of media from proposal to on-screen to less than 72 hours to give businesses that rely on time-sensitive promotional advertising strategies, such as car dealerships, retail stores and QSRs, the opportunity to take advantage of the power of cinema. NCM will also be launching the industry’s first Cinema Audience Targeting Optimizer (CATO) system this year that will help attract new advertisers to cinema by giving brands the ability to create more effective media plans with NCM based on film genres to maximize consumer targetability.

About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) is the #1 weekend network in America and the largest cinema advertising network reaching moviegoers on-screen, on-site, online and on mobile devices. NCM offers captivating entertainment content, national reach and unparalleled audience engagement across its digital in-theater network of over 20,100 screens in approximately 1,600 theaters in 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2014, over 700 million moviegoers attended theaters that exclusively present NCM's FirstLook pre-show program, including AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), and over 40 other leading regional theater circuit affiliates. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI) owns a 45.1% interest in, and is the managing member of, National CineMedia, LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com.  (NCMI-A)

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Exclusive Arrangement Leverages Christie's Powerful DOOH Solutions Further Enhancing Cinema Advertising Programs

CINEMACON/LAS VEGAS - (April 21, 2015) - Christie® continues its global leadership in the exhibition market by installing its Christie Experiential Networks at Screenvision's Upfront Advertising event in New York City on May 7, 2015. Screenvision, a national cinema advertising leader, with a presence in approximately 2,300 theaters, will host executives from advertising agencies and national brands at its annual event. The event will showcase the 2015/2016 slate of movies and continue to validate Screenvision's cinema media network as the leading choice of advertisers to tap into a scalable audience replacement that addresses the decline in TV ratings and audience fragmentation.

"Screenvision is excited about partnering with Christie at our Upfront event and our ongoing discussions about a broader strategic partnership for the cinema lobbies," said Travis Reid, CEO at Screenvision.

Christie Experiential Networks solutions, "From the Street to the ScreensTM", range from complex, interactive, user-driven video walls, to projection mapping and multi-sided immersive environments. They create exciting destinations where consumers can respond to and interact with brands, leading to longer dwell times and a superior emotional connection. Through Christie Experiential Networks, companies can deliver timely content and ad management from a remote or central location, allowing for consistent and timely experiences in as many locations as needed.

"Christie Experiential Networks has set the new standard for DOOH in theaters, providing award-winning content and signage destinations that are fully scalable, from Digital One-Sheets, to fully immersive, interactive digital standees," said Craig Sholder, executive vice president, Global Business Development and Strategic Planning, at Christie. "Christie's arrangement with Screenvision further strengthens Christie Experiential Network's growing leadership in the industry, with advertising and branding that runs the full gamut of traditional and cutting edge DOOH solutions."

About Screenvision
Headquartered in New York, N.Y., Screenvision is a national leader in cinema advertising, offering on-screen advertising, in-lobby promotions and integrated marketing programs to national, regional and local advertisers, and providing comprehensive cinema advertising representation services to top tier theatrical exhibitors presenting the highest quality moviegoing experience. The Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of over 14,200 screens in 2,200+ theater locations across all 50 states and 94 percent of DMAs nationwide; delivering through more than 150 theatrical circuits, including 6 of the top 10 exhibitor companies. For more information: www.screenvision.com.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com for more information.

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Boca Raton, FL and Knoxville, TN  April 21, 2015 – MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, announced today that it has completed the rollout of its service within every theatre of Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the motion picture exhibitor operating the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States. In total, this deployment offers MovieTickets.com customers access to films playing in all of Regal Cinemas’ theatres including its three main brands: Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres, and United Artists Theatres.

 

Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com, stated “This was the largest exhibitor deployment in our 15 year history and also one of the smoothest. The commitment from both sides to ensure success was a very promising indication of what this relationship will produce.”

 

“Regal is proud to have MovieTickets.com as an online destination for our guests.  It is important for our tickets to be readily available, particularly with this year’s blockbuster film release schedule,” said Dave Doyle, CIO of Regal Entertainment Group.  “Looking ahead, Regal is excited about new opportunities with MovieTickets.com, including increased collaboration between our web properties.”

 

MovieTickets.com first announced its new partnership with Regal Entertainment Group early last month.  With the addition of Regal Cinemas’ theatres, MovieTickets.com now provides advance movie ticketing to over 28,000 screens worldwide, becoming the largest online advance movie ticketing platform in the world.

 

About MovieTickets.com
MovieTickets.com is the leader in advance movie ticketing with 240 theater chains, representing over 28,000 screens worldwide in its group, offering moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets online, via mobile devices and at 877-789-MOVIE. The company currently enables remote ticketing for consumers across 21 countries/territories including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Fans can stay connected with MovieTickets.com through Facebook (facebook.com/MovieTicketscom), Twitter (twitter.com/movietickets) and YouTube (youtube.com/MovieTicketsTrailers).

 

About Regal Entertainment Group

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States and, as of March 31, 2015, operates 7,334 screens in 570 theatres throughout 42 states along with the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. 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 moviegoing experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

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The Nation's Top Moviegoer Destination Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Leading Midwest Exhibitor, Dramatically Expanding Its National Footprint

LAS VEGAS/CINEMACON (April 21, 2015) - Fandango, the leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month, announced today it has significantly expanded its national ticketing footprint by signing the company's first-ever agreement with Marcus Theatres®. With 685-screens, Marcus Theatres, the country's fifth largest exhibitor, will join Fandango's family of leading theater circuits in the fall, bringing Fandango's screen count to more than 26,000 U.S. screens.

With the addition of Marcus Theatres, Fandango will be the largest online ticket-seller for the nation's top seven theater chains (Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike, Marcus Theatres, Southern and Harkins). As part of the multi-year deal, the Milwaukee-based company will link its online and mobile sites directly to Fandango as its preferred ticketing partner. In return, Fandango will provide Marcus Theatres with a best-in-class online and mobile ticketing experience to support its moviegoers across all platforms, serving its many locations throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio.

"Fandango is proud to partner with Marcus Theatres to serve its customers throughout the Midwest," says Fandango President Paul Yanover. "We're looking forward to helping extend their ticketing reach across our many digital moviegoing platforms from online and mobile to smart TVs and now wearable devices."

"At Marcus Theatres, we are committed to creating conveniences for our guests, from ticket purchase to the in-theatre experience," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "We've added amenities that contribute to the movie experience, such as DreamLoungerâ„  recliner seating, premium large-format screens and enhanced dining options. With Fandango, we've significantly extended our customer's ability to locate and purchase tickets whenever they want and on whatever platform they choose. Plus, this new partnership allows us to provide Fandango's many conveniences and top-ranking mobile apps to our guests."

Fandango is everywhere consumers are discovering movies and making their moviegoing decisions. Fandango is the primary ticketer across many leading technology platforms and connected devices including Apple's iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), Siri, Passbook and the new Apple Watch, Google Now, Samsung's Smart TVs, phones and tablets, IMDb, AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, and others. A leading provider of movie trailers and movie-related video content, Fandango has channels and apps on Hulu, Roku and Samsung's Milk Video Service, and operates the number one movie trailers channel on YouTube with Fandango Movieclips.

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and movie fans, sells tickets to more than 26,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

About Marcus Theatres
Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, please visit www.marcustheatres.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@Marcus_Theatres).

 

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