Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to become the first company in its industry to reach 1 million "likes" on Facebook, officially passing the mark on May 6, 2011. The 1 million fans of AMC have joined the company's Facebook page since the page's inception on Jan. 19, 2010.

"We recognized Facebook was where our guests were discussing not only the movies they loved, but the overall moviegoing experience," said Stephen Colanero, chief marketing officer at AMC. "These online discussions are tremendous opportunities to listen to what our guests are saying about AMC and engage with them about some of the great initiatives we're rolling out."

As recently as the beginning of 2010, AMC's only presence online was its website, which includes a movie news blog, community and user generated reviews. In January 2010, AMC Theatres established a presence on Facebook, surpassing all other movie theatre companies within a matter of months. The company hit the 100,000 fan mark in late June 2010 and was up to 500,000 in February 2011.

The company has also launched two Twitter profiles since May 2010: @amctheatres and @amchelps, for the purposes of marketing, guest questions and issues and proactive outreach. Like Facebook, AMC also boasts the highest number of followers on Twitter among North American theatre companies.

AMC utilizes its Facebook and Twitter outlets to provide its fans with exclusive content, including interviews with Hollywood influencers, contests, promotional deals and new initiatives, such as AMC's new guest loyalty program, AMC StubsTM. The social media channels also are where AMC debuts news about exclusive programs and promotions.

"Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our guests to share their love of the movies and passion for the AMC brand across all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeTM, and of course amctheatres.com," said Anita Bajaj Newton, vice president, retail and digital marketing. "Moreover, these channels provide an invaluable opportunity to see our business through the eyes of our guests. We use the feedback received through our social media channels to constantly improve the moviegoing experience for our guests."

AMC's fans are responding, with AMC's Facebook wall receiving several hundred posts and comments every day. To become a fan of AMC Theatres on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/amctheatres. On Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/amctheatres and www.twitter.com/amchelps. AMC's movie blog can be found at www.amctheatres.com/network/scriptscreen and its YouTube channel is located at www.youtube.com/amctheatres.

 

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie® strikes gold again, with Walt Disney Studios selecting the acclaimed Christie SolariaTM Series CP2230 projectors to screen the highly anticipated World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," in Disney Digital 3DTM. The studio's first 3D outdoor premiere, takes place at Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California, May 7, with Disney donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this star-studded event to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, of which they are a long-time supporter.

Heralded by elite filmmakers and supported by major Hollywood studios, the Christie Solaria Series projectors are renowned for their reliability and stake claim to a treasure trove of features - including Brilliant 3D technology and the highest, proven brightness levels to meet the demands of the largest screen, indoors and out. They are trusted by Disney to provide unmatched contrast and stunning colors necessary to deliver a razor-sharp Disney Digital 3DTM viewing experience. For the premiere, powerful Solaria CP2230 projectors will illuminate the 90' by 36' screen from a distance of up to 190 feet.

"Christie has been involved in many of our premiere events," said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, Worldwide Special Events, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "When we want to wow our World Premiere audiences with a blockbuster feature presentation, we know we can count on Christie to deliver the best and brightest digital cinema viewing experience available today."

"Christie is proud to play an integral role in many exciting Disney premieres. Our successes with Disney include the groundbreaking animated feature, ‘Toy Story,' the first movie created digitally and screened digitally, on a Christie projector," said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie Entertainment Solutions. "Just as the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' series has become the standard for action-packed family entertainment, the Christie Solaria Series projectors have raised the bar on image quality and reliability, while delivering the lowest cost of operation. Captain Jack Sparrow has never looked sharper and more colorful than on a Christie digital cinema projector."

All projectors in the Christie Solaria Series exceed Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications-the universally recognized standard in the industry that every manufacturer must meet. They feature modular architecture for improved serviceability and ease of maintenance, with up to 25 percent lower cost of operation than competing technologies.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" roars to the screen in brilliant Disney Digital 3DTM. It offers the fun, adventure and humor that are hallmarks of the hit franchise, with Johnny Depp returning as the inimitable Captain Jack Sparrow. All of the film's stars are expected to attend the world premiere, along with many Hollywood celebrities.

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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, today announced plans to equip all digital cinema locations with personal captioning and descriptive video technologies.

For years Regal has actively worked with various technology companies and film distributors to create opportunities to increase theatre access for deaf, hard of hearing and blind moviegoers. The advent of digital cinema technology offers new opportunities to increase access at all digitally equipped theatres and Regal expects to have practically all of its theatres converted to digital cinema by the end of 2012. In conjunction with its digital cinema rollout, Regal has developed a strategy to also rollout these adaptive technologies for widespread consumer use over the next 12 to 18 months. In addition, Regal has partnered with Captionfish which is the internet's leading captioned movies search engine that finds open captioned, Rear Window(R) captioned, foreign/subtitled and descriptively-narrated movies showing at theatres across the United States.

"Regal once again has bolstered their commitment to providing movies that are accessible to people with hearing and vision loss. Regal was the first to provide a comprehensive website, advertised show times, theatre manager training program and free screenings to deaf and hard of hearing children. Regal has always been a strong advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing and remains the most committed exhibitor in the U.S. to support captioned programming and providing the deaf and hard of hearing community access to feature films. This announcement demonstrates their continuing leadership in accessible entertainment," said Nanci Linke Ellis, of Captionfish.com. Partner Brendan Gramer added, "We are thrilled that they have chosen to partner with Captionfish as a resource for disseminating accessible showtimes."

"After years of working to ensure that personal captioning solutions would be available through digital cinema, as well as meet the needs and expectations of the deaf, hard of hearing and blind, we are pleased to begin efforts now to offer this access at theatres converted to the all-digital format," stated Randy Smith, Regal Entertainment Group, Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel. "Regal is now ordering and, depending on product availability, will be installing these new technologies at our fully digitized locations. Our intentions are to offer captioning and descriptive video for every film that comes with such content, at all show times, at every theatre equipped and to be equipped with digital cinema systems over the next 12 to 18 months. By the end of 2012, almost every Regal location nationwide will be fully equipped with digital cinema systems and be further equipped to provide closed captions and descriptive video for our deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests."

Regal Entertainment Group is grateful for the many years of aid, insight and support provided by numerous individuals and advocates within the deaf, hard of hearing and blind communities. While obstacles remain for some large format presentations, 3D films and the limited availability of captioned film product from some studios, Regal is eagerly entering a new era of unparalleled access for the deaf, hard of hearing and blind.

 

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