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Boca Raton, FL, and New York, NY -- MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, and TouchTunes, the largest in-venue entertainment and engagement platform in over 60,000 bars and restaurants across North America, today announced an exclusive partnership to provide film studios a new way to promote movie releases and ticket sales.

For film and entertainment studios looking to directly promote upcoming releases, the partnership offers valuable awareness and amplified ticket sales. Through branded interactive content, powered by MovieTickets.com ticketing capabilities, moviegoers are able to learn about new releases and purchase tickets through TouchTunes' interactive jukebox displays and its mobile application.

"TouchTunes' interactive technology provides another innovative way for us to extend our brand to millions of potential customers across the US and Canada," said Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com. "Our partnership was a natural fit to provide those who use TouchTunes to easily access entertainment options with the leading service MovieTickets.com provides."

"TouchTunes' network of 60,000 location offers brands the unique ability to connect with millions of socially engaged patrons on a national or geo-targeted level," said Jim Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at TouchTunes. "In talking to our consumers, we know that nearly half go to the movies at least once a month and many decide what movie to see shortly before heading to the theater. Our partnership with MovieTickets.com offers tremendous, cross-device opportunities for film studios fighting to win the attention and dollars of the millions of consumers seeking entertainment options."

TouchTunes is a highly scalable engagement platform that provides advertisers with the ability to interact with consumers in environments where they are more receptive to absorbing and responding to brand messages. In August 2014, TouchTunes worked with Twentieth Century Fox to promote "Let's Be Cops," starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. Utilizing TouchTunes' on premise screens and mobile app, the studio featured the film's movie trailer at targeted locations nationwide, and also offered patrons a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the movie premiere. As a result, Twentieth Century Fox was able to generate millions of valuable impressions for the film while also capturing consumer e-mail data for future promotion and communications. The campaign with Twentieth Century Fox follows successful promotions with Lionsgate and Starz.

 

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mockingjaylongrange.pngLOS ANGELES (Oct. 27, 2014) - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that starting Wednesday, October 29 at 9 am PT/12 Noon ET, advance tickets will go on sale at Fandango.com/HungerGames for Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," the year's most anticipated movie, according to Fandango fans.

To celebrate the ticket-on-sale date, fans who purchase "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" tickets on Fandango within the first 24 hours will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to attend the world premiere in London on November 10. All purchases during the first 24 hours will receive a free movie download on VUDU of the previous blockbuster in the series, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." See official rules on Fandango for prize details, approximate retail values and free alternate means of sweepstakes entry at http://tickets.fandango.com/promo/mockingjaylondonrules.

Also on Fandango, fans with an artistic streak can enter Fandango's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Fan Art Contest. The winning artist will win one thousand dollars' worth of Fandango movie tickets and the winning art will be featured on a Fandango "Hunger Games" gift card. The contest can be found on Fandango's Tumblr page (fandango.tumblr.com ) and ends November 4 at 12 noon PT. Lionsgate and Fandango will select the winning artwork, which will be announced on November 14.

"The excitement is building as we get closer to the first day of ‘Mockingjay' presales, as Tributes get ready to scoop up their advance tickets weeks before the film opens," says Fandango Chief Correspondent, Dave Karger. "The anticipation is through the roof, as ‘Mockingjay' follows Katiniss Everdeen's emotional journey beyond the Arena, and fans can't wait to see the action-packed events realized on the big screen."

Also on October 29, Fandango is launching "'The Hunger Games Guide" destination at Fandango.com/HungerGames, featuring exclusive "Mockingjay" movie trailers and clips with Jennifer Lawrence, plus fun film facts, movie trailers, fan polls, new "Mockingjay" gift cards, the Ultimate Katniss Mash-Up, and "The Hunger Games" Character Guide for the uninitiated.


About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 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 more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 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 "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

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proctorcompanies.pngOctober 29, Littleton, Colorado - Proctor Companies today announced the addition of George Perry, expert foodservice designer, to the Proctor design team. The hire further solidifies Proctor Companies' position as the premier supplier of food and beverage solutions for the theatre industry.

George boasts a foodservice background spanning more than 25 years, with expertise in large-scale projects and complex project management. He served as the Director of Design for the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, The True North Centre in Winnipeg, and the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. George has also designed and managed smaller but no less impressive projects, including all five Breckenridge Brewery locations in Colorado.

George has already hit the ground running, designing a new theatre in the midwest that will feature a broad selection of menu items and expanded foodservice facilities. "I'm really excited to apply the skills I developed in the restaurant and arena industries to the cinema industry," he said. "With the recent emergence of In-Theatre Dining, my experience is perfectly suited to the direction the theatre industry is heading. I'm thrilled to be part of the Proctor team."

Bruce Proctor, president of Proctor Companies, agrees, "We've already seen the value George brings to Proctor Companies' mission. He knows every detail of the design and build process inside and out. On top of that, he has a real knack for keeping everybody on the same page, working together."

George is a member in good standing with the Foodservice Consultants Society International. Founded in 1971, Colorado-based Proctor Companies designs, builds, and supplies innovative concession stands, food and beverage facilities, and box office, bars, and lobby fixtures for movie theatres around the globe.

Contact:

Bruce Proctor

President, Proctor Companies

303-962-1211

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Bloomberg reports that shares in Regal rose the most in three years following yesterday's announcement that the company's Board of Directors "has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, which may include a potential sale of the Company."

Here's the official news release from Regal:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today reported fiscal third quarter 2014 results.

Total revenues for the third quarter ended September 25, 2014 were $693.8 million compared to total revenues of $813.1 million for the third quarter ended September 26, 2013. Net income attributable to controlling interest in the third quarter of 2014, was $26.7 million compared to $75.1 million in the third quarter of 2013. Diluted earnings per share was $0.17 for the third quarter of 2014 compared to $0.48 for the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) was $0.18 for the third quarter of 2014 compared to $0.38 for the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA(3) was $122.1 million for the third quarter of 2014 compared to $177.3 million for the third quarter of 2013. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.

Regal's Board of Directors today declared both a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 and a special cash dividend of $1.00 per Class A and Class B common share, each payable on December 15, 2014, to stockholders of record on December 4, 2014. The Company intends to pay a regular quarterly dividend for the foreseeable future at the discretion of the Board of Directors depending on available cash, anticipated cash needs, overall financial condition, loan agreement restrictions, future prospects for earnings and cash flows as well as other relevant factors.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, which may include a potential sale of the Company. While the Board of Directors has great confidence in the Company's management team and its strategic plan, the combination of Regal's continued strong performance and attractive industry dynamics has led the Board to conclude that this is an opportune time to conduct a thorough review of options.

"Commitment to delivering shareholder value has been the cornerstone of our strategy for many years and we believe today's announcement along with the declaration of our sixth special dividend clearly demonstrate that commitment," stated Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Looking ahead, we are optimistic regarding the potential for box office success during the upcoming holiday season and throughout 2015," Miles continued.

The Board of Directors has retained Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Inc. as its financial advisor to assist in the review process. The Company has not set a definitive timetable for completing its exploration of strategic alternatives and there can be no assurance that the process will result in any specific outcome. The Company does not intend to disclose further developments during this process, unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific course of action or otherwise concludes the review.

 

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SHOWEAST (BOOTH #608), MIAMI -- Harkness Screens the world's leading screen technology company and thought-leader in on-screen brightness has launched a new higher gain version of its 4th generation 2D and 3D screen surface, Clarus XC.

Shipping in late 2014, the new Clarus XC 270 screen surface benefits from d-smooth coating technology which has specific properties more commonly seen in white screens. This technology enables Clarus XC screens to benefit from significantly improved light distribution compared to traditional 3D silver screens. Through this, visible hot-spotting is reduced and uniformity is greatly increased, making compliance with 2D industry standards more easily achievable.

"We developed our new higher gain Clarus XC 270 screen surface to allow cinema exhibitors struggling for on-screen brightness particularly in 3D to benefit from all of the visual performance improvements from using Clarus XC technology such as contrast, colour accuracy, image detail and 3D depth whilst increasing centre screen brightness," says Richard Mitchell, Head of Global Marketing at Harkness Screens.

Designed to work with all passive 3D systems, Clarus XC screens create visibly deeper 3D content which draws in the audience creating a more captivating viewing experience. A whiter look under projection mean that colours look visibly richer and more accurate both in 2D and 3D resulting in a more defined, sharper and crisper picture.

Mitchell adds, "The unique coating technology in Clarus XC 270 allows peak brightness at the centre of the screen to be increased by over 12% against our traditional Spectral 240 3D screen whilst not impacting on visual hotspot or uniformity. Clarus XC 270 provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors around the world to improve the brightness levels from their 3D screens and the quality of the visual performance all at the same time."

Clarus XC technology is the result of significant work by Harkness' Research and Development team and brings together a number of proprietary technologies to create a screen surface for the age of immersive cinema which has been approved by major Hollywood film studios.


Clarus XC technology is available in four different gain levels, 1.4, 1.7, 2.2 and 2.7 designed to suit all digital cinema environments from small screening rooms through to large format theaters. To date over 500 Clarus XC screens have been installed globally.
For more information on the Clarus family visit www.harkness-screens.com/clarusxc

 

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