Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests are now able to see movies like never before when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX) opens with Battle: Los Angeles at AMC Tysons Corner 16 in McLean, Va. on March 18.

ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.

"We are proud to offer our ETX concept at one of our flagship theatres," said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. operations "With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC Tysons Corner 16 will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered."
AMC Tysons Corner 16 is one of 14 ETX auditoriums across AMC's circuit. In addition to AMC Tysons Corner 16, AMC currently offers moviegoers the option of seeing a movie in ETX at:

• AMC Aventura 24 (Miami)
• AMC Ontario Mills 30 (Ontario, Calif.)
• AMC Empire 25 (New York City)
• AMC BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, Mo.)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Orlando)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Northpark 15 (Dallas)
• AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco)
• AMC Forum 22 (Montreal, Quebec)
• AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (Toronto, Ontario)
• AMC Century City 15 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 (Denver)

An additional ETX auditorium is scheduled to open on March 18 at AMC 30 at The Block (West Orange, Calif.).
ETX is just one of several ways guests can experience movies and other content at AMC Theatres. Movies shown in this new high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will cost between $4 to $5 more depending on the title and format. For more information, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/etx.

 

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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- The Bloomfield 8 theater, located across from Town Hall in the Wintonbury Mall, has begun an estimated $1 million conversion to 3-D digital projection and sound thanks to a recent acquisition by Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. (DCDC), Westfield, N.J. (www.digiplexdest.com). The 22,800 sq. ft. theater with 1,500 seats in eight auditoriums, was purchased from partners Dean Gentile and Tim Keefner for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition of the Bloomfield theater was announced today by digital theater entrepreneur A. Dale "Bud" Mayo, chairman and CEO of Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. The Bloomfield 8 is the third theater acquired by the company which began operation on Dec. 31, 2010, the day Mayo acquired in-town theaters in Westfield and Cranford, N.J. All three Digiplex Destinations theaters will serve as the foundation of a chain of all-digital theaters that Mayo's team plans to open nationwide.

Former Bloomfield 8 co-owner Dean Gentile, a resident of New City, N.Y., becomes Regional Vice President of Operations for DCDC working out of the company's New Jersey headquarters in Westfield. His former partner, Tim Keefner, a resident of Stratford, Conn., has also joined DCDC as General Manager of the Bloomfield 8 theater, with responsibilities to spearhead further expansion of DCDC's Digiplex Destinations theaters in New England. Both were former executives of Crown Theaters based in Norwalk, Conn.

The conversion to digital will also include new seating, carpeting, repainted interiors and a digital sound system. Once completed, staffing at the theater will remain at about 20 full- and part-time employees.

When the digital conversion is completed later this year, patrons visiting the all-digital Bloomfield 8 will notice a brighter, crisper, clearer scratch-free image. For the first time in the theater's 15-year history, 3-D movies such as the blockbuster hit Avatar can be shown. Digital conversion will allow the Bloomfield 8 theater to become a center for special event programming delivered by high definition satellite, such as pop concerts, live sports events and auctions, motivational talks, religious ceremonies, and children's series, thus allowing the theater to fill more seats during off-peak periods.

The first Digiplex Destination event will be Kidtoons Family Matinees on April 9 and 10 featuring free G-rated movies. On the schedule will be: April 9, Candyland: The Great Lollipop Adventure, and The Little Engine That Could; April 10, Tonka Tough Truck and Barbie: A Fairy Secret. After Apr. 10, the Kidtoons Family Matinees will be priced at $3.50 per person.

Digital conversion is also environmentally-friendly: for decades, Hollywood films would arrive in 70 pound cans shipped by air, truck and courier, consuming fuel and up to $1 million per film in distribution costs. With digital projection, movies arrive by satellite or paperback book-sized hard drive that's downloaded into a digital projector, one for each auditorium. It takes only minutes to prepare a digital movie for showing, versus one to two hours to spool six reels of film onto a platter, thread it into a projector, then respool it for return shipment at the end of the run.

DCDC's Bud Mayo says, "In a digital theater, the audience will be totally immersed in the experience. They will be able to text back questions and comments, sing along, host tailgate parties outside, even perform skits to accompany the program, as appropriate.

"Corporate and professional groups will save time, and consume less energy and money using Digiplex Destination theaters as a meeting place."

Mayo continues, "Digital technology allows us to redefine what it means to go to a movie theater."

For more information on the Bloomfield 8 and DCDC, log onto www.digiplexdest.com

 

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today that it will play host to exclusive screenings of Gayle Ferraro's "To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America" in theatres across America on Thursday, March 31st. The film will be accompanied by a taped discussion with Dr. Yunus, moderated by financial expert and CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and featuring special guests including financial powerhouse Suze Orman, President of Kiva.org, Premal Shah, and Robert DeNiro. The evening will also include video appearances by Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Russell Simmons, and many others. Go to www.tocatchadollar.com or www.screenvision.com for ticketing information.

The film, narrated by Hugh Jackman, chronicles the inspiring, logic-defying, yet true story of Yunus' idea to bring his model of micro-lending to the United States and depicts the millions of lives it has changed in the process. The panel discussion was taped on March 9th in New York. It addresses the monetary issues raised in the film and will explore innovative solutions to today's most pressing financial challenges.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus, known as the "father of modern microfinance," is a Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides microcredit to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. Dr. Yunus is also a 2006 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

"Dr. Yunus is a brilliant economist who has brought change to millions of lives. Screenvision is honored to support the film "To Catch a Dollar" and distribute it to our theatres across the country," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "Distributing the film and panel discussion will allow Dr. Yunus' vision to reach a vast audience and help raise awareness of the importance of microfinance in America."

Screenvision has partnered with Area 23a, an event-based theatrical distributor, to assist in the distribution of the film, which can be seen on over 200 movie screens across the country.

"We are proud to partner with Screenvision to bring this award-winning "movievent" to local communities across America and provide the opportunity for audiences to discover new innovative ways to improve their own financial situations," said Kirt Eftekhar, Co-Founder, Area 23a.

The film will be playing at the following Screenvision exhibitor partners' theatres: Carmike Cinemas, Rave Motion Pictures, National Amusements Theatres, Clearview Cinemas, Bow-Tie Cinemas, Mann Theatres, Harkins Theatres, Studio Movie Grill, Pacific Theatres, Ultrastar Cinemas, Santikos Theatres, Dipson Theatres, Celebration! Cinema, Paragon Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Muvico, Stone Theatres, Dickinson Theatres, Reading Cinemas, Classic Cinemas, Wehrenberg Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Akarakian Theatres, Emagine, Carolina Cinemas, Malco Theatres, and Destinta Theatres.

 

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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 two locations for the new giant screen all-digital format branded the Regal Premium ExperienceSM ("RPX"). Technicians are currently converting an existing auditorium at each theatre to accommodate this state-of-the-art experience in sight and sound. Construction is underway for these RPX theatres in the Chicago and Houston markets.

"Regal Entertainment Group is committed to providing our guests the highest quality entertainment available. RPX: Regal Premium Experience delivers a top-notch presentation on screen complemented by a unique and powerful surround sound system," stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Our patrons will clearly see the difference when they choose the Regal Premium Experience for their next movie."

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!

Two newly announced RPX locations
Chicago - Regal Cantera Stadium 30
Houston - Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24

Previously opened RPX locations
Anchorage - Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 - November 2010
Atlanta - Regal Kennesaw Town Center Stadium 16 - November 2010
Boston - Regal Fenway Stadium 13 - November 2010
Boston - Regal Fox Run Stadium 15 - February 2011
Denver - Regal Continental Stadium 10 - February 2011
Greenville - Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 - November 2010
Miami - Regal Kendall Village Stadium 16 - May 2010
NYC - Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 - April 2010
Seattle - Regal Alderwood Stadium 7 - November 2010
Seattle - Regal Everett Mall Stadium 16 - February 2011
Seattle - Regal The Landing Stadium 14 - February 2011

 

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Hong Kong -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is delighted to announce that its Integrated Media Block (IMB) has been officially awarded the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 validation certificate. The certification was awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory federal agency within the US Department of Commerce, after a recommendation made by InfoGard Laboratories, an accredited Cryptographic Module Testing Laboratory under Lab Code 100432-0 of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.

GDC is the very first digital cinema equipment manufacturer to receive such an accolade for IMB and meets DCI security requirement. Obtaining FIPS Level 3 certification means that GDC's IMB meets the highest level of DCI security requirements for protection against malicious hacking, infringement and theft of digital content. FIPS are security standards developed by the NIST covering detailed specifications for physical and mechanical design, electronic circuitry, software, interfaces, and computer algorithms.

"The FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation entails a rigorous and complex testing process that scrutinizes the security design and implementation," said Ken Kolstad, General Manager, InfoGard Laboratories. "It is one of the toughest objectives for DCI equipment manufacturers to meet and we congratulate GDC for achieving this significant milestone."

"We are elated to receive this certification which marks an important milestone for GDC," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC digital cinema servers are designed to comply DCI specifications and the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification signifies that GDC servers offer the highest level of security. I am very proud of my team for working relentlessly to ensure our products remain at the forefront of digital cinema technology."

The official GDC IMB FIPS 140-2 NIST certificate is number 1518.

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