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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is continuing its multi-million dollar investment in its circuit to bring consumers the ultimate movie-going experience. With a tradition as an industry leader and innovator, Marcus Theatres continues to outperform the industry as it announces significant renovations and new amenities at additional locations.

The renovations will add DreamLoungerSM recliner seating to all of the auditoriums at the South Shore and Menomonee Falls Cinemas in the Milwaukee market and the Elgin Cinema in Elgin, Illinois. Existing UltraScreen® auditoriums at the Elgin Cinema and the Pickerington Cinema in Ohio, and an additional auditorium at the Twin Creek Cinema in Nebraska, will be upgraded to the UltraScreen DLX® concept. A Take FiveSM Lounge will also be added at the Pickerington and South Shore Cinemas, and Zaffiro's® Express outlets will be added at the South Shore, Elgin and Pickerington locations. Additional renovations are planned for the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee and the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The investments in these locations respond to the ever-changing needs of customers.

"It is important to create options, comforts and conveniences for our guests," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "Going to the movies is a social event that can be personalized based on preferences and occasions. Our DreamLounger recliner seating is perfect for all occasions; visiting the Take Five Lounge is great for those looking for a beverage or snack before or after a movie; our UltraScreen DLX auditoriums provide a premium experience to see the latest blockbuster film the way it was meant to be seen; and Zaffiro's Express and Big Screen Bistro offer a great way to combine dinner and a movie. By better meeting our customers' needs, we are able to provide choices they can appreciate."

Marcus Theatres' unique DreamLounger seating concept is one of the amenities that continues to garner rave reviews among consumers. DreamLounger electric recliners allow the moviegoer to go from seated upright to a full recline at the touch of the button and provide maximum comfort with seven feet of legroom between seats. There are currently eight theatres that offer DreamLounger seating in every auditorium and the latest investments will add recliner seating to three more theatres. When completed, approximately 25 percent of the total screens in the company's circuit will offer this amenity, one of the highest percentages in the industry.

Another popular amenity from Marcus Theatres is its premium large-screen format auditoriums, most notably the UltraScreen DLX (DreamLounger eXperience) which features a massive screen, DreamLounger recliners, and Dolby® Atmos® sound. Screens up to 70-feet wide and a fully immersive sound experience make guests feel part of the action. Circuit-wide, Marcus Theatres currently has 11 UltraScreen DLX auditoriums and an additional nine traditional UltraScreens. The latest investments will convert two of the traditional UltraScreen auditoriums to the new UltraScreen DLX concept and will update an additional auditorium, bringing the total count to 21.

Unique dining concepts at select Marcus Theatres are also broadening the traditional movie-going experience. From in-auditorium dining to pick-up and takeout, a variety of innovative food and beverage options helps to create a more comprehensive night out:

Take Five Lounges bring casual dining, appetizer and beverage options to Marcus Theatres. Guests can relax over food and a drink before and after a movie, adding to the ideal night out. At all locations, customers can bring beverages from the Take Five Lounge into the auditorium to enjoy during the movie. With the newest locations, the company will have 13 Take Five Lounges throughout the circuit.
Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar restaurants and Zaffiro's Express provide a variety of menu options that include appetizers, sandwiches, salads, desserts and the must-have Zaffiro's THINCREDIBLE® handmade thin-crust pizza. Zaffiro's Express venues allow guests to place their order at the counter and pick it up when it is ready. When the new Zaffiro's Express locations open, the company will have three full-service Zaffiro's restaurants and 14 Zaffiro's Express outlets.
The company's Big Screen Bistro concept offers full-service, in-theatre dining with a complete menu of entrees, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Guests place their order with waitstaff and their food and beverages are delivered right to their seats. Five theatres currently offer Big Screen Bistro auditoriums.
The latest investments in the company's theatres also will include a new lobby, concessions area and updated seating in all auditoriums at the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee, as well as additional food and beverage options and relocation and expansion of the current Take Five Lounge at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield. Construction continues on the new Palace at Sun Prairie Cinema in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. This 12-screen entertainment destination will combine the company's latest innovations under one roof, including all-reserved DreamLounger recliner seating in every auditorium, two UltraScreen DLX auditoriums, four Big Screen Bistro auditoriums, a Zaffiro's Express and a Take Five Lounge, further adding to the amenity totals noted above when the theatre opens in late Spring 2015.

"As we consider renovations, we evaluate the needs of each theatre to better provide the amenities that best fit that particular location," said Rodriguez. "At Marcus Theatres, we are committed to creating a more comprehensive movie-going experience, and recognize the value of customizing that experience for our theatre communities. We'll continue to explore opportunities and investments that will grow our theatre circuit and create enhanced entertainment destinations for our customers."

 

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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $1.44 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 70 percent on its third Monday to gross $1.94 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $259.59 million in 18 days, which ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. The film will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today to move into second place for the year. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently running 23 percent behind the $337.79 million 18-day take of Catching Fire.

Warner's Horrible Bosses 2 placed in second with $0.724 million. The R-rated comedy sequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 34 percent from last Monday. While it continues to display respectable holding power thus far, in the bigger picture Horrible Bosses 2 is performing significantly below expectations with a 13-day take of $36.62 million. That places the film 46 percent behind the $68.17 million 13-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses.

Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $0.650 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. Interstellar has grossed $159.09 million after 32 days of wide release and is set to surpass the $160 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.

Penguins of Madagascar took fourth place with $0.470 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and 42 percent from last Monday. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed $49.87 million in 13 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film continues to perform below expectations and is running 12 percent behind the $56.93 million 13-day take of 2011's The Muppets.

Fellow 3D computer animated film Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's top five with $0.380 million. The successful Disney release was down 83 percent form Sunday and down 38 percent from last Monday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.84 million in 32 days and should continue to hold up well throughout the rest of the holiday season.

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movieticketscom.pngTicket Sales Up 11%, Mobile Growth Up 26%

MovieTickets.com, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced today that the number of tickets sold in the US by the company this year are up 11% over 2013. In addition to this growth, tickets sold in the US via mobile devices were up 26% over those purchased via mobile in 2013.

Some of the company's highlights this year include:
· MovieTickets.com added ticketing services for AMC Theaters.

· MovieTickets.com renewed its long-term arrangement to provide remote ticketing to Harkins Theatres.
· In October, MovieTickets.com and TouchTunes, the largest in-venue entertainment and engagement platform in over 60,000 bars and restaurants across North America, entered 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.
· The company is about to deploy a modernized way for moviegoers to buy tickets and enter theaters with a re-imagined mobile movie ticket that turns a smartphone into a ticket. The ticket can be quickly and easily validated by movie theater employees without the use of costly scanners. For more information visit http://www.movietickets.com/v3.

MovieTickets.com has 250 theater chains in its group and provides ticketing services in 22 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In the US, MovieTickets.com provides advance tickets to theater circuits and independent operators in all top 50 markets across 48 states.

 

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gdclogo.pngCineAsia, Hong Kong (December 8, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading provider of digital cinema solutions, has strengthened its visual branding with an updated logo that reflects its commitment to innovation and quality in the rapidly evolving digital era.

Founded in 1999, GDC Technology now has the largest installed base of digital cinema media servers and theater management systems in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. It develops, manufactures and sells feature-rich media server, theater management system and products for digital cinema that meet the highest performance, security and reliability standards. With 15 years of successes behind it, and a clear vision of the way ahead, the GDC Technology team saw it was time to refresh the company's visual identity with a new logo for a new era.
In its new emblem, the GDC initials - standing for Global Digital Creations - retain pride of place at the center of the logo, reflecting the company's solid foundations and an ongoing commitment to its core values and to satisfying customers digital cinema needs. New to the trademark, are the curved bands which enclose the type, evoking the globe and thereby alluding to GDC Technology's standing on the world stage and to its global reach.
With its solid, clean lines, the logo's design has a striking, contemporary feel that is reflective of GDC Technology's forward-thinking, user-focused ethos, while its basic elements represent both continuity and another of the company's strongest asset - its innovative approach to service and product development.
Dr. Man-Nang Chong, the founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology, said: "Our identity in the marketplace is important to us as we look forward to delivering the digital cinema solutions of tomorrow. We believe the new logo will facilitate ever stronger recognition - among our customers, employees and stakeholders, of our integrity and devotion to delivering best-in-class and easy-to-use digital cinema technologies around the world."
The new logo will be featured on all GDC Technology products, while from today it will be rolled out across various platforms, including online at www.gdc-tech.com. It will feature at the company's booth at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong and it will be used in all of its ads and marketing materials globally. Over the coming months, it will also be introduced in all of GDC Technology's offices around the world.

Visit us at CineAsia 2014 (http://www.filmexpos.com/cineasia/ ):
Booth No. 313, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, December 9-11.

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact

Sylvia Lee

E-mail: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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gdclogo.pngCineAsia, Hong Kong (December 9, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that a total of 700 units of GDC's SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlocksTM ("SX-3000 IMB") along with Barco DLP Cinema® projectors have been selected by China Film Group Corporation ("CFGC") for its 2014 - 2015 digital cinema deployment. The deployment of these 700 units of integrated system in which Barco projectors are integrated with GDC's SX-3000 IMB began in Q3 2014.

GDC Technology and CFGC have worked in close collaboration in the digital cinema sector since the two signed their first deployment agreement in 2007. GDC's continued success in securing more than 70% market share in China for the last few years are attributed to GDC's early involvement with CFGC and consistently being the most responsive round-the-clock cinema service in China nationwide. In September 2001, GDC successfully demonstrated its digital cinema solution in Beijing and Shanghai by transmitting Columbia Pictures "Final Fantasy" in digital cinema format to cinemas in Beijing and Shanghai. Over the last 14 years, GDC has developed its comprehensive service footprint that completely covers the whole nation. To date, GDC has more than one hundred employees in China and shipped more than 16,000 digital cinema servers in China.

CFGC is the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China and it is involved in a variety of operations, including film and television production; film distribution and exhibition; film importation and exportation; cinema circuit management; digital cinema construction; digital print development and processing; film equipment management; ancillary products; advertising; property management; and real estate. CFGC currently runs the largest network of DCI compliant digital cinemas in China nationwide.

Visit us at CineAsia 2014 (http://www.filmexpos.com/cineasia/ ):
Booth No. 313, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, December 9-11.

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.


GDC Technology Media Contact:
Sylvia Lee
Email: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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