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SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, FLA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced at ShowEast today that it has added Bow Tie Cinemas, the eighth largest U.S. theater circuit, plus leading exhibitors Classic Cinemas, Megaplex Theatres, UltraStar Cinemas, Dipson Theaters, Cinepolis and Hollywood's iconic TCL Chinese Theatres, to its massive digital ticketing network.

The seven recently-signed exhibitor deals added hundreds of new-to-Fandango screens in thirteen states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia, lifting the company's total U.S. screen count to more than 25,000. Fandango now provides online and mobile ticketing services to the vast majority of the nation's theaters with online ticketing capabilities.

"This is a real milestone for Fandango, as these seven new partnerships will significantly expand our ticketing reach and consumer conveniences to some of the greatest cinemas across the country," said Fandango President, Paul Yanover. "We look forward to working closely with our distinguished partners, as they leverage our latest online and mobile technologies to attract even more moviegoers to their theaters."

Founded in 1900, Bow Tie Cinemas is the oldest theater circuit in North America and the eighth largest in the U.S., operating 420 screens at 59 locations in five states. In New York State alone, the company operates 113 screens at 22 locations, including New York City's Chelsea Cinemas and the world-famous Ziegfeld Theater, a popular home for world premieres. "We share Fandango's passion for adding value to the moviegoing experience," said Joseph Masher, Chief Operating Officer for Bow Tie Cinemas. "We are excited to work together to increase exposure and easy access to all of our theaters."

Helping to expand Fandango's footprint across the West and Southwest, independent movie theater chain, Megaplex Theatres, operates theaters throughout Utah and Nevada with a total nearing 200 screens in 17 locations. Megaplex venues are among the top-grossing in the nation, featuring regular and large-format screens, dinner and a movie gift options, and an industry-leading guest services team.

Classic Cinemas, the largest Illinois-based theater circuit, operates 104 screens at 13 locations in the Chicago area. Well known for its meticulously renovated historic theatres combined with state-of-the-art presentation technology, Classic Cinemas has won numerous awards and claims many distinctions including its status as the first 100% Enhanced 4K DLP exhibitor. Its classic screens include its flagship movie house, the celebrated 1928 Tivoli Theatre in the nearby Chicago suburb Downers Grove, plus such historic venues as the Woodstock, Lake, York, Lindo and the 1931 Paramount Theatre in Kankakee, Illinois. "We look forward to working with Fandango not only to expand our ticketing availability," says Classic Cinemas CEO Chris Johnson, "but also to participate in their extensive promotional programs."

UltraStar Cinemas, headquartered in San Diego County, operates 69 screens at 7 locations throughout Southern California and Arizona. UltraStar stakes its claim as the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations, and also the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for moviegoers.

Dipson Theatres opened its first theater in 1939 in Batavia, New York and over the years, has expanded its circuit throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dipson Theatres operates and manages 44 screens in 8 locations, screening first-run commercial films, along with art and independent films. Dipson Theatres is extremely proud to be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Mexico-headquartered Cinépolis operates 35 screens in 5 venues in the U.S. In 2011, the circuit made its debut in the domestic market with its modern movie theater concepts with fully-reclining leather seats, in-theater dining and waiter service, gourmet menu, full bar, elegant lobby spaces and cutting-edge sound and projection technology. Cinépolis has some of the top performing screens in the country with a dedicated audience of passionate moviegoers throughout Southern California, with new theaters to arrive in Central and Southern Florida in 2015. "We look forward to our new partnership with Fandango," says April Mendoza of Cinépolis. "This collaboration will extend our reach and give more guests a chance to experience Cinépolis' unique premium movie theaters."

The TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood is one of the world's most famous movie theater venues, visited by millions of people every year. The historic 7-screen complex is home to the world's largest IMAX theater, celebrated hand & footprint forecourt of the stars, themed film festivals and its tradition of world premieres dating back to its opening by Sid Grauman in 1927. "We are thrilled to partner with Fandango, as we are continually looking for new ways to please our moviegoers and expand our business with the addition of our spectacular IMAX Theatre," says Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and COO of the TCL Chinese Theatres.

Over the past year, Fandango has greatly expanded its theater coverage, adding more than 2,000 screens across the country to its network. In May, the company signed Harkins Theatres, the nation's largest independently-owned theater chain and top circuit in key Southwestern states, plus leading exhibitors, Digiplex Destinations and Premiere Cinemas.

Fandango continues to innovate across its online and mobile moviegoer destinations. Earlier this year, the company redesigned its website and mobile apps, featuring an improved, streamlined ticketing experience and a sleek interface for showcasing high-res movie art, celebrity photos, HD video and trailers. The company also acquired MovieClips, the largest movie trailer and content network on YouTube, with more than 9 million subscribers, averaging 230 million video views per month.

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.

 

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Los Angeles, CA and Hollywood, FL -- MACCS International, the largest developer of distribution software for the global motion picture industry with over 100 distributors in 37 territories among its clientele, has announced that Cine Colombia has licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its distribution. Senior Vice President Jesse Chow made the announcement today at the ShowEast convention in Hollywood, Florida.

MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software manages all aspects of a motion picture theatrical release including planning, booking contracts, inventory, box office data, invoicing, and cash receivables. It interfaces with multiple general ledger systems and, through its MaccsBox API services, provides a single point of contact to third-party systems including those of exhibitors, post-production houses and shipping depots. Its design around automation provides efficiencies and improved business intelligence and is available in multiple languages and currencies.

"I am so pleased that Cine Colombia has chosen MACCS to drive distribution," said Chow. "I have been impressed with the breadth of their operation, and am excited they chose our leading software as we focus on further growth in Latin America."

"We are always looking for ways to improve our businesses," said Munir Falah, CEO of Cine Colombia S.A. "MACCS was an easy decision because of their industry leadership, experience, and ability to scale with us."

MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software is currently available in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and in 33 other territories including the USA.

About MACCS International:
MACCS International is the largest developer of software for the motion picture industry. MACCS International's leading technology is used to distribute films in 37 territories around the world by over 100 distributors. This includes smaller independent distributors as well as major studios. MACCS operates out of Los Angeles, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. MACCS International's software includes:

· MACCS - an integrated enterprise resource planning system developed specifically for motion picture distributors.

· MaccsBox - a universal platform that automates digital content ordering, delivery, box office reporting and invoicing between distributors and exhibitors.

· Rights & Royalties - a complete and robust module for managing content licensing rights purchases, sublicensing rights sales, and royalties reporting.

· Prints & Advertising - a full accounts payable system for all content-related expenses managing budgeting, ordering, payment and inventories.

About Cine Colombia S.A.:
CINE COLOMBIA was founded in 1927 in Colombia. Since then, it has evolved into one of the largest and most important motion picture distribution and exhibition companies in Latin America. Cine Colombia represents Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and most Latin American consortiums in the country, with a 46% market share, and is the only film distributor that is also a leading exhibitor. With over 40 theaters and 260 movie screens and over 100 additional screens in development, the company today stands as the largest movie circuit in Colombia and serves over 20 million guests annually in 12 cities around the country.

 

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Hollywood, FL -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) returns to ShowEast® 2014 (Westin® Diplomat Resort & Spa, booth 301) this week to display the best in cinema technology, paving the way for next-generation cinemas. On the audio side, the company will be highlighting the Dolby Atmos® sound format, which has been installed or committed to in more than 750 screens worldwide.

Dolby Atmos at 200-Title Milestone
Highlighting Dolby Atmos momentum, the company revealed that 16 new Hollywood titles are coming to the big screen in Dolby Atmos, increasing the number of announced titles to more than 200 since the sound format's launch with Disney•Pixar's Brave in 2012. Dolby Atmos comes full circle, hitting its 200th confirmed title with Disney•Pixar's Inside Out.

New Dolby Atmos titles are currently scheduled from major studios including DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. Four Warner Bros. releases, American Sniper, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and In the Heart of the Sea, are also scheduled to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos.

Upcoming Dolby Atmos Titles

2014 Scheduled Releases:
· Twentieth Century Fox, Book of Life, October 17, 2014
· Disney, Big Hero 6, November 7, 2014
· Lionsgate, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1, November 21, 2014
· Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation, Penguins of Madagascar, November 26, 2014
· Twentieth Century Fox, Exodus: Gods and Kings, December 12, 2014
· Warner Bros., The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, December 17, 2014
· Twentieth Century Fox, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, December 19, 2014
· Universal Pictures, Unbroken, December 25, 2014

2015 Scheduled Releases:
· Warner Bros., American Sniper, January 16, 2015
· Disney, McFarland USA, February 20, 2015
· Twentieth Century Fox, Kingsman: The Secret Service, February 23, 2015
· Lionsgate, Insurgent, March 20, 2015
· Warner Bros., In the Heart of the Sea, March 23, 2015
· Disney, Marvel Studios, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1, 2015
· Disney, Pixar Animation Studio, Inside Out, June 19, 2015
· Warner Bros., The Man from U.N.C.L.E., August 14, 2015

Dolby Atmos Now More Affordable
Effective November 1, 2014, the Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 list price will be reduced 20 percent and is now US $26,665. The most popular object audio format in the world, Dolby Atmos enjoys support from all the leading server vendors. In addition, more than 40 Digital Cinema Package facilities and 100 sound mixing facilities are now equipped to deliver Dolby Atmos movies.

On Display at ShowEast 2014:

The Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850
The Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 offers a complete audio solution to today's digital cinema theatres and brings a natural, realistic, and immersive Dolby Atmos sound experience to audiences. The CP850 supports Dolby Atmos playback of up to 64 speaker feeds, configurable between 16 analog outputs and a Dolby Atmos Connect output. The CP850 supports Dolby Surround 7.1 and 5.1 digital playback as well as common Dolby formats used with alternative content in cinemas: Dolby Digital PlusTM, Dolby® E, and Dolby's latest upmixing technology.

To ensure proper setup and playback, each CP850 also includes the Dolby Atmos Commissioning Service. The service provides a review of a cinema's sound-system design to ensure that the speakers and amplifiers have the necessary performance and room coverage to deliver a high-quality Dolby Atmos experience. It also includes initial room equalization after the equipment is installed.

The CP850 works seamlessly with the Dolby Screen Server DSS200, the Dolby Integrated Media Block (IMB)/Dolby Screen Server DSS220, or with servers and media blocks from major server brands.

Dolby Digital Cinema Server Family
Dolby offers a complete line of server and library products in a variety of configurations to address needs from a single-screen theatre up to a very large multiscreen complex:
· 2K/4K Dolby IMB with high-frame-rate (HFR) support

· Dolby Screen Server DSS220 for lowest cost for large multiplex sites

· Dolby Show Library DSL200 for easy centralized management and distribution of content throughout a multiplex


Experience Dolby Demonstrations at ShowEast 2014:

Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
Dolby Atmos Screening
(AMC® Aventura 24, Auditorium 17)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' McFARLAND, USA

Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Dolby Atmos Presentation Featuring Exclusive Early Look at Disney•Pixar's Animated Short LAVA
(AMC Aventura 24, Auditorium 17)
Join us at the Dolby Atmos presentation with highlights of selected scenes from last year's biggest blockbusters and an exclusive early look at Disney•Pixar's animated short LAVA presented in Dolby Atmos. LAVA will be shown in front of the upcoming feature Inside Out, which is scheduled to release June 2015 and stars Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, and Bill Hader.

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos makes it easy for filmmakers to place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead. As a result of this multidimensional sound, audiences feel as if they are inside the film, not merely watching it.

Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, 11 Academy Award® winning directors, and 23 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 750 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in more than 40 countries with more than 250 exhibitor partners. More than 200 films from 17 different countries have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.

Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.

 

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CHICAGO -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today its selection as exclusive supplier of digital cinema projectors to USA Drive-Ins, a motion picture exhibition company solely dedicated to the revitalization of the classic American drive-in.

The company will exclusively use NEC Display NC3200S and NC3240S digital cinema projectors in this initiative to increase the number of drive-in theaters in the U.S. The locations will present family-friendly films in an all-American experience. USA Drive-ins has executed an agreement to partner with the iconic American restaurant experience Johnny Rockets.

"This effort embodies a deep belief that people should have greater access to movies and that families should experience the fun of going to the drive-in," said Bill Dever, Managing Director of USA Drive-Ins. "We are excited about partnering with NEC and GDC Technology, a digital cinema solutions provider. These are both cutting-edge companies dedicated to providing the best movie going experience possible."

"We are delighted to be working with USA Drive-Ins to invigorate the classic American drive-in and make it available to families," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager of the Digital Cinema Division at NEC Display. "USA Drive-Ins is evoking a celebration of a uniquely American experience, and we're honored to play a key part."

"GDC welcomes this opportunity to bring the theater-going experience to more people and applauds USA Drive-Ins for its work," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology.

Besides NEC's and GDC's roles in the project, Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN) is the project's reseller and will provide installation, warranty and technical services from its state-of-the-art network operations center.

"We're honored to be leading the USA Drive-Ins deployment with GDC Technology, serve our distinguished role as NEC's master reseller for digital cinema projectors, and also to provide post-sale 24/7 technical support," said Gary Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong.

Besides the traditional drive-in locations, set for completion in the spring of 2015, USA Drive-Ins also is deploying "pop-up" drive-ins for which it will utilize NEC digital cinema projectors.

All NEC digital cinema projectors are Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant, which allows exhibitors to capitalize on current and future growth opportunities, and can be centrally managed, freeing up on-site theater personnel for more strategic activities.

 

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SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Christie® today announced the launch of its new media initiative, Christie Experiential Networks® (CEN). Based on the theme "From the Street to the ScreensTM," the network features unique digital destinations such as the Christie double-sided digital standee, the experiential video wall and the hero screen; some of which will be introduced during ShowEast, Oct. 27-30, in Hollywood, Florida.

"Christie was at the forefront leading the conversion of film to digital projection, and we are today the first to deploy a refined experiential strategy that will transform the way exhibitors, brands, agencies and studios connect with moviegoers across the country," said Kevin Romano, senior director, Global Media, at Christie. "From projection mapping to mobile, to augmented reality and gesture interactions, we are committed to delivering superior, content-driven experiences for the cinema industry."

New Role, New Business Model
Christie Experiential Networks (CEN) adds a new layer to how Christie brings value to the cinema industry. With this new initiative, Christie becomes a network operator that supplies technologies and digital content to exhibitors' lobbies. Christie provides standard track installations at no cost to the exhibitor and can also provide personalized concepts for a competitive investment. CEN's team of media specialists will manage advertising sales, in a revenue-share model with the exhibitors.

Experiential, Mass Media Style
From a brand and studio perspective, Christie's new CEN provides access to a large-scale network of refined, multi-platform digital experiences for the consumer. Technologies and content strategy will, for example, enable studios to transform a trailer into a 4K gesture experience; or brands to create an interactive experience from an app, such as a 30-second ad or a static poster. Then the experience can be distributed on a national scale in top designated market areas. A variety of experience options are available for brands and studios.

More Entertainment Value Means More Guest Engagement, and More Revenues
CEN's mission is to create new revenue streams for exhibitors, deliver refined media opportunities for brands and studios, and offer high-impact digital experiences for the consumer. Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, at Christie: "It is time that exhibitor lobby spaces become a legitimate part of the cinema experience and growth strategy for the industry. Experiential is growing everywhere; brands and studios are embracing it, and consumers expect it. With similar experiential projects that we've created for other industries, we observed that when customers are engaged there is more dwell time, which means higher brand impact, and a better overall experience."

The Christie Experiential Networks programming will also integrate promotional elements such as discounts, special promotions and giveaways. Romano added, "Guests who interact with the digital displays will gain a direct and immediate benefit that makes their experience that much better." These opportunities extend to studios, product marketers, advertisers, and exhibitors, who will be showcased on the new network as well as on the legacy systems Christie plans to integrate as one high-impact digital media within the exhibitor environment.

From the Street to the Screens - a 360-Degree Perspective
Christie is delivering this new media initiative as part of its 360-degree digital solution capabilities. Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, at Christie, said, "The industry might not be fully aware but Christie has developed a solid track record over the past five years in delivering next generation digital signage applications for our clients and partners. Our recent acquisition of Arsenal Media reinforced our unique position as a total solutions provider from strategy, hardware and software, to content, enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support. Now, with the addition of our media sales services, headed by Kevin Romano who has played a key role in the development of brand advertising in cinema, we feel we have built the ideal team to accompany the cinema industry in this next phase of innovation and growth."

In this context, Mr. Lavigne will share his knowledge of digital planning, content and technology on the ‘Monetizing Your Digital Investment-New Technologies to Serve the Exhibition Community' panel, scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

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.

 

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