MONTREAL, Que. -- Les Cinémas Ciné Entreprise, Quebec's leading independent movie chain, has purchased 24 new Christie® CP2000 Series projectors. They will be installed over the next year, making the chain one of the first in Quebec to go 100 percent digital. The company is the first independent exhibitor in Canada to purchase the Christie 4K projection solution.
With more than 50 screens in Quebec, Ciné Entreprise is one of the province's oldest chains. It specializes in presenting original French-language productions from both Quebec and international studios.
"The Quebec market is one of the richest in North America in terms of original content, much of it locally produced," notes John Hallman, senior manager regional sales, Canada. "It also has a very high rate of conversion to digital, and with our leading-edge technology and reliability, Christie is the ideal supplier for helping Ciné Entreprise make the transition."
Digital cinema technology produces eye-popping image quality and requires the replacement of an exhibitor's 35 mm film projector with a new digital cinema projector. Replacements are simple and yield many benefits, including:
* Scratches, fading and jutter of film from repeat showings are a thing of the past, with the consistent picture brightness, razor-sharp image quality and vibrant colors of digital cinema projection
* Every presentation looks as if it is being presented for the first time on screen.
* The digital copy at the 100th viewing is as good as the movie's premiere with perfect reproduction, time and time again.
* Digital cinema facilitates advanced presentation options and allows flexibility that 35 mm film can't provide, including the insertion of alternative content and ads, making it possible for theaters to expand their revenue streams 3D movie presentations, events such as sports broadcasts and other presentations all look better when presented by a digital projector.
Says Raffaele Papalia, president of Ciné Entreprise, "We have built our business by giving our customers the best entertainment viewing experience available, especially through innovation in film and sound quality. Christie is helping us move our business into the digital age."
Ciné Entreprise was a pioneer in offering advertising and promotional support to its member cinemas, and Christie's solution will offer the technical capabilities needed to provide even more options such as on-screen advertising.
The fact that Christie has dedicated sales and support professionals available within Canada are a big plus for Canadian customers. The new projectors, like the 12 that the company bought two years ago, will be phased in at each theater in the off-hours with no disruption to movie schedules.
Beverly Hills, CA -- Relativity Media announced today release dates for three films on its 2012 slate. Previously dated for June 29, 2012, Relativity's Untitled Snow White Project, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals), will now release on March 16, 2012. Safe Haven, based on Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, will release on June 1, 2012. Hunter Killer, directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt), will release on December 21, 2012.
In Relativity's Untitled Snow White Project, starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lilly Collins (The Blind Side), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. The film will begin production in June 2011.
Safe Haven, based on the latest novel from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, whose books have been made into the hit films The Notebook, The Last Song, Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John, is a gripping love story infused with suspense and discovery. When a young woman escaping her past moves to a small North Carolina town, and falls for a loving widowed father, he heals her heart, and helps her escape the danger that threatens her. The film starts shooting this summer.
Relativity's Hunter Killer follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III. The film heads into production this summer.
Relativity's previously announced 2012 slate includes House at the End of the Street on February 3, 2012, followed by its Untitled Raven Project on March 9, 2012 and then the Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy on April 13, 2012.
Relativity currently has the box office hit Limitless in theaters. The studio recently had Golden Globe®-winner and seven-time Oscar®-nominee The Fighter in theatres, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as well as Golden Globe®-winner and eight-time Oscar®-nominee The Social Network via its partnership with Sony Pictures. Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis' Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011, followed by the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11th, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Hollywood, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media to distribute JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD to select digital cinema locations across the United States, opening on July 8.
Directed by legendary "Master of Horror" John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York), JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD is a psychological thriller about a young woman in a mental institution (Amber Heard) who is terrorized by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize the ghost holds a darker secret than she ever imagined. The film co-stars Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca and Jared Harris.
An ideal candidate for digital distribution, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD benefits from the extremely targeted and efficient distribution model that digital cinema enables. Digital cinema allows specialized programming an opportunity to get a theatrical release, while eliminating costly film prints and national advertising. Markets for alternative content are selected based on film genre and audience demographics.
For further information on confirmed theatres and playtimes, visit www.cinedigm.com/theward.