COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that effective immediately, S. David Passman III, the Company's Chairman of the Board, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and that current Board member, Roland C. Smith, will succeed Mr. Passman as Carmike's Chairman of the Board. Fred Van Noy remains with Carmike as Chief Operating Officer and Richard B. Hare continues as Chief Financial Officer.

Commenting on Mr. Passman's appointment, Roland C. Smith stated, "David's appointment was a logical choice given the excellent job he has done in collaborating with Fred and Richard in the Office of the Chairman, his ability to build a team spirit throughout the organization and the many contributions he has made to the Company since joining the Board approximately six years ago.

"We are optimistic about our future prospects under David's management based on Carmike's industry leadership in digital cinema and 3D cinema deployments. The Company has achieved significant operating, financial and balance sheet improvements including increases in total attendance and average attendance per screen. We believe these factors when combined with strict expense discipline and additional progress in reducing bank debt have positioned us to further enhance shareholder value."

Commenting on his new appointment as CEO of Carmike Cinemas, David Passman stated, "I've immensely enjoyed working with Fred, Richard and the other Carmike associates in the transitional leadership role of the Office of the Chairman over the past few months. It is an honor to now be stepping into an executive role so I can help lead the organization as it capitalizes on its leadership position as an innovator in the exhibition industry."

Mr. Smith has been a member of the Company's Board since April 2002 and he has served as Chairman of the Compensation and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Passman has been a Carmike director since June 2003. In addition to his recent roles as Chairman and as a member of the Office of the Chairman, he has served on Carmike's Audit, Executive and Compensation and Nominating Committees.


Roland C. Smith has served as President and CEO of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. and CEO of Wendy's International, Inc., a restaurant owner, operator and franchisor, since September 2008. Mr. Smith served as CEO of Triarc Companies, Inc. from June 2006 until September 2008 and the CEO of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. from April 2006 until September 2008. Mr. Smith was President and CEO of American Golf Corporation and National Golf Properties, an owner and operator of golf courses, from February 2003 to November 2005. He also served as President and CEO of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., an owner and operator of bowling centers, from April 1999 until January 2003.

S. David Passman III recently retired from his position as President and CEO of IBS-STL, Inc., a book publishing and distribution company, where he had served since June 2005. Previously, Mr. Passman served as President of the Harland Printed Products and Harland Checks divisions of John H. Harland Company, a provider of printed products and software and related services to the financial institution market, from 1999 to 2003, and also served as its CFO from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Passman is a former partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, a public accounting firm, where he served as the Managing Partner of the Atlanta office from 1993 to 1996.

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NEW YORK - The Cinema Advertising Council (CAC), the trade association of cinema advertising companies that represent 82% of U.S. movie screens, has today named the winners of its 2008 CAC Creative Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize high-quality, entertaining advertising that has been showcased in movie theatres during the past year, on a national, regional and local basis.

"There is no better showcase for a great piece of creative than the big screen and the unique environment of the cinema," said Dave Kupiec, president and chairman of the CAC. "When you have an audience that is totally focused on the screen, and a 40 foot canvas to work with, it's a Creative Director's dream. As more and more clients add cinema to their media mix, we have an increasing volume of great work to choose from each year. These awards recognize some of the work which stood out and entertained audiences to the fullest"

Nominees were chosen by the CAC membership, and the winning creative was determined by votes from the CAC Board of Directors, marketing committee members, and creative directors from select member companies. Advertising that appeared in the theatre environment between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 was eligible.

Following are the winners of the 2008 CAC Creative Excellence Awards:

- Top Regional or National Commercial Spot (ran in more than one theatre in two or more markets) - Sprint: ‘Pants, No Pants' (Creative: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners)

- Top Regional or National Long-form Advertisement - History: ‘Life After People' (Creative: Internal Creative)

- Top Integrated Cinema Advertising Campaign (coordinated on-screen and in-lobby advertising elements) - Army National Guard: ‘Citizen Soldier'
(Creative: LM&O Advertising; Media: LM&O Advertising)

- Top Local Commercial Spot - Carolina Hurricanes: ‘135946 - There's A Storm Coming' (Creative: CanesVision)

- Top Still Image Advertisement (local, regional or national; slide or digital) -LaGloria Latin American Sports Grill: ‘LaGloria Latin American Sports Grill' (Creative: Screenvision Direct)

- Top Digitally Animated Cinema Advertisement (local, regional or national) - Marshall University: ‘Marshall University' (Creative: UniqueScreen Media)

Awards are given to the advertiser and/or the creative agency responsible for the advertisements, except for the integrated campaign awards which go to the advertiser, creative agency and media agency. Images and/or video for the winners can be found online here.

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Beverly Hills, CA-Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today that it will host the first-ever, live virtual Q&A between a film cast and theatre audiences nationwide as a part of the June 19, 2009 opening night of the feature film The Narrows.

The live Q&A will be simulcast to selected theatres across the country giving audiences direct access to the movie's cast members. The cast members, including Kevin Zegers (Transamerica, The Jane Austen Book Club), Vincent D'Onofrio (Law and Order, The Break Up), and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), will be located in New York and will answer in real-time audience questions submitted via text message, as well as questions submitted prior to the event via The Narrows Facebook page.

The Narrows premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released nationally on June 19, 2009. Directed by Francois Velle (New Suit), The Narrows is about a photography student from a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn who takes a job from the local mob boss in order to pay his college tuition. His double life becomes dangerous when the two worlds violently collide. The Narrows also features Eddie Cahill, Monica Keena, and Titus Welliver. It is adapted by Tatiana Blackington from the novel by Tim McLoughlin Heart of the Old Country.

The new virtual Q&A is made possible by digital broadcast of the film to theatres via satellite transmission using Cinedigm's proprietary CineLive® technology which powered the BCS Championship and NBA All Star games earlier this year. Approximately 6,000 theatres nationwide have upgraded their systems from traditional film print to digital projection and broadcast, about 70% of which are managed by the market leader, Cinedigm. This new technology provides a number of benefits to audiences and theatres, including superior image quality, live 2-D and 3-D broadcasts as well as real-time virtual interaction with the audience.

"Digital cinema allows for this wonderful mashup of interactive media with traditional movie theatre entertainment. We are upgrading a passive viewing experience to be more dynamic, immersive and even interactive, and the possibility for continued innovation is endless," commented Bud Mayo, CEO of Cinedigm. "We are truly excited to be able to present an event like this for the first time ever, and the release of ‘The Narrows' provides the perfect opportunity to do so. We know both the cast and audience will be thrilled to share this kind of interaction."

Leslie Urdang, producer of The Narrows stated, "We are extremely excited to be participating in this historic first-ever event with Cinedigm and The Narrows. The success of this experience in the changing landscape of film distribution will suggest important new options for filmmakers trying to reach audiences around the country."

The film premieres in 17 cities nationwide on June 19, including New York, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Little Rock, Las Vegas, Mobile, and more. For additional information on The Narrows, please visit

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FLUSHING, N.Y. - The New York Mets, in partnership with Screenvision and Clearview Cinemas, today announced a series of June, July and August "Mets at the Movies" events in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. "Mets at the Movies" - a live in-cinema viewing replicating the game experience at Citi Field - premieres Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm at Clearview's legendary Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan when the Mets visit the Baltimore Orioles. Tickets are $12.00 and on sale now for the June 17 event at

Fans, while watching SNY's high-definition broadcast on a 50 ft. x 23 ft. viewing screen, will participate in giveaways, including movie packages, Mets tickets, and merchandise. Mr. Met and the Pepsi Party Patrol will be on-hand to join fans in the festivities.

Each of the two previous "Mets at the Movies" events sold out the Ziegfeld's 1,100 seats.

The 2009 "Mets at the Movies" schedule is as follows:

Mets vs. Orioles, Wednesday, June 17 (Tickets on-sale now)
Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan
141 West 54th Street

Mets vs. Braves, Thursday, July 16
Clearview's Port Washington Cinemas
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Clearview's Parsippany Cinema 12
Morris Hills Shopping Plaza 3035 Rt 46
Morris Plains, NJ

Clearview's Chelsea Cinemas in Manhattan
260 West 23rd Street

Mets vs. Marlins, Wednesday, August 26
Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre

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San Francisco - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco installed Dolby® 3D Digital Cinema in its 160-seat auditorium four in time for Disney/Pixar's Up opening on May 29.

"Sundance Kabuki Cinemas is a destination experience with reserved seating and exciting features including balcony bar seating, the Sundance Kitchen restaurant, and the Bar Bistro," said Nancy Gribler, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sundance Cinemas. "Dolby 3D is the perfect addition to the Sundance Kabuki cinema experience and I know patrons are going to be impressed with the premium quality the solution provides."

Dolby 3D provides Sundance Kabuki Cinemas with an efficient and flexible solution designed to deliver a superior 3D experience. Dolby's 3D solution uses a unique full-spectrum color-filter technology licensed from Infitec that provides realistic color reproduction and an extremely sharp image. In choosing Dolby 3D, which utilizes standard white screens, the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas avoided the added cost and quality compromise associated with the use of a silver screen for 3D presentations.

In addition, Dolby 3D supports both 3D and 2D presentations without the need for a dedicated 3D auditorium. The system switches effortlessly between 2D and 3D in the same projector and auditorium. Sundance Kabuki patrons can see a 2D movie in the afternoon and a 3D movie can be shown that evening using the same auditorium. With Sundance Kabuki's eye on the environment, Dolby 3D was a natural choice, as the solution uses environmentally friendly passive reusable 3D glasses.

"Beyond the premium viewing experience Dolby 3D now brings to Sundance Kabuki patrons, we are pleased to know that Sundance Cinemas recognizes the environmentally friendly aspects of Dolby's reusable glasses," said Page Haun, Senior Director of Cinema Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby 3D solution fits perfectly into the spirit of Sundance Kabuki, which looks to offer patrons a quality moviegoing experience in an enjoyable entertainment environment."

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