CYPRESS, Calif. -- Cineplex Entertainment ("Cineplex") (TSX: CGX) will debut a world-first showing of a movie in 4K DLP® cinema for moviegoers this week at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, using the new Christie® CP4200 platform. The premium, high-definition 4K digital cinema format delivers four times as many pixels to screens as mainstream digital cinema. The first movie to be screened at the theatre using this platform will be an epic action movie debuting tomorrow.

"At Cineplex our goal is to deliver an exceptional entertainment experience to our guests," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "Christie projectors provide the sharpest on-screen image so our guests can enjoy the stunning imagery of today's movies the way they are meant to be enjoyed, on a big screen in a theatre."

Christie's new Solaria Series CP4200 platform is a superior 4K DLP® cinema projection solution that drives the world's most brilliant standard and 3D images, the highest level of content security, and the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance for cinema operators everywhere. The platform can drive screens as wide as 105 feet, and 3D screens as wide as 75 feet.

"This will mark the first time anywhere that moviegoers will be able to see what's possible on the big screen with a superior 4K DLP cinema projection solution. Cinema fans are going to enjoy the depth and extreme quality of the visuals this new projection technology delivers," says Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We pioneered digital cinema and we're proud to deliver another ‘first' to movie audiences and exhibitors."

"This first installation has been completed at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo in southern Ontario. The landmark project was managed by Christie and Cineplex, and installed by Cinematronix. The installation features a Solaria Series CP4230 to drive a 65-foot projection throw to a 52-foot wide silver screen," said Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Canada. The Solaria Series includes the CP4220 for traditional cinema venues, and the CP4230 designed for the largest theatres, Muscat added.

The CP4200 platform:
- Uses Brilliant3DTM technology to deliver high performance 3D with no compromises
- Delivers perfect pixel alignment for optimal image quality
- Drives the largest screens in premium movie theaters, up to 105-feet wide
- Streamlines time-consuming maintenance procedures
- The Christie SolariaTM Series CP4200, powered by Christie XenoliteTM lamps
- Offers the most enhanced, premium 4K experience for the lowest cost of DLP® operation

Christie is the world leader in the digital screening market (2D and 3D), approaching 20,000 digital cinema projectors installed to date and more being installed every day. Twice honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for technical achievement, Christie has used that experience and the proven design concepts of its best-selling Christie CP2000 digital cinema projector platform to introduce the powerful but cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® projection solution.

Christie's 4K DLP Solution Boasts Impressive Numbers

Christie's 4K DLP solution is ideal for theatres with screens 55-feet and wider, using a 1.4" Enhanced 4K DMD DLP Cinema chip to drive a massive, crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The projectors provide 34,000 lumens brightness, with a contrast ratio greater than 2100:1.

A pioneer in digital projection technology for cinema, Christie is the first company to install and present digital cinema solutions based on 4K, Series 2 DLP® technology from Texas Instruments. Using Texas Instruments' 1.4 DLP Cinema chip, the 4200 series displays more than 35 trillion Academy® accurate colors, meaning moviegoers see every little detail, even in the shadows.

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Culver City -- Columbia Pictures has promoted Sam Dickerman to Executive Vice President of Production, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures.

Dickerman, who has served as Senior Vice President of Production for the label since joining the studio in 2005, has overseen a series of hits including Click, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Salt, Grown Ups and Just Go With It, among others. Dickerman was the studio's point person on Battle: Los Angeles and is currently working on such highly anticipated films as Zookeeper, I Hate You Dad, and Total Recall, all of which were recently added to the studio's 2012 summer slate, as well as the upcoming Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom.

"Sam's contributions to our success the last several years have been exceptional and this promotion is richly deserved," said Belgrad. "He is one of the most highly regarded production executives in our business. We are proud to reward his hard work and thrilled that he will continue to be a key part of our team for many years to come."

After graduating from Stanford University in 1988, Dickerman worked as an investment banker before attending the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at USC. He started his film career at Chestnut Hill Productions, where he originally worked as an intern before being promoted to the position of assistant for John Bard Manulis. Dickerman followed Manulis to the Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1994, where he worked on such films as The Madness of King George. In 1996, Dickerman joined Radiant Productions, Wolfgang Petersen's development and production company, as Vice President, where he worked on Air Force One. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998 and helped develop the screenplay for The Perfect Storm. In 2001, he was promoted to President and worked on Troy, among other films.

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the chance to see the new digital restoration of Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER for a limited time, ahead of its April 5th Blu-ray release, exclusively at 145 AMC theatres in 41 markets across the United States and Canada.

Together with Sony Pictures, AMC will feature an extensively restored 4K digital presentation (where available) of this classic movie that was originally released on Feb. 8, 1976. An iconic movie from the 1970s, TAXI DRIVER is a dark rumination centering on one man driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The movie was directed by Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks.

Now 35 years later, AMC guests can see the movie that was nominated for four Academy Awards® in 1976 and depicts a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who works as nighttime taxi driver in New York City.

"TAXI DRIVER is an intense and powerful American movie classic," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC. "We are pleased to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the opportunity to view the dark world of New York City at night through the eyes of a lonely man, when this beautifully digitally restored movie hits the big screen again."

In preparation for its 35th anniversary release, TAXI DRIVER has undergone an extensive, fully 4K digital restoration. Working from the original camera negative, the film was scanned at 4K (the equivalent resolution of the 35mm negative) with color correction and digital restoration to remove imbedded emulsion dirt and repair torn frames and scratches, which was also completed at 4K. Finishing work, including the creation of the TAXI DRIVER 4K Digital Cinema Package, which also includes a multi-channel stereo soundtrack approved by the director and created from the original stereo recordings, was completed at full-service digital intermediate facility Colorworks at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

"TAXI DRIVER is a classic that should be experienced again in a movie theater," said Jim Amos, president, Sony Pictures Releasing. "This film is an important part of our studio's rich history and it is a responsibility and privilege to restore films like these so future generations can experience Martin Scorsese's masterpiece as it was meant to be seen."

TAXI DRIVER grossed more than $28 million at the box office in 1976 by telling the story of Travis Bickle (De Niro) a veteran who battles insomnia by working as a taxi driver at night. Bickle, dejected about what a cesspool the city is at night, sees one bright spot in his dark world, Betsy (Shepherd) a campaign worker for a Senator aspiring to become President. Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy and obsesses to make the world a better place, particularly for Iris (Foster), 12-year-old runaway and prostitute who he tries to rescue.

Showings will be at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 22. Tickets for this limited-time, special event and a list of participating markets and theatres are now available online at www.AMCTheatres.com/taxidriver or at participating theatres.

 

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