CYPRESS, CA – (December 7, 2006) – Christie, a major provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced that Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC) has installed its 1,000th Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema® projector as part of its unprecedented drive to become the first major exhibitor in the U.S. to “go digital” in 100 % of its screens. Carmike contracted last year with Christie/AIX, the special-purpose entity owned by Access Integrated Technologies (NASDAQ: AIXD), to digitize over 2,300 screens with 2K DCI-conforming DLP Cinema projectors.
The installation, at Carmike Wynnsong 12 Theater, offered a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and featured the world premier of “Charlotte’s Web,” a Paramount Pictures release. The event underscores the way in which Digital Cinema is revolutionizing the presentation of feature releases from Hollywood. Studios can premiere movies such as “Charlotte’s Web” via “digital prints” in small cities around the country as easily as they could in larger cities. It places Carmike Cinemas at the forefront of a major shift in the industry, in which Digital Cinema is providing a competitive edge that is helping exhibitors attract an increasingly sophisticated audience seeking a superior movie-viewing experience.
“Carmike Cinema’s rapid accomplishment of this industry milestone reflects the speed with which Digital Cinema is being adopted,” observed Craig Sholder, Vice President, Entertainment Solutions, Christie USA. “As the first major player to transition to digital cinema, Carmike Cinemas proves to be a visionary in the exhibition community, recognizing – and delivering upon – the enormous opportunities of Digital Cinema to transform the industry.”
Since the historic introduction of Christie/AIX, over 2,600 theaters in the U.S. and around the world have installed DLP-Cinema systems, with Christie/AIX accounting for a majority of those systems.
Chuck Goldwater, President and COO of AccessIT’s Media Services Group and Christie/AIX, remarked, “This is another Digital Cinema milestone among many that we have achieved this year. Christie/AIX continues to repeatedly and consistently hit its mark, progressing steadily toward the installation of its contracted 4,000th complete turnkey digital systems in the U.S. Digital Cinema is delivering on all its promise to bring more movie-goers back to the theatres with its superior on-screen presentation and a growing wealth of new revenue-generating options for exhibitors, including 3D and alternative content programming.”
About Carmike Cinemas
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a premier motion picture exhibitor in the United States with 307 theatres and 2,469 screens in 37 states, as of September 30, 2005. Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized communities with populations of fewer than 100,000. Carmike's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol "CKEC." For more information visit Carmike's website, www.carmike.com.
Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. is the industry leader in providing fully integrated software and services to enable the motion picture entertainment industry and all of its constituents to transition from film to digital cinema. Its studio-backed 4,000 screen ongoing deployment of digital systems is the first and the largest of its kind in the world. The company’s Theatrical Distribution System software and electronic satellite delivery services provide studios and content owners with a seamless entry into the digital era while its vendor neutral Theatre Command Center and Exhibitor Management System provide exhibitors with all the tools needed to transition to digital cinema. Access Integrated Technologies® and AccessITTM are trademarks of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. For more information on AccessIT, visit www.accessitx.com. AIXD-G
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information on Christie's cinema solutions and to find a theatre with Christie DLP Cinema® projectors, visit www.christiedigital.com.
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