SAINT-SAUVEUR, Québec – (January 22, 2013) – Christie®, a global leader in digital projection and other visual display solutions, is pleased to continue its sponsorship of Ciné-Québec. It also joins the Québec cinema community in congratulating Christie customer Raffaele Papalia of Les Cinémas Ciné Entreprise, who will be honored with the event’s “Coup de Chapeau” award, for his innovation and professionalism.
Ciné-Québec, a four-day cinema industry showcase and celebration to be held in Saint-Sauveur, Québec from January 22 to 24, is in its eighth year and brings together members of the Québec cinema community including actors, filmmakers, exhibitors, suppliers and distributors. This year’s event includes the screening of several new films by Québec producers, using Christie Solaria® Series projectors.
Jean Colbert, president of Ciné-Québec, said: “We are very pleased to have Christie return as a sponsor. Our sponsors truly make this event successful year-after-year. We look forward to viewing some amazing films using premium Christie digital projectors.”
On Wednesday, January 23, “Soirée Alliance Vivafilm” will feature a dinner sponsored by Christie, Radio-Canada, cinoche.com, and Coca-Cola, where the Coup de Chapeau honour will be officially awarded to Raffaele Papalia.
Mr. Papalia, who is receiving this year’s Coup de Chapeau award for outstanding service to the Québec cinema industry, comes from a family dedicated to the film industry. In the 1960s,his father opened the first theatre in Montreal, Passe-Temps, and later expanded to a group of province-wide theatres Les Cinémas Métropolitains. Several decades later, Raffaele Papalia followed in his father’s footsteps, and with his brother, Massimo, opened Les Cinemas Ciné Entreprise, a 50-screen theatre chain that is both a pioneer of alternative content exhibits and an early adopter of digital cinema technology. Papalia is active in the Québec film industry as a board member of l’Association des propriétaires de cinémas du Québec, he’s founding member of Quebec’s independent cinemas cooperative and as president of The Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada (MPTAC).
“Christie is proud to continue its support of Ciné-Québec, the premiere event for Québec’s film industry,” said Dave Muscat, senior director of sales for Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. “We are committed to the Québec cinema exhibition market and thank all independent theatres and dealers including Cinefix Inc. and Enterprises Michel Prince, who chose Christie projectors to deliver the most enhanced cinematic experience for Québec customers.” Muscat added, “We congratulate Raffaele on his award and on celebrating his theatre chain’s 50th anniversary.”
Les Cinema Ciné Entreprises was one of the first in the province to offer digital projection through its installation of Christie CP2210 DLP Cinema® projectors.
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