Four Distinguished Minnesota Exhibitors Standardize on NEC Display Solutions Digital Cinema Projectors
Cinema Entertainment Corp., Mann Theatres of Minnesota, Muller
Family Theatres and United Entertainment Make Transition to Digital with
Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial
LCD display and projector
solutions, announced today the deployment of almost 400 NEC digital
cinema projectors at four of the top Minnesota-based theater chains.
Cinema Entertainment Corp. (CEC), Mann Theatres of Minnesota, Muller
Family Theatres and United Entertainment selected NEC digital cinema
projectors for their conversion from film projection to digital.
The Minnesota exhibitors ordered select models from NEC's complete line
of digital cinema projectors, including the NC1200, NC2000, NC3200S and
NC3240S models, for almost all of their screens. Muller Family Theatres,
in particular, tapped NEC's NC3200S and NC3240S digital projectors for
its largest screens.
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema conversion
programs, is responsible for structuring and implementing the underlying
VPF (virtual print fee) agreement that enables Cinema Entertainment's,
Mann Theatres' and United Entertainment's conversion to digital cinema,
as well as providing the entire administration responsibility of the VPF
Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN) is the project's reseller and
will provide installation, warranty and technical services to include
support from its state-of-the-art network operations center. GDC
Technology will provide the cinema servers.
"We are pleased to have a great relationship with these Minnesota-based
theater chains," said Pierre Richer, President and COO of NEC Display
Solutions. "NEC is able to offer a comprehensive technological solution
for exhibitors to elevate the entire theater-going experience."
"Cinedigm welcomes the opportunity to help these Minnesota theaters
reach their next level of growth," said Chuck Goldwater, President,
Media Services Group at Cinedigm. "Making the transition to digital can
seem daunting, but these exhibitors have entrusted their success to an
experienced group of partners who won't let them down."
NEC digital cinema projectors are Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)
compliant, which allows exhibitors to capitalize on current and future
growth opportunities, and can be centrally managed, freeing up on-site
theater personnel for more strategic activities.
"We're honored to be leading the Minnesota theaters deployment with GDC
Technology, serve our distinguished role as NEC's master reseller for
digital cinema projectors and also to provide the exhibitors with
post-sale 24/7 technical support," said Gary Cavey, President and CEO of
"GDC prides itself on transforming the digital cinema technology for the
Minnesota theaters, and welcomes the opportunity to work with our valued
partners NEC, Ballantyne Strong and Cinedigm," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong,
founder and CEO of GDC Technology.
For more information on NEC's digital cinema projectors, visit http://necdisplay.com/category/digital-cinema-projectors.
To learn more about financing options and current promotions, please
NEC's Cinema Advantage program offers Reward Points and exclusive
promotions to small-to-medium-sized exhibitors. Visit http://neccinemaadvantage.com
About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.,
is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors,
commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse
line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display
solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology
and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including
enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional
information about NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers
can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at www.necdisplay.com.
For digital images, please visit http://necdisplay.com/digital-media-library.
VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that
powers the digital out-of-home advertising business. VUKUNET is the only
universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home
network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the
buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns
easy. For additional information about VUKUNET, visit www.vukunet.com
or call (877) 805-VUKU. For VUKUNET logos and digital images, please
About CEC Theatres (www.cectheatres.com)
CEC Theatres began a half-century ago in 1955, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
CEC Theatres currently operates over 137 screens in Minnesota, Iowa,
Wisconsin and Nebraska. With company headquarters still located in St.
Cloud, MN, CEC Theatres remains a family-owned company with a commitment
to bringing state-of-the art theatre facilities to the communities it
About Mann Theatres (www.manntheatresmn.com)
Mann Theatres was founded in 1935. In 1970, Marvin Mann expanded the
operation when he purchased the Highland and Grandview theaters in St.
Paul. Marvin's sons (and current owners of Mann Theatres) Stephen and
Benjie, became involved in the early ‘70's. After working with and
becoming partners with their father after 24 years, Marvin passed away
in 1994 shortly before the opening of their Eagan location, which was
dedicated in his memory. Since that time, Mann Theatres has opened
multiple locations, including Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Movies 10 in
Brainerd, Plymouth, Cottage-View, Grand Rapids, Champlin, and its newest
location, Hibbing. In early 2009, Mann Theatres added 3D digital
technology into their Plymouth & Champlin locations, with plans to
expand further in 2010. Mann Theatres currently operates 11 locations,
with a combined total of 79 screens. Mann Theatres' mission has always
been to provide customers with the finest quality motion picture
About Muller Family Theatres (www.mullerfamilytheatres.com)
Muller Family Theatres is a privately held, family-owned cinema chain
based in Minnesota that owns and operates 104 screens across 8 locations.
About United Entertainment Corp. (www.uecmovies.com)
United Entertainment Corp. (UEC) is a privately held, family owned
company based in Saint Cloud, MN that owns and operates 124 screens at
14 locations across 6 states. The company mission is to provide high
quality entertainment at reasonable prices to the markets UEC serves.
About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.strong-world.com)
Ballantyne Strong, Inc. is a provider of digital cinema projection
equipment and services as well as cinema screens, motion picture
projectors and specialty lighting equipment and services. The Company
supplies major and independent theatre chains, top arenas, theme parks
and architectural sites around the world.
Cinedigm is a leader in providing the services, experience, technology
and content critical to transforming movie theaters into digital and
networked entertainment centers. The Company partners with Hollywood
movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors to bring
movies in digital cinema format to audiences across the country.
Cinedigm's digital cinema deployment organization, software, satellite
and hard drive digital movie delivery network; pre-show in-theater
advertising services; and marketing and distribution platform for
alternative content such as CineLive® 3-D and 2-D sports and concerts,
thematic programming and independent movies is a cornerstone of the
digital cinema transformation. Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema
Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. www.cinedigm.com
About GDC Technology (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology ("GDC") is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong publicly listed
company - Global Digital Creations Holdings Limited. As one of the
leading global solution providers for digital cinema, media delivery and
display markets, GDC has successfully delivered and installed digital
cinema servers and advanced digital signage systems worldwide. GDC is
currently the largest supplier of cinema servers throughout Asia and the
second largest provider of cinema servers worldwide, serving its
customers through offices in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. GDC
also holds Virtual Print Fee ("VPF") agreements with major US studios
and acts as a third-party for the major deployment of digital cinema
systems in Asia and North America.
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Source: NEC Display Solutions of America
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