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Cinemark's NextGen Theatre Features World's First Immersive Line Array Technology Designed for Cinema

Cypress, Calif. (September 10, 2015) - Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, announced that Cinemark Theatres (NYSE: CNK), one of the world's largest motion picture exhibitors, has selected Christie Vive AudioTM to power its NextGen enhanced sound system auditoriums at the Cinemark Roanoke in Roanoke, Texas, which opened August 13. The new 14-screen theatre features Cinemark's NextGen cinema design concept, a highlight of which are Luxury Lounger recliners, a Cinemark XD auditorium and expanded dining options that will include beer, wine and frozen cocktails. It is the third Cinemark location to select Christie Vive for its leading-edge immersive line array speaker technology, with Cinemark StarCreek 16 and XD in Allen, Texas, and Century Huntington Beach and XD in Huntington Beach, California, already onboard. Cinemark will continue its roll-out of Christie Vive to its upcoming Cinemark Century Point Ruston 8 in Tacoma, Washington.

"Cinemark is committed to providing our customers with the latest advancements in cinema sight and sound, and our choice of Christie Vive to power our enhanced sound solutions in most of our auditoriums in Roanoke is further demonstration of our dedication to exceeding our customers' entertainment expectations," said Damian Wardle, Cinemark's Senior Vice President, Theatre Technology & Presentation. "Christie speaker technology also enhances the 3-layer multi-channel sound system in our XD auditoriums and over 60 speakers deliver an immersive audio experience. Having the ability to play movies in Auro or Atmos enables us to tailor our audio footprint design. Cinemark's guests don't simply watch a movie, they live the experience."

"Cinema sound is the next revolution in theaters, giving exhibitors the competitive advantage in a world where digital projection technology is already the standard," said Patrick Artiaga, director of business development, audio solutions, Christie. "Since its launch just two years ago, Christie Vive continues to gain momentum in the landscape of new-builds for immersive cinema sound solutions. Cinemark's selection of Christie Vive reflects their unrelenting drive to set a new standard in state-of-the-art sound technology."

Christie Vive Audio is a ground-breaking audio playback system that unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Auro 11.1, Dolby® AtmosTM, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. The complete solution features screen channels, wall, and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a single-enclosure line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. Recognized for their exceptional timbre matching, enhanced voice intelligibility, and low distortion, the Christie Vive Audio system continues to establish its reputation worldwide as the next standard in immersive sound for cinema. The complete product offering also includes subwoofers and Class D amplifiers. For more information on Christie's new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com.

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Grand Rapids, MI - September 9, 2015 - This October, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, will install power recliner seating in all seven auditoriums at the Holland 7 located on Waverly Rd. in Holland, MI.

The Holland 7 installation will be Goodrich Quality Theaters' first complex featuring recliner seating in all auditoriums. Goodrich currently has one auditorium of recliner seating in its Champaign, IL Savoy 16 IMAX. Theaters with recliner seating have increased occupancy rates compared to occupancy with regular seating. "Even though we are losing less than half of our chairs due to the reclining backs and leg rests, we know our attendance numbers will increase, thanks to the TSS recliners," says Bob Goodrich, President and owner, Goodrich Quality Theaters. "We are seeing Champaign customers seek out which movies are playing in the recliner auditorium," adds Goodrich.

Goodrich purchased the recliners from Holland, MI based seating company, Telescopic Seating Systems (TSS). Goodrich's Holland 7 will debut TSS' patent pending CLEAN SWEEP SYSTEM. TSS' revolutionary CLEAN SWEEP SYSTEM allows theater staff to simply press a secure button located inside the auditorium. When pressed, all leg rests of the recliners extend out for easy cleaning. Cleaners can sweep under the seats to ensure all trash and popcorn are removed. The usher can press the button again to close all the legs. CLEAN SWEEP SYSTEM is customizable on any recliner made by any manufacturer. CLEAN SWEEP SYSTEM will save on man hours of cleaning between shows as well as during morning cleanings.

Goodrich also will install TSS' patent pending SMART POWER product to operate the recliners. One SMART POWER device provides electricity to an entire row of chairs (up to 32). Before SMART POWER, the norm to get power to the electric recliners was installing one electrical outlet per two chairs. SMART POWER will save thousands in electrical installation meeting safety requirements and National Electric Code.

Two types of chair designs will be installed in Holland's auditorium 3, a stadium seating house. Goodrich will install new wide armrest chairs in the stadium styled area. Also in Holland 7's theater 3, recliners will be installed between the cross aisle and the screen. The remaining auditoriums in Holland will feature 100 percent SMART POWER recliner seating. The six figure renovation project at Holland 7 will also include new carpet and tile in all auditoriums plus lobby and a newly designed concession stand. Holland 7 will then introduce reserved seating where customers can choose their specific seat assignment online or at the touch monitors at the theater. Holland 7 is not scheduled to have an increase in ticket prices.

Goodrich Quality Theaters plan to soon upgrade other theaters with the TSS recliner.

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sep3.pngSony reports that War Room led the field again on Wednesday with $0.96 million, up 12 percent from the same day last week. The faith-based drama's 13-day total stands at $30.8 million, 76 percent more than Courageous earned through the same point.

Broad Green Pictures' A Walk In the Woods took second place yesterday. Although official figures haven't been reported by the studio, BoxOffice estimates the film grossed around $0.76 million. That gives it an estimated $14.5 million eight-day haul, 12 percent behind where The Debt stood through as much time.

Straight Outta Compton claimed third place with $0.57 million yesterday, off 47 percent from last Wednesday. The biopic's domestic haul now stands at an impressive $151.1 million.

The Transporter Refueled pulled $0.485 million on Wednesday. With $10.2 million earned through six days of play, the fourth film in the action franchise is pacing 6 percent behind Hitman: Agent 47.

Filling out the top five, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tacked on another $0.423 million yesterday -- down just 39 percent over last Wednesday. The hit franchise sequel's domestic take is now $183.6 million.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's War Room claimed first place on Tuesday with $1.14 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was down 71 percent from Monday's Labor Day performance and down a slim 6.5 percent from last Tuesday. War Room continues to exceed expectations with a strong twelve-day take of $29.85 million and is set to surpass the $30 million mark today. The film is running an impressive 74 percent ahead of the $17.18 million twelve-day gross of 2011's Courageous.

Broad Green Pictures has yet to report an official Tuesday gross for its A Walk in the Woods. Based on yesterday's daily percentage holds in general, BoxOffice estimates that the film placed in second for the day with $0.95 million. That places the seven-day total for the Robert Redford led comedy at approximately $13.76 million.  A Walk in the Woods is running 12 percent behind the $15.69 million seven-day take of 2011's The Debt.

Straight Outta Compton took third place with $0.743 million. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal fell 66 percent from Monday and 50 percent from last Tuesday. Straight Outta Compton surpassed the $150 million domestic mark yesterday and has grossed $150.52 million in 26 days. That places the film 41 percent ahead of the $106.45 million 26-day take of last year's Ride Along.

EuropaCorp Films' The Transporter Refueled followed in fourth with $0.722 million. The fourth installment of the action thriller franchise declined 56 percent from Monday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Transporter Refueled has grossed $9.73 million in five days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 4 percent behind the recent $10.17 million five-day start of Hitman: Agent 47.

No Escape rounded out Tuesday's top five with $0.530 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell was down 65.5 percent from Monday and down 46 percent from last Tuesday. No Escape has grossed $20.54 million in two weeks, which places it 8 percent ahead of the $18.94 million two-week take of last year's The November Man.

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation claimed sixth with $0.527 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise fell a sharp 76 percent from Labor Day and 41 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to strong holding power, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed an impressive $183.19 million through 40 days of release.

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's War Room moved into first place over Labor Day weekend with a four-day holiday gross of $13.39 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was up one spot and a strong 18 percent from last weekend's three-day start. In addition to the holiday frame, War Room also benefited from strong word of mouth and from expanding into an additional 391 locations this weekend. War Room has grossed a stronger than expected $28.70 million through eleven days of release. That places the film an impressive 71 percent ahead of the $16.75 million eleven-day take of 2011's Courageous. War Room led the three-day frame with $9.48 million.

Broad Green Pictures' A Walk in the Woods was off to a nice second place start with a four-day take of $10.91 million. The Robert Redford led comedy adventure exceeded its modest expectations and had a noteworthy performance as Broad Green's first wide release. Since opening on Wednesday A Walk in the Woods has grossed $12.81 million in six days. Lower profile films aimed at adult audiences have a history of over-performing over Labor Day weekend and A Walk in the Woods certainly continued that trend this weekend. A Walk in the Woods is running 13 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day Labor Day launch of 2011's The Debt. The film placed in third over the three-day frame with $8.25 million. A Walk in the Woods received a solid B rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past three weekends, Straight Outta Compton fell to third over the holiday frame with $10.85 million. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal was down 17 percent from last weekend. While it remains fairly front-loaded, Straight Outta Compton continues to impress in a big way with a 25-day take of $149.78 million and is set to surpass the $150 million mark today. The film is running 41.5 percent ahead of the $105.87 million 25-day gross of last year's Ride Along. Straight Outta Compton took second place over the three-day weekend with $8.65 million.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation claimed fourth place with $9.43 million over the four-day frame. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up very nicely as it was up 16 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $182.66 million in 39 days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $168.10 million 39-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation took in $7.24 million over the three-day weekend.

EuropaCorp Films' The Transporter Refueled followed closely behind in fifth with $9.01 million. The fourth installment of the action thriller franchise opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. As was the case for Broad Green's A Walk in the Woods, The Transporter Refueled represented the first wide release for new distributor EuropaCorp Films. The film opened just below the recent $9.12 million four-day start of Hitman: Agent 47 and 55 percent below the $20.10 million four-day debut of 2005's Transporter 2. The Transporter Refueled is likely to be front-loaded going forward, especially given its modest B- rating on CinemaScore and its current Flixster audience score of just 35 percent. The Transporter Refueled took fourth place over the three-day weekend with $7.36 million.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape placed in sixth with $7.01 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell was down a very solid 14 percent from last weekend. No Escape has grossed $20.01 million through thirteen days, which places it 9 percent ahead of the $18.37 million thirteen-day take of last year's The November Man. No Escape grossed $5.47 million over the three-day frame.

Upon receiving a major re-expansion this weekend, Inside Out finished in eighth place over the four-day frame with $4.45 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar is now on the verge of reaching the $350 million domestic mark with a total gross of $349.53 million to date. Inside Out took in $3.24 million over the three-day weekend.

Meanwhile, Un Gallo con muchos Huevos debuted in ninth place over the four-day frame with $4.36 million. The Spanish-language computer animated film from Lionsgate and Pantelion claimed a strong per-location average of $11,030 from 395 locations. Un Gallo con muchos Huevos opened 30 percent ahead of the $3.36 million four-day Labor Day weekend start of Cantinflas last year. The three-day gross for Un Gallo con muchos Huevos was $3.42 million.

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