Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3D
motion picture exhibitor, today announced the projected spring 2013
opening of a new Carmike Cinemas entertainment complex in the Apple
Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA.
The new theatre, named the Apple Blossom 12, will feature twelve screens
with total seating for over 2,400 guests and will be highlighted by a
state-of-the-art “BIGD” auditorium, Carmike’s critically
acclaimed premium theatre environment.
Commenting on the opening of Apple Blossom 12, Carmike President and CEO
David Passman stated, “We’re providing the ultimate entertainment
experience that centerpieces large format DIGITAL with bigger screens,
bigger sound, and luxurious theatre seating for cutting-edge
presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences. With the
opening of the new location, the Winchester area joins a select and
growing list of communities across the nation offering Carmike
theatregoers the exciting new ‘BIGD’ format.”
The Apple Blossom Mall, a strategic high-traffic retail center located
at the top of Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley, is known for its
family-friendly shopping environment. The Mall offers an exciting
variety of over 95 national, regional and local retailers and eateries
and Carmike’s new theatre will have an ideal location near the center
court of the shopping center.
"The Apple Blossom 12 will greatly enhance the total 'mall-going
experience' for all of our patrons and will be a major amenity for
Winchester and the surrounding area," said Larry Nelson, area Director
of mall marketing, "We are thrilled to bring Carmike, a high-quality
movie exhibitor, to Apple Blossom Mall."
The “BIGD” Experience is expected to draw area moviegoers with
its fully enhanced theatre amenities, including a wall-to-wall screen
measuring over 60 feet wide and three stories tall, complete with the
latest in 7.1 surround sound and DIGITAL projection of both 2D and 3D
features. In technical terms, Carmike’s “BIGD” DIGITAL Experience
is powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3D flash projector that
generates a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality
with noticeably higher resolution than HD.
The new environment will be further embellished by the comfort of plush
leather high-back rocking seats placed for optimal viewing in a
“The success of 3-D releases for features like ‘Avatar,’ ‘The Avengers,’
‘Cars 2,’ ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ and the record-breaking
re-launch of ‘The Lion King in 3-D,’ proves that audiences are excited
about and enjoy the new DIGITAL experience, and have strong demand for
it,” notes Mr. Passman, “These early successes will no doubt encourage
producers to release more movies in this state-of-the-art format, and
with the ‘BIGD’ experience – in either 3-D or 2-D DIGITAL –
Carmike has the full capability to provide our audiences with the
technology and total luxury that elevates theatergoing to a new level.”
About Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC) - www.carmike.com
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema and 3-D cinema
deployments and one of the nation’s largest motion picture exhibitors.
As of March 31, 2012, Carmike had 236 theatres with 2,264 screens in 35
states. Carmike’s digital cinema footprint reached 2,135 screens,
including 220 theatres with 753 screens that are also equipped for 3-D.
Carmike’s focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized
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