Carmike to open 12-Screen Theatre in Tennessee

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Sun, 11/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Carmike Cinemas has announced the projected fall 2012 opening of a new Carmike Cinemas entertainment complex in the Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland Tennessee. The new theatre named the Carmike 12 will feature twelve screens with total seating for over 2 000 guests and will be highlighted by one of Carmike’s BigD auditoriums. Carmike president and CEO David Passman says 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 Cleveland area joins a select and growing list of communities across the nation offering Carmike theatregoers the exciting new BigD format.” Bradley Square Mall provides Carmike's new theatre location a strategic high-traffic retail center known for more than 50 national regional and local retailers and eateries including anchors Belk JCPenney Sears and Kmart as well as American Eagle Outfitters Aeropostale Bath & Body Works maurices Finish Line Hibbett Sports and many others. Bringing a theatre group of Carmike's high quality to Bradley Square Mall and the Cleveland area is something we recognized as very important and we applaud Carmike Cinemas for their commitment to make this happen said Stacia Shahan general manager for Bradley Square Mall. This will be a major amenity for Cleveland and the greater Bradley County area and a major addition to the region's economy. The addition of Carmike is a significant component of a major redevelopment we have planned for Bradley Square. The redevelopment will greatly enhance the mall experience for all patrons and will be a huge benefit for residents throughout the trade area. Bradley Square Mall will truly be a one stop a must experience destination providing excellent dining shopping and entertainment venues for patrons of all ages and interests. We appreciate the support our customers have always provided the mall and we are excited as we continue to strengthen our bond with the community. Carmike Cinemas ,2876
Cinedigm to Present Ultimate Fighting Championship in 3D,2011-11-14, The Ultimate Fighting Championship will partner with Cinedigm Digital Cinema for the first ever live 3D broadcast of a UFC Pay-Per-View event when it brings its February 4th fight card to as many as 120 theatres across the nation. The 3D broadcast will be the first of four annual Pay-Per-Views set to air in theatres via the partnership between UFC and Cinedigm. “We are extremely pleased that UFC has chosen to work with Cinedigm on this ground-breaking live 3D broadcast ” says Chris McGurk chairman and chief executive officer at Cinedigm.  “We know the legions of avid UFC fans will be blown away when they see what promises to be an exciting night of championship fighting on the big-screen and in 3D.” “By partnering with Cinedigm we’re taking the UFC viewing experience to a whole new level ” UFC president Dana White says. “For the first time ever fight fans can watch a UFC Pay-Per-View card in 3D at theatres across the country.  We want UFC fans to have the best viewing experience possible and now they get a chance to experience major UFC Pay-Per-Views in 3D.” For more information visit ,2877
Technicolor Acquires Cinedigm’s Digital Delivery Assets ,2011-11-14,Cinedigm its wholly owned subsidiary Access Digital Media and Technicolor USA have closed the sale for Technicolor to acquire certain assets of Cinedigm’s physical and electronic distribution business which also includes the global licensing of the Cinedigm digital distribution software platform. In connection with the transaction Technicolor will become Cinedigm’s exclusive content distribution partner and preferred partner for post-production and other Technicolor services.  In addition Technicolor will work with Cinedigm on arrangements to support the development of next generation entertainment industry software. “It has been a pleasure working with Technicolor’s strong management team including Claude Gagnon Curt Behlmer and Dave Elliott to close this deal ” says Chris McGurk chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “Technicolor is highly respected in the delivery business with strong customer relationships both domestically and internationally and we are thrilled that this deal is finalized and they will now be our strategic partner to expand our software and content distribution businesses faster and more effectively.” Initially announced on July 27 the deal closed November 10. Cinedigm ,2878
Doremi Announces New Cinepolis Commitment,2011-11-14,Doremi Cinema has announced another 3 000-screen commitment from its newest exhibitor partner Cinepolis. Cinepolis is the fourth largest theatre chain in the world and a leading Latin American exhibitor. Doremi Cinema will provide its DCP server platform and IMB/ShowVault for the digital deployment of its remaining film-based screens and newly established sites totaling 3 000 screens. “We are honored to be Cinepolis’ collaborative partner in providing them with the latest technology in digital cinema. Delivering playback solutions to the leading exhibitor in Latin America is a confirmation to our principal role in supplying the digital cinema industry with reliable products and services ” says Michael Archer vice president of digital cinema Doremi Cinema. “We are dedicated to ensuring their smooth transition to an all-digital operation and offering them our unparalleled service and support.” “Our decision of integrating Doremi’s products into our complete deployment follows many months of testing several server options ” says Adrian Mijares Elizondo director of purchasing and supply chain at Cinepolis.  “We are very pleased with our choice and look forward to our long term partnership as we advance with the implementation of new technological innovations including 3D higher frame rates and higher resolutions.” ,2879
GDC Wins Server Contract with Wehrenberg Theatres,2011-11-14,GDC Technology has won a server supply agreement with Wehrenberg Theatres the oldest and largest family-owned theatre chain in the U.S. The deployment which began in October will see a total of 144 GDC digital cinema servers installed.   Serving moviegoers for more than a century Wehrenberg Theatres now operates 15 theatres in Missouri Illinois Iowa and Minnesota. The St. Louis-based company celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2006 and remains the oldest family-owned-and-operated theatre circuit in the U.S. Under this contract NEC Financial Services provides financing while Ballantyne Strong provides the installation and maintenance services as well as providing NEC digital cinema projections systems and GDC digital cinema servers.   “We required a team that could provide us with both guidance through each stage of the conversion process; and access to superior products ” says Ronald P. Krueger chairman and CEO of Wehrenberg Theatres. “This is one of the key reasons why we chose GDC in that the company is renowned for its quality products and reliable services. Needless to say we’re very excited about this partnership and look forward to becoming fully digitalized in order to provide our moviegoers with the best cinematic experience possible.” Ray Boegner senior vice president of Ballantyne Strong says “This is yet another successful collaboration with GDC to provide customers with the most cutting edge digital cinema technology.”   “GDC is delighted to have been selected for the digital conversion of Wehrenberg Theatres ” says Dr. Man-Nang Chong founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “To serve such a prestigious theatre chain with a century old history is immensely rewarding for us. We’re confident that our innovative products will swiftly and smoothly modernize Wehrenberg Theatres bringing the magic of digital cinema to all its movie lovers. Once again we’re pleased to collaborate with our valued partners Ballantyne Strong and NEC. We welcome Wehrenberg into a venture which has proved successful time and time again.”   Ballantyne Strong GDC Technology NEC Display Solutions of America Wehrenberg Theatres ,2882
New Eye Tracking Process for Film,2011-11-14,House of Moves says it has developed a proprietary process using electrooculraphy (EOG) to capture accurate eye movement for facial animation in films and video games. The process has already been used on more than six projects for several clients including EA. HOM’s eyeball tracking uses four electrodes affixed around the eyes of a performer to track ocular muscle movement. That data drives accurate eye gaze information for animation automating what has typically been a tedious manual process. House of Moves’ technical supervisor D.J. Hauck says “Lifelike eyes are one of the main hurdles to overcoming the uncanny valley in video games and animated films. Being able to accurately track eye movement with this process is having a significant impact on what animators are able to do. By adding just four small electrodes to a facial capture marker setup we are able to build very accurate eyeball tracking into our facial capture performance sessions with very little addition hardware or time spent in post processing.” House of Moves uses customized hardware to gather EOG data from motion capture actors. The HOM team then built custom tools to bring that data into Vicon’s Blade full performance capture software to make the EOG data animation-ready. The detail and accuracy enabled by this process allows animators to create more realistic digital characters for both games and film. House of Moves ,2883
Identity FX Embraces SGO Mistika 4K System,2011-11-14,Identity FX has announced that it has embraced the SGO Mistika 4K system and is unveiling a new category of comprehensive 2D and stereoscopic 3D production and post-production services that the company says closes the loop in the 2D and stereo 3D production pipeline. With the newly-installed Mistika 4K color grading and stereo 3D system at the core of its service offerings Identity FX delivers a combination of services that positions the studio to deliver camera-to-delivery 2D and stereo 3D services to its client base of Hollywood studios and feature film television and commercial production companies worldwide. Additionally Identity FX is now providing clients with enhanced on-set stereo solutions including stereo dailies real-time stereo pre-viz and on-set compositing while continuing to offer VFX and stereo supervision. “Identity FX has invested significant resources to provide the market with a comprehensive 2D and stereo 3D pipeline utilizing Mistika as its core ” says David Scott Van Woert producer and co-founder of Identity FX. “With a compelling new service offering built around the Mistika platform we are taking advantage of leading edge technology innovations to close significant gaps at every level of the pipeline and deliver a caliber of 2D and stereo 3D production and post that we feel is unparalleled in the industry. We’ve had the distinguished honor of working on some very prominent feature films and commercials most recently in the stereoscopic 3D arena. And while we’ve achieved some major successes we’ve always paid close attention to our workflow and how we can make it more effective and efficient.” Director of SGO global sales and operations at SGO Geoff Mills says “With Identity FX's impressive credits coupled with the infrastructure they are developing to handle technically complex shows such as a commercial project they are currently working on in-house the facility is uniquely positioned to bring the Mistika's incredibly powerful toolset and workflow to the market. Identity FX's status as an established and leading U.S. post-production house firmly anchors Mistika as a vital 'must have' asset that provides the best solutions available across the globe today. By implementing Mistika at such an exciting time Identity FX has effectively adopted ground-breaking technology and we look forward to working closely with them as their business continues to grow. Alison Savitch stereoscopic and visual effects producer at Identity FX as well as PGA Chair Emeritus says “The future of the 3D market is largely dependent upon understanding the interface between evolving technologies and content creators. Identity’s goal is to bridge the gap between the complex post process and production. We all believe 3D is here to stay whether in the theatrical broadcast or emerging new media markets and understand that to be successful we must understand the trans-media production model as well as what the right tools are for the task.” Identity FX is a valuable partner to us; we're so impressed with how they've embraced mocha Pro so quickly and effectively in their stereo conversion pipeline says Ross Shain chief marketing officer for Imagineer Systems. Mistika and mocha Pro make a great facility combination. Mistika's high speed performance is an ideal station for 4K effects compositing while mocha Pro offers efficient desktop utility tools for roto tracking and removal based on Imagineer's Planar Tracking engine. This innovative new workflow that Identity has created will allow them to turn around any VFX project quickly and with quality results and is ideal to take on heavy 4K composites and shots that require planar tracking or multliple roto artists. Imagineer works hard to integrate with the industry's most popular post-production tools from Final Cut After Effects and Avid to Flame Fusion and Nuke. We look forward to working with Identity and SGO to continue development of the mocha/Mistika workflow. Identity FX