Emagine First to Self-Finance Digital Expansion through Cinedigm’s Phase 2 Program

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Tue, 07/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Emagine Entertainment a Michigan-based cinema chain will participate in Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program and will be the first exhibitor to do so through self-financing. Emagine is one of Cinedigm's first Phase 1 deployment program exhibitor partners and has been utilizing their networked digital cinema systems since late 2005. Cinedigm will provide networked digital cinema systems including Christie DLP Cinema projectors to the ten screens at Emagine's new Woodhaven Michigan location. Christie Managed Services will be providing the long-term service agreement for this theatre. Under this new agreement Emagine will become a senior lender to Cinedigm's Phase 2 deployment subsidiary. Cinedigm's subsidiary will make regular payments to Emagine based on an agreed-upon schedule similar to those of other long-term lenders. We've had great success with Cinedigm's digital cinema systems. Their technology has enabled us to bring unique cutting-edge programming to our customers. Events like the live 3D showings of the BCS and NBA games help set Emagine apart from competitors and is the reason we want to expand our relationship with Cinedigm to our new location says Paul Glantz founder of Emagine. We're pleased that Cinedigm has worked with us to create this self-financing option which enables us to invest further in a business that is revolutionizing the movie-going experience. Emagine is breaking new ground with us creating an innovative financing template for Cinedigm's rollout. This trend of self-funding by theatre owners is important given the ongoing growth of the theatre industry and the current lack of financing from traditional channels. We are confident that with the help of partners like Emagine our Phase 2 deployment will continue to progress as planned says Bud Mayo chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. Cinedigm is pleased that our first exhibitor from our Phase 1 deployment has engaged us for Phase 2. We have valued our relationship with Emagine over the years and look forward to adding their new location to the growing number of screens contracted to our Phase 2 program for up to 10 000 digital cinema projection systems says Chuck Goldwater president of Cinedigm's Media Services Group. Cinedigm Digital Cinema www.cinedigm.com