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Düsseldorf—Nov 22, 2010
New 3D Deal with Utopia / Utopolis for FTT
The Benelux-based group is planning to boost its 3D business with 45 MasterImage 3D installations.
As the very first exhibitor to have projected digital 3D at its main sites in the Benelux countries, Utopia / Utopolis Group, one of the major cinema circuits in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, entered into a deal with FTT Benelux S.A., youngest member of the FTT family, for the supply and installation of 45 MasterImage 3D digital cinema systems. Moreover, FTT also won the bid for the supply and installation of all silver screens for the group.
Thomas Rüttgers, Managing Partner of FTT group said: “We are very happy that our new subsidiary will implement its first long-time project together with Utopolis. They have been our customers for such a long time already and we are delighted that they have expressed their confidence in us one more time.”
Nico Simon, General Manager of Utopia S.A. added: “Having tested different options we think that the MasterImage 3D solution is the one that suits our requirements best and look forward to co-operating with FTT once again. For us it was surely a crucial factor that they have a relevant experience in digital 3D installations and branch offices close to our cinemas.”
Brian Kercher, Managing Director of MasterImage 3D Europe Cinema concludes: “3D is one of the important drivers of digital cinema and it surely stimulated the demand for digital cinema equipment. We are proud to work with FTT and Utopolis on this project as they are both renowned companies in their respective markets.”
The roll-out for Utopolis will start in December with the installations in Luxembourg and will then be carried out step by step in several waves. However, at least 4 to 6 screens will be equipped by the end of this year.
About MasterImage 3D, Inc.:
MasterImage 3D LLC is a 3D technology company that provides pioneering solutions for theaters, mobile devices and gaming. With digital 3D cinema systems installed in 42 countries, MasterImage 3D is a fast-growing digital 3D cinema system supplier, offering audiences the clearest, sharpest 3D experience while providing exhibitors with a compelling ownership-based pricing model. The company invented, patented and mass-produced the cell-matrix parallax barrier, the leading 3D technology for auto-stereoscopic mobile display. It enabled one of the world's first glasses-free 3D mobile phones and is in development for devices in 2011. Its 3D camera ASIC empowers users to create 3D content. Founded in 2004, the company is privately held and headquartered in Hollywood, with offices in the UK, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.
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About Film Ton Technik GmbH:
Film Ton Technik Hannsdieter Rüttgers GmbH (FTT) is based in Düsseldorf and affiliate of XDC Group. As a cinema service provider with more than 50 years of experience FTT has already implemented a large number of projects for multiplexes and independent cinemas in Germany and abroad and has got subsidiaries in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands as well as co-operation partners in other European countries. Apart from project planning as well as selling and installing traditional 35mm technology FTT has been active in the field of digital cinema and electronic advertising for more than ten years and established itself as a system integrator. To-date, FTT is fully dedicated to digital cinema and its range of service includes distribution, installation and maintenance of digital cinema systems and other related cinema equipment such as sound systems, screens, cinema seating and accessories.
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About Utopia Group of Cinemas:
The Utopia Group in its current form was created by the acquisition of a regional cinema network in Flanders (Belgium) by the Luxembourg-based company UTOPIA SA in 1999 and the merger with the Dutch group Polyfilm in 2002. It had initially been set up in 1989 by a group of cinema enthusiasts in Luxembourg. The Group currently operates 13 sites (90 screens) in the three Benelux countries and France. In 2004, Utopolis Luxembourg (10 screens) was the first European multiplex to be fully equipped for digital projection. The group operates two brands: Utopolis for mainstream and Utopia for art-house. (Utopia Group is not related to the Utopia chain operating in southern France)
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