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OMAHA, Neb.—Jun 16, 2008

Marcus Theatres® Purchases 13 NEC Digital Cinema Projectors from Ballantyne’s Strong Digital Systems Division

Systems are Being Deployed for the July 11th Release of New Line Cinema’s 3-D feature film, “Journey To The Center Of The Earth”
Photo: NEC  NC2000C NEC NC2000C
NEC NC2000C Photo: NEC  NC2000C 17,000-lumen Digital Cinema Projector

Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc. (Amex: BTN), a provider of motion picture projection, digital cinema and cinema screen equipment and services, announced today that Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) and seventh largest U.S. theatre circuit, has purchased thirteen NEC STARUS™ NC2500S Digital Cinema projector systems from Ballantyne’s Strong Digital Systems (SDS) division. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The systems are being deployed in cinema complexes in six different states as Marcus expands its installed base of digital projectors and 3-D digital capabilities. Four of the thirteen systems were already installed for purposes of evaluation, and the remaining nine projectors should be installed over the next month. The purchases are planned to support the July 11th release of New Line Cinema’s feature 3-D film Journey To The Center Of The Earth.

John P. Wilmers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ballantyne of Omaha, commented, “Marcus Theatres is a prime customer of our Company that we have worked closely with for over twenty years. We are pleased to extend our relationship with them through this sale and welcome the industry leadership Marcus is demonstrating through their investment in digital projection technology. We are confident that armed with state-of-the-art NEC STARUS digital projectors with 3-D capabilities, Marcus Theatres will provide one of the best theater experiences available in the market today.”

About Ballantyne Strong Inc.: Ballantyne Strong Inc. is a provider of digital cinema projection equipment, screens and services as well as specialty lighting equipment. The Company supplies major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world. Ballantyne Strong is a value added reseller of major brands that include BARCO, NEC, Doremi, GDC, USL, Dolby and QSC. Excellent products coupled with Strong Technical Services providing installation, integration, NOC (Network Operation Center) and field service. Ballantyne Strong Inc.is a true turn-key provider for sales and service to cinema chains of all sizes. Ballantyne Strong Inc. Directory page
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