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Omaha, Neb.—Nov 20, 2008

Ballantyne to Provide 35 NEC Digital Projectors with Real D 3-D Technology to Support the Launch of "Bolt" in Disney Digital 3-D

Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: BTN), a provider of cinema equipment and services, announced today that its Strong Digital Systems (SDS) division will provide 35 NEC STARUS™ Digital Cinema projectors with REAL D 3-D technology to theatre chains including Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and National Amusements, Inc. The projectors shipments and installations are being completed in time for the November 21st release of Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film "Bolt" in Disney Digital 3-D. Ballantyne’s Strong Technical Services subsidiary is performing a majority of the installations, and a majority of the specialty silver screens are being procured from the Company’s Strong Screen Systems business.

Digital Link II, LLC, an entity formed and co-financed by REAL D and Ballantyne, will fund the projector purchases. Specific financial terms were not disclosed.

John P. Wilmers, President and CEO of Ballantyne, commented, "3-D is a very compelling theatre experience and a strong driver for the early adoption of digital cinema technology. We are pleased to extend our partnership with REAL D to deliver their state of the art 3-D digital projection solutions, in conjunction with NEC Starus projectors, to support our customers’ plans for ‘Bolt.’

"The momentum for digital cinema is accelerating, supported by a growing slate of 3-D releases and the anticipation of large scale funding for digital conversions. 2009 is shaping up to be a period of strong demand, and Ballantyne/Strong is well positioned to deliver the expertise, specialized services and equipment our customers will need to tap this powerful new cinema technology."
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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