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OMAHA, Neb.—Apr 25, 2006

Ballantyne of Omaha Names John Wolski Vice President - Strong Digital Systems

Appointment of 35 Years Industry Executive Reflects Ballantyne's Commitment to Digital Cinema Long-term Growth Strategy
Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc. (Amex: BTN), a manufacturer of motion picture projection and specialty lighting equipment, announced today that John Wolski, 50, has been named Vice President - Strong Digital Systems, a new position at the Company. The appointment highlights Ballantyne's commitment to leverage its industry relationships and distribution network during the industry's transition to digital cinema technology and its focus on this long-term growth opportunity. Mr. Wolski reports directly to Ballantyne President and Chief Executive Officer, John P. Wilmers.

Mr. Wolski's responsibilities at Ballantyne include the management of the company's partnership with NEC Solutions (America) whereby Ballantyne will distribute NEC's digital systems, implementing and organizing sales, service, training programs and consulting. Mr. Wolski will also help to establish and then oversee the company's digital cinema service network initiative.

Mr. Wolski, brings 35 years of motion picture theatre exhibition experience to his new role at Ballantyne. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Wolski was Vice President of Projection and Sound for Loews Cineplex Entertainment, the operator of 2,100 movie screens in approximately 200 theatres worldwide, inclusive of 25 D-Cinema locations in the US. Before joining Loews Cineplex Entertainment in 2000, Mr. Wolski was with Cineplex Odeon Corp. beginning in 1986 and served initially as Director of Projection and Sound and later as Director of Projection and Sound Service & Supply. He held prior positions in motion picture exhibition at Plitt Theatres, Inc. and ABC Great States Mgmt. Corporation beginning in 1971.

John P. Wilmers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ballantyne, commented, "The industry's transition to digital cinema is continuing to gain momentum and Ballantyne is well positioned to participate as the transition occurs. We are very pleased to be able to add someone with John's tremendous wealth of industry experience and relationships, as we believe he is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts in bringing digital cinema to the marketplace which includes more than 37,000 movie screens in North America. In addition to his digital responsibilities John will oversee our planned service network that will both add value for client's digital cinema installations and create a new revenue source for the company."

Mr. Wolski also brings over eight years of participation and membership in industry and trade groups that are focused on creating the user requirements and standards for the transition from 35mm-to-digital film in motion picture exhibition. From 1999-2006 he served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and currently is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Inter-Society for Enhancement of Theatrical Presentation and the International Theatre Equipment Association (ITEA).
Ballantyne Strong Inc. Contacts:
Mary Carstens
Chief Financial Officer             
(402) 453-4444

JCIR
Robert Rinderman, Norberto Aja
(212) 835-8500 or btn@jcir.com
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 Ballantyne Strong Inc. Web Site
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