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Rancho Cordova, California USA—Jun 29, 2011

Barco Chosen By Empire Theatres to Complete its 386-Screen Deployment, Exclusively Deploying Barco 2K and 4K Projectors.

Empire Theatres, a partner in the Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership (CDCP) and the second largest exhibitor in Canada, continues to differentiate the theatre experience for its customers by selecting the brightest projectors in the world, and is expected to complete conversion of its sites by early 2012.

Digital cinema pioneer Barco announced the signings of a Supply Agreement and Support Agreement to complete the deployment of digital cinema systems for Empire Theatres, coinciding with the recent funding secured by the CDCP. In a deal totaling over $17 million, Empire will convert the remainder of its 386 auditoriums to digital utilizing the full breadth of Barco's industry-leading, DCI-compliant 2K and 4K projectors. 

“Throughout our digital cinema deployment, Barco has proven its outstanding performance and reliability, both in terms of superior projector quality as well as conscientious service and support,” commented Dean Leland, VP Studio Relations and Media for Empire Theatres. “Going in, our team performed a great amount of due diligence and we wanted the very best solution for Empire Theatres, which is why we chose Barco.” 

Barco will provide a variety of 2K and 4K projector systems from among its deep product line – the most extensive array of DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors on the market. This extensive suite of projectors allows Empire to perfectly match the right projector to the right-sized screen, maximizing both upfront and ongoing cost savings. All projectors incorporate Barco's proprietary and patented cooling designs, modular construction, sealed engines, Smart Power Systems and Diagnostic Companion, which contribute to Barco's lowest total cost of ownership in the industry. 

“We are ecstatic to be expanding our digital cinema footprint in Canada with Empire Theatres and committed to continuing their rapid, smooth deployment,” commented Danny Sergeant, VP Sales and Managing Director for Barco Canada. “We continue to strengthen our commitment to Canada, evidenced by the ongoing expansion of our dedicated Canadian Barco team, as well as a wide network of local parts depots across Canada, and 24/7/365 technical support. With this focus, we believe our growing installed base will benefit from 'projecting the magic' across the country.” 

The Canada-wide roll-out, which began in March of 2011, is expected to be completed by early 2012. 

Barco Contacts:

Stephanie Vlegels

Stephanie Vlegels
Press and PR contact EMEA
Barco nv
Telephone +32 56 36 81 66

Tyler West Tyler West
Corporate Marketing Director, North America
Barco nv
Telephone +1 678-512-6107

Vickie Yueh Vickie Yueh
Press and PR contact APAC and GRC
Barco nv
Telephone +886 2 8771 0228

Logo: Barco Digital Cinema About Barco Digital Cinema: Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015. 

Barco is one of three licencees of Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology. TI developed DLP Cinema™ technology working in close cooperation with Barco and others in the movie industry, to develop Cinema Projector and support systems based on DMD™ technology, to meet the requirement of studios, film distributors and exhibitors alike.
Barco Digital Cinema Directory page Barco Digital Cinema Web Site About Empire Theatres Limited:
Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited that owns and operates 51 theatres across Canada with 386 screens, including one IMAX theatre in Halifax, NS. The Empire Theatres Limited corporate headquarters are located in New Glasgow, NS, with regional offices in Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; and Calgary, AB. With approximately 2,500 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic industry. 
Empire Theatres Limited Directory page About Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership: Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership (“CDCP”) is a joint venture owned by Toronto, Ontario headquartered Cineplex Entertainment LP, and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia based Empire Theatres Limited. CDCP represents more than 1,600 screens operating across Canada from coast to coast. Formed in 2011, CDCP will plan and implement the deployment of digital cinema during the transition from film to digital technology. Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership Directory page
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