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SHARP NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of SHARP NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. SHARP NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-98” LCD displays, multimedia projectors and desktop monitors for lobbies, concessions and concourses.

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Chicago—Aug 11, 2011

Four Distinguished Minnesota Exhibitors Standardize on NEC Display Solutions Digital Cinema Projectors

Cinema Entertainment Corp., Mann Theatres of Minnesota, Muller Family Theatres and United Entertainment Make Transition to Digital with NEC
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the deployment of almost 400 NEC digital cinema projectors at four of the top Minnesota-based theater chains.

Cinema Entertainment Corp. (CEC), Mann Theatres of Minnesota, Muller Family Theatres and United Entertainment selected NEC digital cinema projectors for their conversion from film projection to digital.
 
The Minnesota exhibitors ordered select models from NEC’s complete line of digital cinema projectors, including the NC1200, NC2000, NC3200S and NC3240S models, for almost all of their screens.  Muller Family Theatres, in particular, tapped NEC’s NC3200S and NC3240S digital projectors for its largest screens.
 
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema conversion programs, is responsible for structuring and implementing the underlying VPF (virtual print fee) agreement that enables Cinema Entertainment’s, Mann Theatres’ and United Entertainment’s conversion to digital cinema, as well as providing the entire administration responsibility of the VPF program.
 
Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN) is the project’s reseller and will provide installation, warranty and technical services to include support from its state-of-the-art network operations center.  GDC Technology will provide the cinema servers. 
 
“We are pleased to have a great relationship with these Minnesota-based theater chains,” said Pierre Richer, President and COO of NEC Display Solutions.  “NEC is able to offer a comprehensive technological solution for exhibitors to elevate the entire theater-going experience.”
 
“Cinedigm welcomes the opportunity to help these Minnesota theaters reach their next level of growth,” said Chuck Goldwater, President, Media Services Group at Cinedigm.  “Making the transition to digital can seem daunting, but these exhibitors have entrusted their success to an experienced group of partners who won’t let them down.”
 
NEC digital cinema projectors are Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant, which allows exhibitors to capitalize on current and future growth opportunities, and can be centrally managed, freeing up on-site theater personnel for more strategic activities.
 
“We’re honored to be leading the Minnesota theaters deployment with GDC Technology, serve our distinguished role as NEC’s master reseller for digital cinema projectors and also to provide the exhibitors with post-sale 24/7 technical support,” said Gary Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong.
 
“GDC prides itself on transforming the digital cinema technology for the Minnesota theaters, and welcomes the opportunity to work with our valued partners NEC, Ballantyne Strong and Cinedigm,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO ofGDC Technology.
 
For more information on NEC’s digital cinema projectors, visit http://necdisplay.com/category/digital-cinema-projectors.
 
To learn more about financing options and current promotions, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/GoDigital.
 
NEC’s Cinema Advantage program offers Reward Points and exclusive promotions to small-to-medium-sized exhibitors. Visit http://neccinemaadvantage.com to register.


Sharp NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. Contacts:
North America and South America
NEC Display Solutions of America 
www.necdisplay.com 
Phone: 630-467-3000 

Jeff Kaplan
NEC Digital Cinema
Phone:214-632-8089
jkaplan@necdisplay.com

Marketing: Danielle Moore
Channel Marketing Manager
Phone: 630-467-3309
dmoore@necdisplay.com

Public Relations: Kathy Errera
Digital Marketing Specialist
Phone:630-467-4367
kerrera@necdisplay.com

EMEA & CIS
NEC Display Solutions Europe Gmbh 
https://www.nec-display-solutions.com/p/dc/en/home.xhtml

NEC Digital Cinema:

Alain Chamaillard: Head of Cinema EMEA & CIS  
Email: alain.chamaillard@nec-displays.com
 
Sales:
Mark Kendall : Senior Sales Manager 
Email: Mark.Kendall@emea.nec.com
Jens Kayser : Sales Manager 
Email : Jens.Kayser@NEC-displays.com

Public Relations:
Ann Kjellser, PR Manager EMEA // Email: Ann.Kjellser@emea.nec.com

Japan 
NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. 
http://www.nec-display.com/jp/projector.html 
Phone : 0120-610-161 (Customer Support Center) 
*9:00-18:00 except Saturday/Sunday/National holidays 

China
Sharp NEC Display Solutions (China), Ltd.
Phone: +86-10-5918-1111

Australia, New Zealand
NEC Australia Pty Ltd 
Phone: +61 2 131632
http://au.nec.com/ 

Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Kambodia, Brunei
Goldenduck Group 
Phone:  +66 2887 8807 
http://www.goldenduckgroup.com/ 

Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
WESTREX HONG KONG LIMITED
WESTREX CO., LTED
Phone : +886-2-2370-6302

India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal
Qube Cinema Technologies Private Limited
Phone: +91 (44) 4204-1505
https://www.qubecinema.com/

South Korea
Hyosung ITX Co., Ltd. 
Phone: +82 2 2102 8591 
http://www.hyosungitx.com/ 

*Web Site of NEC DLP Cinema Projectors 
http://www.nec-display.com/ap/en_projector/dlpcinema/index.html 
 

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About Sharp NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.: Combining advanced DLP Cinema® projectors with reliable multiplex and screen servers, Sharp NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of Sharp NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. Sharp NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-98” LCD displays, multimedia projectors and desktop monitors for lobbies, concessions and concourses. Sharp NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. Directory page Sharp NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. Web Site
About Ballantyne Strong Inc.: Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.ballantynestrong.com) is a diversified holding company with operations and investments across a broad range of industries. The Company’s Strong Entertainment segment includes the largest premium screen supplier in the U.S. and also provides technical support services and other related products and services to the cinema exhibition industry, theme parks and other entertainment-related markets. Ballantyne Strong holds a $13 million preferred investment along with Google Ventures in privately held Firefly Systems, Inc., which is rolling out a digital mobile advertising network on rideshare and taxi fleets. Finally, the Company holds a 30% ownership position in GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSX: GFP) which has recently completed an investment in a sawmill and related assets and a 21% ownership position in FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) which is a reinsurance and investment management holding company focused on opportunistic collateralized and loss capped reinsurance, while allocating capital to SPAC and SPAC sponsor-related businesses. Ballantyne Strong Inc. Directory page

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