Cypress, Ca—Jun 26, 2006
Christie Hits 1,000th Digital Cinema Installation Milestone
Christie Dominates Global DLP Cinema Landscape with Most Installations of Any
Christie, a major provider of visual solutions for
business, entertainment and industry, announced the installation of its 1,000th
Digital Cinema projector, a major milestone in the exhibition community,
illustrating the rapid adoption of Digital Cinema that is transforming the
movie-viewing experience everywhere. The accomplishment includes installations in
the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Norway,
Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Africa, Canada, Asia and as of June 30th, more than 500
completed installations in the United States under the Christie/AIX plan in
collaboration with Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIXD).
The milestone occurred in the United States at Carmike Cinemas, Inc., the
third-largest exhibitor in the U.S., which is using Christie DLP Cinema projectors
exclusively towards its goal of digitizing 100% of its screens. Christie,
meanwhile, at its current rate of worldwide installations, expects to increase its
market share and reach the historic 2,000th installation milestone by the end of
2006 - effectively doubling its current record and further solidifying its
leadership in the industry.
"This is a significant moment in the history of the cinema industry that confirms
the superior image quality delivered by the Christie DLP Cinema projector," noted
Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie USA. "Christie is especially proud to be
the first to reach this milestone because it was a year ago this month that we
introduced an innovative Digital Cinema business plan. It proved to be the first
practical solution for the adoption of the technology and led to the dramatic
acceleration in the pace of global installations we see today."
Kline added, "A year ago today, no one could have predicted that Digital Cinema
would enjoy such a successful - and rapid - acceptance in commercial venues. Today,
no one doubts it. It is a win-win situation for the entire industry, providing a
brilliant, razor-sharp image that wows audiences everywhere while dramatically
reducing studio distribution costs. As the first licensee of Texas Instruments'
revolutionary 3-Chip DLP Cinema technology, it seems only fitting that Christie
should also be the first to 'break 1,000' and lead the industry with the most
installations in the world."