MUMBAI: Imax Corporation has inked an agreement with Cinema City International, the largest exhibitor in Eastern Europe and long-standing operator of Imax theatres in the region, to install two new digital Imax theatre systems in Israel, which are currently anticipated to open in 2011.
As part of the deal, Cinema City also committed to upgrading all eight of its existing film-based Imax locations with Imax’s digital projection technology, following the success of its first Imax digital upgrade in Lodz, Poland earlier this year. Five of these locations are scheduled to be upgraded this year, and the remaining three upgrades are to be completed in 2011. The deal brings the total number of digital Imax theatre systems operated by Cinema City to 11 and the total number of Imax theatres expected to be in operation in Europe and Israel by 2012 to more than 80. The Company’s announced number of theatre systems signings year-to-date has increased to 128 worldwide, which compares to 35 system signings in all of 2009.
"We have been operating Imax theatres for many years and have seen first-hand how the Imax business drives incremental revenue for an entire theatre complex and improves the overall perception of going to the movies for consumers. Earlier this year we upgraded our film-based Imax system in Lodz with Imax’s digital system and have already recorded significantly improved operating results. The elimination of high film print costs and added program flexibility has made our decision to add new locations and upgrade all of our existing Imax locations an easy one to make. We’re very excited about our future with Imax and look forward to offering more consumers in Eastern Europe and Israel awe-inspiring entertainment experiences," said Cinema City International CEO Moshe (Mooky) Greidinger.
"Cinema City’s significant endorsement of our digital projection system and extensive experience with marketing the Imax brand in the region makes them an ideal partner to have as we continue to focus on growth in Europe and surrounding markets. Theatre system signings are continuing to build momentum this year in the wake of several recent strong box office performances and in anticipation of our continuously growing slate of event Hollywood films," said Imax CEO Richard L. Gelfond.
"Cinema City has done a fantastic job of introducing millions of consumers in Central and Eastern Europe to The Imax Experience and we look forward to working with them now in Israel to expand the Imax audience base even further," added Imax executive vice president, theatre development Larry T. O’Reilly.