Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that construction is progressing on time for its new entertainment complex in Manitowoc, WI. The Carmike 10 is located on Manitowoc’s west side just off I-43 and south of Harbor Town, a fast-growing area that continues to attract development. The Cinema Entertainment Complex is scheduled for an early 2014 summer opening.
The new theatre will feature 10 screens with total seating for over 1,700 guests and will be highlighted by a state-of-the-art “ BIGD” auditorium, Carmike’s acclaimed premium theatre environment. The new facility will be equipped with auditoriums featuring stadium style seating, with comfortable high back rocking luxury seats, in addition to retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Carmike 10 will also contain large, wall-to-wall screens, as well as DLP DIGITAL projection and digital sound. The new theatre will have an upscale lobby and multiple concession areas featuring Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers. One-stop ticketing and concessions stations are a unique design feature of the Carmike 10. Filmgoers can escape the elements, purchase their tickets and favorite concessions and quickly move into their comfortable seats. The new complex will also offer special services for the visually and hearing impaired.
Notes Carmike President and CEO David Passman: “We’re providing the ultimate entertainment experience that features large format digital presentation, including bigger screens, bigger sound, and luxurious theatre seating for cutting-edge presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences. With the opening of the new location, the Manitowoc area joins a select and growing list of communities across the nation offering Carmike theatregoers the exciting “ BIGD” format. The “BIGD” auditorium will seat over 350 guests in luxurious comfort. Carmike continues actively expanding our growing circuit, on our way to 300 theatres and 3,000 screens through selective acquisitions and the addition of new-build theatres in promising locations like Manitowoc, across ‘Hometown America.’”
Expected to draw area movie-goers from across the region, the “ BIGD” Experience provides cutting-edge theatre amenities, which will immerse the theatregoer in the movie presentation. The “BIGD” auditorium features an incredible wall-to-wall screen measuring over 60 feet wide and three stories tall. To further enhance the experience, the custom QSC DIGITAL audio system is tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels, upgradeable to 11.1 surround sound. The audio system is a revolution in sound technology, with digital audio processing supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and 21-inch subwoofers. The Carmike 10 promises a new gold standard in unparalleled picture clarity and deep resonating digital sound and projection of both 2D and 3D features. Carmike’s “ BIGD” Experience is powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3D flash projector. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.“We are very pleased with the tremendous, positive response we have received from moviegoers about their enhanced movie enjoyment while seeing films in our “BIGD” ultimate movie going experience and have plans to open more entertainment complexes featuring “BIGD” auditoriums in 2013. Carmike Cinemas complexes currently under construction include Champaign, IL, Hickory, NC, Opelika, AL and Colorado Springs, CO. We also have plans underway for new entertainment complexes in Oak Grove, KY and Montgomery, AL. Whether it is a movie, concert, sporting event, motivational speaker or church service, Carmike guests will find “BIGD” placing them at the heart of the event,” notes Fred Van Noy, Sr. VP and Chief Operating Officer. About Carmike Cinemas ( www.carmike.com ) Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema and 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation’s largest motion picture exhibitors. As of June 30, 2013, Carmike had 245 theatres with 2,476 screens in 35 states. Carmike’s digital cinema footprint reached 2,373 screens, including 232 theatres with 940 screens that are also equipped for 3-D. The circuit also includes 19 “Big D” large format digital experience auditoriums, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and luxurious seating and 7 IMAX® auditoriums. As “America’s Hometown Theatre Chain,” Carmike’s primary focus for its locations is small to mid-sized communities.