Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced the grand opening of its newest state-of-the-art entertainment complex, the Carmike 13 at 910 Meijer Drive in Champaign, IL, will happen on Thursday, October 31 – in time for a special Halloween Celebration. Carmike Cinemas Cares is pleased to also be hosting a Pre-Opening Night Charity Event starting at 7 pm on October 30. Proceeds from the Charity Night will benefit United Way of Champaign County and all attendees will be able to enjoy discounted admission and concessions, with tickets, popcorn and fountain drinks available at just $2 each.
Thursday evening’s movie entertainment will feature one of the most widely anticipated holiday season movies: Ender’s Game, Lionsgate’s military sci-fi movie set in earth’s future, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield, in the title role. A variety of other Hollywood recent releases will also entertain opening-night guests. On Friday November 1, Free Birds, a Thanksgiving-themed, family-friendly animated title with the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, begins its run at the Carmike 13.
The new complex has total seating to accommodate over 2,800 patrons and it is the site of Carmike’s 20 th premier BigD digital experience large format auditorium. Carmike’s acclaimed premium theatre environment also includes a wall-to-wall screen measuring over 81 feet wide and three stories tall. The BigD will have Christie Brilliant digital projection systems to play both 2-D and 3-D features. The 30,000 lumen projection light output creates a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.
All auditoriums feature stadium seating, comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Champaign location also has large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP digital projection and digital sound in all 13 auditoriums. The impressive state-of-the-art digital surround sound system in the BigD auditorium also features one of the largest Dolby® Atmos™ installations in the country. Dolby® Atmos™, is a powerful new listening experience for the movies, with sound that truly envelops you and allows you to hear the whole picture. With Dolby® Atmos™, filmmakers can now precisely position and move sounds anywhere in a theatre, even overhead, to heighten the realism and impact of every scene. The upscale lobby has multiple concession areas, including an expanded food and beverage menu. The entertainment complex also has several self-service Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers and popcorn stations. One-stop ticketing and concessions stations are a unique design feature of the Carmike 13. Filmgoers will be able to escape the elements, purchase their tickets and favorite concessions on the same line and quickly move into their comfortable seats.Carmike President and CEO David Passman stated, “We are delighted to provide the ultimate experience for our valued guests at the Carmike 13, with bigger screens, better sound and luxurious stadium seating in which to enjoy cutting-edge digital cinema presentations. With the opening of our newest location, the Champaign area joins a select, but growing list of communities offering Carmike theatregoers our brand of large format BigD entertainment, which seats nearly 600 guests in luxurious comfort.” Additional BigDs are planned for all future Carmike new-build locations, including Colorado Springs, CO, Opelika and Montgomery, AL, and a number of other towns across Hometown America. “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,” added Shannon Sailors, Carmike’s Director of Advertising. About Carmike Cinemas ( www.carmike.com ) Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema, 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 227 theatres with 940 screens that are also equipped for 3-D. The circuit also includes 19 “ BigD” large format digital experience auditoriums, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and luxurious seating and 8 IMAX® auditoriums. As “America’s Hometown Theatre Chain,” Carmike’s primary focus for its locations is small to mid-sized communities.