Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
(NASDAQ:CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that the Company will open a new 12-screen entertainment complex featuring its ‘Big D’ premium experience in Spring Hill, Tennessee (2068 Crossing Circle, Spring Hill, TN 37174). Construction has already begun for the new location, an extension of The Crossing South of Spring Hill shopping center located at the intersection of US Highway 31 and Saturn Parkway.
The new theatre will be furnished with 12 screens and have total seating capacity for more than 2,500 guests. The BigD, Carmike’s own premium large screen format experience auditorium, will seat 540 patrons. All auditoriums in the leading-edge entertainment complex will be equipped with stadium seating with comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Carmike 12 will contain large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP digital projection and digital surround sound in all auditoriums.
The facility’s upscale lobby will contain multiple concession areas featuring self-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, which pour more than 100 customized fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will also be included in the lobby area so cinemagoers will be able to escape the elements and purchase their tickets and favorite concessions at the same transaction point. The new complex also provides special services for visually and hearing impaired patrons using Sony Closed Captioning glasses (CC) as well as descriptive and amplified audio (VI & HI).
Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, “We are very excited to bring this exceptional entertainment complex to the local Spring Hill community and provide our valued guests from across the region with the ultimate in cinema-going entertainment. Our new entertainment destination will feature large format digital presentation, bigger screens, better sound and plush seating for the definitive enjoyment of all audiences. Spring Hill will soon join the select list of communities in ‘Hometown America’ offering Carmike’s uniquely immersive BigD large screen presentation. As always, we are focused on delivering a ‘best-in-class entertainment experience’ to our guests and plan to continue expanding the number of BigD auditoriums and premium presentation choices across our circuit.”