Blackstone, JPMorgan to Fund Cinema Plan

Blackstone and JPMorgan Chase plan to raise more than $1 billion to fund the conversion of up to 20,000 U.S. cinema screens to digital projection systems, according to a report.
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Blackstone

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and

JPMorgan Chase

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plan to raise more than $1 billion to fund the conversion of up to 20,000 U.S. cinema screens to digital projection systems, in a deal to be announced on Wednesday, the

Financial Times

reports on its Web site.

Blackstone and JPMorgan are arranging the financing for a consortium made up of the three largest U.S. cinema chains, which has done a deal with five Hollywood studios,

FT.com

reports, citing a person familiar with the situation.

Lions Gate

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has joined

Walt Disney

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, Paramount Pictures, a unit of

Viacom

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, 20th Century Fox, a unit of

News Corp.

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, and

NBC Universal's

Universal Pictures in signing up to the consortium's plan,

FT.com

reports.

The Digital Cinema Implementation Partners consortium is made up of

AMC Entertainment

,

Cinemark

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and

Regal Entertainment

(RGC)

. The consortium has been in talks with the studios for several months over how to structure the costly conversion to digital cinema.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.