Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced a further expansion of its presence in Traverse City, MI with the planned construction of a brand new Carmike Cinemas 14-plex, which will replace its Horizon 10-screen location at 3587 Market Place Circle. Construction is expected to commence once all required permits are received from Garfield Township and the State of Michigan. The first local planning commission hearing is scheduled for January 8 and Carmike is hopeful that it will receive the requisite approvals and commence construction shortly thereafter. The new theatre will be furnished with 14 digital screens and have total seating capacity for more than 3,000 guests. The BigD, Carmike’s own premium large screen format experience auditorium, will seat more than 500 patrons. The critically acclaimed BigD is part of the cutting-edge entertainment complex, which will also be equipped with stadium seating in all auditoriums, comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Carmike 14 will also contain large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP digital projection and digital 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 in the same, fast-moving indoor line and quickly move to their comfortable seats. The new complex also provides special services for visually and hearing impaired patrons. Carmike President and CEO David Passman: “We are looking forward to further expanding our presence in Traverse City, which has proven to be a very good market for Carmike. We are very excited to bring this exceptional entertainment complex to the community and provide our valued guests from across the region with the ultimate in cinema-going entertainment. Our new theatre will feature large format digital presentation, bigger screens, better sound, and plush seating for the definitive enjoyment of all audiences. We currently have 22 BigD auditoriums throughout the country, following the recent debut of our newest addition in Colorado Springs late last year. Traverse City will soon join this select, but growing list of ‘Hometown America’ communities offering Carmike theatregoers BigD’s uniquely immersive, large screen presentation.”
All BigD auditoriums have wall-to-wall screens with Traverse City being no exception, with a screen that will measure 70 feet wide by three stories tall. To further enhance the premium experience, a custom QSC digital audio system will be tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels, upgradeable to 11.1 surround sound. This system is a true revolution in sound technology, with digital audio processing supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers, and 21-inch subwoofers. The BigD is powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector, which will also present 2-D entertainment. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.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. The Company has 251 theatres with 2,652 screens in 37 states. The circuit includes 34 premium large format auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating, including 22 "BigDs," 10 IMAX auditoriums and two MuviXL screens. As "America's Hometown Theatre Chain," Carmike's primary focus is small to mid-sized community locations. Visit www.carmike.com for exact show times and to purchase tickets.