Carmike Cinemas Announces the Grand Opening of the Apple Blossom 12 in
Winchester, Virginia, including the Critically Acclaimed Signature “BIGD”
Ultimate Entertainment Experience
- Apple Blossom 12 brings the Theatregoing Entertainment Experience to a
Dramatic New Level on June 27 -
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- June 18, 2013
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3-D motion
picture exhibitor, announced today that it will unveil its brand new
entertainment complex in the Apple Blossom Mall located at 1850 Apple Blossom
Drive in Winchester, VA, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The new twelve-screen
theatre seats over 2,300 guests in luxurious comfort and features Carmike’s
critically acclaimed “BIGD” auditorium. The Apple Blossom 12 will open at 7:00
pm, featuring a selection of recent blockbuster movies throughout the complex.
This special gala charity grand opening night at the beautifully appointed
theatre will feature $2 admission, with $2 small popcorn and $2 small drinks.
All proceeds benefit the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and its
member agencies. The event is being promoted by area radio and television
stations. At 10:00 pm a full slate of the newest feature films will be
offered, including “White House Down,” which will premiere in the “BIGD” as
part of the grand opening weekend festivities. Visit www.carmike.com for exact
times and to purchase tickets. Winchester is one ofthe first communities
inthe nation to offer theatregoers the exciting new “BIGD” format from
Carmike Cinemas, an industry leader in Digital projection and 3-D technology
Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated,
“Carmike continues actively expanding our growing circuit, on our way to 300
theatres and 3,000 screens through selective acquisitions and the addition of
multiple new-build theatres in promising locations like Winchester, across
“We’re providing the ultimate entertainment experience that features large
format digital with bigger screens, biggerand bettersound, and the finest
in-theatre seating forcutting-edgepresentation and the definitive enjoyment
of our audiences. Furthermore, with the opening of our newest location, the
Winchester area joins a select and growing list of communities across the
nation offering Carmike theatregoers the exciting “BIGD” format.”
The new facility is equipped with auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art
stadium style seating, with comfortable high back luxury chairs, retractable
armrests and convenient cup holders. The Apple Blossom 12 also contains large,
wall-to-wall screens, as well as DLP digital projection and sound. The new
theatre has an upscale lobby and multiple concession areas featuring Coca-Cola
Freestyle drink centers with over 120 flavor choices. One-stop ticketing and
concessions stations are a unique design feature of the Apple Blossom 12.
Filmgoers can escape the elements, purchase their tickets and favorite
concessions and quickly move into their comfortable seats. The new complex
will also feature special services for the visually and hearing impaired.
The“BIGD” auditorium includes a wall-to-wall screen measuring 60 feet
wideand nearly three stories tall,the latest in surround sound and digital
projection of both 2-D and 3-D features. In technical terms, Carmike’s “BIGD”
DIGITAL experience is powered by a Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector. The
end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with
noticeably higher resolution than HD.
To further enhance the experience, the custom QSC digital audio system is
tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels and the ability to upgrade to
11.1,a revolution in surround sound technologywithdigital audio processing
supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and 21-inch subwoofers. The new,
expanded configuration at the Apple Blossom 12 promises a new gold standard in
unparalleledpictureclarity anddeepresonating digital sound.
“We are very pleased with the tremendous, positive response we have received
from moviegoers about their enhanced enjoyment while seeing films in our
’BIGD’ ultimate experience and have plans to open more entertainment
complexes featuring ’BIGD’ auditoriums in 2013. Complexes currently under
construction include Champaign, IL, Hickory, NC and Colorado Springs, CO. We
also have plans underway for new entertainment complexes in Opelika, AL, Oak
Grove, KY, Manitowoc, WI, Yulee, FL 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 Terrell
Mayton, Carmike’s Director of Marketing.
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
March 31, 2013, Carmike had 244 theatres with 2,464 screens in 35 states.
Carmike’s digital cinema footprint reached 2,369 screens, including 232
theatres with 869 screens that are also equipped for 3-D. The circuit also
includes 18 “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.
About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is an S&P 100 company and the largest
real estate company in the world. The Company currently owns or has an
interest in 337 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia
comprising 244 million square feet as well as a 29% interest in Klépierre, a
publicly-traded French REIT with a portfolio of approximately 270 shopping
centers in 13 countries in Europe. We are headquartered in Indianapolis,
Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.
Simon Property Group, Inc.
225 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
Terrell Mayton, 706-576-3464
Director of Marketing
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