Empire Theatres Announces Acquisition of Movie Theatre Complex in Spruce Grove, AB

HALIFAX, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Empire Theatres, Canada's 2nd largest movie exhibition company announced today that it will purchase Magic Lantern's Parkland 7 Cinemas in Spruce Grove, Alberta on March 16, 2012.

"It's an exciting day at Empire Theatres as we announce the addition of this very successful operation to our company," says Dean Leland, Vice President of Media and Studio Relations for Empire Theatres.  "We are proud to welcome the entire management and staff of Parkland 7 to our company.  Empire Theatres has a proven track record of being a valued employer and contributor in the communities where we operate," says Leland.

Empire Theatres will equip Parkland 7 with digital technology in every auditorium to provide local moviegoers with a state-of-the-art movie presentation experience, and enhanced 3D presentation through RealD 3D technology in select auditoriums.

The Spruce Grove community will also stand to benefit from the Empire Theatres' convenient ticket purchase options which include purchasing online at www.empiretheatres.com, by mobile at empiretheatres.mobi, and in- theatre at the box office and refreshment counter.

"We eagerly await the opportunity to introduce the Empire Theatres experience to movie-goers in Spruce Grove," said Leland.   "We will immediately evaluate the opportunity to offer additional Empire Theatres' programs and services that are successful in our other theatres across the country."

"I've enjoyed entertaining moviegoers in Spruce Grove for 23 years and I'm confident that Empire Theatres will continue to provide an excellent movie going experience for the local community," says Tom Hutchinson, President of Magic Lantern Theatres.

Empire Theatres currently operates two theatres in the Edmonton area; Empire Theatres City Centre and Empire Theatres Clareview and will add a fourth Theatre in 2012 with the opening of Empire Theatres' Manning, a 10-screen theatre planned to open in the North-East sector of Edmonton at 153rd Ave. and Manning Dr.

About Empire Theatres Limited:
Empire Theatres Limited is a Canada-wide movie exhibition company providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including traditional movie exhibition as well as other content using its digital and satellite capabilities.

Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited that owns and operates 50 theatres across Canada with 383 screens, including four IMAX auditoriums and five Empire Extra auditoriums.

Empire Theatres Limited' corporate headquarters are located in Stellarton, NS, with regional offices in Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; and Calgary, AB. With approximately 2,500 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic industry.


For further information:

Dean Leland - Vice President Studio Relations and Media
Empire Theatres Limited - Halifax
(902) 876-4844

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