Empire Theatres to Build New State-of-the-art Theatre Complex in Kingston, Ontario

HALIFAX, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Empire Theatres, a Canada-wide film exhibition company operating more than 50 theatres, announced today that it will begin development of a new 10-screen theatre complex in Kingston, Ontario.

The construction of Empire Theatres Kingston is expected to begin in late November, 2011. The new complex will be located at the intersection of Division Street and Dalton Avenue as part of the second phase of a larger commercial development; Kings Crossing Power Centre.

Empire Theatres Kingston will blend entertainment with technology in a contemporary and unique design. The 41,000 square foot complex will feature digital technology in all 10 auditoriums for high quality picture, Dolby Digital surround sound, luxurious high-back seats. Plenty of well lit, free parking will be available.

In addition, Empire Theatres Kingston will feature Empire Theatres' very own "Empire Extra" in one auditorium. Empire Extra provides guests with a heightened sensory experience in a special auditorium designed to offer dynamic sound, screen and seat quality. Empire Extra boasts a custom-designed multi-channel sound system for the ultimate audio experience; stunning digital presentation on a massive, wrap-around screen; and reserved seating in comfy, high back rockers.

The theatre will include an expansive main lobby, a lounge area with leather seating, Automated Box Offices, an expanded refreshments offering and large rooms that will be used for community and corporate use. Guests will also be able to purchase their tickets at refreshments for one-stop shopping.

"Bringing an unparalleled state-of-the-art entertainment experience to moviegoers in Kingston is very exciting for us at Empire Theatres," says Dean Leland, Vice President of Studio Relations & Media.  "The building design combined with digital technology will make it the preferred destination for all Kingston movie-goers."

David Lehberg, President of Knightstone Capital, believes that "Empire Theatres will add an entertainment element and contribute favorably to the tenant mix at Kings Crossing which currently includes: Canadian Tire, No Frills, Kingslake Plaza and the Kingston Fashion Centre". The 235,000 sq ft Phase II of Kings Crossing is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2013.

The grand opening of the new Empire Theatres Kingston theatre is planned for late spring/early summer 2012.

About Empire Theatres Limited:

Empire Theatres Limited is a Canada-wide film exhibition company providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including traditional film 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 51 theatres across Canada with 386 screens, including three IMAX theatres and five Empire Extra locations.

Empire Theatres Limited' corporate headquarters are located in New Glasgow, 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.

Image with caption: "A rendition of the sleek, exterior design of the new Empire Theatres Kingston complex, scheduled to begin construction in November 2011. (CNW Group/EMPIRE THEATRES LIMITED)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110907_C8983_PHOTO_EN_2898.jpg


For further information:

Megan Parsons - Manager, Marketing & Communications
Empire Theatres Limited - Halifax
(902) 876-4830

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