Empire Theatres announces acquisition of two cinema complexes in Manitoba

    HALIFAX, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Empire Theatres Limited, Canada's second largest
film and entertainment company, announced today that it will acquire full
ownership of the Capitol Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba and the Southland
Theatre in Winkler, Manitoba effective October 31, 2008.
    Both theatres, currently co-owned and managed through a joint venture
with Landmark Cinemas of Canada, will be 100% owned and operated by Empire
Theatres as of the effective date.
    "It's an exciting day at Empire Theatres as we announce the addition of
these very successful operations to Empire Theatres," says Dean Leland, Vice
President of Media and Studio Relations for Empire Theatres. "We are proud to
welcome the entire management and staff of both theatres to our company.
Empire Theatres has a proven track record of being a valued employer and
valued community asset in the communities where we operate," says Leland.
    As part of the company's vision to provide the #1 entertainment
experience in the neighborhoods they serve, Empire Theatres will evaluate the
opportunity to offer additional Empire Theatres' programs and services in each
market. www.empiretheares.com will now become the main source of information
for movies and showtimes and will feature the added benefit of on-line
    "The addition of these two locations helps to strengthen our presence in
Manitoba and is an excellent complement to our Grant Park operation in
Winnipeg" says Leland.

    About Empire Theatres Limited:

    Empire Theatres Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, NS
and regional offices in Halifax, NS, Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB, is a 100%
owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited. Empire Theatres owns and operates
52 theatres, with 386 screens across Canada (including one IMAX Theatre in
Halifax) from Newfoundland to British Columbia.
    Empire Theatres is Canada's second largest and fastest growing 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.
    With approximately 2,500 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent
employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic

For further information:

For further information: Dean Leland, Vice President, Media & Studio
Relations, Empire Theatres Limited - Halifax, (902) 876-4844, Cell: (902)

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