Empire Theatres announces new 10 Screen Entertainment Complex for Ottawa

    HALIFAX, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Empire Theatres Limited, Canada's second largest
and fastest growing film and entertainment company, announces today that it
will begin development of a new 10 screen entertainment complex during the
Spring of 2009 in Orleans, Ontario. Empire Theatres Orleans will be located at
the intersection of Innes Road and Belcourt on lands owned by Trinity
Development Group Inc and will blend entertainment with technology in a
contemporary and unique design. The 41,000 square foot complex will also be
designed to permit future expansion as the market demonstrates the need for
additional screens.
    "Bringing another new state-of-the-art entertainment experience to
moviegoers in Ontario is very exciting for us at Empire Theatres," says Dean
Leland, Vice President of Media & Studio Relations. "We know local residents
will embrace the arrival of this great facility as it benefits everyone
including local businesses in and around our facility as people make it a
neighbourhood destination."
    Once fully operational (pending municipal approval process), this new and
exciting complex will complement Empire Theatres' 13 other Ontario complexes.
    "Trinity is excited to welcome Empire Theatres to our new centre in
Orleans. The opening of Empire in 2009 will only enhance the Centre's
positioning in the Orleans market," says Phil Currie, Vice President Leasing,
Trinity Development Group Inc. "Leading Tenants such as Empire Theatres will
aid Trinity's efforts to attract additional quality retailers to the ever
expanding south Orleans market."
    Empire Theatres Orleans will feature an expansive lobby, including a
mezzanine level ideal for corporate and community use. The 10 auditoriums with
stadium-style seating will feature approximately 2,100 luxurious high back
seats, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and wall-to-wall curved screens for that
perfect picture. Additionally, Empire Theatres Orleans will feature the
integration of DLP Digital Cinema Projection with 3D capability providing
crystal clear images.
    The new complex will also feature a family interactive games zone, party
rooms and a wide selection of branded foods. To enhance the movie-going
experience, easy access for purchasing tickets will be provided at
www.empiretheatres.com or at self serve ticketing kiosks in the lobby and
plenty of well lighted, free parking will be available.
    Empire Theatres Orleans will provide in excess of 100 jobs during the
construction phase and create approximately 60 jobs when the complex is fully
    "Empire Theatres has a proven track record of being a valued employer and
valued community asset in the communities where we operate," says Leland. "We
look forward to delivering the No.1 entertainment experience in Orleans."

    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

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For further information:

For further information: Dean Leland, Vice President - Media & Studio
Relations, Empire Theatres Limited - Halifax, Office: (902) 876-4844, Cell:
(902) 448-4358

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