Garth Brooks concert to be simulcast live to Empire Theatres on November 14

    HALIFAX, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - For one night in November, fans of Garth Brooks
will have the opportunity to see the legendary performer, with special guest
Trisha Yearwood, at a venue just minutes from their homes. On Wednesday,
November 14th, Brooks will play his final concert in a sold-out series of
nine, originating from the brand new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The concert will be simulcast live to 24 Empire Theatres locations, in
association with National CineMedia's FATHOM. The performance is being
presented by Sprint, and captured and distributed by Horse of Troy Productions
Inc., Jon Small/Picture Vision and AEG Network LIVE.
    "It's things like this that make me praise technology. The gift that AEG
and participating theatres have given me is to be able to go on a virtual tour
without leaving home. How does it get any better than that?" said Garth
    All tickets will be priced at $10 plus tax and are on sale now.
Participating theatre locations, additional information and online ticket
purchasing is available at
    Tickets to the concert at Sprint Center sold out immediately when they
went on sale. An additional eight shows were added and a total of
159,779 tickets were sold in one hour and 58 minutes, tying Brooks' own
personal record for selling the highest number of tickets in any city in North
    "We know that there are huge Garth Brooks fans from St. John's to
Vancouver and we are excited to be bringing this unbelievable event to
Canadians coast to coast. The energy at our theatres when he hits the stage
will be explosive," said Dean Leland, vice president of Marketing and Media
for Empire Theatres.
    "Garth Brooks' fans have been waiting for this night for a long time and
we're excited to bring this extraordinary event to movie theatres in local
communities nationwide and in Canada," said Dan Diamond, vice president of
National CineMedia's Fathom. "For many, seeing Garth in the theatres may be
their only chance to see this remarkable performer in action."
    "No artist today means more to his millions of fans worldwide than Garth
Brooks," said Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO, AEG. "Whether you
experience the concert in Sprint Center or in one of the theatres, it will
truly be one of the great nights of music ever experienced."
    Brooks, who hasn't toured since 1998, made country music history in
September when his new single, "More Than a Memory," debuted at Number One on
Billboard's Country Singles chart. Garth Brooks "The Ultimate Hits" will be
available in all stores where music is sold on November 6th.

    About Empire Theatres Limited

    Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company
Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, NS and regional offices
in Halifax, NS, Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB. Empire Theatres owns and operates
51 theatres (including one IMAX Theatre in Halifax NS) 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 3,000 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent
employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic

    About National CineMedia

    National CineMedia (NCM) LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre
network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding
members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE:   CNK) and Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE:   RGC), the three largest theatre operators in the
U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators.
NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and
lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other
entertainment programming content. NCM LLC's national network includes over
14,000 screens of which over 12,300 are part of the company's Digital Content
Network (DCN). NCM LLC's DCN covers 156 Designated Market Areas(R) (49 of the
top 50). During 2006, approximately 550 million patrons attended movies shown
in theatres owned by the NCM LLC founding members (excluding Loews). National
CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NCMI) owns a 44.8% interest in and is the managing
member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit

    About AEG

    AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the
world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or
controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center
(Los Angeles, CA), NOKIA Theatre Times Square, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie
(TX), the El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), the WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA),
Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential
Center (Newark, NJ) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern
part of London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000 seat arena and
over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; sports franchises throughout
the world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL),
the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS) in addition to overseeing
privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG
developed and operates The Home Depot Center, a $150 million national training
facility on the Campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in
Carson, California designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site" by
the United States Olympic Committee that includes major facilities for soccer,
tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, action sports, beach
volleyball, basketball and other sports. AEG's live entertainment division,
AEG LIVE is one of the world's leading concert promotion and touring
    AEG is overseeing the development of L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot /
$2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district
featuring NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat state-of-the-art live theatre,
a 54-story, 1001-room convention center "headquarters" hotel, Club NOKIA a
2,400 capacity live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, "broadcast"
facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant, residential and
office space along with additional arenas, O2 World, on a 45-acre site in the
heart of Berlin, Citizen's Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and in
Las Vegas, Nevada.

    About AEG Network LIVE-AEG Live

    AEG Network LIVE is the division of AEG LIVE responsible for creating,
marketing and distributing digital programming on broadband, cinema, wireless,
television, DVD and other platforms worldwide. AEG Network LIVE has completed
successful tour & CD launch campaigns for AEG Live clients including Bon Jovi,
Rod Stewart & Prince. Recently AEG Network LIVE worked with Linkin Park and
Warner Brothers Records on the release of the Minutes to Midnight CD release
with AOL Music and NCM which resulted in record CD and digital download sales.
AEG Live is the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles based AEG is
dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a
variety of programming and multi-media production. One of the largest concert
promotion and touring companies in the world, AEG Live is comprised of special
event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, and operates and owns numerous
state of the art venues nationwide. Current AEG Live tours and productions
include Celine Dion A New Day... at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and
"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," an international tour of the
artifacts of King Tut. Recent and current promoted concert tours include
Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Bon Jovi, Usher, Nickelback,
Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney. AEG Live also co-produces the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Goldenvoice, the company's southern
California-based regional promotion division, created and operates the award
winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The performances being
distributed live by Garth Brooks & AEG Network LIVE for digital cinema and
other outlets.

For further information:

For further information: Dean Leland, Empire Theatres, (902) 876-4844,; Michelle Mikoljak, Fleishman-Hillard for AEG,
(213) 489-8213,; Nancy Seltzer, Nancy Seltzer
and Assoc. for Garth Brooks, (323) 938-3562,

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