GDC wins server deal with iPic Entertainment for their digital rollout

CINEMACON, Las Vegas (March 30, 2011) – GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema
solution provider, is pleased to announce today that it won a server deployment contract with iPic
Entertainment, a Florida-based entertainment company. A total of 59 units of GDC Digital Cinema Servers
were deployed at 11 sites across Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Illinois, with 46 units already installed in 2010, and the remaining 13 will be installed by April this year. Ballantyne Strong, Inc. was responsible for the equipment installation and integration, and continues to provide a reliable support service through their Network Operations Centre (NOC).

 

iPic Entertainment, founded by visionary entertainment entrepreneur Hamid Hashemi, offers an innovative new luxury entertainment concept, bringing the next-generation dining and entertainment experience to neighborhoods across America. It is a developer and operator of entertainment venues that include premium movie theatres offering a selection of high-end food and beverage, with a mission to bring people together for an exceptionally entertaining experience at an inviting and unique location.

 

Creating premier venues requires the most cutting-edge digital cinema technology, for which GDC has
remained committed to over the past 12 years. “iPic Entertainment is committed to bringing state-of-the-art technology in film presentation to iPic Theaters and Gold Class Cinemas properties,” said Mark Mulcahy, VP of Marketing, iPic Entertainment. “By using GDC’s digital servers, we are able to enhance movie lovers’ cinema experience with the best in digital projection.”

 

The iPic deal is GDC’s latest success in the North American market following a plethora of deployment contracts secured there recently. “We are delighted to see another exhibitor joining our growing list of satisfied customers in the all important North American market where digital conversion is fast gaining momentum,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “iPic is an innovator who is sensitive to emerging market trends as is GDC. We feel excited to work with iPic in bringing the best in digital cinema entertainment to patrons.”

 

“Working closely with one of our largest resellers – Strong provides iPic Entertainment the highest level of support and service required by a cinema of this calibre.” Dr. Man-Nang Chong, added. Ray Boegner, Senior Vice President of Ballantyne Strong echoed Dr. Chong’s enthusiasm, “GDC has been a great partner for Strong. We are pleased to work with iPic Entertainment, who owns prestigious cinema complexes and offers the movie-going public something very special. Furthermore, it is extremely satisfying to work with iPic. They understand the quality their customers have come to expect, and they have realized that Strong and GDC’s products and services meet such expectations”.

 

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About GDC Technology (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology (“GDC”) is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong publicly listed company – Global Digital Creations Holdings Limited. GDC is one of the leading solution providers for digital cinema, media delivery and display markets. GDC has successfully delivered and installed over 1000 operating digital cinema servers worldwide, including Austria, Africa, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the US and UK. More than 500 feature titles have been released digitally on GDC’s Digital Cinema Servers.

 

About iPic Entertainment (www.iPictheaters.com)
Boca Raton, Florida-based iPic Entertainment is a developer and operator of entertainment destinations,
operating unique venues that include premium movie theaters, restaurants and stylized bowling centers, usingcutting-edge technology to provide a great entertainment experience. iPic Entertainment operates eight theaters with 51 screens under the iPic Theaters and Gold Class Cinemas names in Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Illinois with additional screens in various stages of development throughout the United States. 

 

About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.strong-world.com)
Ballantyne Strong is a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services as well as cinema screens, motion picture projectors and specialty lighting equipment and services. The Company is a supplier to major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world.

GDC Media Contact:
Laura Matthews
Email: laura.matthews@gdc-tech.com

iPic Entertainment Media Contact:
Jacqi Moore
Email: jmoore@golinharris.com

Ballantyne Strong Media Contact:
Kevin Herrmann
Tel: (1) 402-453-4444

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