Frank Theatres selects GDC Technology for digital cinema conversion
CINEMACON, Las Vegas(April 26, 2012)–GDC Technology (“GDCTech”), a world-leading digital cinema solution provider, announced today Frank Theatres (“Frank”), a division of the Frank Family Entertainment Group, has selected GDC SX–2000A Digital Cinema Servers with Integrated Media Block (“IMB”) for its digital conversion with NEC projectors. This deployment covers close to 80 renovated and redesigned screens and an additional 36 newly constructed screens, which will be completed by the end of 2012 or by mid-2013 respectively.
Celebrating 100 years of “bringing families together”, the Frank Family Entertainment Group was founded in 1906 by Samuel Frank of Philadelphia, PA. The Company has owned, operated, developed, and managed over 150 entertainment businesses. Frank, incorporated in 1921, introduced “talkie films” to the Philadelphia area. It built the first “Twin” theatre in the United States in 1966 and developed the Towne 16 Stadium Cinema in 1986, which was one of the earliest Mega–Plex Cinemas in New Jersey which reintroduced stadium seating backs. Frank is dedicated to providing a movie–going experience that is first class, currently operating 256 screens in 25 theatres located across the East Coast of the United States.
“We’re always open to exploring new technologies that can enhance our customers’ experience when they visit our theatres,” said Bruce Frank, President and CEO of FrankTheatres.“GDC servers pave the way for innovative digital technology which is a perfect match for what we want to be able to accomplish moving our circuit into the future.”
Entertainment Supply & Technologies(“ES&T”) is supplying all-digital projection and sound equipment, as well as GDC servers to Frank for its digital migration. “The GDC Tech team has been an exceptional supply partner for ES&Tand its digital deployment for long–standing exhibitors in the cinema industry. ES&T contracts currently in production through the end of 2012 include many systems to be deployed by ES&T Technical Services using GDC servers and IMB’s as part of its digital cinema program,” said Bruce Schneiter, Vice President of Technical Services for ES&T. “We are excited about moving forward with new cinematic technologies and embrace the opportunity to provide a wonderful outcome and presentation for our exhibitor clients as well as their patrons with the move into digital cinema.”
“It’s a pleasure to have been chosen by Frank Theaters for its digital conversion. GDC Tech and Frankarebothcommitted to high-quality products that deliver the finest cinematic experience possible,” said Dr. Man–Nang Chong, founder, and CEO of GDC Tech. “GDC Tech relishes the opportunity to further develop this partnership with Frank and ES&Twho continue to demonstrate its expertise in assisting exhibitors in converting to digital.”
About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc–tech.com)
As one of the world’s leading global solution providers for digital cinema, media delivery, and display markets, GDC Technology has successfully delivered and installed digital cinema servers, projection, and 3D systems worldwide. GDC is currently the largest supplier of digital cinema servers throughout Asia and the second largest provider of digital cinema servers worldwide, serving its customers through offices in the US, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and China. GDC Tech is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
About Frank TheatresInc. (http://www.franktheatres.com)
Frank Theatres currently owns and operates 25 theatres and 256 screens in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Today, guided by 3rd generation family leadership and a seasoned management team, Frank Theatres continues its growth with upcoming projects to include sites in Delray Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Cary, NC, Holly Springs, NC, Southern Pines, NC, Kingsport, TN, Ranson, WV, and Princeton, NJ.
About Entertainment Supply & Technologies (www.ensutec.com)
Since 1978 the Entertainment Supply &Technologies management team has been serving the cinema industry as a full-service provider in the field of projection and sound and new construction project management for all Fixtures, Furniture, & Equipment (FF&E). Today, ES&T is a certified installer of DCI-approved digital equipment which includes installation and preventative maintenance. The ES&T Group of companies includes its manufacturing operation for front stage screen systems and wall draperies as well as concession casework, condiment counters, and guest services millwork. Since 1995 the ES&T Management Team has provided its products and services for over 4000 newly constructed screens around the world on behalf of its domestic and international customers.
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