CALGARY, (MMD Newswire) October 31, 2013 -- Landmark Cinemas Canada confirmed today they have proceeded with the original acquisition and transition of 20 Empire Theatres, as well as the additional acquisition and transition of two Empire Theatres in Ontario (Whitby and Kanata) that were previously listed in the original Cineplex Cinemas purchase. The total acquisition of the 22 Empire Theatres provides Landmark Cinemas with an additional 227 screens in Western Canada and Ontario.
Neil Campbell, COO and Partner of Landmark Cinemas Canada stated, "Receiving the No Action Letter ("NAL") from the Commissioner of Competition has now enabled our company the opportunity to extend our special movie going experience to guests in communities we have wanted to be part of for many years."
Along with the 22-theatre acquisition, Landmark Cinemas Canada has also agreed to take on a management contract for the Empire Theatres Ottawa 7 in downtown Ottawa.
"Due to the many letters, emails and phone calls we have received, we know many guests in Ottawa will be happy to hear that we will run Empire Theatres Ottawa 7 until December 31, 2013. By this time we hope to conclude on how to move forward with this important community theatre."
The new combined geographic footprint for Landmark Cinemas Canada, which now includes a total of 54 theatres with 359 screens, featuring five IMAX ®, one Xtreme and three Extra branded theatres throughout Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon Territory, makes Landmark Cinemas the second largest theatre chain in Canada and the tenth largest in North America; based on statistics from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).
Campbell concludes, "My partners and I agree this is a great Canadian business story. This deal worked out because so many people believed in it. We are grateful for all the support we have received throughout this negotiation to make our dream a reality."
The Empire Theatres involved in the Landmark Cinema's acquisition were closed today in preparation for the transition to the new ownership. Landmark Cinemas will open their 23 acquired theatres tomorrow, Thursday, October 31, 2013 for evening shows and then to full operational hours effective November 1, 2013.
"Not only did we acquire great theatres from this acquisition, we also acquired some amazing talent." says Campbell. "We want to welcome to our Landmark Cinemas team, Rob Wales as Senior Director, Filmed Entertainment and this year's Canadian Picture Pioneer of the Year; Phillip May, Director, Filmed Entertainment; Daron Wong, Vice President, Information Technology; Ryan Dion, Salvatore Ruggiero and Brooks LeBouef, Directors of Theatre Operations for Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, parts of British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory; Jay Stewart and Brenda Edwards, Corporate Sales; James Mason, Director, Food Services; Chris Goyette, Director, Technical Services as well as thousands of enthusiastic Cast Members; theatre level management Team Members and General managers. We are also very proud to announce that Alan Lui brings his studio experience to Landmark Cinemas as our new Director of Distributor Relations."
Campbell continues to say, "along with acquiring key talent, we would like to announce changes in management at Landmark Cinemas Canada head office. Kevin Norman is now Vice President, Filmed Entertainment; Debbie Payne has been promoted to Director, Filmed Entertainment; Nathan Cooney is now Vice President of Operations; Jeff Maughan and Lindsay Thorburn have both been promoted to Director of Theatre Operations for Alberta and British Columbia. Fran Holy is now Vice President, Marketing and Communications. Luiza Tilihoiu is Vice President, Finance; Sherry Chappell, is Vice President, Administration and Eldon Wilson is now Vice President of King Cinema Services.
"Our focus will continue to be what it always has been – ensuring that our customers get the best movie going experience there is. From clear onscreen digital projection, to immersive sound, relaxing seats and great popcorn, Landmark Cinemas knows how to make that kind of movie experience happen!"
Branding name changes to the existing Empire theatres will begin to roll out in 2014. Empire Theatre gift certificates, vouchers and tickets will all be accepted and redeemable at all transitioned Empire Theatres under the Landmark Cinemas ownership.
The complete list of Empire Theatres included in the Landmark Cinemas acquisition and the new theatre names are:
(Ontario) Landmark Cinemas 7 Bolton, Landmark Cinemas 10 Square One, Mississauga, Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square, Hamilton, Landmark Cinemas 10 Kingston, Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener, Landmark Cinemas 10 Waterloo, Landmark Cinemas 8 London, Landmark Cinemas 24 Whitby, Landmark Cinemas 24 Kanata, Landmark Cinemas 10 Orleans, Landmark Cinemas 10 Pen Centre, St. Catharines, Landmark Cinemas 7 Ottawa (management contract)
(Alberta) Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills, Calgary, Landmark Cinemas 10 Shawnessy, Calgary, Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre, Edmonton, Landmark Cinemas 7 Spruce Grove, Landmark Cinemas 10 Clareview, Edmonton.
(B.C.) Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade, North Vancouver, Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford, Surrey, Landmark Cinemas 4 University Heights, Victoria
(Manitoba) Landmark Cinemas 9 Brandon, Landmark Cinemas 5 Winkler, Landmark Cinemas 8 Grant Park, Winnipeg.
ABOUT LANDMARK CINEMAS CANADA
Landmark Cinemas Canada is the second largest motion picture theatre exhibition company in Canada, and 10th largest in North America. Landmark Cinemas owns and operates 54 theatres with 359 screens, including five IMAX®, four 'Extra' and the new extra large 'Xtreme' screen theatre, featuring the first installation in Canada of Barco's Auro 11.1 3D immersive sound. Landmark Cinemas provides state of the art digital movie going experiences, including the best box office hits and alternative content.
Located now throughout Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon Territory, we are proud of our ability to be engaged in our communities at the local level.
The corporate headquarters for Landmark Cinemas Canada are located in Calgary, Alberta. With approximately 1600 employees, Landmark Cinemas is proud to provide excellent employment opportunities in an exciting and energetic industry.
For further information, please contact:
Neil Campbell COO / Partner Landmark Cinemas of Canada (403) 262-4255 x 222 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran Holy Vice President, Marketing & Communications Landmark Cinemas Canada P. (403) 262-4255 x 228 C. (403) 968-9631 email@example.com
Landmark Cinemas Canada 14505 Bannister Road SE, Suite 100, Calgary, Alberta T2X 3J3