FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cinemark Presents Exclusive Release of Academy Award-Winning "Ben-Hur" Re-mastered
Cinemark and Warner Bros. Pictures Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of
"Ben-Hur" with one-day theatrical events offered in Cinemark XD
Plano, TX- Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leading motion picture exhibitor, is proud to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer movie-goers the opportunity to see the exclusive release of "Ben-Hur," one day only, Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. The beloved, iconic film has been digitally re-mastered and will be shown in six select Cinemark locations - all on Cinemark XD screens. Those locations include (listed by DMA markets):
"Cinemark is thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures on the exclusive release of the Academy Award-winning "Ben-Hur," stated James Meredith, VP of Marketing and Communication at Cinemark. "This film has been well-loved for half a century and will give movie-goers the chance to now see it, bigger and better, on Cinemark's extremely popular XD screens."
For many, this XD presentation will be the only time to experience the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting Academy Award-winning film. The film boasts 100,000 costumes, 15,000 extras and 300 individual sets. With its $15 million budget that, at the time, was the most expensive in MGM's history, "Ben-Hur" is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished Biblical-era epics ever made. Based on Lew Wallace's best-selling novel and adapted by Karl Tunber, "Ben-Hur" stars Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell and Sam Jaffe. Best Director Oscar-winner, William Wyler, masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular. The film ranks #13 in all-time box office when adjusted for inflation (source: Box Office Mojo).
The movie was filmed in a process known as MGM Camera 65, one of the widest prints ever made, with a width almost three times its height. This allowed for spectacular panoramic shots and bold action sequences. Even by today's standards, "Ben-Hur's" now legendary chariot race still astonishes viewers. The lack of computer-generated effects, the visually stunning MGM Camera 65 process, and excellent cinematography all make that scene one of the most memorable in modern cinema. For this release, "Ben-Hur" has undergone a $1 million restoration, making this the highest resolution restoration ever completed by Warner Bros. studio. The film has been rated G by the MPAA.
Advance ticket purchases and showtime information can be found at www.cinemark.com.
About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 448 theatres and 5,096 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of September 30, 2011. For more information go to http://www.cinemark.com .
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