Carmike Cinemas Contracts to Install 2,300 Digital Cinema Projection Systems from Christie/AIX

19 Dec, 2005, 00:00 ET from Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. and COLUMBUS, Ga., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. ("AccessIT") (Amex:   AIX) and Carmike
 Cinemas, Inc. ("Carmike") (Nasdaq:   CKEC) jointly announced today that Carmike,
 the third largest national movie theatre circuit, has executed a contract with
 AccessIT's Christie/AIX subsidiary, for the installation of up to 2,300
 Digital Cinema projection systems throughout the United States.  With this
 agreement, Carmike and Christie/AIX will begin installing 2K DCI-compliant DLP
 Cinema(R) projectors.  The rollout is scheduled to begin in January, 2006 and
 to be completed by October 31, 2007.
     "We are proud to have the opportunity to work with Carmike, not only one
 of the nation's largest theatre chains, but also one of the most
 forward-looking," commented Bud Mayo, President and Chief Executive Officer of
 AccessIT.  "It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of today's
 development as a major milestone for the industry and for our respective
 companies, and we are privileged to be a partner in this important
 undertaking.  Working together, Carmike, Christie and AccessIT are committed
 to elevating the movie going experience and to bringing the many benefits of
 digital to audiences in the months ahead."
     Michael W. Patrick, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Carmike
 Cinemas, Inc. added, "We are eagerly looking forward to launching this rollout
 with Christie/AIX.  Digital Cinema is the future of exhibition, combining
 eye-popping image quality that will dazzle moviegoers with unmatched
 programming flexibility.  This flexibility will enable our company to
 capitalize on new programming options such as 3-D, live sporting events, and
 other alternative content while continuing to present traditional movies with
 the best picture and sound possible for even the longest of runs."
     "The contract with Carmike is truly a tipping point for Digital Cinema.
 As a progressive company with clear vision, Carmike has identified Digital
 Cinema as the next growth and revenue opportunity for their business.  We are
 very pleased that they have chosen DLP Cinema(R) from Christie, a proven
 technology, to bring the digital experience to the heartland of America,"
 stated Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie USA.  "The collaborative
 efforts of DCI, the studios and the exhibition community confirm that Digital
 Cinema is no longer just a dream -- it's real, and it's here to stay."
     AccessIT's Christie/AIX unit serves as the funding vehicle and
 administrator for the company's 4,000-screen digital cinema rollout plan
 expanded significantly from the total originally announced in June 2005.
 Christie/AIX will act as the financing intermediary between content-owners --
 major studios and independent distributors, among others -- and exhibitors who
 will receive turnkey, DCI-compliant Digital Cinema systems including 2K
 projectors and related hardware and software.  Bear, Stearns & Co. acts as the
 financial advisor to AccessIT.
     A series of key developments preceded today's announcement; notably,
 formal contracts with The Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox,
 Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and most recently DreamWorks
 SKG.  Initial deployments in the plan began in late October in theatres in
 Detroit, Michigan, owned by Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and at multiple
 locations in San Diego and Riverside County (CA) multiplexes owned by
 Ultrastar Theaters, Inc.  Completion on these first 150 systems is anticipated
 before the close of the year.
     In a related development, to provide equity funding for this large-scale
 deployment, AccessIT intends to move forward with the filing of a common stock
 shelf registration in the very near future.
 
     Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (AccessIT) is an industry leader in
 offering a fully managed storage and electronic delivery service for owners
 and distributors of digital content to movie theaters and other venues.
 Supported by its robust platform of fail-safe Internet data centers, AccessIT
 is able to leverage the market-leading role of its Theatrical Distribution
 System (TDS) with its innovative digital delivery capabilities and in-theatre
 software systems to provide the highest level of technology available to
 enable the emerging Digital Cinema industry to transition from film without
 changing workflows.  For more information on AccessIT, visit
 http://www.accessitx.com.
 
     Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations,
 offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A
 leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection
 systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total
 service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of
 display technologies and solutions.  Christie offers comprehensive solutions
 for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations,
 training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well
 as industrial and government environments. For more information on Christie's
 cinema solutions and to find a theatre with Christie DLP Cinema(R) projectors,
 visit http://www.christiedigital.com.
 
     Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a premiere motion picture exhibitor in the United
 States with 307 theatres and 2,469 screens in 37 states, as of September 30,
 2005.  Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized
 communities with populations of fewer than 100,000.  Carmike's common stock is
 traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol "CKEC."  For more
 information visit Carmike's website, http://www.carmike.com.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     Investors and readers are cautioned that certain statements contained in
 this document, as well as some statements in periodic press releases and some
 oral statements of AccessIT officials during presentations about AccessIT,
 along with AccessIT 's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 including AccessIT 's registration statements, quarterly reports on Form
 10-QSB and annual report on Form 10-KSB, are "forward-looking" statements
 within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
 (the "Act").  Forward-looking statements include statements that are
 predictive in nature, which depend upon or refer to future events or
 conditions, which include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends,"
 "plans," "could," "might," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" or similar
 expressions.  In addition, any statements concerning future financial
 performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing
 business strategies or prospects, and possible future actions, which may be
 provided by AccessIT's management, are also forward-looking statements as
 defined by the Act.  Forward-looking statements are based on current
 expectations and projections about future events and are subject to various
 risks, uncertainties and assumptions about AccessIT, its technology, economic
 and market factors and the industries in which AccessIT does business, among
 other things.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and
 AccessIT undertakes no specific obligation or intention to update these
 statements after the date of this release.
 
     This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer
 to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, securities in any state or
 jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior
 to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state
 or jurisdiction.
 
     DLP Cinema(R) is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments Inc.
 
     Contact:
 
     Suzanne Tregenza Moore              Michael Glickman
     AccessIT                            The Dilenschneider Group
     55 Madison Avenue                   212.922.0900
     Suite 300
     Morristown, NJ  07960
     973.290.0080
     http://www.accessitx.com
 
     Dorina Belu
     Christie
     519.749.3323
     dorina.belu@christiedigital.com
     http://www.christiedigital.com
 
     Judy Russell
     Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
     706.576.2737
     jrussell@carmike.com
     http://www.carmike.com
 
 

SOURCE Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.
    MORRISTOWN, N.J. and COLUMBUS, Ga., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. ("AccessIT") (Amex:   AIX) and Carmike
 Cinemas, Inc. ("Carmike") (Nasdaq:   CKEC) jointly announced today that Carmike,
 the third largest national movie theatre circuit, has executed a contract with
 AccessIT's Christie/AIX subsidiary, for the installation of up to 2,300
 Digital Cinema projection systems throughout the United States.  With this
 agreement, Carmike and Christie/AIX will begin installing 2K DCI-compliant DLP
 Cinema(R) projectors.  The rollout is scheduled to begin in January, 2006 and
 to be completed by October 31, 2007.
     "We are proud to have the opportunity to work with Carmike, not only one
 of the nation's largest theatre chains, but also one of the most
 forward-looking," commented Bud Mayo, President and Chief Executive Officer of
 AccessIT.  "It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of today's
 development as a major milestone for the industry and for our respective
 companies, and we are privileged to be a partner in this important
 undertaking.  Working together, Carmike, Christie and AccessIT are committed
 to elevating the movie going experience and to bringing the many benefits of
 digital to audiences in the months ahead."
     Michael W. Patrick, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Carmike
 Cinemas, Inc. added, "We are eagerly looking forward to launching this rollout
 with Christie/AIX.  Digital Cinema is the future of exhibition, combining
 eye-popping image quality that will dazzle moviegoers with unmatched
 programming flexibility.  This flexibility will enable our company to
 capitalize on new programming options such as 3-D, live sporting events, and
 other alternative content while continuing to present traditional movies with
 the best picture and sound possible for even the longest of runs."
     "The contract with Carmike is truly a tipping point for Digital Cinema.
 As a progressive company with clear vision, Carmike has identified Digital
 Cinema as the next growth and revenue opportunity for their business.  We are
 very pleased that they have chosen DLP Cinema(R) from Christie, a proven
 technology, to bring the digital experience to the heartland of America,"
 stated Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie USA.  "The collaborative
 efforts of DCI, the studios and the exhibition community confirm that Digital
 Cinema is no longer just a dream -- it's real, and it's here to stay."
     AccessIT's Christie/AIX unit serves as the funding vehicle and
 administrator for the company's 4,000-screen digital cinema rollout plan
 expanded significantly from the total originally announced in June 2005.
 Christie/AIX will act as the financing intermediary between content-owners --
 major studios and independent distributors, among others -- and exhibitors who
 will receive turnkey, DCI-compliant Digital Cinema systems including 2K
 projectors and related hardware and software.  Bear, Stearns & Co. acts as the
 financial advisor to AccessIT.
     A series of key developments preceded today's announcement; notably,
 formal contracts with The Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox,
 Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and most recently DreamWorks
 SKG.  Initial deployments in the plan began in late October in theatres in
 Detroit, Michigan, owned by Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and at multiple
 locations in San Diego and Riverside County (CA) multiplexes owned by
 Ultrastar Theaters, Inc.  Completion on these first 150 systems is anticipated
 before the close of the year.
     In a related development, to provide equity funding for this large-scale
 deployment, AccessIT intends to move forward with the filing of a common stock
 shelf registration in the very near future.
 
     Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (AccessIT) is an industry leader in
 offering a fully managed storage and electronic delivery service for owners
 and distributors of digital content to movie theaters and other venues.
 Supported by its robust platform of fail-safe Internet data centers, AccessIT
 is able to leverage the market-leading role of its Theatrical Distribution
 System (TDS) with its innovative digital delivery capabilities and in-theatre
 software systems to provide the highest level of technology available to
 enable the emerging Digital Cinema industry to transition from film without
 changing workflows.  For more information on AccessIT, visit
 http://www.accessitx.com.
 
     Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations,
 offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A
 leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection
 systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total
 service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of
 display technologies and solutions.  Christie offers comprehensive solutions
 for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations,
 training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well
 as industrial and government environments. For more information on Christie's
 cinema solutions and to find a theatre with Christie DLP Cinema(R) projectors,
 visit http://www.christiedigital.com.
 
     Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a premiere motion picture exhibitor in the United
 States with 307 theatres and 2,469 screens in 37 states, as of September 30,
 2005.  Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized
 communities with populations of fewer than 100,000.  Carmike's common stock is
 traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol "CKEC."  For more
 information visit Carmike's website, http://www.carmike.com.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     Investors and readers are cautioned that certain statements contained in
 this document, as well as some statements in periodic press releases and some
 oral statements of AccessIT officials during presentations about AccessIT,
 along with AccessIT 's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 including AccessIT 's registration statements, quarterly reports on Form
 10-QSB and annual report on Form 10-KSB, are "forward-looking" statements
 within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
 (the "Act").  Forward-looking statements include statements that are
 predictive in nature, which depend upon or refer to future events or
 conditions, which include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends,"
 "plans," "could," "might," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" or similar
 expressions.  In addition, any statements concerning future financial
 performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing
 business strategies or prospects, and possible future actions, which may be
 provided by AccessIT's management, are also forward-looking statements as
 defined by the Act.  Forward-looking statements are based on current
 expectations and projections about future events and are subject to various
 risks, uncertainties and assumptions about AccessIT, its technology, economic
 and market factors and the industries in which AccessIT does business, among
 other things.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and
 AccessIT undertakes no specific obligation or intention to update these
 statements after the date of this release.
 
     This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer
 to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, securities in any state or
 jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior
 to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state
 or jurisdiction.
 
     DLP Cinema(R) is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments Inc.
 
     Contact:
 
     Suzanne Tregenza Moore              Michael Glickman
     AccessIT                            The Dilenschneider Group
     55 Madison Avenue                   212.922.0900
     Suite 300
     Morristown, NJ  07960
     973.290.0080
     http://www.accessitx.com
 
     Dorina Belu
     Christie
     519.749.3323
     dorina.belu@christiedigital.com
     http://www.christiedigital.com
 
     Judy Russell
     Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
     706.576.2737
     jrussell@carmike.com
     http://www.carmike.com
 
 SOURCE  Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.