Carmike Cinemas, Inc., a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that the Company will open a new 10-screen entertainment complex featuring its ‘Big D’ premium experience in Yulee, Florida (S.R. 200 & Amelia Concourse, Yulee, FL 32097), Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and surrounding communities. Construction is planned to begin this month for the new location.
The new theatre will be furnished with 10 screens and have total seating capacity for more than 1,700 guests. The BigD, Carmike’s own premium large screen format experience auditorium, will seat 357 patrons. All auditoriums in the leading-edge entertainment complex will be equipped with stadium seating with comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Coastal Cinema 10 will contain large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP digital projection and digital surround sound in all auditoriums.
The facility’s upscale lobby will contain multiple concession areas featuring self-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, which pour more than 100 customized fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will also be included in the lobby area so cinemagoers will be able to escape the elements and purchase tickets with their favorite concessions at the same transaction point. The new complex also provides special services for visually and hearing impaired patrons using Sony Closed Captioning glasses (CC) as well as descriptive and amplified audio (VI & HI).
Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, “We are very excited to bring this exceptional entertainment complex to Yulee, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and the surrounding communities while providing our valued guests with the ultimate in cinema-going entertainment. Our new location will feature large format digital presentation, bigger screens, better sound and plush seating for the definitive enjoyment of all audiences. Yulee will soon join the select list of communities in ‘Hometown America’ offering Carmike’s uniquely immersive BigD large screen presentation. As part of our focus for delivering the most immersive ‘entertainment experience’ to our guests, we plan to continue expanding the number of BigD auditoriums and premium presentation choices across our circuit.”
All BigD auditoriums have wall-to-wall screens with Yulee, FL being no exception. The new BigD screen in Yulee will measure almost 60 feet wide by about three stories tall. To further enhance the premium experience, a custom QSC digital audio system will be tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels, upgradeable to 11.1 surround sound. This system is a true revolution in sound technology, with digital audio processing supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers, and 21-inch subwoofers. The BigD is powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector, which will also present 2-D entertainment. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.
About Carmike Cinemas
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema, 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. The Company has 252 theatres with 2,657 screens in 37 states. The circuit includes 37 premium large format auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating, including 22 "BigDs," 13 IMAX auditoriums and two MuviXL screens. As "America's Hometown Theatre Chain," Carmike's primary focus is mid-sized communities.