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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Caesar and Cleopatra Hits the Big Screen in High-Definition Exclusively via Cineplex Entertainment Theatres


Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Caesar and Cleopatra

Hits the Big Screen in High-Definition

Exclusively via Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

First ever live Canadian theatrical production

to be shown on Cineplex Entertainment screens

TORONTO, ON, January 13, 2009 (CGX.UN) Cineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce the world film premiere of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra will be shown one time only on Saturday, January 31, at 1p.m., in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound exclusively at more than 80 select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country.

"We are excited to work with the Stratford Festival, Barry Avrich and CTV to bring this classic performance of Caesar and Cleopatra exclusively to our guests in communities large and small across the country," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "From the Metropolitan Opera to The National Ballet of Canada and now the Stratford Festival, Cineplex Entertainment continues to provide our guests with the best out-of-home entertainment available."

"The Cineplex release gives audiences across Canada an opportunity to see Christopher Plummer a great Canadian actor and international treasure in a role that he was born to play, along with the brilliant newcomer Nikki James as the legendary teenage queen," said Des McAnuff, Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and director of the Festival's production of Caesar and Cleopatra. "Caesar and Cleopatra is the story of the occupation of one nation by another and while it is set more than 2,000 years ago, it is surprisingly contemporary in its subject and its sharp sense of humour. I hope it will serve as a banner production to let Canadians across the country witness the great things that are happening in Stratford."

Starring the internationally renowned Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra, the play sparkles with Shaw's legendary wit. Political drama turns to comedy when veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the enchanting teenage queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. Their first encounter under a desert moon will lead to a shift in the course of history, as Cleopatra gradually overcomes her timidity to become a determined player in the game of power politics.

Executive Producers Christopher Plummer, Barry Avrich and Michael Levine worked in partnership with Bravo! to capture the stage performances of the Festival's production of Caesar and Cleopatra over three days in front of live audiences in HD and digital surround sound.

"The historic opportunity to preserve the legendary live performances in this theatrical production on film is unprecedented and an extraordinary gift for both film and theatre lovers," said Mr. Avrich, who is also Producer of the film.

Caesar and Cleopatra is presented by Bravo! and is produced by Melbar Entertainment Group. Isme Bennie is the Production Executive for Bravo! Bravo! is a division of CTV Limited.

Advance tickets are now available online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices. Admission for children ages 3 12 is $16.95 + tax, seniors is $17.95 + tax and general admission is $19.95 + tax. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more at $16.95 + tax per person. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461.

Cineplex Entertainment will present Caesar and Cleopatra at the following select theatres across the country:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas

170 Schoolhouse Street

Coquitlam, BC

SilverCity Riverport Cinemas

14211 Entertainment Way

Richmond, BC

SilverCity Victoria Cinemas

3130 Tillicum Road

Victoria, BC

Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver

900 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo

213-4750 Rutherford Road

Nanaimo, BC

Famous Players Orchard Plaza Cinemas

160-1876 Cooper Road

Kelowna, BC

Colossus Langley Cinemas

20090 91A Avenue

Langley, BC

SilverCity Mission Cinemas

32555 London Avenue

Mission, BC

Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas

700-1320 TransCanada Highway

Kamloops, BC

Famous Players 6 Cinemas

172-1600 Fifth Avenue

Prince George, BC

Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas

780 Yates Avenue

Victoria, BC

Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill Cinemas

12161 72nd Avenue

Surrey, BC

Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas

19800 Lougheed Highway

Mission, BC

Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas

200-333 Brooksbank Avenue

North Vancouver, BC

Famous Players 7 Cinemas

2306 Highway 6

Vernon, BC

ALBERTA

Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas

10330-109th Street

Grand Prairie, AB

Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat

3292 Dunmore Road SE

Medicine Hat, AB

Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge

501-1st Avenue SW

Lethbridge, AB

Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton

8882-170 Street

Edmonton, AB

Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas

91 Crowfoot Terrace NW

Calgary, AB

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas

1525-99th Street NW

Edmonton, AB

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook

6455 MacLeod Trail SW

Calgary, AB

Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer

357-37400 Highway #2

Red Deer, AB

Famous Players Westhills Cinemas

165 Stewart Green SW

Calgary, AB

Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas

14231 137th Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB

MANITOBA

SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas

815 St. James Street

Winnipeg, MB

SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas

160-1255 St. Mary's Road

Winnipeg, MB

SASKATCHEWAN

Galaxy Cinemas Regina

420 McCarthy Boulevard N

Regina, SK

Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert

2995 2nd Avenue

Prince Albert, SK

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon

347 2nd Avenue S

Saskatoon, SK

ONTARIO

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

259 Richmond Street W

Toronto, ON

Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande Cinemas

4861 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON

Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas

55 Bloor Street W

Toronto, ON

Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas

1025 The Queensway

Etobicoke, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie

72 Commerce Park Drive

Barrie, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph

485 Woodlawn Road W

Guelph, ON

SilverCity Oakville Cinemas

3531 Wyecroft Road

Oakville, ON

Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas

7555 Montrose Road

Niagara Falls, ON

SilverCity London Cinemas

1680 Richmond Street

London, ON

SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas

771 Golf Link Road

Ancaster, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie

293 Bay Street

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

SilverCity Burlington Cinemas

1250 Brant Street

Burlington, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Brantford

300 King George Road

Brantford, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Brockville

2399 Parkedale Avenue

Brockville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge

355 Hespeler Road

Cambridge, ON

SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas

795 Paramount Drive

Hamilton, ON

Galaxy Cinemas North Bay

300 Lakeshore Drive

North Bay, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Orillia

865 West Ridge Boulevard

Orillia, ON

Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas

417 Wellington Street

St. Thomas, ON

Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas

1450 London Road

Sarnia, ON

Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas

3090 Carling Avenue

Ottawa, ON

Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas

300 Borough Drive

Scarborough, ON

Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas

22 Lebovic Avenue

Scarborough, ON

SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas

8725 Yonge Street

Richmond Hill, ON

Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas

309 Rathburn Road W

Mississauga, ON

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas

1351 Grandview Street N

Oshawa, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough

320 Water Street

Peterborough, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo

550 King Street N

Waterloo, ON

Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas

636 Gardiners Road

Kingston, ON

Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas

3100 Howard Avenue

Windsor, ON

SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas

355 Barrydowne Road

Sudbury, ON

SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas

18151 Yonge Street

Newmarket, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall

1325 Second Street E

Cornwall, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Barrhaven

131 Riocan Avenue

Barrhaven, ON

Famous Players Belleville 8 Cinemas

160 Bell Boulevard

Belleville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood

6 Mountain Road

Collingwood, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Midland

9226 County Road 93

Midland, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville

85 Fifth Avenue

Orangeville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound

1020 10th Street

Owen Sound, ON

SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas

850 North May Street

Thunder Bay, ON

SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas

2385 City Park Drive

Gloucester, ON

QUEBEC

Starcit Montreal Cinemas

4825 ave. Pierre De Coubertin

Montreal, QC

Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas

9350 boul. Leduc

Brossard, QC

Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas

3200 rue Jean Yves

Kirkland, QC

Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke

4204 rue Bertrand

Rock Forest, QC

Scotiabank Theatre Montreal

977 rue Ste-Catherine O

Montreal, QC

Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas

1200 boul. Duplessis

St. Foy, QC

Colossus Laval Cinemas

2800 rue Cosmodme

Laval, QC

Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas

825 rue Clemenceau

Beauport, QC

OTHER LOCATIONS

Capitol Theatre

4920 - 52 St.

Yellowknife, NWT

Cinema St. Eustache

305 Avenue Mathers

St. Eustache, QC

Capitol Theatre

20 Queen Street

Port Hope, ON

Salmar Classic Theatre

360 Alexander Street

Salmon Arm, BC

Support for this project is provided by CTV/Bravo!, American Express, the Bluma Appel Community Trust, NBC Universal and Jim Doak.

About the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is the leading classical theatre in North America. Founded in 1952, the Festival presents a seven-month season of 12 to 16 plays in four theatres, featuring the works of Shakespeare and other great classical writers, as well as the best in musical theatre and contemporary drama. It welcomes more than 500,000 visitors each year between the months of April and November.

About Cineplex Entertainment LP

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,331 screens serving approximately 61 million guests annually. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment operates theatres from British Columbia to Quebec and is the largest exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country. Proudly Canadian and with a workforce of more than 8,000, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy and Famous Players including Colossus, Coliseum and SilverCity, in addition to Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 97% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.


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