Kansas City, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2011) - AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today announces that the world's most popular opera, "Carmen," will be available for the first time ever in spectacular RealD 3D with the release of the feature film event CARMEN IN 3D at 167 AMC theatres in 47 markets beginning March 4.
"We are pleased to showcase this ground-breaking production of CARMEN IN 3D to guests across our circuit of theatres," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC. "AMC guests crave unique entertainment experiences and the opera is one genre they love. CARMEN IN 3D is the perfect event for both life-long opera fans and first-timers!"
A co-production of RealD and London's internationally renowned Royal Opera House, CARMEN IN 3D is the first ever opera shot live and released in theatres in 3D. CARMEN IN 3D gives viewers the best seat in the house, taking them on a magic carpet ride into the heart of the performance immersing them as never before into this exciting story of love, jealousy and betrayal.
Georges Bizet's "Carmen" has been captivating audiences since its debut in 1875. This modern production, filmed in 3D during live performances at the Royal Opera House, is a feature film depicting acclaimed director Francesca Zambello's updated interpretation of the opera classic. CARMEN IN 3D was directed for cinema by Julian Napier and produced by Phil Streather, with memorable performances by Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don José), Aris Argiris (Escamillo) and conducted by Constantinos Carydis. The film is available with subtitles in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese where applicable.
For more information about CARMEN IN 3D, to see a list of participating theatres and to buy tickets, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/carmenin3d
About RealD Inc.
RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD display, active and passive eyewear, RealD Format and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content. RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. www.RealD.com.
About the Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Each year, approximately 300 performances are given on the main stage and a further 250 on other stages within the iconic Covent Garden building. Each summer, three performances are relayed to outdoor screens across the United Kingdom as part of the BP Summer Big Screens, and other performances of both opera and ballet are screened in cinemas across the world. The Royal Opera House also runs a comprehensive education and community engagement program reaching more than 140,000 people each year. www.roh.org.uk.
About AMC Entertainment Inc.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., AMC Entertainment Inc. is a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company. With a history of industry leadership and innovation dating back to 1920, the company today serves hundreds of millions of guests annually through interests in 361 theatres with 5,203 screens in five countries. www.AMCTheatres.com.
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