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March 16, 2010 11:39 ET

Experience the Best of This Season's The Met: Live in HD on Mondays at Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - Back by popular demand, Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) is bringing four of the most popular Metropolitan Opera performances from the current season of The Met: Live in HD for another encore presentation. The encore performances will be shown in high-definition and surround sound on Monday evenings in April and May 2010 at select Cineplex theatres across the country. 

"We are delighted to bring back four of the most popular opera performances of this season's The Met: Live in HD series on the big screen," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "The Monday night encore performances provide audiences the opportunity to experience these great operas on the big screen for a second time around as well as the chance to experience them for the first time if they missed them earlier in the year." 

The encore performances will be shown at 6:30 pm (local time) and include:

Puccini's TOSCA – Monday, April 5th: Soprano Karita Mattila stars in the title role of acclaimed director Luc Bondy's new production. Tosca tells the story of three people – a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter and a sadistic chief of police – caught in a net of love and politics. Marcelo Ấlvarez sings Cavaradossi, George Gagnidze is Scarpia, and Joseph Colaneri conducts.

Verdi's AIDA – Monday, April 12th: Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is both a heartbreaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. A cast of powerful voices and a grand production bring the story to life on the Met stage (and on the HD screen). Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess, with Dolora Zajick as her rival, Amneris. Johan Botha plays Radamès, commander of the Egyptian army, and Daniele Gatti conducts. Among the score's highlights is the celebrated Triumphal March.

Puccini's TURANDOT – Monday May 3rd: Director Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production of Puccini's last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess in the title role, whose hatred of men is so strong that all suitors who can't solve her riddles are beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous "Nessun dorma". Andris Nelson conducts.

Bizet's CARMEN – Monday, May 10th: Rising conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts one of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen, in the Met's critically-acclaimed new production starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna, and directed by Olivier Award-winning British director Richard Eyre.

Advance tickets are now available online at www.cineplex.com/events as well as at participating theatre box offices. A special group rate is also available for groups of 20 or more. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461 or email corporatesales@cineplex.com.

Cineplex Entertainment will present the encore performances at the following theatres:

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Coquitlam
SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas (reserved seating), 170 Schoolhouse Street
Richmond
SilverCity Riverport Cinemas (reserved seating), 14211 Entertainment Way
Vancouver
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver (reserved seating), 900 Burrard Street
Victoria
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas (reserved seating), 3130 Tillicum Road
 
ALBERTA
Calgary
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Edmonton
Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW
 
MANITOBA
Winnipeg
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street
 
SASKATCHEWAN
Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N
Saskatoon
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue
 
ONTARIO
Etobicoke
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas (reserved seating), 1025 The Queensway
Gloucester
SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas (reserved seating), 2385 City Park Drive
Kingston
Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas (reserved seating), 626 Gardiners Road
London
SilverCity London Cinemas (reserved seating), 1680 Richmond Street
Oakville
SilverCity Oakville Cinemas (reserved seating), 3531 Wyecroft Road
Ottawa
Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas (reserved seating), 3090 Carling Avenue
Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas (reserved seating), 4861 Yonge Street
 
QUEBEC
Beauport
Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas (reserved seating), 825 rue Clemenceau
Brossard
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas (reserved seating), 9350 boul. Leduc
Kirkland
Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas (reserved seating), 3200 rue Jean Yves
Laval
Colossus Laval Cinemas (reserved seating), 2800 rue Cosmodôme
Montreal
Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas (reserved seating), 350 rue Emery

For more information, visit www.cineplex.com/events.

About Cineplex Entertainment

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,347 screens serving approximately 70 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 approximately 10,000 employees, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 99.6% 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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