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November 15, 2006 16:17 ET

Cineplex Entertainment Lifts the Curtains on the "Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" at Select Canadian Theatres

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - Canadian opera fans get ready! On Friday November 17, Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) will begin selling tickets to the hottest musicals in town: six live opera performances via satellite from New York City in High Definition at twenty-eight select theatres throughout Canada.

"We are very pleased to partner with the Metropolitan Opera to bring this outstanding musical series to Canada," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment. "The combination of the Met's superb musical productions combined with our giant screens, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, High Definition and the comfort of our theatres will make these events the next best thing to actually being there."

Bringing the opera to Canada, this unique and exciting opportunity offers fans the chance to watch performances in the comfort of their local theatre. Where else can Canadian opera fans see the world premiere production of Tan Dun's The First Emperor, featuring superstar tenor Placido Domingo as he delivers his vocally beautiful arias or Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin three act opera starring world famous soprano Renee Fleming?

The following theatres will show Metropolitan Opera performances:



SilverCity Windsor Cinemas SilverCity London Cinemas
4611 Walker Road 1680 Richmond Street,
Windsor, ON London, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo Cineplex Odeon Sheppard-Grande
550 King Street N Cinemas
Waterloo, ON 4861 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON

Paramount Toronto Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
259 Richmond St. W 1025 The Queensway
Toronto, ON Etobicoke, ON

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square
1351 Grandview Street N Cinemas
Oshawa, ON 7555 Montrose Road
Niagara Falls, ON

Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
626 Gardiners Road 355 Barrydown Road
Kingston, ON Sudbury, ON

SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
850 North May Street 2385 City Park Drive
Thunder Bay, ON Gloucester, ON

SilverCity Burlington Cinemas SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas
1250 Brant Street 8725 Yonge Street
Burlington, ON Richmond Hill, ON

SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
817 St. James Street, 347 2nd Avenue
Winnipeg, MB Saskatoon, SK

Galaxy Cinemas Regina Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton
420 McCarthy Boulevard N Cinemas
Regina, SK 14231 137 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Commons Paramount Chinook Cinemas
Cinemas 6455 MacLeod Trail SW
1525 99th Street Calgary, AB
Edmonton, AB

Paramount Vancouver Cinemas SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
900 Burrard Street 170 Schoolhouse Street
Vancouver, BC Coquitlam, BC

SilverCity Riverport Cinemas SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
14211 Entertainment Way 3130 Tillicum Road
Richmond, BC Victoria, BC

Paramount Montreal Cinemas Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas
977 Ste-Catherine West 3200 Rue Jean Yves
Montreal, PQ Kirkland, PQ

Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas
9350, boul. Leduc 1200 Boul. Duplessis
Brossard, PQ Ste. Foy, PQ


Tickets are available at these theatre box offices and online at www.cineplex.com; admission for children ages 3 - 12 and seniors is $ 14.95 + tax, general admission is $19.95 + tax and advance ticket sales for general admission is $17.95 + tax.

To purchase season tickets to watch all six performances, the price is $99.95 + tax and can be purchased at any of the above mentioned theatres. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more. For more information on our group rates, call 1-800-313-4461.

"The Met has launched an array of new initiatives that are designed to broaden the public appeal of opera," says Peter Gelb, the Met's General Manager. "The company's new media partnerships and expanded union agreements provide unprecedented distribution opportunities and better ways to reach new audiences. The HD movie broadcasts provide a front row seat to the unique spectacle of live opera."

The curtains will rise on December 30(th) with the following performances being shown live from New York at Cineplex Entertainment theatres throughout Canada:



Saturday December 30, 2006 Saturday January 6, 2007
1:30 PM 1:30 PM
Mozart: The Magic Flute Bellini: I Puritani

Saturday January 13, 2007 Saturday February 24, 2007
1:30 PM 1:30 PM
Tan Dun: The First Emperor Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Saturday March 24, 2007 Saturday April 28, 2007
1:30 PM 1:30 PM
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Puccini: Il Trittico


About the Metropolitan Opera:

Under the leadership of new General Manager Peter Gelb, the Met has launched many initiatives to connect the company with a larger audience. They include: a first-ever free Open House that offered the public an opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of Madama Butterfly; an extensive Madama Butterfly transit advertising campaign in New York City during the month of September; $15 tickets (formerly $26) in the Family Circle section; the new Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Rush Ticket program that offers 200 orchestra seats deeply discounted to $20 for weekday performances, available at the box office two hours before curtain; the new Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met exhibiting contemporary art; a groundbreaking commissioning program in partnership with the Lincoln Center Theater that provides renowned composers and playwrights the resources to create and develop new works at the Met and Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater; and dynamic new content on the web site, the house program, and the Saturday matinee radio broadcasts heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. The Met recently announced the use of advanced distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to attract new audiences and reach millions of opera fans around the world. On September 25, "Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius" launched as a 24-hour satellite radio channel broadcasting live and rare historical performances. The Met presents free live streaming of performances from its website once every week with support from RealNetworks.

About Cineplex Entertainment LP:

Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases, or has a joint venture interest in 132 theatres with 1,309 screens and is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Partnership operates theatres with the following six top-tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy and Famous Players (including Coliseum, Colossus and SilverCity). Proudly Canadian, the units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 59.7% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund (symbol CGX.UN). More information can be found at cineplex.com.

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