Cineplex Entertainment

Motion Picture Distribution LP

Motion Picture Distribution LP

October 13, 2005 11:25 ET

Cineplex Entertainment LP and Motion Picture Distribution LP Announce Sale of University 4 Cinemas

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2005) - Cineplex Entertainment LP (TSX:CGX.UN) and Motion Picture Distribution LP (TSX:FLM.UN) jointly announced today the sale of the University 4 Cinemas, in Victoria, British Columbia, to Empire Theatres Ltd. of Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The transaction is expected to close October 21, 2005, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

University 4 Cinemas is one of four cinemas jointly owned by Motion Picture Distribution LP and Cineplex Entertainment LP and operated under the Alliance Atlantis brand. The other Alliance Atlantis brand cinemas include: Bayview Village Cinema, Beaches Cinema and Cumberland Cinema, all in Toronto, Ontario.

Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment said, "Empire' s recent acquisition of 27 of our theatres located across Canada on September 30, 2005 makes adding the University 4 Cinema to their group a perfect match. This is the second Alliance Atlantis cinema sale we have announced since completing the acquisition of Famous Players on July 22, 2005."

On September 30, 2005 the sale of the Fifth Avenue cinema in Vancouver to Festival Theatres Limited was completed.

Victor Loewy, Chief Executive Officer, Motion Picture Distribution LP said, "The Empire Theatre group has been a wonderful exhibitor of Alliance Atlantis films for many years, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in this capacity in the future."

Stuart Fraser, President, Empire Theatres Ltd. said, "This theatre is a great addition to our newly expanded theatre network. We look forward to introducing our East Coast hospitality to the West Coast, especially to the residents of Victoria." As part of the agreement, Empire Theatres will offer employment to all of the staff currently employed in this theatre.

About Cineplex Entertainment LP:

Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, operates or has an interest in 129 theatres with 1,263 screens (after giving effect to the 7 theatres and 80 screens in Quebec to be divested pursuant to a consent agreement with the Canadian Commissioner of Competition) and is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company operates theatres with the following six top-tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Coliseum, Colossus, Famous Players, Galaxy and Silver City. Proudly Canadian, Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 50.5% of Cineplex

Entertainment LP, is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund (symbol CGX.UN). More information can be found at or at

About Motion Picture Distribution LP and Movie Distribution Income Fund

Motion Picture Distribution LP is the largest distributor of motion pictures in Canada, with a growing presence in motion picture distribution in the United Kingdom and Spain. The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on video and DVD, and to television broadcasters. Unit holders of Movie Distribution Income Fund (TSX:FLM.UN) hold a minority interest in Motion Picture Distribution LP.

About Empire Theatres Limited:

Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. As of October 7, 2005, Empire Theatres owns and operates 54 theatres (plus one drive-In) representing 403 screens from coast to coast in Canada. (including one IMAX theatre in Halifax and a Joint Venture consisting of 4 theatres and 24 screens in Western Canada). As a result of this acquisition, Empire Theatres will operate 55 theatres representing 407 screens across Canada (including the Joint Venture and IMAX). Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.NV.A) is a diversified Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire' s key businesses include food distribution, real estate, theatres and corporate investment activities. More information can be found at or

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