Cineplex Galaxy LP

Cineplex Galaxy LP

August 22, 2005 08:27 ET

Cineplex Galaxy Announces Sale of Theatres to Empire Theatres Limited

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2005) - Cineplex Galaxy LP ("Cineplex") (TSX:CGX.UN) announced today that it has agreed to sell 27 theatres with 202 screens located in Ontario and Western Canada to Empire Theatres Limited ("Empire Theatres") based in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The transaction is valued at approximately $83 million and is expected to close September 30, 2005, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

"We are delighted to announce that we have an agreement to sell the Ontario and Western Canada locations to Empire Theatres," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Galaxy. "The acquisition of Famous Players was completed on July 22, 2005 and we are delighted to have an agreement to sell the vast majority of the theatres that we are required to divest less than 30 days later" said Jacob.

Cineplex entered into a consent agreement with Canada's Commissioner of Competition in connection with the Famous Players acquisition requiring the sale of 34 theatres with a total of 282 screens located in Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec.

Stuart Fraser, President and CEO, Empire Theatres Limited said "we are very pleased with this acquisition as it enables us to further expand our presence across Canada beyond our core group of theatres located in Atlantic Canada. We look forward to operating these theatres and introducing the Empire Theatres brand to Ontario and Western Canada." As part of the agreement, Empire Theatres will offer employment to all staff currently employed in these theatres.

Cineplex and Empire Theatres have also agreed to enter into a Screen Advertising Agreement under which Cineplex Galaxy will act as Empire Theatres' sales agent for in-theatre and on-screen advertising for these acquired theatres.

Proceeds from the transaction will be used to repay a portion of the debt financing incurred in connection with the acquisition of Famous Players. The divestiture process for the remaining seven locations in Quebec continues and is expected to be announced by the end of the third quarter.

A complete listing of the theatres being sold is attached to this press release.

About Cineplex Galaxy LP:

Cineplex Galaxy LP owns, operates or has an interest in 132 theatres with1, 278 screens (after giving effect to the 34 theatres and 282 screens 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 five top-tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Coliseum, Colossus, Galaxy and Silver City. Proudly Canadian, Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 50.2% of Cineplex Galaxy 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 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 August 12, 2005, Empire Theatres currently operates 28 theatres (plus one drive-In) representing 177 screens in Atlantic Canada including one IMAX theatre in Halifax, together with an existing Joint Venture operating 4 theatres and 24 screens in Western Canada. As a result of this acquisition Empire Theatres will operate 59 theatres representing 403 screens across Canada. 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

Ontario Region

Cineplex Odeon Showcase Famous Players Jackson
Cinemas Square Cinemas
3325 Harvester Rd. 2 King St. W.
Burlington, ON Hamilton, ON

Cineplex Odeon Orleans SilverCity Kitchener
Town Centre 135 Gateway Park Dr.
250 Centrum Blvd. Kitchener, ON
Orleans, ON

Cineplex Odeon Exchange Famous Players Kings
Centre Cinemas College Cinemas
111 Albert St., 3rd Floor 262 King St. W.
Ottawa, ON Kitchener, ON

Cineplex Odeon Elgin Famous Players 8 Wellington
Mills Cinemas 983 Wellington Rd. S.
10909 Yonge St. London, ON
Richmond Hill, ON

Cineplex Odeon Square SilverCity St. Catharines
One Cinemas Pen Centre Shopping Mall
100 City Centre Dr. 221 Glendale Ave.
Mississauga, ON St. Catharines, ON

Famous Players Capitol Famous Players Rideau
Theatre Centre Cinemas
223 Princess St. 50 Rideau St.
Kingston, ON Ottawa, ON

SilverCity North York
5095 Yonge St.
North York, ON

Western Region

Famous Players Capitol 6 Cineplex Odeon Granville
805 Yates St. Cinemas
Victoria, BC 855 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC

Cineplex Odeon Oakridge Famous Players Esplanade
601 - 650 West 41st Ave. 200 W. Esplanade
Vancouver, BC N. Vancouver, BC

SilverCity Guildford Coliseum Calgary
15051 - 101st Ave. 100 - 16061 Macleod Trail S.E.
Surrey, BC Calgary, AB

SilverCity Country Hills Famous Players Gateway 8
388 Country Hills 2950 Calgary Trail S.
Blvd. N.E. Edmonton, AB
Calgary, AB

Cineplex Odeon Cineplex Odeon Edmonton
Clareview Town Centre City Centre Cinemas
4211 - 139th Ave. 10200-102nd Avenue
Edmonton, AB Edmonton, AB

Paramount Theatre Famous Players Westmount
Lethbridge Centre Cinemas
4th Ave. and 8th St. S. 2003 Westmount Shopping Centre
P.O. Box 520 111 Ave. and Groat Rd.
Lethbridge, AB Edmonton, AB

Famous Players Cineplex Odeon Grant
Capitol 4 Cinemas Park Cinemas
216 1st Ave. S. 1120 Grant Park Ave., Unit 127
Saskatoon, SK Winnipeg, MB

Contact Information

  • Cineplex Galaxy LP
    Pat Marshall
    Vice President Communications and Investor Relations
    (416) 323-6648