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September 02, 2014 10:37 ET

David Bowie, Vatican Museums in 3D and Vikings Headline New 'In The Gallery' Series-A Spectacular Cinematic Tour of Art Exhibits from Around the World

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 2, 2014) - Matisse in a movie theatre? It's happening this fall, as Cineplex's new In the Gallery series provides a cinematic tour of some of the top international art exhibits from around the globe.

Event films included in this ground-breaking series include: David Bowie is, The Vatican Museums in 3D, Vikings from The British Museum, and Hermitage Revealed: 250 Years in the Making, which features the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In The Gallery also includes the popular Exhibition: Great Art On Screen event films, and showcases artists such as Matisse, Vermeer, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and the Impressionists: Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir.

"Nowhere in North America will you find such a vibrant and comprehensive celebration of art and culture on the big screen," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "With In The Gallery, art lovers can access some of the greatest exhibitions from around the globe - from the comfort of their local cinema."

Tickets for In the Gallery event films are on sale now at Cineplex.com/gallery. Discounts are available on ticket purchases to three or more films in the series.

David Bowie is (September 25, 27 and November 6, 2014)

This is a documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests, including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie's ideas. The documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA winning director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Vatican Museums 3D (October 2 and 19, 2014)

Shot in the museum at night, using a mix of native 3D and with the most advanced dimensional techniques ever used in cinema, The Vatican Museums 3D is an extraordinary voyage of discovery though the most impressive and rare collection of art in the world, spanning all cultures, and all epochs, and built up over two thousand years of history. Thanks to a unique mix of native 3D and the most advanced dimensional techniques used in cinema today, audiences will immerse themselves in the greatest masterpieces of art history, experience the paintings of Caravaggio and, with unprecedented realism, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and feel swathed by the figures in the Sistine Chapel.

VIKINGS from The British Museum (November 2 and 5, 2014)

This is the first major exhibition of Vikings at the British Museum in more than 30 years, featuring many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK, alongside important Viking Age artifacts from the British Museum's own collection and elsewhere in Britain and Ireland. This exhibition will be the first in The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, part of the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre that opened in 2014. The exhibition has been developed with the National Museum of Denmark and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late 8th century to the early 11th century.

Hermitage Revealed: 250 Years in the Making (November 16 and 19, 2014)

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, holding more than three million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed, a cinematic must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia. Hermitage Revealed takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the museum's tumultuous history from imperial palace to state museum and offers unprecedented access to special collections. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artifacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless.

EXHIBITION: GREAT ART ON SCREEN

MATISSE From the Tate Modern (December 11 and 14, 2014)

Audiences are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary about this blockbuster exhibition with presenter Francine Stock and Tate Director Nicholas Serota, plus breathtaking new performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician, Courtney Pine. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates.

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and other treasures from the Mauritshuis Museum in the Netherlands (January 18 and 28, 2015)

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art. Even today, its recent world tour garnered huge queues lining up for the briefest glimpse of its majestic beauty. In Japan, 1.2 million people saw the exhibition. Yet the painting itself is surrounded in mystery. This beautifully filmed new documentary seeks to investigate the many unanswered questions associated with this extraordinary piece. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

REMBRANDT from the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
(February 18 and March 1, 2015)

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major new show hosted by London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition while interweaving Rembrandt's life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.

VINCENT VAN GOGH - A New Way of Seeing (April 15 and 26, 2015)

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of van Gogh's death. Experience the wonder of seeing van Gogh's legendary masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other.

THE IMPRESSIONISTS (May 28 and May 31, 2015)

Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir are some of the world's most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? What lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major new exhibition focusing on the man credited with inventing Impressionism as we know it: 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. This eagerly anticipated international exhibition is possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history.

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About Cineplex:

Cineplex Inc. ("Cineplex") is one of Canada's leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming (Front Row Centre Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions, Cineplex Digital Networks, and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices. Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE - Canada's largest entertainment loyalty program.

Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 163 theatres with 1,643 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex Cinemas and Cineplex VIP Cinemas. Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVX, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands. Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX. More information is available at Cineplex.com.

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