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August 19, 2009 07:00 ET

Escape to the Ultimate Stage Spectacle The Met: Live in HD at Select Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

Advance tickets for 2009-10 series available Friday, August 21st

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2009) - Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) is showcasing another great season of opera! Now in its fourth season, the wildly popular and award-winning The Met: Live in HD series continues with nine live opera performances for the 2009-10 season. Shown in High Definition and Digital Surround Sound, all nine performances start at 1 pm EST beginning with Puccini's Tosca on Saturday, October 10, 2009 and, for the first time, guests will be able to enjoy reserved seating at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres.

"We are pleased to have The Met: Live in HD series return for a fourth season to Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country. The series has captivated our guests and their interest continues to grow with the performances becoming a familiar ritual on Saturday afternoons at our theatres," said Pat Marshall, Vice-President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "This year, we have once again expanded the number of theatre locations by 10 per cent and, for the first time ever, added reserved seating at select locations as an added convenience for our guests to experience world class opera."

Beginning Friday, September 4th individual tickets are available online at www.cineplex.com/events as well as at participating theatre box offices. Admission prices vary by location. SCENE and Met Opera members enjoy priority access with an exclusive advance ticket window for the 2009-10 series beginning Friday, August 21st at participating theatre box offices. Membership in the SCENE program is free and guests can apply online at www.scene.ca. For information on The Met Opera in New York or to obtain tickets or membership information, visit www.metopera.org/hdlive or call 1-800-Met-Opera (1-800-638-6737).

Season tickets can be purchased in person only at any of the participating theatres. Guests that purchase season tickets for all nine performances will receive a 15% discount off the purchase price, a 10% discount when purchasing tickets to any five or more performances and a 5% discount when purchasing tickets to any three or more performances. 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.

Beginning Saturday, October 10th, the following performances will be shown live from New York at 1 pm EST at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres:

Saturday, October 10, 2009: TOSCA - Director James Levine, who conducts this new production of Puccini's 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. Soprano Karita Matilla sings the title role for the first time outside her native Finland, Marcelo Alvarez as Cavaradossi and Juha Uusitalo as Scarpia.

Saturday, October 24, 2009: AIDA - Set in ancient Egypt, Verdi's Aida is both a heartbreaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess, with Dolora Zajick as her rival. Johan Botha plays Radames, commander of the Egyptian army and Daniele Gatti conducts. Among the score's highlights is the celebrated Triumphal March.

Saturday, November 7, 2009: TURANDOT- Director Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production of Puccini's last opera is a favourite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can't solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calaf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous "Nessun dorma".

Saturday, December 19, 2009: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN - Offenbach's fictionalized take on the life and loves of the German romantic writer E.T.A Hoffmann is a fascinating psychological journey. Met Music Director James Levine conducts a stellar cast including Anna Netrebko as the tragic Antonia, Kate Lindsey as the ambiguous Nicklausse and Alan Held as the demonic four villains. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs this new production.

Saturday, January 9, 2010: DER ROSENKAVALIER - Strauss's comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renee Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover. Music Director James Levine conducts a cast that also includes Kristinn Sigmundsson and Thomas Allen.

Saturday, January 16, 2010: CARMEN - One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen "is about sex, violence and racism - and its corollary: freedom," says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet's drama. Elina Garanca plays the seductive gypsy of the title in her role debut, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Jose.

Saturday, February 6, 2010: SIMON BOCCANEGRA - Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Placido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi's gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving and tragic story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts.

Saturday, March 27, 2010: HAMLET - Simon Keenlyside and Natalis Dessay bring their extraordinary acting and singing skills to two of the Bard's most unforgettable characters in this new production of Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet. For the role of Ophelia, the French composer created an extended mad scene that is among the greatest in opera.

Saturday, May 1, 2010: ARMIDA - This mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers. Renee Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini's version, opposite no fewer than six tenors. Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman returns to direct this new production of a work she describes as "a buried treasure, a box of jewels".

Cineplex Entertainment will also be showing encore presentations at select theatre locations at 1 pm EST for guests who may not be able to attend the live transmission or who simply want to watch it again. The encore presentation schedule is as follows:



Saturday, October 31, 2009 - Puccini's Tosca
Saturday, November 21, 2009 - Verdi's Aida
Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Puccini's Turandot
Saturday, January 23, 2010 - Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier
Saturday, March 13, 2010 & Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Bizet's Carmen
Saturday, March 20, 2010 - Verdi's Simon Boccanegra
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Thomas's Hamlet
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Rossini's Armida


Cineplex Entertainment will present The Met: Live in HD at the following select theatres throughout Canada:



BRITISH COLUMBIA
SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
170 Schoolhouse Street 14211 Entertainment Way
Coquitlam, BC Richmond, BC

SilverCity Victoria Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
3130 Tillicum Road 900 Burrard Street
Victoria, BC Vancouver, BC

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas
213-4750 Rutherford Road (Reserved Seating)
Nanaimo, BC 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue
North Vancouver, BC

Colossus Langley Cinemas Famous Players 7 Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) 2306 Highway 6
20090 91A Avenue Vernon, BC
Langley, BC

Famous Players 6 Cinemas Famous Players Orchard Plaza Cinemas
172-1600 Fifth Avenue 160-1876 Cooper Road
Prince George, BC Kelowna, BC

Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas
Cinemas (Reserved Seating)
700-1320 Trans Canada Highway 780 Yates Avenue
Kamloops, BC Victoria, BC

SilverCity Mission Cinemas
32555 London Avenue
Mission, BC

ALBERTA
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer
6455 Macleod Trail SW 357-37400 Highway #2
Calgary, AB Red Deer, AB

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton
Cinemas Cinemas
1525-99th Street NW 14231 137th Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB Edmonton, AB

Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
8882-170 Street 501-1st Avenue SW
Edmonton, AB Lethbridge, AB

Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas
3292 Dunmore Road SE 10330-109th Street
Medicine Hat, AB Grand Prairie, AB

Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing
Marketplace Cinemas Cinemas
90-200 Barclay Parade SW 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW
Calgary, AB Calgary, AB

Famous Players Westhills Cinemas
165 Stewart Green SW
Calgary, AB

SASKATCHEWAN
Galaxy Cinemas Regina Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
420 McCarthy Boulevard N 347 2nd Avenue
Regina, SK Saskatoon, SK

Galaxy Cinemas Moose Jaw (NEW)
1235 Main Street N
Moose Jaw, SK

MANITOBA
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas
817 St. James Street 160-1255 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg, MB

ONTARIO
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
259 Richmond Street W 1025 The Queensway
Toronto, ON Etobicoke, ON

SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande
(Reserved Seating) Cinemas (Reserved Seating)
2300 Yonge Street 4861 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON Toronto, ON

Alliance Atlantis Beaches Cinemas Colossus Vaughan Cinemas
1651 Queen Street East (Reserved Seating)
Toronto, ON 3555 Highway 7 W
Woodbridge, ON

Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
300 Borough Drive 309 Rathburn Road W
Scarborough, ON Mississauga, ON

SilverCity Brampton Cinemas SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas
50 Great Lakes Drive (Reserved Seating)
Brampton, ON 8725 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) 18151 Yonge Street
1800 Sheppard Avenue E Newmarket, ON
Toronto, ON

Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square
Cinemas (NEW) Cinemas
3275 Highway 7 7555 Montrose Road
Markham, ON Niagara Falls, ON

Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas (NEW) Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas
15460 Bayview Avenue 1351 Grandview Street N
Aurora, ON Oshawa, ON

Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
Cinemas (Reserved Seating) 355 Barrydowne Road
626 Gardiners Road Sudbury, ON
Kingston, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas (NEW)
72 Commerce Park Drive 248 Kingston Road
Barrie, ON Ajax, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
1325 Second Street E 320 Water Street
Cornwall, ON Peterborough, ON

Galaxy Cinemas North Bay Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie
300 Lakeshore Drive 293 Bay Street
North Bay, ON Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Midland Galaxy Cinemas Orillia (NEW)
9226 County Road 93 865 West Ridge Boulevard
Midland, ON Orillia, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Brockville Famous Players Belleville 8 Cinemas
2399 Parkedale Avenue 160 Bell Boulevard
Brockville, ON Belleville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas
1020 10th Street 3100 Howard Avenue
Owen Sound, ON Windsor, ON

Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
417 Wellington Street 550 King Street N
St. Thomas, ON Waterloo, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge
85 Fifth Avenue 355 Hespeler Road
Orangeville, ON Cambridge, ON

SilverCity Oakville Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
(Reserved Seating) 485 Woodlawn Road W
3531 Wyecroft Road Guelph, ON
Oakville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood Galaxy Cinemas Milton (NEW)
6 Mountain Road 1175 Maple Avenue
Collingwood, ON Milton, ON

SilverCity Burlington Cinemas SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (NEW)
1250 Brant Street 795 Paramount Drive
Burlington, ON Stoney Creek, ON

SilverCity London Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Westmount & VIP
(Reserved Seating) Cinemas (NEW) (Reserved Seating)
1680 Richmond Street 755 Wonderland Road S
London, ON London, ON

SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
850 North May Street 300 King George Road
Thunder Bay, ON Brantford, ON

Cineplex Odeon Barrhaven Cinemas SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
(NEW) 771 Golf Links Road
131 Riocan Avenue Ancaster, ON
Barrhaven, ON

Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) 1450 London Road
3090 Carling Avenue Sarnia, ON
Ottawa, ON

Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
2214 Bank Street 2385 City Park Drive
Ottawa, ON Gloucester, ON

QUEBEC
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
9350 boul. Leduc 1200 boul. Duplessis
Brossard, QC Ste. Foy, QC

Colossus Laval Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Montreal
(Reserved Seating) (Reserved Seating)
2800 rue Cosmodome 977 rue Ste-Catherine O
Laval, QC Montreal, QC

Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville
(Reserved Seating) 1121 Jutras Est
3200 rue Jean Yves Victoriaville, QC
Kirkland, QC

Starcite Montreal Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke
(Reserved Seating) 4204 rue Bertrand
4825 ave. Pierre de Coubertin Rock Forest, QC
Montreal, QC

Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Boucherville Cinemas
(Reserved Seating) 20 boul. de Montagne
825 rue Clemenceau Boucherville, QC
Beauport, QC

Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Galaxy Cinemas Fleur-de-Lys
Cinemas (Reserved Seating) 4520 boul. des Recollets
350 rue Emery Trois Rivieres, QC
Montreal, QC

Gatineau 9 Cinemas
120 boul. de l'Hopital
Gatineau, QC

OTHER LOCATIONS
Lux Cinema Landmark Rialto Landmark
229 Bear Street 2655 Cliffe Avenue
Banff, AB Courtenay, BC

Max Cameron Theatre Pen Mar Centre Landmark
5400 Marine Avenue 361 Martin Street
Powell River, BC Penticton, BC

Art Spring Salmar Classic Theatre
100 Jackson Avenue 360 Alexander Street
Salt Spring Island, BC Salmon Arm, BC

Rene M. Caisse Theatre Raven's Cry Theatre
100 Clearbrook Trail 5559 Sunshine Coast Highway
Bracebridge, ON Sechelt, BC

Capitol Theatre Regent
20 Queen Street 224 Main Street
Port Hope, ON Picton, ON

Cinema Elysee Capitol Theatre
160 rue Simonds nord 4920 - 52nd Street
Granby, QC Yellowknife, NWT

Carrefour 10 RGFM Drummondville
220 rue Beaudry Nord 755 rue Hains
Joliette, QC Drummondville, QC

Carrefour du Nord St-Jerome Cinema Pine
900 rue Grignon 24, rue Morin
St-Jerome, QC Sainte-Adale, QC

Cinema Jonquiere Cinema St. Eustache
2445, rue St-Dominique 305 Avenue Mathers
Jonquiere, QC St. Eustache, QC

Cinema St-Laurent Cinema Triomphe
8333 rue Industrielle 1100, rue Yves-Blais
Sorel-Tracey, QC Lachenaie, QC


For a list of theatre locations showing the encore performances, visit www.cineplex.com/events.

About The Met

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company's repertory. The Met has made a commitment to presenting modern masterpieces alongside the classic repertory, with highly theatrical productions featuring the greatest opera stars in the world.

The Met's 2009-10 season features eight new productions, four of which are Met premieres: Janacek's From the House of the Dead, Verdi's Attila, Shostakovich's The Nose, and Rossini's Armida. The other new productions are Puccini's Tosca, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Bizet's Carmen, and Thomas's Hamlet.

Building on its 78-year-old international radio broadcast history - heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network - the Met uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to reach audiences around the world.

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Met: Live in HD series returns for its fourth season in 2009-10 with nine transmissions, beginning October 10 with Tosca starring Karita Mattila and ending with Armida starring Renee Fleming on May 1. The Met recently introduced Met Player, a new subscription service that makes much of its extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public for the first time online, and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Radio broadcasts both live and rare historical performances; the Met on Rhapsody on-demand service offers audio recordings; and the Met presents free live audio streaming of performances on its website once every week during the opera season with support from RealNetworks®.

The Met has launched several audience development initiatives, including Open House dress rehearsals, a popular rush ticket program, reduced ticket prices, Gallery Met, and an annual Holiday Series presentation for families. For more information, please visit: www.metopera.org.

About Cineplex Entertainment

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 129 theatres with 1,328 screens serving more than 63.5 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 more than 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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