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November 18, 2008 07:00 ET

The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker Live in High-Definition Returns Exclusively to 79 Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) - Due to the tremendous success of last year's first-ever presentation of The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker live in High-Definition (HD) returns exclusively to an expanded number of Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) theatres across the country. The one-time only presentation of The Nutcracker will be shown in select Cineplex Entertainment theatres on December 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm EST. Advance tickets are on sale now online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices.

"I am extremely proud to be able to share our production of The Nutcracker with Canadians nationwide. And this year, we will expand our reach even more, bringing this great holiday tradition to a greater number of communities across the country," says Karen Kain, Artistic Director.

"We are excited to once again present The Nutcracker to our theatre audiences across the country," says Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that should be experienced by as many people as possible and we have expanded the number of theatres to ensure everyone can enjoy it."

The Nutcracker live in HD is a three-way partnership between The National Ballet of Canada, Cineplex Entertainment and Bravo!. Following the simulcast on December 13, The Nutcracker will be broadcast on Bravo! at a later date that will be announced shortly.

The Nutcracker live in HD is presented by TD Waterhouse, with additional funding by John and Claudine Bailey.

The Nutcracker will be captured by six HD cameras at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and transmitted live via satellite to the following theatres throughout Canada:



BRITISH COLUMBIA (at 11 am PST)
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Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
700-1320 Trans Canada Highway 170 Schoolhouse Street
Kamloops, BC Coquitlam, BC

Colossus Langley Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas
20090 91A Avenue 19800 Lougheed Highway
Langley, BC Pitt Meadows, BC

Famous Players Orchard Plaza Cinemas SilverCity Mission Cinemas
160-1876 Cooper Road 32555 London Avenue
Kelowna, BC Mission, BC

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

SilverCity Riverport Cinemas Famous Players 6 Cinemas
14211 Entertainment Way 172-1600 Fifth Avenue
Richmond, BC Prince George, BC

Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver Cineplex Odeon Strawberry
900 Burrard Street Hill Cinemas
Vancouver, BC 12161 72nd Avenue
Surrey, BC

Famous Players 7 Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas
2306 Highway 6 780 Yates Avenue
Vernon, BC Victoria, BC

SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
3130 Tillicum Road
Victoria, BC

SASKATCHEWAN (at 1pm MST)
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Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert Galaxy Cinemas Regina
2995 2nd Avenue 420 McCarthy Boulevard N
Prince Albert, SK Regina, SK

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
347 2nd Avenue
Saskatoon, SK

MANITOBA (at 1pm CST)
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SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
160-1255 St. Mary's Road 817 St. James Street
Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg, MB

ALBERTA (at 12pm MST)
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Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat
6455 Macleod Trail SW 3292 Dunmore Road SE
Calgary, AB Medicine Hat, AB

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot
1525-99th Street NW Crossing Cinemas
Edmonton, AB 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW
Calgary, AB

Galaxy Cinemas Sherwood Park Cineplex Odeon North
2020 Sherwood Drive Edmonton Cinemas
Sherwood Park, AB 14231 137th Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Famous Players Westhills Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
165 Stewart Green SW 501-1st Avenue SW
Calgary, AB Lethbridge, AB

Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer
8882-170 Street 357-37400 Highway #2
Edmonton, AB Red Deer, AB

Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas
10330-109th Street
Grand Prairie, AB

ONTARIO (at 2pm EST)
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Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
4861 Yonge Street 1025 The Queensway
Toronto, ON Etobicoke, ON

Colossus Vaughan Cinemas Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas
3555 Highway 7 W 300 Borough Drive
Woodbridge, ON Scarborough, ON

SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas
8725 Yonge Street 309 Rathburn Road W
Richmond Hill, ON Mississauga, ON

SilverCity Brampton Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Devonshire
50 Great Lakes Drive Mall Cinemas
Brampton, ON 3100 Howard Avenue
Windsor, ON

Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
7555 Montrose Road 550 King Street N
Niagara Falls, ON Waterloo, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville
1020 10th Street 85 Fifth Avenue
Owen Sound, ON Orangeville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas SilverCity Oakville Cinemas
417 Wellington Street 3531 Wyecroft Road
St. Thomas, ON Oakville, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood
355 Hespeler Road 6 Mountain Road
Cambridge, ON Collingwood, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
485 Woodlawn Road W 771 Golf Links Road
Guelph, ON Ancaster, ON

SilverCity Burlington Cinemas Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas
1250 Brant Street 1450 London Road
Burlington, ON Sarnia, ON

SilverCity London Cinemas SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
1680 Richmond Street 850 North May Street
London, ON Thunder Bay, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie Cineplex Odeon Gardiners
72 Commerce Park Drive Road Cinemas
Barrie, ON 626 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON

Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall
320 Water Street 1325 Second Street E
Peterborough, ON Cornwall, 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 SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
9226 County Road 93 355 Barrydowne Road
Midland, ON Sudbury, ON

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

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
1351 Grandview Street N 2385 City Park Drive
Oshawa, ON Gloucester, ON

Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
3090 Carling Avenue 300 King George Road
Ottawa, ON Brantford, ON

SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas
18151 Yonge Street
Newmarket, ON

QUEBEC (at 2pm EST)
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Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas Colossus Laval Cinemas
825 rue Clemenceau 2800 Cosmodome Street
Beauport, PQ Laval, PQ

Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Montreal
9350 boul. Leduc 977 Ste-Catherine W
Brossard, PQ Montreal, PQ

Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Latin
3200 rue Jean Yves Quarter Cinemas
Kirkland, PQ 350 rue Emery
Montreal, PQ

Starcite Montreal Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas
4825 ave. Pierre de Coubertin 1200 boul. Duplessis
Montreal, PQ Ste. Foy, PQ

Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke Galaxy Cinemas Trois Rivieres
4204 Bertrand 4520 boul. des Recollets
Rock Forest, PQ Trois Rivieres, PQ

Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville
1121 Jutras Est
Victoriaville, PQ


Admission for children ages 3-12 is $9.95, for seniors is $17.95 and general admission is $19.95, plus applicable taxes. A special Family Pack price is also being offered for $49.95, plus applicable taxes, which includes two adult or two senior admissions and two child admissions. The Family Pack is available at participating theatre box offices only. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more at $16.50 per person (general admission) and $8.50 per child. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461. For more information on tickets and theatre locations, visit www.cineplex.com.

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is a magical holiday tradition. Set in the rustic world of rural 19th-century Russia, The Nutcracker blends an affectionately detailed natural setting with an extravagant dreamscape of wonders, from the glittering, ice-coated world of the Snow Queen to the awe-inspiring splendour of the golden palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The December 13 matinee performance runs 115 minutes, with a 20 minute intermission.

The Nutcracker's choreography and libretto are by James Kudelka, music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design are by Santo Loquasto and lighting design is by Jennifer Tipton.

The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is live on stage in Toronto from December 6 - 28, 2008 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit thenutcracker.ca for more information and to buy tickets.

Ballet companies across Canada perform their own productions of The Nutcracker this holiday season:

Alberta Ballet

For details, visit http://www.albertaballet.com/performances/the-nutcracker.

Ballet BC

For details, visit http://www.balletbc.com/performances/200809/nutcracker/.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

For details, visit http://www.rwb.org/whats_on/tour3.html.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal

For details, visit http://www.grandsballets.com/en/spectacle.php?spectacle equals 10.

Ballet Jorgen - Various locations

For details, visit http://www.balletjorgen.ca/inperformance.htm.

For a listing of all presentations of The Nutcracker on stage across Canada, visit http://www.national.ballet.ca/TheNutcracker/live.html.

About Cineplex Entertainment LP

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,325 screens serving approximately 61 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 8,000, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy and Famous Players including Colossus, Coliseum and SilverCity, in addition to Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 76% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.

About Bravo!

Bravo! is an oasis in the television landscape where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts. Whether it's a classic opera, an art documentary, a concert performance in the Bravo! Concert Hall, or a cutting-edge film, Bravo! gives viewers an opportunity for enriching and thought-provoking experiences. Make an appointment with the arts each night on Bravo! (www.bravo.ca). Bravo! is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company.

The 2008/09 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

TD Waterhouse is the presenting sponsor of the Toronto production of The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges ACTRA, Canadian Actors' Equity Association, I.A.T.S.E., Toronto Musicians Association, Local 149 and A.F.M.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department; The Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.



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