Classic Cinemas Selects GDC as Exclusive Provider to Playback Digital Content

Chicagoland’s Award-winning Cinema Circuit to Upgrade Its Legacy Media Servers with GDC’s Ultra-Reliable SR-1000 Integrated Media Block

Burbank, California ( July 5, 2023 ) -

GDC Technology Limited, (GDC) a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, announced today it has signed an agreement with Classic Cinemas to be the exclusive provider of digital cinema media servers. Classic Cinemas is one of the domestic theatre circuits listed in the Boxoffice “Top 50 Giants of Exhibition” and operates 137 screens at 16 sites in the Chicagoland area. The agreement involves the full replacement of legacy media servers with the GDC SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block with 4K resolution and GDC’s Enterprise Storage at all Classic Cinemas. The installation will be facilitated by in-house technical services, which will also provide services for the duration of the agreement.

Classic Cinemas is a family-owned business that opened its first multiplex in 1978 and known for its guest-friendly policies. Since its inception, the company has continually invested in the latest innovations in picture and sound technologies to provide the best possible moviegoing experience at all its cinemas, such as their XQ premium experience auditoriums featuring DTS:X for IAB immersive audio with 4K RGB Laser projection. This agreement provides Classic Cinemas with digital cinema media servers designed with the latest and most powerful technology for near-zero maintenance, ensuring Classic’s guests an uninterrupted motion picture experience.

“Since the first day of operations, we have based our partnerships on trust and reliable performance of a company’s products. We firmly believe GDC is one of the most trusted names in the cinema industry with the most innovative and reliable products,” said Chris Johnson, CEO of Classic Cinemas. “It was not a difficult decision to select GDC’s media server for content playback.”

“Classic Cinemas is a classic example of how to run a cinema circuit,” said Patrick Artiaga, senior director, business development for GDC Technology (USA) LLC. “We are honored to be a preferred partner with one of the most innovative cinema circuits in the country. By selecting GDC for their content playback, Classic Cinemas will always have the latest technology due to our firmware is field upgradable to help them achieve their mission of offering the best entertainment experience for their guests throughout the Chicagoland area.”

About Classic Cinemas
Classic Cinemas, founded in August 1978 by the Johnson family and now run by CEO Chris Johnson, is the largest Illinois-based theatre chain with 137 screens in 16 locations. While many Classic Cinemas locations are historic downtown theatres, each has been meticulously renovated to highlight its character and upgraded to the latest technology to create the ultimate guest experience. Having received numerous accolades for business excellence, preservation, community service, and accessibility, Classic Cinemas endeavors to be the hometown theatre of choice.

About GDC Technology Limited
GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’) is a leading digital cinema solutions provider with its manufacturing facility certified with ISO 9001:2015 by SGS. GDC develops, manufactures, and sells cinema projector, media server for both projector and LED cinema display, content storage system, cinema enterprise software including theatre management system and advanced cinema automation system for the global cinema industry. GDC is a licensee of the DTS Surround and DTS:X with IAB, the object-based immersive sound technology from DTS, Inc. for the development of its media servers. In addition, GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including LED cinema, 3D product, audio equipment, projector lamp, post-production service, and Electronic Delivery System (EDS).