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Dickinson Theatres to build Junction City's
Most Extravagant Movie Theatre Complex
Constructed by D.J. Christie & Company

Overland Park , Kans. – Tuesday, August 29, 2006 – Dickinson Theatres, Inc., based in Overland Park , Kansas , announced today the building of Junction City , Kansas ' most luxurious movie theatre complex.

The new “Smokey Hill 8 Cinema” will be located in the Smokey Hill Bend Development encompassing 300 acres of entertainment, retail, government and commercial office space.

The architectural plans include rich colors, elegant furnishings in a fun and exciting environment. The spacing between seats will provide generous leg room. The all stadium seated auditoriums will feature large wall to wall screens. Also included will be digital projection which is the latest technology of theatre exhibition. The last performance of these digital showings are as pristine as the first, no scratches throughout all presentations. These will be some of the first screens with digital projection in Kansas and the Midwest .

“Our goal is to build a beautiful building that services our guests with quality presentations, above-exemplary service in a fun and comfortable environment,” says John Hartley, President and CEO of Dickinson Theatres. “We've taken input and concepts from our patrons from the last several years and applied them to the Smokey Hill 8. From the parking lot to the lobby and auditoriums, we plan on building a theatre that becomes more to the patron than just movie-viewing; it'll be a one of a kind movie-going experience…where fun meets the magic of movies.” A dynamic game room with 3D Lazer Tag is being planned as well.

The Smokey Hill 8 – envisioned and concepted by Dickinson Theatres, Inc. is expected to open by October 2008.

Comment by D.J. Christie & Company: The development will include a large discounter, home improvement center, junior anchors and a large indoor water attraction similar in nature to the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City as well as numerous restaurants and upscale retailers. D.J. Christie, Inc. redeveloped the vacant grocery store located next to Wal-Mart into a multiphase project that includes Junction City 's first junior department store, Goody's Family Clothing. It also developed, in conjunction with First Management, Inc. of Lawrence , Kansas , The Bluffs Apartment Complex located at I-70 and I-77 in Junction City .

D.J. Christie, Inc. is excited about the Smokey Hill Town Center as it will encompass everything needed to be considered a destination development, in a quick growing market.

Dickinson Theatres owns and operates 36 movie theatres throughout the United States with theatres in Kansas , Arizona , Florida , Georgia , Missouri , Nebraska , North Carolina , Oklahoma , South Carolina and Texas . A privately owned organization, Dickinson Theatres is headquartered in Overland Park , Kans. and employs 1100 staff members, including 22 full-time corporate office employees.

For more information contact Ron Horton, Vice President Film & Marketing, via phone at 913/383-6117 or via email at ronhorton@dtmovies.com .