Venues triple for Met operas in high def


The Metropolitan Opera's series of operas transmitted live, in high definition, into movie theaters is expected to reach between 300-400 movie theaters and performing arts center locations in the U.S. through a renewed deal with National CineMedia. This would be nearly triple the number of venues from last season.

Through this agreement, NCM's Fathom entertainment division will present the Met's HD series in theater locations including participating AMC Entertainment, Cinemark USA, Georgia Theater Co., National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters. Other affiliate locations are expected to soon join the network.

Said Tom Galley, NCM's executive vp and chief operations and technology officer: "The Met's 'Live in HD' series is a perfect example of how high-quality, alternative content can be successfully distributed in movie theaters, bringing premium entertainment to patrons in communities large and small."

"The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" series also will be expanding from six to eight live opera transmissions, beginning Dec. 15 with Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette," starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon and conducted by Placido Domingo.