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High Tech Galaxy Theatre Improvements
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A newly renovated Galaxy Theatres in Riverbank is set to debut new, cutting-edge features on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a private gala showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

The Theatre recently completed a major $600,000 renovation that includes an innovative DFX auditorium with a towering screen that stands more than two and a half stories tall by six stories wide, D-BOX motion-enhanced movie seats and a redesigned box office and main lobby.

Only the second Galaxy Theatre to feature the DFX auditorium offering a sophisticated fusion of state-of-the-art audio and projection technologies, Galaxy Riverbank combines superior Dolby Surround 7.1 sound, Christie Brilliant3D with triple flash technology and JBL speakers that generate 18,000 watts of explosive sound.

The auditorium also will boast 300 plush, oversized leather recliners to create more comfort and multi-colored aisle lighting for added ambiance.

In addition, a new D-BOX auditorium has been installed, making the Riverbank Galaxy one of only about 30 theatres worldwide and the ninth overall for Galaxy to have such a feature.

D-BOX motion seats create a completely realistic immersive experience. Seats pitch, roll, heave and jostle in perfect sync with the onscreen excitement, according to information provided by public relations personnel with the theatre, and are equipped with adjustable intensity settings to allow moviegoers to customize motion sensations.

Galaxy Theatre, in cooperation with the City of Riverbank and DFX, will present "an evening of exciting adventure, state of the art wizardry and magical entertainment" with the theatre's ceremonial opening with advanced technical improvements and the screening of the latest in the Harry Potter saga on Thursday.

"It's very exciting," said City Manager Rich Holmer of the new theatre technology coming to Riverbank. "About six weeks ago I went to the Cannery Theatre in Las Vegas which is an exact replica with a three story high screen, leather seats, very posh. It has a whole new set of dynamics as far as visual effects and sound are concerned. We saw that owl 3-D movie. It was like the bubbles were coming right at you."

The advertising promises to reveal one of the world's most advanced movie theatres during a VIP reception and ceremonial ribbon cutting before the advance screening of the latest Harry Potter movie, which is due for general release the next day, Nov. 19.

Proceeds from the $25 a person ticket sale will benefit the local Lights On after school program and the new Riverbank Teen Center's activity program.

Participants in Thursday's gala event will experience the large screen technology and cutting edge DFX Auditorium, test drive D-Box motion seats and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.