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March 1, 2010

Allred and Century Bank partner for progress

Gene Oliver, owner of the Allred Theatre, and Century National Bank have teamed up to take the state of the art cinema complex to the next level. Century Bank has committed the $700,000 needed to completely convert all five screens to digital and three of them will be

digital 3D.

“Digital and 3D are the biggest change in the film industry since sound was added,” Oliver said to the group of business leaders who were in attendance for the announcement. “Live events, concerts, sporting events, and much more will be presented to audiences in

theaters.”

The Allred has followed every trend in technology and is now committing to total transition to all digital projection, Oliver said in his press release.

“Three of the five screens will be 3D capable,” he said. “The installation is projected to be

completed by March of this year.”

The reintroduction of 3D to the movie industry has been widely successful. According to Oliver, there were seven 3D releases in 2009. There are 17 scheduled for 2010.

“On April 2, the Allred will be playing three 3D movies at the same time,” Oliver said. Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, and Clash of the Titans will all be showing in RealD 3D.

“There is only one theater

in Tulsa that will have this same capability along with the Allred,” Oliver said. “There will be others, but we are among the first in the nation to have this capacity.”

Funding the money has been difficult,” Oliver said. “I am grateful to Century Bank for its foresight and visionary commitment to the

citizens of Mayes County and Green Country.”

Century Bank’s Richard Willhour also addressed the group.

“We are grateful to be a part of this historical theater and this

community,” Willhour said.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel thanked Oliver for his continued efforts in keeping the revitalization of downtown Pryor a focus.

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