August 7, 2008 / 1:39 PM / in 9 years

IMAX loss deepens on digital technology costs

TORONTO (Reuters) - Giant-screen movie theater firm Imax Corp reported a deeper second-quarter loss on Thursday as it continued to invest in its transition to digital technology.

Mississauga, Ontario-based Imax also said it delivered and installed its first digital projection systems at three AMC Entertainment theaters in the United States.

The company lost $12.2 million, or 29 cents a share, in the period ended June 30, compared with a loss of $4.5 million, or 11 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.

Revenue slipped to $21.2 million from $27.1 million, the company said.

Investors appeared disappointed by the results, driving Imax shares 50 Canadian cents, or 6.1 percent, lower to C$7.69 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday morning.

The second-quarter results reflected “investments made to transition the company to a digital platform, two fewer system installations for which we could recognize revenue as well as difficult year-over-year comparisons to last year’s highly successful ‘Spider-Man 3’,” the company said.

Imax said the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” and strength in its second-half film slate will offset the year-to-date softness.

Imax said it remains on track to install about 50 digital systems by year-end.

($1=$1.05 Canadian)

Reporting by Jennifer Kwan and Wojtek Dabrowski; Editing by Peter Galloway

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