This announcement to provide a cleaner and safer air environment for Mann Theatres’ customers is being made just in time for the holiday season, a peak time of the year for theatre goers nationwide, as well as when public concerns over airborne contaminants in public gathering spaces are heightened.

“It has always been our desire to provide our customers with the highest quality cinema operations, and the installation of this air purification system to our existing air conditioning system will be the first of its kind in the United States,” commented Peter Dobson, CEO, Mann Theatres. “Mann Theatres is excited to offer this as another way for movie-goers to enjoy movies while knowing they are in a clean and comfortable cinema.”

“As a ‘Leading Company for Energy and Environment,’ the company is committed to delivering innovative solutions that respect and protect our planet, while enhancing the lives of people around the world,” said Mitsuru Honma, Executive Vice President, SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. “The electrolyzed water technology utilized in the air purification system installed at the Criterion 6 theater is an example of how our products are being utilized in public places, such as movie theatre environments, to provide cleaner and safer air for those who convene in those spaces.”

This duct-type air purification system was installed at the end of October, and signifies the opportunity offered to Mann Theatres to pilot the system in the United States, as well as gather feedback from their customers on the experience.

Utilizing electrolyzed water technology, the air purification system effectively suppresses a wide range of airborne agents, such as bacteria, pollen and odors. The electrolyzed water that is produced decomposes tap water with an electric current, creating two forms of active oxygen to clean the air. Electrolyzed water has been found effective and has been proven by testing laboratories in various locations throughout the world (please see reference material 1). With its electrolyzed water technology employed in air conditioning systems, the company is able to provide a solution for a clean-air environment for spacious rooms where the public often frequents.

In June 2007, the company in Japan announced a similar air purification system that was exclusively installed in Warner Mycal Cinemas. In addition to the one-year exclusive agreement, it was also agreed that the air conditioning system featuring the air purification system would be installed at a total of 26 theaters in Japan that had an average of eight screens per theater.