Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Details)

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Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Details) (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Dec. 31, 2010
Dec. 31, 2009
Summary of activity with DCIP      
Beginning balance $ 10,838,000    
Equity in (income) loss of affiliates (5,651,000) 3,438,000 907,000
Ending balance 12,798,000 10,838,000  
Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Textual) [Abstract]      
Fair value of digital projection systems contributed by the Company   16,380,000  
Net book value of the contributed equipment   18,090,000  
Voting interest in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners 33.00%    
Economic interest in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners 24.30%    
Equipment lease expense   1,354,000  
Depreciation expense on domestic 35 millimeter projection systems   9,423,000  
Digital Cinema Implementation Partners [Member]
     
Summary of activity with DCIP      
Beginning balance 10,838,000 640,000 1,017,000
Cash distribution to DCIP 1,471,000 2,813,000 2,500,000
Equipment contributions to DCIP, at fair value   16,380,000  
Distributions received from DCIP   (1,068,000)  
Equity in (income) loss of affiliates 489,000 (7,927,000) (2,877,000)
Ending balance 12,798,000 10,838,000 640,000
Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Textual) [Abstract]      
Loss on sale of assets   1,710,000  
Digital projection systems leased under operating lease, initial term 12 years    
Number of one-year fair value renewal options 10 years    
Minimum annual rent per digital projection system 1,000    
Minimum annual rent per digital projection system through the end of the lease term 3,000    
Number of equipments being leased under master equipment lease agreement 3,460    
Equipment lease expense 5,332,000    
Depreciation expense on domestic 35 millimeter projection systems 10,604,000    
Digital Cinema Implementation Partners [Member] | Digital Projection Systems [Member]
     
Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Textual) [Abstract]      
Net Book Value of digital projection systems sold 3,777,000    
Loss on digital projection systems sold reflected in loss on sale of assets and other 1,038,000    
Proceeds from sale of digital projection systems 2,739,000    
Kasima [Member] | Digital Projection Systems [Member]
     
Investment in Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (Textual) [Abstract]      
Net Book Value of digital projection systems sold   1,520,000  
Loss on digital projection systems sold reflected in loss on sale of assets and other   323,000  
Proceeds from sale of digital projection systems   $ 1,197,000