This story is pretty impressive. MovieTickets just inked a deal with Muvico theaters to provide online ticketing systems, and it looks like online ticketing is really starting to replace traditional ticket buying. (Jeez, between this and the failing newpaper industry, it seems like people have some sort of vendetta against printed paper…) Maybe it’s because I almost always go to a Regal Entertainment Group theater and see Fandango ads there, but I had no idea that MovieTickets was a formidable competitor. Here’s the story from THR (emphasis added):
MovieTickets on Monday unveiled a deal to provide online movie-ticketing services for Muvico theaters in Florida.
The deal — announced on the first day of the ShoWest confab here — brings MovieTickets’ pacts with theatrical exhibitors to a total of 150 circuits. The online ticker said its Internet activity also is approaching another milestone, as it nears 100 million ticket sold.
“This is a landmark accomplishment,” MovieTickets exec vp Joel Coen said. “To reach 150 exhibitors and for us to be on pace for a record-breaking 2009 really speaks to the recession-proof nature of moviegoing and the strength of the services we provide.”
MovieTickets has added 15 exhibitors and some 1,000 screens to its service network in the past six months, Coen added. Its chief competitor Fandango has fewer circuit relationships but vastly more screens in its online-ticketing network.
What about you? Do you get your tickets online? If you do, what do you use: Fandango or MovieTickets? Let me know in the comments