FANDANGO PACTS WITH HARKINS THEATRES, DIGIPLEX DESTINATIONS AND PREMIERE CINEMAS, EXPANDING ITS THEATER REACH TO MORE THAN 24,000 U.S. SCREENS The Nation's Leading Moviegoer Destination Increases Its Online and Mobile Ticketing Footprint in Key Markets Nationwide by Adding 1,000 New Screens
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today it has added Harkins Theatres, the nation's largest independently-owned theater chain and top circuit in key Southwestern states, plus the leading exhibitors, Digiplex Destinations and Premiere Cinemas, to its ever-expanding cinema network.
These latest exhibitor agreements bring Fandango's ticketing conveniences to an additional 1,000 screens in a dozen states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Fandango now powers online and mobile ticketing for more than 24,000 U.S. screens, representing the vast majority of the nation's theaters with advance ticketing capabilities.
"We are thrilled to work with Harkins, Digiplex and Premiere to help them reach even more moviegoers through our expanding online and mobile ticketing platforms, and ultimately grow their businesses," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango.
Harkins Theatres is the fifth largest theatre chain in the U.S. and has been committed to bringing the Ultimate Moviegoing® experience to its guests for over 80 years. Harkins Theatres operates 30 theatres across five states, representing 432 screens. "We are excited to begin our relationship with Fandango this summer," says Mike Bowers, President of Harkins Theatres. "We look forward to Fandango's innovations helping us expand our presence on new platforms, while providing even more conveniences for Harkins' moviegoers."
Digiplex/ Digital Cinema Destinations Corp is a leader in digital cinema deployment and alternative programming, combining digital technology with engaging, dynamic content and live events. "We are committed to increasing choices for our customers, both in the variety of movies and other on-screen entertainment, and the convenience of service throughout our operations," says Chuck Goldwater, Executive Vice President of Digiplex. "We are excited about all the advantages and conveniences – including smartphone access and online and mobile ticket-buying – that our partnership with Fandango will bring to our customers."
Premiere Cinema Corp is among the largest independently-owned motion picture exhibitors in the United States, and is ranked by NATO as one of the Top 20 in size in North America. "We are always looking at ways to enhance the cinema experience for our guests," says Joel Davis, VP of Operations for Premiere Cinemas. "We're excited to partner with Fandango to provide online and mobile ticketing conveniences to Premiere moviegoers across the country."
The news follows on the heels of the company's recent acquisition of MovieClips, the largest movie trailer and content network on YouTube, with more than 7 million subscribers, averaging 200 million video views per month. Fandango also launched a new Twitter Card experience, offering movie fans the opportunity to learn about current and upcoming films and connect to Fandango ticketing right from a Tweet.
Fandango has recently redesigned its website and mobile apps, featuring an improved, streamlined ticketing experience and a sleek, modern interface for showcasing high-res movie art, celebrity photos, HD video and trailers. Also featured on every page of the site are personalized ticketing widgets that serve up new movie releases at the user's favorite or local theaters. Fandango's updated and redesigned mobile apps will be honored with the People's Voice Award for Mobile Guides/Ratings/Reviews at the 2014 Webby Awards on Monday, May 19 in New York City.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and a unit of NBCUniversal, sells tickets to more than 24,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 40 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.