LOS ANGELES and KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango, the nation's leading movie ticketing company, has teamed up with Regal Entertainment Group, the nation's largest theater circuit, to offer its latest convenience for film fans. Mobile Ticket is officially launching at select Regal screens across the country, just in time for Friday's highly-anticipated release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1."
As part of a long line of Fandango innovations such as print-at-home ticketing, reserved seating and its award-winning mobile and tablet apps, Mobile Ticket allows customers to get their movie tickets sent to their phones as mobile 2D barcodes. This paperless convenience allows film fans to simply take their mobile phones straight to the theater ticket-taker, bypassing the box office windows and kiosks. The ticker-taker scans the ticket on the phone for easy entrance to the season's hottest films.
"Mobile Ticket will be in high demand tonight, helping 'Twilight' fans get into the movie theater faster than ever," says Rick Butler, EVP and General Manager of Fandango, "and it promises to be one of our most popular conveniences at Regal's theaters. Regal Entertainment Group has been an innovative partner since Fandango's very beginnings in 2000, as the company regularly looks for new ways to enhance the moviegoing experience for its customers."
"Fandango has always been on the forefront of ticketing technology," says Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Regal Entertainment Group, "and Regal is happy to introduce one more Fandango convenience. Our guests will enjoy getting to the movies with the ease of Fandango's Mobile Ticket program, which is perfectly timed for the busy holiday moviegoing season."
Fandango's Mobile Ticket works with all mobile carriers, and does not require a smart phone or additional convenience fee. The program is rolling out to more than 1,000 screens in the Regal Entertainment Group circuit, including:
Fandango's mobile offerings have changed the face of moviegoing. This year alone has seen a dramatic 73% increase in the purchase of movie tickets via mobile devices. The movie ticketing company sold 19% ($32 million) of the 'Potter' finale's domestic opening weekend box office record of $169 million, and nearly 20% of that $32 million ($6.5 million) was sold via mobile ticketing.
Fandango previously rolled out the service with two other chains, Reading Cinemas and Hollywood Theaters. With the addition of the Regal Entertainment Group screens, Fandango's Mobile Ticket is now available at more than 1,200 screens.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 16,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with nearly 20 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms.
About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 6,589 screens in 526 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia as of October 27, 2011, with over 224 million annual attendees for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2010. Our geographically diverse circuit includes theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We operate multi-screen theatres and have an average of 12.5 screens per location, which is well above the North American motion picture exhibition industry 2009 average of 6.6 screens per location. We develop, acquire and operate multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets throughout the U.S. Additional information is available on the Company's Web site at www.REGmovies.com.