Moviefone

Moviefone is an American-based movie listing and information service. Moviegoers can obtain local showtimes, theatre information, film reviews, or advance tickets. The service is owned by Helios and Matheson Analytics.

Moviefone
Founded1989
HeadquartersUnited States
ServicesOnline media, movie theatre information, movie tickets
Parent Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.
Websitemoviefone.com

History

In 1989, Russ Leatherman, Rob Gukeisen, Andrew Jarecki, Pat Cardamone, and Adam Slutsky launched the interactive telephone service, with initial service in New York City and Los Angeles. Russ Leatherman provided the voice of "Mr. Moviefone" for the automated phone service. After gaining popularity, it later expanded across the United States and eventually adopted an online presence as Moviefone.com.

In 1999, AOL purchased Moviefone for $388 million.[1]

In 2001, Moviefone entered into a partnership with MovieTickets.com that crosslinked their ticketing offerings; by 2004, Moviefone's online arm was acquired outright by MovieTickets.com.[2] However, in 2012, Moviefone announced a partnership with MovieTickets.com's rival Fandango.[3][4]

On February 23, 2014, it was reported that Moviefone would be shutting down its call-in service and its "777-FILM" phone number but would maintain its mobile app services.[5]

On May 5, 2014, Moviefone was relaunched with a new look, an expansion into TV content, and a comprehensive search tool that allows users to find theaters, channels, and streaming services offering movies and television shows.[6]

On April 5, 2018, Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., the majority owner of movie ticketing service MoviePass, announced the acquisition of Moviefone from Oath Inc. for $1 million in cash and $8 million in stock.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ "AOL buys MovieFone". CNN. February 1, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Press release". MovieTickets.com. 2004.
  3. ^ Verrier, Richard (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone dial up new partnership". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Lucas Shaw (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone partner for ticket sales". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On". New York Times. February 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information". May 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Ben Fritz (April 5, 2018). "Upstart MoviePass to Join With Cinema Service Moviefone". Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ "MoviePass Just Bought Moviefone. Here's What It Means for Moviegoers". Fortune. April 5, 2018.

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