MOVIETICKETS.COM LAUNCHES TODAY FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Founded by Hollywood.com, AMC Entertainment, National Amusements, Famous Players and CBS, Online Ticketing Service Now Available
(Boca Raton, FL - May 25, 2000) – MovieTickets.com, Inc., an online movie ticketing service, launched today in conjunction with the blockbuster moviegoing Memorial Day Weekend. The site is now available in the U.S., and plans to launch in Canada on September 1.
The launch announcement was made jointly by founding partners Mitchell Rubenstein, chairman and CEO of Hollywood.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLL); Peter Brown, chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMEX: AEN); Shari E. Redstone, president of National Amusements; and John Bailey, president of Famous Players Inc.
By combining the theatre circuits of AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibition company in North America in terms of revenues; National Amusements (Showcase Cinemas and Multiplex Cinemas), one of the preeminent international theatre operators; Famous Players, Canada's top-grossing and fastest-growing theatrical exhibitor; Marcus Theatres, one of the most profitable theatre circuits in the country; and 15 additional movie theatre companies, MovieTickets.com now consists of approximately 5500 movie theatre screens.
"We are thrilled to present moviegoers with an easy and convenient way to reserve their movie tickets in advance online," said Mitchell Rubenstein. "People have become increasingly comfortable with Internet services, and we are confident they will find MovieTickets.com extremely helpful in making their moviegoing plans."
The process for purchasing tickets online is simple for the consumer. A user clicks on www.MovieTickets.com, enters their zip code so they can find nearby theatres, selects a movie and showtime, and reserves their tickets with a credit card. Then, they simply go to the theatre's Will Call window, customer service counter or automated ticketing machines located in the theatre's lobby, and pick up their reserved tickets. The service will initially have no service charge, so users will pay the same amount online as at the box office. The site will be supported by advertising sales.
In addition to online movie ticket sales, MovieTickets.com distinguishes itself by offering comprehensive information about current and future movie releases. The site features movie reviews, trailers, entertainment news, coverage of movie premieres and data on current movies.
MovieTickets.com will employ the latest technology for maintaining data security and will allow customers to register with the Web site to easily purchase movie tickets without entering credit card information every time. MovieTickets.com owns both the MovieTickets.com and MovieTicket.com URLs to ensure that moviegoers can easily locate the site.
The Company recently signed an agreement in principle for CBS to receive a 5% ownership position in MovieTickets.com, Inc. Under terms of the relationship, MovieTickets.com will receive $25 million of CBS advertising across the full range of CBS media properties over a period of five years.
MovieTickets.com is the dedicated Internet site for the online sale of movie tickets, with additional content to assist users with their moviegoing plans. The site will offer ticketing for the following theatre chains and companies: AMC Entertainment; National Amusements theatres (Showcase Cinemas and Multiplex Cinemas); Famous Players; Marcus Theatres; Bainbridge Cinemas; Campbell Plaza Theatres, Inc.; Cinema Management Corp.; Palace Theatre; Fridley Theatres; Jefferson Theatre Corp.; Lake Street Plaza Theatres; Larcon Theatres; Lyric Theatre; Main Street Theatre; Oneonta Twin; Ruble Entertainment; StarNet Cinemas; Starkville Theatres Inc; and Village Theatres, Inc.
The matters discussed herein that are forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and uncertainties that may result in such expectations not being realized. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as such because the context of the statement include words such as we "believe," "expect," "anticipate" or other words of similar import. Similarly, statements herein that describe our objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to; the risks described in Hollywood.com, Inc.'s and AMC Entertainment Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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