MOVIETICKETS.COM EXPANDS CINEMA PARTNERSHIPS TO UNITED KINGDOM
U.S. Internet Movie Ticketing Service Launches European Service
(Hollywood, CA – September 9, 2003) – MovieTickets.com announced today that it has expanded its service to the United Kingdom through exclusive ticketing agreements with National Amusements/Showcase Cinemas and AMC Entertainment Inc. This marks the first overseas venture for MovieTickets.com and will cover more than 250 screens across a broad range of metropolitan areas in the U.K., including London.
MovieTickets.com is a valuable service to both cinema exhibitors and consumers. Exhibitors benefit from the additional distribution, reaching more consumers via the Internet. And, consumers have the convenience of booking movie tickets from their homes and offices, as well as access comprehensive cinema and show time listings. MovieTickets.com's advance movie ticket bookings also guarantee consumers a ticket for the opening weekend of highly anticipated films, eliminating the disappointment of waiting in long box office lines only to find out that the film is sold out.
"MovieTickets.com is excited to offer our service in the U.K.," said Stuart Halperin, Executive Vice President of Marketing for MovieTickets.com. "In only a few short years, we have seen the online movie ticketing industry really take off and MovieTickets.com is proud to have led the charge. We expect this momentum to continue as we expand our footprint beyond the U.S. and Canada into the U.K."
Presently, MovieTickets.com provides online ticketing options for approximately 50% of U.S.'s top 50 grossing theaters, servicing 8,000 North American screens. Current theater partners include AMC Entertainment, Consolidated Theatres, Crown Theatres, Famous Players, Hoyts Cinemas, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Spotlight Theatres.
Booking tickets online is simple. Users click on www.MovieTickets.com, enter their postal code to locate a movie, show time, and nearby cinema and book their tickets with a credit card. MovieTickets.com users simply go to the cinema's box office or automated booking station, with credit card in hand for verification, and collect their tickets.
MovieTickets.com (www.MovieTickets.com) is a joint venture between Hollywood Media Corp. (Nasdaq: HOLL), AMC Entertainment (AMEX: AEN), National Amusements, Famous Players, Marcus Theatres (NYSE: MCS), Hoyts Cinemas, Viacom (NYSE: VIA), and America Online (NYSE: AOL).
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. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks described in Hollywood Media Corp.'s, AMC Entertainment Inc.'s and The Marcus Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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