MOVIETICKETS.COM WRAPS A “BOW” AROUND 100TH THEATER CHAIN PARTNER AGAINST BACKDROP OF RECORD-BREAKING SUMMER 2007
Powerful Online Movie Ticketing Provider and Bow Tie Cinemas Sign Multi-Year Online Movie Ticketing Agreement
(Los Angeles, CA - September 17, 2007) – MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the world's most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, has partnered with its 100th theater chain, Bow Tie Cinemas. MovieTickets.com is also reporting record ticket sales for summer 2007 with a 40% increase in ticket sales from summer 2006, indicating that moviegoers are buying more movie tickets online than ever before.
“With some of the nation’s finest theaters, Bow Tie Cinemas and the Moss family have a long-standing and respected relationship with the communities they serve. Our partnership comes at pivotal time, as the sheer number of theater chains coming to MovieTickets.com, along with our sales volume is further evidence that online ticketing is positively impacting our industry,” said Joel Cohen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, MovieTickets.com.
Bow Tie Cinemas, which owns and operates 115 screens in 15 locations in Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Colorado, began offering tickets exclusively through MovieTickets.com on September 7, 2007. MovieTickets.com will also serve Bow Tie’s 22 new screens in two locations in Connecticut and Virginia, which are currently being constructed. With the addition of Bow Tie, MovieTickets.com now represents 100 theater chains, about five times that of its nearest competitor.
“The mission of Bow Tie Cinemas is to return style and elegance to the movie-going experience. We are confident that MovieTickets.com will be a strong and valuable partner in helping us to fulfill that mission,” said Ben Moss, Co-Owner of Bow Tie Cinemas.
MovieTickets.com is also reporting record ticket sales for summer 2007:
*May 2007 set a new record for movie tickets sold in a calendar month beating the former best performing month, May 2005, by 22%.
*May 2007- August 2007 movie tickets sold beat May 2006-August 2006 movie tickets sold by over 40%.
*32% increase in movie tickets sold during January - August 2007, as compared to January-August 2006.
MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:
Academy 8 Theaters (P & G Theaters), Access Digital Theatres, All Star Entertainment, AMC Theatres, Amherst Cinema Art Center, Arena Grand Theatre (Columbus Hospitality), Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters (Movies at Midway), Atlas Cinemas, Bank Street Theatre, Bow Tie Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Camera Cinemas, Celebrity Theatres, Channelside Cinemas, Cinefe’ 8, Cinema Centers, Cinema Four-Quad (Quad Cinema), Cinemagic Movies, Cinemagic Theatres (MN), Cinemall, Cineplex Odeon, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Cleveland Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres, Cornelius Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Dickinson Theatres, Drexel Theatres, Eastern Shores (O’Neil Theaters NE), Emagine Entertainment (Cinema Hollywood), Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Elvis Cinemas, Famous Players, Film Forum, Fine Arts Theatre - Beverly Hills, Fox Bay Cinema Grill, Foxmoor Movies, Galaxy Cinemas (Canada), Galaxy Cinemas (GA), Greater Huntington Theatres, Greenville Cinemas (Camelot Cinemas), Hallett Cinemas, Harkins Theatres, HLB Entertainment (Palace 9, Majestic 10), Hollywood Cinema 9, Hollywood Premier Cinemas, IFC Center, Kew Gardens (and Cobble Hill), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres (and Ritz Theatres), M Park 4, Main Street Cinemas, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Metropolitan Theatres, Mission Grove Theaters, MJR Theatres, MnM Theatres, MovieMax Theatres, NAOS Entertainment, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, Nelsonville Movies 10, North American Cinema, Oasis Cinema, Omniplex Theatre Group, O'Neil Theatres (Louisiana), Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Penn Cinema, Phoenix Theatres (MI), Phoenix Theatres (TN), Pickwick Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Rail Road Square Cinema, Rave Motion Pictures, Reading Cinemas USA (City Cinemas, Angelika), Rio Entertainment, Riviera Cinemas, Roxy Theatres, Sayville Theatre, Scotiabank Theatres, Sea Turtle Cinemas, Silver Screen Cinemas, Spotlight Theatres, Star Vu Drive-In, Studio Movie Grill, Sunrise Cinemas, Tango Theaters, Trans-Lux Cinemas, UltraStar Cinemas, Village Theaters, Watson Theatre, Wellfleet Cinemas, and Westates Theatres.
About Bow Tie Cinemas
The history of Bow Tie Cinemas begins over 100 years ago, in the era of the Nickelodeon, when B.S. Moss began his long and illustrious career providing popular entertainment to the public. The business of operating street front Nickelodeons quickly gave way to Vaudeville, which was the heart of B.S. Moss Theaters until the 1930s when B.S. Moss sold his last Vaudeville theater and dedicated himself fully to building and operating motion picture theaters. In 1936, B.S. Moss opened the Criterion Theater, known then as The Theater of Tomorrow, on Broadway in the heart of Times Square. The Criterion was the first motion picture theater built exclusively for the exhibition of talking motion pictures. It operated continuously for 63 years and was the home of several major New York film premiers including Sleeping Beauty, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Lawrence of Arabia and Alien.
Today, Bow Tie Cinemas is dedicated to continuing in the traditions of its founder by returning style and elegance to the movie-going experience.
MovieTickets.com, the most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, provides consumers with the ease of a virtual box office from the convenience of their home or office. Formed in 2000, MovieTickets.com is a joint venture between AMC Entertainment, Hollywood Media Corp. (NASDAQ: HOLL), National Amusements, Famous Players, Marcus Theatres (NYSE: MCS), Viacom (NYSE: VIA), and America Online, and leverages the collective theater chain expertise to deliver consumers a premium movie ticketing experience. MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the United States, Canada and the U.K., including Ireland. Its elite collection of partner theaters consistently represents over 50% of the top 50 and over 50% of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend. The MovieTickets.com theater chain group, which includes 100 theater chains, is about five times the number of chains of its nearest competitor.
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