MOVIETICKETS.COM EXPANDS ITS INTERNATIONAL 'EMPIRE'
Worldwide Leader Signs Multi-Year Online Movie Ticketing Agreement with Canadian-based Empire Theatres
(Los Angeles - October 28, 2009) - MovieTickets.com, the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, today announced it will provide online movie ticketing services for Empire Theatres, Canada’s second largest film exhibition company. As part of the agreement, MovieTickets.com will serve all 374 screens owned and operated by Empire Theatres.
Representing 167 theater chains worldwide, MovieTickets.com continues to expand in and beyond the United States by offering consumers access to seven times the number of theater chains of its nearest competitor. The addition of Empire Theatres solidifies MovieTickets.com’s position as the leading online movie ticketing provider in Canada. The site, which operates under the MovieTickets.ca brand in Canada, is designed with both English and French Canadian versions to accommodate the language preferences of moviegoers throughout the provinces.
The increased services in Canada continues the company’s rapid international expansion, with MovieTickets.com ticketing available in all ten provinces and covering two-thirds of all theater screens in Canada. Additionally, MovieTickets.com recently launched movie ticketing services in Argentina, and will be launching soon in Aruba, Bermuda, and Curacao.
“MovieTickets.ca is the ultimate resource for consolidated showtimes and advance movie ticketing, offering more ticketable theaters than any other provider in Canada,” said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. “Our partnership with Empire secures our foothold in the Canadian market and illustrates our ongoing commitment to expand our international presence.”
“We are excited to partner with a leading brand like MovieTickets.com to make it even easier for our guests to purchase tickets online for our theatres,” said Dean Leland, Vice President Studio & Media Relations, Empire Theatres. “Easy access to tickets, especially for hot blockbuster films is what our guests expect”, said Leland.
Empire Theatres, which owns and operates theaters in eight Canadian provinces, is Canada’s second largest exhibitor and the only major circuit operating in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 1978, Empire Theatres is a wholly owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited with 374 screens at 50 locations.
About Empire Theatres
Empire Theatres owns and operates 50 theatres across Canada, in eight of 10 provinces, from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Empire Theatres is Canada’s second largest film exhibition company providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including traditional film exhibition as well as other content using digital and satellite capabilities. 2008 marked Empire Theatres’ 30th year in the motion picture exhibition business. For more information, visit www.empiretheatres.com or email [email protected]
MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing offers moviegoers a destination for movie news, reviews and trailers as well as a convenient way to buy movie tickets in advance. MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the United States, as well as in Canada at MovieTickets.ca; in the U.K. at MovieTickets.co.uk; in Ireland at MovieTickets.ie; in Argentina at MovieTickets.com.ar; from any Internet-enabled wireless device at mobile.movietickets.com; and from any phone at 877-789-MOVIE. Formed in 2000, MovieTickets.com is a joint venture between AMC Entertainment, Hollywood Media Corp. (NASDAQ: HOLL), National Amusements, Cineplex Entertainment, 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. Its elite collection of partner theaters consistently represents over 50 percent of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend. The MovieTickets.com theater chain group, which includes 167 theater chains, is about seven times the number of chains of its nearest competitor.
MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:
Abingdon Cinemall, Academy 8 Theaters (P & G Theaters), Access Digital Theatres, Alco Theaters, All Star Entertainment, Allred 5 Theater, AMC Theatres, Amherst Cinema Art Center, Aperture Cinema, Arena Grand Theatre (Columbus Hospitality), Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters (Movies at Midway), Atlas Cinemas, Avon Theater, Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, B&B Theatres, Bank Street Theatre, Back Seat Conceptions (941 Theater), Bowtie Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Camera Cinemas, Carolina Cinemas, Celebrity Theatres, Channelside Cinemas, Cinema Centers, Cinema Four-Quad (Quad Cinema), Cinemagic Movies, Cinemagic Theatres (MN), Cineplex Odeon, Classic Cinemas, Classic Listowel (Ireland), Clearview Cinemas, Cleveland Cinemas, Continental Cinemas, Cornelius Cinemas, Dickinson Theatres, Dipson Theatres, Drexel Theatres, Eastern Shores (O’Neil Theaters NE), Emagine Entertainment (Cinema Hollywood), Empire Theatres (Canada), Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Elvis Cinemas, Eveningstar Cinema, Famous Players, Film Forum, Fine Arts Theatre - Beverly Hills, Flagship Cinemas, Fox Bay Cinema Grill, Foxmoor Movies, Frank Theaters, Funasia Theaters, Galaxy Cinemas (Canada), Galaxy Cinemas (GA), Galaxy Cinemas (NC), Greater Huntington Theatres, Greenville Cinemas (Camelot Cinemas), Hawthorne Theater, Hallett Cinemas, Harkins Theatres, Harrisonville Cinema, HLB Entertainment (Palace 9, Majestic 10), Hollywood Cinemas (UK), Hollywood Cinemas (UK) - Lowestoft, Hollywood Cinema 9, Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Howell Theater, IFC Center, Island Cinemas, Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center, Jarvis Conservatory, Kew Gardens (and Cobble Hill), K&G Theaters (Bloomfield 8), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Lafitte Cinema 4, Landmark Theatres (and Ritz Theatres), Lee Neighborhood Theaters, Live Chicago Music, M Park 4 Multiplex Cinema, Marketplace Cinema, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden Alley Cinema, Main Street Cinemas, Main Street Theatres, Mall of America 14, Majestic Crest Theatre, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres , Marcus Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Metropolitan Theatres, Mission Grove Theaters, Missouri Cinema 6, MJR Theatres, MnM Theatres, Morley Theatre, Moore Family Theaters, Movie Tavern, MovieMax Theatres, Muvico Theaters, My Town Cinemas, NCG Cinemas, NAOS Entertainment, EPIC Cinemas, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, Nelsonville Movies 10, North American Cinema, Oasis Cinema, Omniplex Theatre Group, O'Neil Theatres (Louisiana), O'Neil Cinemas, Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Pavilion Cinema (UK), Penn Cinema, Phoenix Theatres (MI), Phoenix Theatres (TN), Pickwick Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Prytania Theatre, Quarry Cinemas, Rail Road Square Cinema, Rave Motion Pictures, Regal Theater Stowmarket (UK), Regency 8 Cinema, Republic Theater Group, Rheem Theater, Rio Entertainment, Riviera Cinemas, Roxy Theatres, Safari Cinema, Santikos Theatres, Sayville Theatre, Schulman Partners (Colleyville Cinema Grill, City Lights Cinema), Scotiabank Theatres, Sea Turtle Cinemas, ShowBiz Cinemas, Showplace Cinemas, Silver Screen Cinemas, Silver Screen Partners, Southern Theatres, Southeast Cinemas, Speciality Cinema & Grill (Bermuda), Spotlight Theatres, Starplex Cinemas, Startime Entertainment, Star Cinema 6, Stone Theaters, Studio Movie Grill, Sunrise Cinemas, Syracuse Stadium 6,Tango Theaters, The Cinemas (Aruba), The Movies Curacao (Curacao), Terrace Theaters, Torch Theaters, Tower Theaters, Trans-Lux Cinemas, Tri City Theatre, United Entertainment Corp., UltraStar Cinemas, Virgina Motion Pictures, Village Theaters, Warren Theatres, Watson Theatre, Wellfleet Cinemas, and Westates Theatres.
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