Moviefone

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Moviefone
Founded1989 (1989)
HeadquartersUnited States
ServicesOnline media, movie theatre information, movie tickets
Parent Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.
Websitemoviefone.com

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.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] Russ Leatherman provided the voice of "Mr. Moviefone" for the automated phone service.[citation needed] 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][2]The acquisition was completed on May 21, 1999.[3]

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.[4] However, in 2012, Moviefone announced a partnership with MovieTickets.com's rival Fandango.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AOL buys MovieFone". CNN. February 1, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "America Online to Acquire MovieFone, Inc., Nation's No. 1 Movie Listing and Ticketing Company". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. February 1, 1999. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2019 – via TheFreeDictionary.com.
  3. ^ "America Online, Inc. Completes Acquisition of MovieFone, Inc". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. May 21, 1999. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2019 – via TheFreeDictionary.com.
  4. ^ "Press release". MovieTickets.com. 2004. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Verrier, Richard (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone dial up new partnership". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Lucas Shaw (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone partner for ticket sales". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Barnes, Brooks (February 23, 2014). "Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On". New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 5, 2014). "Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Ben Fritz (April 5, 2018). "Upstart MoviePass to Join With Cinema Service Moviefone". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Carr, Flora (April 5, 2018). "MoviePass Just Bought Moviefone. Here's What It Means for Moviegoers". Fortune. Retrieved June 29, 2019.

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