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Moviefone is an American-based moving pictures listing and information service. Moviegoers can obtain local showtimes, cinema information, film reviews, and advance tickets, as well as TV content and a comprehensive search tool that allows users to find theaters, channels, and streaming services offering movies and television shows.[1] The service is owned by Helios and Matheson Analytics.[2]

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

HistoryEdit

In 1989, Russ Leatherman, Rob Gukeisen, Andrew Jarecki, Pat Cardamone, and Adam Slutsky launched the interactive telephone service, with initial service in Los Angeles and New York City.[citation needed] Leatherman provided the voice of "Mr. Moviefone" for the automated phone service.[citation needed] After gaining popularity, the service later expanded across the United States and eventually adopted an online presence as Moviefone.com.

In 1999, AOL purchased Moviefone for $388 million.[3][4] The acquisition was completed on May 21, 1999.[5][6]

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.[7] However, in 2012, Moviefone announced a partnership with MovieTickets.com's rival Fandango.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

On April 5, 2018, Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., the majority owner of the movie ticketing service MoviePass, announced the acquisition of Moviefone from Oath Inc. for $1 million in cash and $8 million in stock.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Moviefone". Moviefone.com.
  2. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 5, 2014). "Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "AOL buys MovieFone". CNN. February 1, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "America Online, Inc. Completes Acquisition of MovieFone, Inc". Business Wire (Press release). Berkshire Hathaway. May 21, 1999.
  6. ^ "America Online, Inc. Completes Acquisition of MovieFone, Inc". warnermediagroup.com. May 21, 1999. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Press release". MovieTickets.com. 2004. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Verrier, Richard (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone dial up new partnership". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Shaw, Lucas (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone partner for ticket sales". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Barnes, Brooks (February 23, 2014). "Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 5, 2014). "Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Ben Fritz (April 5, 2018). "Upstart MoviePass to Join With Cinema Service Moviefone". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  13. ^ 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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