FANDANGO ADDS FOUR NEW EXHIBITORS TO THEATER CHAINS NETWORK
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by Fandango and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
FANDANGO EXPANDS ITS EXTENSIVE THEATER REACH IN TOP U.S. MARKETS WITH THE ADDITION OF FOUR NEW EXHIBITORS
The Nation’s Leading Moviegoer Destination Signs New Pacts with Four Exhibitors-- Muvico, Studio Movie Grill, Krikorian Premiere Theatres and Penn Cinema--Offering Consumers More Online and Mobile Ticketing Options to Enhance Their Moviegoing Experience
LAS VEGAS/CINEMACON - April 16, 2013 - Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today it has added four new exhibitors, Muvico, Studio Movie Grill, Krikorian Premiere Theatres and Penn Cinema, to its ever-expanding network of theater chains. The recently-signed agreements will bring Fandango’s state-of-the-art online and mobile ticketing capabilities, including reserved seating and Paperless Mobile Tickets, to an additional 500 screens in nine states (California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Delaware), pushing the company’s theater reach to more than 21,000 screens nationwide.
The four deals follow on the heels of Fandango’s five-year renewal of its long-term relationship with Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest theater circuit, representing 7,367 screens across the country.
“Fandango is the premier online and mobile destination for people who love going to the movies,” says Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. “These new agreements with four of the leading regional exhibitors expand our network of theaters in key markets across the country, providing even more consumers with the most comprehensive ticketing options and tools available, to help them plan the ultimate moviegoing experience.”
With the addition of the new exhibitors, Fandango will offer ticketing for nearly 75 percent of U.S. screens, with expanded footprints in key markets across the country:
Muvico - a nationwide circuit with premium megaplexes in Florida, California and Illinois.
Studio Movie Grill - the pioneer in first-run, dine-in theaters with venues throughout Texas, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Arizona.
Krikorian Premiere Theatres - providing state-of-the-art elegance to moviegoers throughout Southern California.
· Penn Cinemas - a family-owned circuit of world-class theaters in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“We are thrilled to join the Fandango family,“ says Neil F. Bretan, President and CEO of Muvico , “Fandango’s singular ability to reach moviegoers across multiple platforms, along with its extensive affiliate network, makes it the perfect fit for Muvico.”
“Our research showed us that twice as many people visited Fandango than any other site for our movie showtimes,” says Tearlach Hutcheson, director of film of Studio Movie Grill. “Based on our customer demand, Fandango was an obvious move for us to maximize selling tickets online and on mobile devices.”
“Moviegoing is always a premiere event at Krikorian, with the first-class theaters across Southern California,” says Todd Cummings, VP of Operations for Krikorian Premiere Theatres, “and Fandango helps us perfect that moviegoing experience. Their team is on the forefront of theater technology, with their leading mobile apps, site and conveniences, and Fandango stood out for us as an online and mobile partner of choice.” “Our decision to switch to Fandango for online and mobile ticketing is an important part of providing the high-end service our customers expect from us,” says Penn Ketchum, owner of Penn Cinema Management Co., LLC. “In fact, like many of our decisions, we were greatly influenced by requests and feedback from our customers who told us they wished we would use Fandango. We made the switch and are very happy we did.”
In addition to offering moviegoers more ticketing options across their online and mobile devices, Fandango has been adding more content to its multiple platforms. Over the past few months it has launched two original video series, the Webby Award-nominated “The Frontrunners,” and the recently released “Weekend Ticket,” both hosted by renowned movie expert and Fandango’s Chief Correspondent, Dave Karger. Last week, Fandango launched its first audience-targeted destination called “Summer of Action” (www.fandango.com/summerofaction), featuring exclusive content and advance ticketing for 14 of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, including Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Man of Steel, and The Lone Ranger.
Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination and an NBCUniversal company, sells tickets to more than 21,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango is available online at www.fandango.com, via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango’s top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 33 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 41 million online and mobile visitors per month. Film fans find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
Based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Muvico Entertainment, L.L.C., is a chain of premium motion picture megaplex theaters, with 152 screens in nine locations across Florida, California, and Illinois. Muvico’s philosophy is to provide an integrated entertainment experience through extensive amenities and the latest in cutting-edge theater technology. For further information please see www.muvico.com.
About Studio Movie Grill
Studio Movie Grill (SMG), known nationwide as the pioneer and leader in the first-run, in-theater dining concept just opened in Charlotte, NC, and, with venues throughout Texas, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Arizona, has over 100 screens nationally with more expansion on the way. New locations are planned to open in 2013. For additional information, please visit www.studiomoviegrill.com.
About Krikorian Premiere Theaters
For almost 30 years, Krikorian Premiere Theatres has been offering movie-lovers throughout Southern California with state-of-the-art theatres that reflect the grandeur and elegance of the Movie Palaces from the Golden Era. All seven current KPT locations offer the best in digital projection and sound and the company is always on the lookout for the next great innovation. It is the refinement and quality of their theatres and staff that really sets Krikorian Premiere Theatres apart from the rest and what ensures that they can boast that at their theatres, “Movie-going is always a Premiere Event.” KPT currently operates 89 screens throughout the L.A. and San Diego markets with more to come soon. About Penn Cinema
Penn Cinema IMAX is an independent and family owned theater circuit. Penn’s locations feature world-class amenities including 15 screens and full-sized digital IMAX screens. PC is proud of their ability to provide their customers with a world class luxury presentation amidst the personal feel of a “mom and pop” theater. Penn Cinema is also well known locally for their active engagement with the communities.