SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, FLA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced at ShowEast today that it has added Bow Tie Cinemas, the eighth largest U.S. theater circuit, plus leading exhibitors Classic Cinemas, Megaplex Theatres, UltraStar Cinemas, Dipson Theaters, Cinepolis and Hollywood's iconic TCL Chinese Theatres, to its massive digital ticketing network.
The seven recently-signed exhibitor deals added hundreds of new-to-Fandango screens in thirteen states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia, lifting the company's total U.S. screen count to more than 25,000. Fandango now provides online and mobile ticketing services to the vast majority of the nation's theaters with online ticketing capabilities.
"This is a real milestone for Fandango, as these seven new partnerships will significantly expand our ticketing reach and consumer conveniences to some of the greatest cinemas across the country," said Fandango President, Paul Yanover. "We look forward to working closely with our distinguished partners, as they leverage our latest online and mobile technologies to attract even more moviegoers to their theaters."
Founded in 1900, Bow Tie Cinemas is the oldest theater circuit in North America and the eighth largest in the U.S., operating 420 screens at 59 locations in five states. In New York State alone, the company operates 113 screens at 22 locations, including New York City's Chelsea Cinemas and the world-famous Ziegfeld Theater, a popular home for world premieres. "We share Fandango's passion for adding value to the moviegoing experience," said Joseph Masher, Chief Operating Officer for Bow Tie Cinemas. "We are excited to work together to increase exposure and easy access to all of our theaters."
Helping to expand Fandango's footprint across the West and Southwest, independent movie theater chain, Megaplex Theatres, operates theaters throughout Utah and Nevada with a total nearing 200 screens in 17 locations. Megaplex venues are among the top-grossing in the nation, featuring regular and large-format screens, dinner and a movie gift options, and an industry-leading guest services team.
Classic Cinemas, the largest Illinois-based theater circuit, operates 104 screens at 13 locations in the Chicago area. Well known for its meticulously renovated historic theatres combined with state-of-the-art presentation technology, Classic Cinemas has won numerous awards and claims many distinctions including its status as the first 100% Enhanced 4K DLP exhibitor. Its classic screens include its flagship movie house, the celebrated 1928 Tivoli Theatre in the nearby Chicago suburb Downers Grove, plus such historic venues as the Woodstock, Lake, York, Lindo and the 1931 Paramount Theatre in Kankakee, Illinois. "We look forward to working with Fandango not only to expand our ticketing availability," says Classic Cinemas CEO Chris Johnson, "but also to participate in their extensive promotional programs."
UltraStar Cinemas, headquartered in San Diego County, operates 69 screens at 7 locations throughout Southern California and Arizona. UltraStar stakes its claim as the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations, and also the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for moviegoers.
Dipson Theatres opened its first theater in 1939 in Batavia, New York and over the years, has expanded its circuit throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dipson Theatres operates and manages 44 screens in 8 locations, screening first-run commercial films, along with art and independent films. Dipson Theatres is extremely proud to be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Mexico-headquartered Cinépolis operates 35 screens in 5 venues in the U.S. In 2011, the circuit made its debut in the domestic market with its modern movie theater concepts with fully-reclining leather seats, in-theater dining and waiter service, gourmet menu, full bar, elegant lobby spaces and cutting-edge sound and projection technology. Cinépolis has some of the top performing screens in the country with a dedicated audience of passionate moviegoers throughout Southern California, with new theaters to arrive in Central and Southern Florida in 2015. "We look forward to our new partnership with Fandango," says April Mendoza of Cinépolis. "This collaboration will extend our reach and give more guests a chance to experience Cinépolis' unique premium movie theaters."
The TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood is one of the world's most famous movie theater venues, visited by millions of people every year. The historic 7-screen complex is home to the world's largest IMAX theater, celebrated hand & footprint forecourt of the stars, themed film festivals and its tradition of world premieres dating back to its opening by Sid Grauman in 1927. "We are thrilled to partner with Fandango, as we are continually looking for new ways to please our moviegoers and expand our business with the addition of our spectacular IMAX Theatre," says Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and COO of the TCL Chinese Theatres.
Over the past year, Fandango has greatly expanded its theater coverage, adding more than 2,000 screens across the country to its network. In May, the company signed Harkins Theatres, the nation's largest independently-owned theater chain and top circuit in key Southwestern states, plus leading exhibitors, Digiplex Destinations and Premiere Cinemas.
Fandango continues to innovate across its online and mobile moviegoer destinations. Earlier this year, the company redesigned its website and mobile apps, featuring an improved, streamlined ticketing experience and a sleek interface for showcasing high-res movie art, celebrity photos, HD video and trailers. The company also acquired MovieClips, the largest movie trailer and content network on YouTube, with more than 9 million subscribers, averaging 230 million video views per month.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 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's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.