Centennial, CO -- NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, today debuted its free Movie Night Out application for Apple® iPhone®, iPod touch®, AndroidTM mobile devices, and via movienightout.com for Blackberry® and other WAP devices.

NCM's Movie Night Out app helps users plan that perfect movie night out on the town. With a feature-rich interface, Movie Night Out can help recommend a movie based on the kind of evening a user has in mind, with suggestions on what to do before and after the film. Movie lovers can take in reviews, watch trailers, search showtimes and theater locations, and buy tickets directly from the app through links to Fandango or theater circuit websites. Then, with Citysearch reviews and recommendations, Movie Night Out can also help users choose where to do their pre-movie shopping, have dinner, or even buy flowers for their date, and then finish the night out with dessert or getting together with friends at a local club.

Movie Night Out also lets users save a plan, map it out on Google Maps, and share it with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email. Be it a first date or a night out with the family, Movie Night Out helps plan it all.

The free Movie Night Out app is available for download from the App Store or through the Android Market.

"Going out to the movies is a social event, and people like to make an entire evening out of it. Our new Movie Night Out is a truly platform-agnostic app that gives users a way to pick a movie, theater and plan their entire evening, all from their mobile device," said Ken Venturi, chief creative officer and executive vice president of interactive media with NCM Media Networks. "That old favorite - dinner and a movie - just got a whole lot easier!"

The app's detailed local business information is powered by CityGrid Media, which owns and operates leading local content and advertising network CityGrid® and leading consumer properties including Citysearch, Insider Pages and Urbanspoon.

Movie Night Out is part of the NCM interactive portfolio, featuring over 40 movie and entertainment-related web sites, online widgets and mobile applications - the No. 1 online portfolio of sites reaching moviegoers according to comScore.

For more information on the Movie Night Out app, visit YouTube, Facebook or www.movienightout.com.

 

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Muvico Entertainment announced this week that its Hialeah location will undergo a major remodel and reopen its doors in time for the upcoming holiday season.

Operated by Muvico since 1996, and refurbished several times over the past decade, the Hialeah Theater will once again be given a dramatic facelift, inside and out. This time, the makeover of the theater will be its most comprehensive redesign ever. Beginning with the creation of a whole new lobby, the theater's extreme makeover shall include full stadium seating complete with rocking-style seats with retractable armrests, the installation of Sony 4K digital projectors in every auditorium (providing moviegoers with the clearest high definition viewing experience available in cinema today), the addition of three Real D 3D capable auditoriums and a new family entertainment center, complete with over 100 of the latest arcade and redemption games.

"The makeover of our Hialeah theater is far more than a splash of paint here, and a patch there. We're talking about stadium seating, new screens, new state of the art projection and sound systems, new seats, new lobby, new concession items and a new arcade," said Muvico Entertainment CEO Neil Bretan. "When we reopen in December, our patrons will enjoy the world's premier movie experience and the highest level of customer service, the hallmarks of every Muvico theater."

Hialeah is the latest property in Muvico's theater chain to receive a top-to-bottom makeover. Most recently, Muvico completed multi-million dollar upgrades to its Pompano 18 Theater in Pompano Beach, Florida, its BayWalk 20 Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida, and its Starlight 20 complex in Tampa, Florida. Residents of Hialeah are excited for the changes at their beloved neighborhood theater.

Muvico continues to operate nine theaters in Florida, Illinois and California, including notably its two newest theaters in Los Angeles and Chicago, each of which features premiere auditoriums and an upscale restaurant. Muvico will continue to expand its nationwide presence, with plans for a new theater in Malvern, Pennsylvania, as well as additional theaters in the greater Chicago and Los Angeles areas.

Muvico Theaters, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL now currently operates 154 screens in nine movie theater locations.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Millions of moviegoers will join the cast of Rotten Tomatoes beginning today when Flixster Inc.'s popular movie website partners with Facebook to add a full array of social features.

In the biggest change to Rotten Tomatoes since it debuted in 1998, users who are currently logged into Facebook will instantly be able to see ratings and reviews from their friends, share what they want to see, and get personalized recommendations - without having to register, log in or link accounts.

"Our new social features are ‘word-of-mouth' on steroids," said Joe Greenstein, CEO and co-founder of Flixster Inc., Rotten Tomatoes' parent company.

Just as the Facebook News Feed is instantly customized for each user, Rotten Tomatoes will provide a unique and tailored experience to users who are logged into Facebook. Through Facebook, users will also have the freedom to control how and which information is shared.

They'll get a "big picture" of how movies are scoring with both critics and audiences on every Rotten Tomatoes movie page, which will feature an "Audience Score" - the aggregation of all ratings and reviews contributed by Flixster users - right next to the Tomatometer®.

"People have always found movies through recommendations from friends," said Carl Sjogreen, who leads Facebook Platform products. "With Rotten Tomatoes, we're bringing this experience online and giving people the best of both worlds - friends and critics."

Because Rotten Tomatoes is part of Flixster, all ratings and reviews from moviegoers will be seamlessly shared across Flixster's other properties - including Flixster.com and the leading movie apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices.

"Our users tell us that critics' reviews are important - but they're just one tool they use when considering a movie," Greenstein said. "Flixster users have contributed more than 2.5 billion movie ratings across all of our applications, and through our partnership with Facebook we'll help users sift through all of those ratings and instantly find the ones from people who matter the most to them."

Together, more than 3 million people use Flixster's mobile apps every weekend - and more than 30 million people each month visit Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes online and on their mobile devices.

 

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