21st century ticketing: 'FJI' surveys the latest technologies and services


It’s time once again for Film Journal International’s annual look at leading movie ticketing companies and their newest technological conveniences.

Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 20,000 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. At many theatres, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless mobile ticket on their smart-phones.

Fandango is available online at www.fandango.com, via smart-phones, tablets and other mobile devices, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 22 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors per month. Film fans find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango. (Fandango.com)

MovieTickets.com, worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, offers moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets, while serving as a top destination for movie news, reviews and trailers. Its elite collection of nearly 250 partner theatres is more than 10 times the amount of its nearest competitor.

MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across 17 countries/territories, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Consumers can access showtimes and ticketing from any Internet-enabled device at mobile.movietickets.com (U.S. only) or by downloading mobile apps at movietickets.com/mobile. As an added convenience, at select locations consumers can print their own tickets or have a barcode ticket delivered directly to their mobile device. (MovieTickets.com)


Omniterm’s Integra product suite continues to offer customers state-of-the-art ticketing options embedded within a powerful Management System.

As a key component of the data-exchange cycle, the ticketing system can automate and simplify many daily routines. From the moment a schedule is created, the automated features within Integra can update digital projection systems, LCD poster displays and box-office marquees, and feed numerous online ticketing and social-media sites.

Simplifying the ticket purchase through multiple methods is a necessity and the customer’s ticket retrieval and theatre access should be as simple. Integra provides various automated retrieval methods through print-at-home, kiosk scanners, box-office retrieval, or paperless mobile readers. Integra’s Ticketing system is part of the overall theatre experience providing a full-circle solution.

Omniterm will be at the upcoming Cinema Con in Las Vegas at booth 625. (Omniterm.com)

Retriever Software
Every theatre owner knows that a strong film lineup is vital to the success of the cinema operation. Retriever Software understands this and has developed programs around the value of their versatile event scheduler. When you create the film schedule on Retriever’s Point-of-Sale system, your ticketing stations, digital LMS, theatre signage, theatre website, Internet ticketing page, newspaper schedule, onscreen advertising partners and even your newsletters are synchronized automatically with the current showings.

Retriever Software makes it happen. With their Point-of-Sale software and Web Tools, a simple update to the schedule puts their programs into action. They bring it all together with connectivity to everything from real-time sales updates to smart-phone-accessible ticketing, real-time updates to gift and loyalty card values, and perpetually managed websites. When all of your theatre resources are in sync with Retriever Software, you can be assured that your entire operation is focused on service and profits. (RetrieverSoftware.com)

Titan Technology Group
Titan Technology Group offers a full range of point-of-sale software options including box office, concessions, online ticketing, kiosk and teleticketing. Titan provides smart, easy-to-use back-office tools to ensure smooth-running operations. Their corporate and administrative software gives you total control, seamlessly integrating all point-of-sale and system data, while providing real-time information for fast, intelligent analysis and business decisions. With over 200 standard reports, Titan enables you to understand your customers better than ever.

Looking to increase repeat visits? Track customer loyalty? Strengthen relationships with your best patrons? If so, Titan has a solution for you. (TitanTechGroup.com)

Vista Entertainment Solutions
Vista Entertainment Solutions is a leading global producer of entertainment software solutions for the cinema market. Established in 1995, they have grown extensively and their product has become the most widely installed cinema software in the world.

Building on this success, Vista offers solutions for cinema and entertainment venues such as theatres, exhibition centers and live-performance venues. Vista software has been installed in over 2,000 sites in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Versatile, modular and easy to run, as well as being cost-effective, convenient and flexible, Vista is also function-rich. Whether you run one cinema or one-hundred, Vista's modular system lets you run your cinemas the way you want.

Vista recently released a new Facebook ticketing application. It enables customers to look up showtimes, purchase tickets, make bookings with their friends and check their bookings, all from their Facebook page. The Vista Facebook application is easy to add, with users simply searching for the application or accepting the application invite. (Vista.co.nz)