'FJI' reviews the latest innovations from movie ticketing companies


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


Dealflicks is a Hotwire for movie tickets. Everyday users can save up to 60% on movie tickets and concessions. With their new mobile app coming out in early March, users can find deals on the go. Simply pick a theatre, movie and showtime, and they'll show you some awesome deals. Buy right from your iPhone without convenience fees. Tap-to-Redeem at the theatre to collect your tickets and concessions. Enjoy the movies! (dealflicks.com)


Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and an NBCUniversal company, 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. For many theatres, 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 31 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.

Jack Roe
A successful PoS provider requires strong ongoing development and excellent customer support because PoS hardware can easily be reloaded with new software. Theatres can pick and choose different aspects of systems that they like. For example, a ticketing system could connect to a totally different signage package or mobile app. Theatres don't need to make the compromises that they once did with new data-interchange formats.
JACRO TaPoS provides everything from initial system design and configuration to automated backups, live monitoring and support to alert theatres if a RAID disk or power supply needs replacing, helping to provide maximum uptime for theatres with minimal effort onsite. A little more work for them can save a lot of work for the theatre.

Jack Roe uses Linux-based servers (like most d-cinema servers) because of their long-term reliability. The Windows front end is quick to learn and new staff can be trained in minutes. (jackroeusa.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 260 partner theatres is more than ten 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 an 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 has expanded their online ticketing module within their Out-of-Scope PCI Compliance products. OmniWEB offers theatres the ability to sell tickets from their own website while maintaining an out-of-scope environment. OmniWEB offers a flexible look and feel to the interface with automatic updates directly from the theatre schedule. All transactions are processed securely without any cardholder data being passed through the Omniterm Integra System.

OmniWEB is one of the numerous enhancements to the Integra product line, which allows theatres to decide their Internet fees on a per-ticket or per-transaction basis. OmniWEB utilizes Mobile 2D ticket scanning for improved theatre access and a paperless entry option. (omniterm.com)

Retriever Software
Retriever Software supplies comprehensive ticketing and point-of-sale solutions for movie theatre operators. They offer integrated solutions for box-office sales, concessions sales, inventory, labor management; digital signage, website management and corporate controls. They continue to develop product enhancements for improved functionality and ease of use. Recently launched modules include:

* Mobile Internet Ticketing App
* Mobile Real-Time Revenue Monitor
* Enhanced Barcoded Single-use Ticket Vouchers
* Image Delivery Services for digital box-office signage
* Split Tender Function for multiple forms of credit payment
* Day and Time Pricing for concessions and table-service restaurant items
* Schedule XML Updates for digital projection, signage and film gross reporting

Ask Retriever how they can partner with you to optimize your ticketing and theatre management systems. (RetrieverSoftwareInc.com)

Vista Entertainment Solutions
The latest offering from Vista Entertainment Solutions enables cinema managers to access information from anywhere in the cinema complex. Vista InTouch provides on-the-go view and update functionality via an Apple iOS mobile device where focus is on essential “happening now” activity. Log-in takes the user to the InTouch Dashboard, the dual purpose of which is easy access to important information in the form of an “at a glance” view of what is happening in your cinema. A central homepage features six tiles including: Admits, SPA/Per Cap, Cashiers, Staff, Featured Item and Settings. Also featured here is the “Alerts” panel; notifications can be sent to managers in real time allowing them to take immediate action as needed. InTouch enables mobile monitoring and management of films scheduled, session utilization, seat allocation, daily spend stats, cashier support, cash drops and staff rosters. “Featured Item” functionality enables the monitoring of a specific cinema offer—for example, the sales of a new concessions combo. (vista.co.nz)