New Contract Secures Exclusive Relationship Between Nation's Largest Movie Ticketing Service and the Nation's Premier 'Home Town' Motion Picture Exhibitor; Fandango Will Now Sell Tickets to 13,000 Screens
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LOS ANGELES and COLUMBUS, Ga., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango (www.fandango.com), the nation's largest online and phone movie ticketing service, has extended its contract with Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKEC) , the nation's premier "home town" motion picture exhibitor. With Fandango's recently introduced mobile service (mobile.fandango.com), Carmike moviegoers will have one more convenient way to buy advance tickets to such highly anticipated films as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."
With the addition of new Carmike screens, Fandango now tickets to approximately 13,000 screens and 1,100 theaters -- nearly 70 percent of theaters in the U.S. enabled for remote ticketing. In addition to serving moviegoers online at www.fandango.com (one of the Web's top five movie sites, according to Nielsen//NetRatings, August 2005) and through its new mobile service, the company sells tickets via 1-800-FANDANGO, the nation's only toll-free voice recognition phone service for movie information and ticketing.
"Our relationship with Carmike, one of our founding partners, has helped us to provide the best cinema experience to millions of moviegoers throughout the country," says Art Levitt, CEO and President of Fandango, Inc. "We are excited to extend our partnership with Carmike and plan to work together to introduce new moviegoing innovations for Carmike's guests in the near future."
"Our partnership with Fandango has been a huge success from the start," says Michael Patrick, CEO of Carmike Cinemas, Inc. "We have been with Fandango since its inception and the company has been a great partner for us, affording multiple conveniences for our customers. With innovations such as its new mobile service, Fandango continues to revolutionize the way people go to the movies."
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to approximately 13,000 screens and 1,100 theaters (nearly 70 percent of theaters in the U.S. enabled for remote ticketing) and to four out of the five largest U.S. theater circuits (according to National Association of Theater Owners, June 2005). A consortium of the nation's largest theater chains (including Regal Entertainment Group, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Century Theatres, among others), Fandango sells tickets to more screens than all of its competitors combined. One of the Web's top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango allows moviegoers to read reviews, view trailers, quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com.
About Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a premier motion picture exhibitor in the United States with 307 theatre locations and 2,469 screens in 37 states, as of September 30, 2005. Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized communities across the United States. More than 80% of its theatres are located in communities with populations of fewer than 100,000. Carmike Cinemas, Inc.'s Common Stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol "CKEC". For more information visit Carmike Cinemas' website, www.carmike.com.
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