The exhibition industry’s ShowEast confab kicks off today in Hollywood, Fla. — and that means it’s time for service providers to announce their latest theater chain deals. Fandango VP Commerce Kevin Shepela will disclose non-exclusive alliances with Bow Tie Cinemas, Classic Cinemas, Megaplex Theaters, UltraStar Cinemas, Dipson Theaters, Mexico’s Cinepolis (which has 35 screens in the U.S.), and TCL Chinese Theaters. That will add 873 screens in 13 states, bringing Fandango’s total to more than 25,000.
In addition to adding scale, the deals mean that consumers can use Comcast-owned Fandango to order tickets online at some of the industry’s most iconic movie palaces: Bow Tie — which says it’s the oldest theater circuit in North America, dating back to 1900 — owns NYC’s Ziegfeld Theater. TCL Chinese Theaters’ seven-screen complex in Hollywood, opened by Sid Grauman in 1927, also boasts the world’s largest IMAX theater. And Classic Cinemas’s 13 Chicago-area venues include the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove (which opened in 1928), and the Paramount Theatre in Kankakee (from 1931).
The alliances represent “a real milestone for Fandango” that will “significantly expand our ticketing reach…to some of the greatest cinemas across the country,” President Paul Yanover says.