The company co-owned by entrepreneur Mark Cuban says that its new CineLife app is the first that’s designed to serve fans of art house and independent movies. Harnessing a device’s location-based technology, it can tell users showtimes and locations for films that are playing nearby. It also enables them to buy tickets, tapping into existing online providers including Fandango and MovieTickets.com.
“We’ve created this app, in collaboration with the Art House Convergence, to unite hundreds of art house and independent theatres under one app that will help serve their interests and expand their customer base, ” says Spotlight Cinema Networks CEO Jerry Rakfeldt.
The app works now with Apple iOS devices, but an Android version is coming “later this year.”
In addition to the transactional information, CineLife will tell users when a movie is part of a festival, or when there’s a Q&A with one of the filmmakers. It also will have cast and plot summaries, news, and reviews from sources including Indiewire, Metacritic and Eat Drink Films.
Spotlight Cinema Networks primarily sells ads for indie theaters, much like National CineMedia and Screenvision do for major commercial ones. Exhibitors working with it include Angelika Film Center, Laemmle Theatres, and Landmark Theatres.