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movie times in my area If I had to name a single benefit of the internet that has greatly improved the standard of living of the world as we know it, it’s definitely the ability to check movie show times in your area from the comfort of your living room. Gone are the days when you have to drive all the way to town just to park near the billboard and squint through the windshield at the titles and showtimes of the current movies. Today, you’ve got the internet and with the wonder of Web 2.0 technologies, you’ve also got convenience.

Method #1: Do It Old School

Ever since college in the 90’s, I can remember rushing to the computer center on Friday afternoon to check the internet for movie times. Back then, Yahoo and other sites offered some of the most basic search capabilities, and the results were in the form of some of the dullest looking table-formatted web pages. Today, there are several state-of-the-art movie websites that go out of their way to provide you with slick search widgets and results that leave nothing to the imagination.

For example, Fandango offers the most advanced website I’ve seen anywhere, for looking up movie theaters and show times in your area, as well as learning everything you’ve ever wanted to know about movies, celebrities, and entertainment news.

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There are a number of other identical websites like Fandango that offer the same features, including top rated movies, entertainment news, and of course theater and show time searches.  The top among all of them include Yahoo Movies and AOL’s Moviefone, but what sets Fandango apart is that it’s one of the first movie sites that have caught on to the internet’s social networking craze.

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Once you sign up for an account at Fandango, you get your own “My Fandango” page, where you can rank and review movies and provide fan comments about whether certain movies were awesome or if you thought that they tanked.

The social networking aspect comes into play due to the fact that other Fandango users can read your reviews and ratings – making Fandango a perfect platform for an amateur movie critic looking for an audience.  If you write good reviews, you could potentially find your own fan club at Fandango.

The personal account also lets you create a customized search called “My Theaters” so that you don’t have to repeat the same search every time you log onto the website. Just log into your account and your theaters, along with all of their movie listings, are ready to review.  Yahoo and Moviefone also offer the same feature, but they lack the same sort of fan community that Fandango has put together.

Method #2: Widgets

One of the more convenient methods to check movie show times and screenings in your area is by setting up a widget on your own website or blog. If you like more than one movie site, just add a widget from each one and collect the information on your own page without having to visit several sites.

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Moviefone provides a whole list of widgets with different content that you can display on your own page. Moviefone widgets include:

  • Facebook widget (the one shown on the left)
  • Coming Soon – Displays upcoming movies
  • Movie Search – Search for movies on your page
  • New In Theaters – Movies opening in theaters this week
  • New on DVD – Newest DVD releases

Fandango also offers a variety of six widgets that you can embed on your page.  Your visitors can search movie show times for free, and Fandango gets free advertising – it’s a win-win.

Rotten Tomatoes, one of the premier movie websites, also offers “enhanced syndication,” in the form of web page widgets.

Method #3: Mobile Access to Movie Show Times

If you have a cellphone with a data plan, then you can make use of the mobile internet offerings these movie sites provide.

For example, Fandango offers a variety of mobile options.

movie show times on mobile

These include direct WAP access through your cell phone or iphone (mobile.fandango.com or iphone.fandango.com).  AOL Moviefone provides the same access at wap.aol.com/moviefone.

If your cellphone doesn’t have a data plan, you’re not stuck.  You can still get mobile movie times through a text message.  Just text your zip code to FNDGO (36346) or “m” plus your zip to 4INFO (44636), then you you’ll get a text message back with movie show times in your area (US only).

In other words, no matter where you are, you always have access to the latest movie show times in your area.

How do you get movie times? What sites do you frequent?

  1. scootmandoo
    December 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    My favorite and quickest way to find out movies times is to simply text "google" (466453). Send a text message with the name of the movie you would like to see and the area code for the area you'd like to see it in and poof! it comes back in under 5 seconds. You can actually use this service for a variety of other searches as well, all to a varying degree of reliability, but this use by far the best that I have found so far.

  2. Carlos M.V.
    December 23, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Nice post but you must not forget Orbit Downloader. I use ir after trying almost all listed here in the past

  3. Aibek
    December 23, 2008 at 9:40 am
  4. Ryan
    December 22, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Thanks Tina! The only excuse I have for not mentioning Google is Word Count limit! :) That, and everyone seems to be going gaa-gaa for Google these days, I guess I wanted to give the little guys a day in the Sun too! Thanks for posting the google resources though - they really are useful.

  5. Mulder
    December 22, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Instead of wasting time on web sites that are poorly designed and slow, did anyone ever think of looking in their newspaper? They list theaters, movies, show times, and even prices for many theaters. Amazing! What will they think of next?

    • Tina
      December 22, 2008 at 6:25 am

      I know how people say that the internet undermines high class journalism. However, who in their right mind would bother to wrestle with giant pieces of paper that leave dark marks on your fingers and in the end don't provide one bit of extra information, when they can find what they are looking for with less effort and in a matter of seconds on the internet. After all, most newspapers do provide an online counterpart.

  6. Tina
    December 22, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I'm sorry Ryan, but you forgot the BEST way to check for movie showtimes which even works outside North America.

    What kept you from mentioning Google?
    UK: http://www.google.co.uk/movies
    Canada: http://www.google.ca/movies
    Australia: http://www.google.au/movies
    Germany: http://www.google.de/movies
    Austria: http://www.google.at/movies
    France: US: http://www.google.fr/movies
    US: http://www.google.com/movies
    I guess you get the drift...

    With Yahoo you can do it similarly, for example...
    here: http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/
    ici: http://fr.movies.yahoo.com/
    hier: http://de.movies.yahoo.com/
    aquí: http://es.movies.yahoo.com/
    But it doesn't work for as many countries as Google.

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