Google Kills Showtimes, Annoying Moviegoers Everywhere
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Google has quietly killed Google Showtimes, a standalone website dedicated to telling you where and when you could see a movie in your local area. Fans of Showtimes aren’t happy, but Google has clearly deemed this venture unnecessary in this day and age.

Google Showtimes, which was located at Google.com/movies/, was a simple tool allowing anyone to find the showtimes of movies near their current location. Showtimes was launched in 2005, and the user interface remained pretty much unchanged until its recent shuttering.

If there was a warning that Google Showtimes was disappearing, we certainly missed it. However, the site shut down at the beginning of this month, and now returns a 404 error message. The About page still exists, but displays the following message from the Google Showtimes team:

“Google Showtimes was discontinued on November 1, 2016. You can now discover showtimes on the search results page by searching for the name of the movie you want to see or try searching for the word ‘movies’ to discover what’s in theaters.”

From Google Showtimes to Google Search

Google regularly kills off products and services it thinks have outstayed their welcome, and Showtimes is the latest victim of this seemingly annual purge. This one was a bit of a no-brainer though, as Showtimes was neither particularly popular or beneficial to Google’s bottom line.

Thankfully for those of you who regularly utilized Showtimes, Google has retained the basic utility of Showtimes within Search. As outlined above, you’ll find the same information about an individual movie by just typing it into Google. So, Showtimes isn’t really a major loss.

Having said that, the Google Search option is limited when compared to Showtimes, which is why Showtimes fans are revolting against Google’s decision. Threads on the Google Product Forums and Reddit are full of people unhappy to discover Showtimes has gone and isn’t coming back anytime soon.

Did you ever use Google Showtimes? Will you miss it? Is the Google Search workaround good enough to satisfy your needs? Can you understand why Google killed Showtimes? What website or app will you use instead? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. SB Stokes
    November 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Google killing Showtimes seems incredibly short-sighted and, honestly kind of stupid, considering there is no one and nothing else in that data space, providing any similar, as granularly effective, information in one place on the web.

  2. Chris
    November 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Google did NOT retain the basic utility of Showtimes within Search. A no, this was not a "no-brainer" I don't know how popular it was in terms of numbers of users, and perhaps that is Google's fault for not making it easier to get to.
    But the point was to list all movies in all theaters in an area. I don't always know the name of the movies, nor the names of the theaters, especially if I am in a new area. But a lot of times I want to go to A movie. Using showtimes I can get a list of movies and when they'll be shown.
    IF I want to continue to use Google I will have to look up each movie individually, or each theater individually. Too much work. Now I'll use a competitor, like Bing.

  3. Brian Swartzfager
    November 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hopefully Google's plan is to make Google Assistant smart enough to answer questions about showtimes for nearby theaters.