Founded 1989 (1989)
Headquarters United States
Services Online media, movie theatre information, movie tickets
Parent AOL

Moviefone is an American-based movie listing and information service. Moviegoers can obtain local showtimes, theatre information, film reviews, or advance tickets. The service is owned by AOL.[1]


In 1989, Russ Leatherman, Rob Gukeisen, Andrew Jarecki, Pat Cardamone, and Adam Slutsky launched the interactive telephone service, with initial service in New York City and Los Angeles.[2] Russ Leatherman provided the voice of "Mr. Moviefone" for the automated phone service.[3] After gaining popularity, it later expanded across the United States and eventually adopted an online presence as

In 1999, AOL purchased Moviefone for $388 million.[4]

In 2001, Moviefone entered into a partnership with that crosslinked their ticketing offerings; by 2004, Moviefone's online arm was acquired outright by[5] However, in 2012, Moviefone announced a partnership with's rival Fandango.[6][7]

On February 23, 2014, it was reported that Moviefone would be shutting down its call-in service and its "777-FILM" phone number but would maintain its mobile app services.[8]

On May 5, 2014, Moviefone was relaunched with a new look, an expansion into TV content, and a comprehensive search tool that allows users to find theaters, channels, and streaming services offering movies and television shows.[9]






  1. "Products & Services". AOL Corp. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  2. "Pat Cardamone's Bio". IMDb.
  3. "Russ Leatherman's Bio". IMDb.
  4. "AOL buys MovieFone". CNN. February 1, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. "Press release". 2004.
  6. Verrier, Richard (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone dial up new partnership". Los Angeles Times.
  7. Lucas Shaw (May 23, 2012). "Fandango and Moviefone partner for ticket sales". Reuters.
  8. "Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On". New York Times. February 23, 2014.
  9. "Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information". May 5, 2014.
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