Finding local showtimes for films is as easy as doing a quick search in Google, on the theater’s site, or on a site like Fandango. But even with the information readily available, British startup MovieGlu believes that they can make it even easier to quickly compare showtimes across theaters and to purchase tickets.
The basic premise of the service is that a grid, like you would use to check out times for a television show, for movie showtimes makes it more pleasing to quickly check and see what is playing where and to purchase tickets (they offer a comparison of various services to offer an indication of what they are aiming to improve). The service is web-based at the moment, but CEO Derek Morgan tells me that their immediate plans include development of apps for Android and iOS, as well as integrating ticket sales into the platform. They have already expanded past their native British market to the United States, with plans to operate in additional countries in the near future.
This service has not been around long, having only launched in mid-October and Morgan declined to reveal information about their total number of users. He would tell me that the project, which he and co-founder Steve Morgan bootstrapped, currently generates revenue from ticket sales through affiliate programs with theaters and that they have begun talking with businesses about offering a white label service for showtimes and for other businesses which may benefit from this model.
Offering showtimes is a basic service and, for now, MovieGlu lags behind the theaters and sites like Fandango because the British startup does not let users purchase tickets through the site. I expect that MovieGlu will eventually offer a comparable service and it will be interesting to see if users flock to the grid-style listings or if they stay with the established services.