In these here modern ages, with indoor plumbing safely in place and the inter-tubes available in developed countries, there are a lot of ways to find the right movie at the right time on your computer. |
First up is the laziest and easiest: directly off a search engine. As examples, Google and Bing have just about identical search results. If the movie’s playing (in your country), you’ll see listings. For example, typing “Alf 2: The Invasion, Des Moines” (hoping this will never be a real movie), should return a list of theaters screening the flick, and times, for the town. If you’ve allowed the world to know where you’re connecting from, you can skip the name of the town. Oh, and you can use a zip code instead, if you want to find a screen closer by. (Entering in latitude and longitude coordinates won’t work. I’ve tried.)
If you’ve got frequent buyer accounts with a movie ticket seller, go to their site. Fandango is one, Atom is another (as of this writing in March, 2019). Cinema breweries and local and corporate movie chains also have web sites, and they all figure out where you are and ask if they can’t tell.
Creating an account with a movie theater chain or ticket seller can net you free tickets and other perks so, if you plan on seeing at least one more movie in the next twenty years, and you don’t mind giving out a little info, it might be worth your time to sign up. Cinema breweries like Flix are great and tend to provide more attentive service. Some cinema breweries will do things like refund your ticket if you missed the show. That’s a big leg up on the other ways of getting tickets!
Movie makers flood social media of every kind with carefully timed clips, teasers, trailers, and faux “making of” clips featuring actors in half-makeup and five seconds of film. Sometimes starting a year before the premier. For all of those there will be web sites attached to the post. Going back to our hypothetical “Alf 2: The Invasion,” there’d probably be a site like alf2-4thewin.com (along with alf2FTW.com, and alf2movie.com, etc.). Giving your location (if they can’t already figure it out) will yield you all the locations and times for theaters in your area). Plus links to things like all the trailers, screen backgrounds, links to merchandise, and the like.
One last thing to remember when looking to find a movie schedule on your computer: reserved seating. While most web sites have that capability, it depends on the theater. The best bet to get the seat you want is to go with a local cinema brewery or similar theater. Comfy and reserved seats always beat standing in line at the entrance of the theater, hoping your sprinting skills are on par with the people in front you.
The movie schedule is Des Moines is available at Flix Brewhouse.
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