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With the loss of movie listings in the daily newspaper (and the loss of the daily newspaper -- mostly), people are turning to the Internet to find date and time information for their favorite flicks. Though, as usual, it may be somewhat difficult to transverse all the Internet has to offer in order to find the right destination. To assist you, here are a few sites that will get you the information you need.


Moviefone (www.moviefone.com) -- Born as an interactive telephone service voiced by Russ Leatherman (known as Mr. Moviefone), Moviefone is now a service of AOL. In addition to reporting showtimes, the online Moviefone provides movie news as well as reviews and trailers for current and upcoming films. Searches for listings can be done by the movie title, actor or theater name, or by entering your zip code. The zip code search will provide movie times on all theaters, big or small, within a 25 mile radius (which can be changed to an unlimited range if needed). Each theater listing provides directions, information links for the movies and their actors, and if online ticketing is available. Casual users of the service are encouraged to register with Moviefone for extra promotions and news.

With the loss of movie listings in the daily newspaper (and the loss of the daily newspaper -- mostly), people are turning to the Internet to find date and time information for their favorite flicks. Though, as usual, it may be somewhat difficult to transverse all the Internet has to offer in order to find the right destination. To assist you, here are a few sites that will get you the information you need.


Moviefone (www.moviefone.com) -- Born as an interactive telephone service voiced by Russ Leatherman (known as Mr. Moviefone), Moviefone is now a service of AOL. In addition to reporting showtimes, the online Moviefone provides movie news as well as reviews and trailers for current and upcoming films. Searches for listings can be done by the movie title, actor or theater name, or by entering your zip code. The zip code search will provide movie times on all theaters, big or small, within a 25 mile radius (which can be changed to an unlimited range if needed). Each theater listing provides directions, information links for the movies and their actors, and if online ticketing is available. Casual users of the service are encouraged to register with Moviefone for extra promotions and news.

Fandango (www.fandango.com) -- Fandango also includes movie news and trailers for new and upcoming films. Movie searches can be done by a drop-down list of releases, by movies and actors, or by zip code; there are no options to change the radius of the zip code search. If a theater is offering online ticketing you can purchase them at the website; however, in exchange for the convenience of bypassing the box office line, there may be a charge of up to $2 per ticket. Like Moviefone, users are encourage to join the site for news and additional bonuses. Finally, if you are on the go, Fandango offers cell phone apps for the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, and new Android.

MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com) -- Along with trailers, reviews and a members club, MovieTickets.com allows users to search for movie listings by zip code, city or state, or the name of the movie. Once the results appear you can change the radius search from anywhere between five and 40 miles (the default is 15). Users can only purchase tickets online from those theaters that participate in MovieTickets.com program. That includes many AMC, National Amusement, and Clearview Cinemas. Like Fandango, cell phone apps are available. Unlike Fandango, however, the MovieTickets.com app is for any Internet-enabled mobile device.

Google Movies (www.google.com/Movies) -- Google is a search engine after all, so why wouldn't it be useful to find movie listings? Compared to sites like Fandango and Moviefone, the search function is somewhat primitive. If you do a look up on a particular movie title you'll get locations for the movie as well as reviews and trailers, but there's a good chance they'll come from different sites. If you want to see all the movies playing at one theater you need to drill further down on the search site. There is no option to purchase tickets online.

Yahoo! Movies (movies.yahoo.com) -- Much more organized than Google Movies, Yahoo! Movies provides a comprehensive site that features movie news, trailers and other special features. Showtime searches are performed on a separate page and can be done by city and sate, zip code, or by movie title. Online ticketing is available on a limited amount of theaters.

Zap2it Movies (www.zap2it.com/movies) -- While mostly dedicated to news about television and film, Zap2it does have a movie listing option within its site. Searches can be performed by city and state or by zip code. Online ticketing is provided by Fandango.