Posted in movies on February 24, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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When I moved to New York in the '90s, among all the obvious cool things associated with the city, I was amazed with cable access... and, uh, Moviefone. The idea you could just call this number and get showtimes ("and even tickets" the ads used to say) via a very enthusiastic announcer (Moviefone founder Russ Leatherman, who left the company last year.) fascinated me. (They were more innocent times and I was easily impressed.) At one point Moviefone was even so popular it became a plot point in a memorable episode of Seinfeld. It was a part of most NYers' lives.

I can't remember the last time I actually called 777-FILM (probably right before I got a cellphone), but the service has remained... but not for much longer. The New York Times reports that over the weekend, callers to the number were greeted with an announcement saying the number "will no longer be in service in the near future." Moviefone, which is owned by AOL, will live on, however, via the web and mobile app.

Video from the Seinfeld episode below...

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Tags: Moviefone, movies, RIP

Comments (12)

WHY DON'T YOU JUST TELL ME THE NAME OF THE MOVIE YOU WANT TO SEE?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 2:23 PM

As long as I can still Ask Jeeves, I'm good.

Posted by patron(!) | February 24, 2014 2:24 PM

1800-555-FILK!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 2:26 PM

Russ Leatherman is one of the world's better names.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 2:31 PM

Hewwo!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 2:49 PM

We're missing the death blow!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 2:57 PM

>2014

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 3:09 PM

oh man, that just made my day. comments of the fucking year, my sweet billyburger eating beetches.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 3:27 PM

You have selected "The Discreet Charm of the Burjeeosee...."

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 3:30 PM

98% of all movies ever made suck, anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 3:46 PM

Apriete dos para EspaƱol

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 3:51 PM

I could have sworn this was news from around 2002.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:49 PM

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