FandangoMy husband and I both score “Quality Time” as our highest Love Language, which translates into lots of date nights, either out or at home after we put the kids to bed. We love movies and I not-so-jokingly say that seeing a Friday night movie is “in my contract.” Fandango is a service that we’ve used to purchase movie tickets and today I’m going to walk you through the process.

The theater we visited obviously loves Fandango; I counted six posters placed in the ticket booth, on the concession counter, and next to the bathrooms. They even have the Fandango website on the large lighted sign on the front of the theater.

I know Fandango simplifies ticket purchases for movie goers, but obviously it simplifies things for the theater, too. My guess is that lines move faster when the tickets have been purchased in advance, and that benefits everyone.

On Fandango’s home screen you’ll find information about the hottest movies now in theaters and links to cast interviews and additional information. You can browse to find a movie or click the “Buy Tickets” link if you already know what you want to see.

I clicked the “Buy Tickets” button under X-Men: First Class. We’ve been waiting for this one to open.

Once you select your movie of choice, choose when you want to see it. Available times are shown in red.

I appreciate the fact that Common Sense Media ratings are included. That’s a site that I check for movies for the kids and this saves me an extra website to search.

I put much more weight on the “Avg. Fan Rating” of “Must Go!” than the “Avg. Critic Score” of 65 out of 100, but I was glad to see they’re both included.

You can create an account or login as a guest, and PayPal is now an available payment method—cool! That’s what I used.

Once your tickets are purchased you’ll see a confirmation screen. You can either print the page or just bring the confirmation code with you.

Fandango/ticket purchase collage

Here’s the hubs exchanging that confirmation sheet for tickets. I’ve also used the Fandango iPhone app, which lets you purchase tickets on the go.

110604_iPhone_022It’s no exaggeration to say the theater was heavily promoting X-Men: First Class. They know a winner when they see one. Making a prequel with existing characters but new actors was a gutsy move, especially after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was the bomb of the four movies (in spite of the highly watchable Hugh Jackman).

This movie, however, is great. I love how a prequel can fill in missing details and explain character development (don’t worry, no spoilers here). My husband and I both gave it a big thumbs up. It’s a great date night choice!

Check out this video if you’d rather watch the purchasing process:

{Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. Opinions expressed are my own.}

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