Movie tickets can be purchased online at third-party ticket websites like Fandango, MovieTickets and Moviefone. Tickets can also be purchased directly through AMC, Cinemark and other movie theater websites.
Third-party ticketing sites typically charge a convenience or service fee. The Fandango service fee ranges from 75 cents to $1.50 per ticket, with up to $2 added to special showings and 3D or IMAX movies, as of February 2015. Convenience fees are automatically included in the ticket price rather than added at checkout.
Approximately 20 percent of movie tickets are purchased online. Of the approximately 39,000 movie screens in the U.S., only 5,000 screens do not support online ticket sales.