Movie tickets can be purchased in advance online from ticket sale websites such as Fandango or MovieTickets.com or directly from most theater chain websites. There may be restrictions on how far in advance tickets are available and for which movies.
To purchase tickets, moviegoers visit one of the websites and enter their city, state or ZIP code to locate a theater. They select the desired date, movie and show time and enter the number of tickets in the appropriate age categories. As of 2015, an additional service fee of at least $1 per ticket is added to online ticket sales. Depending on the online service and the theater, users have the option to print the tickets at home, pick them up at the theater, or use a mobile app in place of a ticket at the theater.