The Showtimes API – An International Showtimes and Ticketing API

The Showtimes API – An International Showtimes and Ticketing API
Ben Johnson
Updated on 29/01/2023

Our cinema deep ticketing and international showtimes project is now complete and we’re ready to release the result! Last year we began a project to review the websites of all cinemas in the countries we regularly work. After 3 months of intensive data collection, we individually reviewed some 10,000 cinema websites across Europe, Latin America, Russia, and the Asia Pacific and collected international showtimes from them.
The point of this exercise was to understand how many of the cinemas have:

  • Websites (an online presence)
  • URLs that are constructed with good logical metadata design
  • Online booking services that:
  1. We can mine ourselves
  2. We’ll need to reach out to you for a feed

This ‘lie of the landscape’ review has been very interesting, as we’ve seen firsthand the tremendous growth in the market for online booking services globally, which is far beyond what we had expected. Even more, interestingly, it’s the developing markets, such as Russia (and the rest of the Eastern Block) and India, who are leading the technology charge in fully integrating their local cinema market into mass portals offering online ticketing to users. Perhaps surprisingly, the countries with the largest traditional base of cinema-going and the largest number of cinemas per head of the population, e.g. Italy, Japan, France, and Germany, had the poorest coverage in online ticketing and technology platforms.
Now that we have concluded our study, we’re proud to announce the release of the International Movie Showtimes API – the most comprehensive global showtimes and ticketing solution available on the market. Our movie showtimes API works on a two-stage process, whereby users are taken directly to the purchase stage of tickets for the film at the select cinema, or they’re taken to the film’s dedicated information page on the cinema’s website if direct ticketing links are unavailable.
At present, we can offer ticketing links to major cinema chains in the following territories: Russia, Korea, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Mexico, the UK, the USA, Argentina, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, and India. If the cinema has neither online booking nor dedicated film information pages then the API delivers the cinema's telephone number and its location on a map.
For more details, review the International Showtimes API FAQ section.

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