Movie Ticketing: Movie Ticketing: No Lines, Some Waiting

Buying movie tickets by phone or on the Web is a great way to avoid lines at the multiplex. But is it worth the automated hassle? Theater chains generally use only one service, and you can spend two minutes on the phone before discovering that the one you've called will list the movie showings but won't actually sell you a ticket. TIME tried out the three leading services:

AOL MOVIEFONE The granddaddy of the bunch (started in 1989, now owned by TIME's parent company), it makes you sit through an annoying movie ad and then plow through some 20 prompts before...

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