“The 777-FILM numbers will no longer be in service in the near future,” intones a man with a voice decidedly scrawnier in timbre than Mr. Moviefone’s. “To buy tickets and for all of your showtime information please download the free Moviefone app on your smartphone or iPad.”
Russ Leatherman, a founder of Moviefone who provided the famous greeting, left the company last November.
The automated telephone service — once so popular that it was lampooned on “Seinfeld” — will be disconnected in about a month, before a planned reintroduction of the Moviefone brand by AOL and BermanBraun, a web and television company.
End of an era. Amazing that AOL paid $388 million for this company in 1999 and now they view it as essentially worthless just 15 years later.