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Dealflicks, once billed as the Priceline of movie tickets, is no more | LA Times

Dealflicks Inc., the start-up once billed as the Priceline of movie ticket sellers, has thrown in the towel after years of struggling to gain traction.

The San Francisco company, which promoted deals on tickets and concessions, sent an email to customers Tuesday saying its service has ended, effective immediately.

“This is unfortunate news for us to share as we have spent countless hours and effort over the past six years trying to provide the best movie ticket deals to users across the U.S.,” Dealflicks said. “However, at this time, we are unable to continue to operate moving forward based on our financial situation.”

Co-founder and Chief Executive Sean Wycliffe did not immediately respond to requests for comment. An email to the company’s support line bounced back.

Founded in 2012, Dealflicks aimed to partner with theaters to offer discounts of as much as 60% on movie tickets and concessions during periods when theaters are mostly vacant. In its early days, the founders promoted the service by driving around the country in a converted Toyota Sienna to visit local theaters.

The company, which started in Los Angeles, offered savings on tickets by selling vouchers and by combining ticket sales with deals on concessions. Part of its goal was to eventually offer discounts on the tickets themselves, but that idea didn’t appeal to exhibitors, which have long resisted so-called dynamic pricing.

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Dealflicks, once billed as the Priceline of movie tickets, is no more.

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