The highly anticipated comedy “Dope” will be the world’s first movie to accept bitcoin for its ticket sales through a partnership between Movietickets.com — which supports over 900 cinemas in the U.S.
The integration of GoCoin’s payment gateway will enable users to purchase movie tickets with bitcoin at almost one sixth of the nation’s cinemas.
The integration of bitcoin on Movietickets.com is “an integral part of the movie Dope,” which presents bitcoin as a new world currency and an alternative to cash.
Produced by Pharrell Williams and Forest Whitaker, the movie focuses on a tech geek named Malcolm who is trying to survive in a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, California that’s filled with drug dealers and gang members.
Ultimately, Malcolm discovers his true self in Los Angeles, when he finds bitcoin, an anonymous alternative for purchasing drugs. The character says:
“I just read that money as we know it is dead. Soon the world is only going to buy and sell products using Bitcoins.”
Alex Winter, the director of the documentary “Deep Web,” commented on the digital currency being used to purchase illicit drugs as part of the plot of the movie. He stated:
“That’s actually pretty accurate. There would have been no Bitcoin without the Silk Road. These disruptive technologies often come into the mainstream via contraband or criminality.”
Movietickets.com CEO Joel Cohen commented that the bitcoin integration will help increase the ticket sales of Dope, sayng:
“MovieTickets.com thrives on these types of opportunities. It’s cool, it’s original and we’re going above and beyond the common boundaries to drive ticket sales.”
Advantage over Competitors
Some customers from competitors like Fandango are already shifting to Movietickets.com solely due to the platform’s integration of bitcoin.
“I can confirm that I just bought a ticket at my local Regal theatre for Jurassic World tomorrow, using MovieTickets.com on my laptop,” said one Redditor. “Ended up in a bitcoin payment interface, similar to that of BitPay. Sent the coins, and less than a minute later had the ticket delivered to my phone. Top class service. I am saying ‘Bybye Fandango, hello MovieTickets.com’ from now on.”
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