Bye Moviefone!

Seinfeld - Kramer Moviefone
Seinfeld – Kramer Moviefone

I heard today that AOL is getting rid of Moviefone. Makes sense, I haven’t used it to find movie times in at least a decade. Shoot, I rarely even go to the Moviefone website. I just use Google’s ability to show showtimes, go to the actual theater’s website, or Fandango. Lots of people remember Moviefone from the pretty funny Seinfeld episode in which Kramer answers the phone number (when the phone numbers get switched?). My favorite line: “Why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you want to see?”

Moviefone means something a little extra special to me. When I was in high school I used to call Moviefone so the line would be engaged when my girlfriend wanted to call me late at night. Oh, how different the days were before cheap cell phones. I’d dial Moviefone randomly listen to the audio trailers to make sure Moviefone wouldn’t hang up on me while I waited for the girl to call. Then there’d be the call waiting sound and I’d switch over. Heh, the things kids these days won’t have to worry about…

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