Fandango is expanding into the UK and Canada for the first time after announcing the acquisition of international operator MovieTickets.com.

Through the deal, terms of which were not revealed, MovieTickets.com will join online movie ticketing brands Fandango, Flixster, Ingresso and Fandango Latin America already under the Fandango umbrella.

The acquisition of MovieTickets.com, which will continue to operate from its headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, is expected to close before the end of the year.

Fandango said the addition of MovieTickets.com will further its goal of full coverage across the US, while also giving it access to several new markets, including the UK.

“MovieTickets.com has done a terrific job, building a popular and trusted brand with millions of loyal customers and hundreds of exhibitors, and has been a champion of serving theatre circuits large and small for nearly two decades,” said Fandango president Paul Yanover.

“We look forward to sharing an array of mobile and social media innovations with their customer base to enhance the movie discovery, planning and ticket buying experience.”

MovieTickets.com currently enables remote movie ticketing for consumers across the globe, including the US, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. Fandango is also in the process of moving into Latin America after launching new online and mobile ticketing destinations at Ingresso.com in Brazil and Fandango Latin America in multiple countries within the region.

“MovieTickets.com is committed to serving moviegoers and exhibitors to enhance the total moviegoing experience,” said MovieTickets.com chief executive Joel Cohen.

“Teaming with Fandango will enable MovieTickets.com to further its mission and increase advance ticket sales.”

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