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Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2012-06-15 07:58.
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Seeing movies in theaters is a pastime a lot of people love to do. But nowadays, doing so has become really expensive, and a lot of folks would rather spend their limited income on other things.

Enter Dealflicks, a Los Angeles startup that is currently in beta mode. Dealflicks aims to revolutionize the entertainment business by connecting movie theaters with movie enthusiasts, allowing theaters to sell empty seats at a discount, generally 40% to 60% off the regular ticket price. This way, movie theaters make money off what would otherwise have been a no-sale, and customers get to enjoy movies for less.

Now before you go about jumping up and down, take note, there's a catch. You only get to specify the day and vicinity you want to see the movie, not the specific movie house or time. The moment you purchase the ticket, the site will inform if you're supposed to head on to the theater two blocks away right at that very moment or if the movie is going to be a movie-and-dinner kind of thing.

Launched in mid-April of this year, Dealflicks has raised $47,500, and this summer, they're planning to expand in Santa Cruz, California, in El Campo, Texas, cities in the Bay Area and Virginia.

Like most startuppers, Dealflicks founder, Sean Wycliffe, had his own set of problems to face before Dealflicks was finally ready to take off. With a business background under his belt, he was no programmer. The developers he contracted with eventually all became busy with other stuff that he was forced to learn programming himself. Wycliffe insists he's still bad at programming but better to know who's good and who's not, what technologies must be used and how long things normally take. Currently, Dealflicks has two developers, three co-founders and eight interns.

Wycliffe would consider himself successful only once Dealflicks starts generating a seven-figure revenue stream and joining forces with the top 10 movie theater chains.

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