It’s Showtime for your movie Appetite

Published: October 29, 2013
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Reza Khan has gifted cinema-lovers with an app worth installing. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Reza Khan has gifted cinema-lovers with an app worth installing. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

ISLAMABAD: 

With cinema having surfaced as a popular pastime in Pakistan, the bid to secure the best seats in the best of cinema halls is becoming ragingly difficult. Standing in a long queue for hours only to find out that the show of one’s choice is sold out is a disappointment bar none!

Understanding the plight of movie enthusiasts of the country, Reza Khan, a 33-year-old entrepreneur from Islamabad, has developed and launched a movie listing smartphone application (app). Showtimes is Pakistan’s first smartphone app that lists the movie screening schedules of cinemas from across the country. With the help of a software developer, Khan created the app for Apple iOS-users and other Android smartphones. And it’s free! The app, which was launched on September 21 this year, has crossed over 5,000 downloads. With more than 8,500 screen views a day, the app is an absolute hit with movie fans. Out of 155 reviews, 125 rated the app with five stars.

Khan, who is passionate about movies himself, acknowledges the lack of fluidity in information dissemination at cinema halls. “Information about movie timings on cinema websites, Facebook pages, newspapers and that given on their helpline was always contradictory,” Khan said. To counter this problem and the inconvenience it causes moviegoers, Khan created an app that allows people to reserve seats in a cinema of their choice by simply downloading it on their phones.

Showtimes offers IMBD ratings, movie genres, discount coupons, directions to movie theatres and ticket ordering services. “If you are a movie-lover, you will love this app,” said Noman Qureshi, who has been using the app.

With a 4.6 average rating, the app shows the movie schedules of 19 cinemas of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. Khan stated that movie-fanatics in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have an edge right now over those in other cities; the latest feature of the app allows residents of the twin cities to not only book tickets but also get them delivered to their homes within 45 minutes of the confirmation of their seats. Khan has incorporated the cash on delivery service into his venture, which allows customers to make payments when they receive their tickets. “This has saved the time of many people, who had no choice, but to stand in long queues and hope that they get seats of their choice for a movie,” he said. “This facility will soon be provided for other cities,” he added.

It is fitting to see local entrepreneurs developing world-class softwares that our making people’s lives easier. With rampant growth of the information technology industry, Pakistan today is the ninth-largest mobile phone-using country in the world. With 120 million mobile users in the country, Chairman of the Punjab IT Board Umar Saif told The Express Tribune that Pakistan was amongst the top 20 app-making countries in the world. Kudos to Khan for his invaluable contribution to the Pakistani IT industry!

Know your IT industry

In Pakistan today, 30% to 40% of the software development workforce is working on mobile apps. Overall, the country banks on a software export of $2 billion, out of which $700 million is generated by freelancers.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • don
    Oct 29, 2013 - 8:30PM

    now some across the border trolls will start comparing their market with paks!! get a life brother!!

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  • Oct 29, 2013 - 8:47PM

    Thanks for reviewing our apps. You can download our apps from the following links:

    Android App Download Link: http://goo.gl/TQ0paS
    iPhone App Download Link: http://goo.gl/ecki5u

    Our website is http://www.showtimes.pk

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  • Ali
    Oct 29, 2013 - 10:15PM

    This app has been a lifesaver! I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and it’s made my cinema going experience so much better. Thumbs up to the developers

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  • Oct 29, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Dear Tribune, Could you please remove Rabia’s comment above? There seems to have been some misunderstanding which is why she left that comment. She should be contacting you herself as well so you can confirm that the comment was in fact left inadvertently. Thanks!

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  • Isha
    Oct 29, 2013 - 10:25PM

    Great to see Pakistani’s innovate in the IT space. Can you post links to where I can download this app?

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  • Tahir
    Oct 29, 2013 - 10:41PM

    Well done guy. It’s nice to see such initiatives come out of Pakistan

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  • Tahir
    Oct 29, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Great idea! Very nice application.

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  • Imran
    Oct 29, 2013 - 10:44PM

    I have used the service in Islamabad! Full marks Mr. Khan!

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  • Ali
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:51AM

    How would I know, which seats I have secured before ordering the tickets?, I don’t see anything for that on the website

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  • Shehryar Khalid
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Wonderful news! This only goes to show what Pakistanis are capable of achieving if they work hard. Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Mariam
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:22AM

    Well done Reza Khan! I downloaded the app and I must say its at par with any international app I’ve seen so far. Keep up the good work!

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  • Alex
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:20AM

    Great app! Tickets are delivered to your house so no more running late to the movies

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  • Manzoot Ahmed
    Oct 30, 2013 - 11:38AM

    I’m so glad to see cutting edge technological development in the software sector coming from Pakistan. Keep up the good work and best of luck Mr. Khan, you did Pakistan proud!

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  • Oct 30, 2013 - 11:40AM

    @Ali you would get a call from one of our sales reps to confirm your order and ask you for the seats you would like to book.

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  • nononsense
    Oct 30, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Hv u heard of “bookmyshow.com”.its been der in india for last 11 years.. Though it has become famous for last 5 years..

    Better late than never

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  • Ali
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:18PM

    @nononsense: this is about Showtimes Pakistan, the only app that caters to the Pakistani audience.

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  • Xara
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:07PM

    @nononsense:
    Necessity is the mother of invention. India had need of such website/app since long because of the thriving cinema business. Our cinema business has just started to grow and that’s why such websites/apps are being launched now. There is no need for such comparison.

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  • alii
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:19PM

    only for ios n android?wat bout wp8Recommend

  • Rana Maqbool
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Great app and fantastic service!

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  • Myra Q
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Hi – I would like to find out how I can contact this developer.
    Can I get an email or website please? ThanksRecommend

  • sarah
    Oct 31, 2013 - 7:59AM

    What a brilliant app! Hope to see the delivery service in Karachi.

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  • Murad
    Oct 31, 2013 - 8:08AM

    Good effort, very convenient. I want to know why we can’t pay online?

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  • Asad
    Oct 31, 2013 - 8:17AM

    I downloaded the app and was struck by its simplicity and functionality. Design wise it’s excellent, but the only cinema for which I could book tickets was Cinegold. When will other cinemas be added?

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  • Najam
    Oct 31, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Excellent initiative. I’m downloading the app now!

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  • PhotoBomb
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Just download the app from http://www.showtimes.pk. What an excellent initiative. Good Show!

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