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Loews offers online tickets in N.Y.

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NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new attraction coming to a printer near you: movie tickets.

Starting Monday, moviegoers attending shows at 13 Loews Cineplex theaters in New York will be able to get their ticket through online remote ticketing and printing before they get to the box office.

Customers can go to www.Fandango.com — set up by Loews and six other exhibitor companies — to select the theater, movie, time and purchase and print tickets. The ticket, printed with a bar code, can be scanned by the ticket taker inside the theater.

More than 13 percent of the 8 million customers who visited Loews' New York theaters last year bought tickets either over the phone or the Internet.

But it is the first time this type of offsite ticketing and printing has been tried in such a major market, said Lawrence Ruisi, head of Loews Cineplex Entertainment. The service has been tested in a limited number of theaters in Texas and Utah, and there are plans to include other cities.

Movie theater attendance has fallen in recent years as ticket prices have gone up. A movie costs $10 in New York, about $9 in Los Angeles and about $7.50 in other cities.

"Basically, it's about making the experience more friendly, more convenient for customers," Ruisi said.