SOURCE: Box Office Tickets Inc.; Film Action Oregon

February 28, 2008 19:03 ET

Film Action Oregon and Box Office Tickets Launch Local Ticketing Network

Ticketing by the Community for the Community; Network Goes Live at PDXtix.net

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - February 28, 2008) - Film Action Oregon (FAO) and Box Office Tickets Inc. (BOT) have teamed up to provide a community box office solution for Portland area organizations -- the PDX Ticket Network™.

Now, local Portland organizations can sell tickets over the Internet and offer their patrons walk-up services 7 days a week, through the FAO-staffed office at the Hollywood Theatre -- all at no charge to their organization.

Initially funded in part by FAO and BOT, the new ticketing and networking services enable the local Portland community to provide more convenient services to their patrons -- while saving money, maintaining greater control over their ticketing, and working together to share services and sell more tickets.

"Our goals are simple," says George Domurot, President/CEO of Box Office Ticket Inc. "Provide excellent service at a lower price, while keeping it simple, local and part of the community."

Keeping costs reasonable

To keep the costs low, FAO is donating front-office services and staffing for a 7-days-a-week box office at Hollywood Theatre on NE Sandy Boulevard for walk-up sales and service. Rehabilitation of one of the Theatre's storefronts into a new box office location is expected to be completed in June 2008. Partial funding for the construction has already been provided through a grant to FAO from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

BOT is donating the back of the house software, support and infrastructure that will enable organizations to access and manage their shows and events, send out promotions, sell tickets, and transact other business over the Internet.

The network is open to all theaters and groups with ticketing needs in the Portland area. There is no fee to join the network. For example, groups selling a $20 ticket through the network will get $20 back for each sale.

Customers pay a small service fee of $1 and five percent of the ticket price for the convenience of using the online network or on-site walk-up services at the Hollywood Theatre venue box office. Five cents of each ticket sold on the network will go into a community fund, which, at the end of the year, is donated to a local non-profit.

FAO has long been involved with local film and community events, most notably through its programming at the Hollywood Theatre. BOT has a long history of helping non-profits to leverage the Internet to promote events, sell tickets and conduct other transactions.

"This arrangement is groundbreaking for all participants," says Richard Beer, Artistic Director of Film Action Oregon. "Many local groups are already on shoe-string budgets, don't have box office expertise, or only produce ticketed events once or twice a year. The new network community ticketing arrangement will help them to reduce their costs while offering more high-end services to their patrons. This is also just the beginning of services we are planning to bring to the Portland community."

Portland area organizations interested in joining the network or anyone looking for more information should visit: www.pdxtix.net.

About Film Action Oregon

Established in 1992, Film Action Oregon provides non-profit support to Oregon's indigenous filmmaking community and educates Oregonians about this art form. FAO focuses on educating emerging artists, partnering with independent filmmakers to produce new works, and engaging diverse audiences by exhibiting independent, classic and foreign films at the 1926 Hollywood Theatre, which was purchased by FAO in 1997. For more information about FAO, visit: www.filmaction.org.

About Box Office Tickets

Box Office Tickets Inc. has been empowering the event and entertainment industry through innovative "back of the house" services since 1993. Known for the quality of its customer service and technology, boxofficetickets.com® is a national brand with proven experience in handling all types of events -- the arts, sports, business conferences and non-profit fund-raisers. Through its boxofficetickets.com® and RoBOT® technologies, Box Office Tickets provides a complete range of reliable and affordable solutions for order processing, admission control and data management services. For more information about BOT, please visit: www.boxofficetickets.com.

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