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03 May 2008 @ 09:38 am
Anybody know a developer at Google?  
I've decided that I want an "Advanced search" feature for movie showtimes.

I want to be able to say "I'm starting in this zip code, and I have free time starting at this time and ending at that time."  I then want the search feature to take the movie length into account and show me only local showtimes where the movie fits within that timeframe (give or take about 15 minutes for commercials and previews).

I haven't seen it out there yet.  Have you?
egheaumaen on May 3rd, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
It'll Never Happen
Each theater runs a different amount of commercials and previews depending on the deals that they make, so there's no such thing as an absolute set finish point for any particular film. Therefore, no internet entity will accept accountability for it. At least, no smart one will, and why would you want to depend on a stupid one?

If you subtract a half hour from the subsequent show time, you'll get yourself into the ballpark. If you want to be more scientific about it, many sites do post films' running times, and you can add about 10 minutes of previews, subtract 5 minutes if you don't want to stay for ending credits, and do the math yourself.

Speaking of which, stay through the end credits of "Iron Man."
Idtechnomonkey on May 4th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
Re: It'll Never Happen
I didn't think it would actually happen - it's just what I want.

Dammit. We saw Iron Man at the Avco today, and the showtime was screwed up so we had to leave the moment the credits started. (We were expecting a 4:10 showtime, and got a 4:40 one. Had to jog back to UCLA for an evening concert that started at 7:30.)

I guess we'll see the final moment when we pick up the DVD...
ext_99392 on May 11th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
dohgod I'm a dork
Joel, I actually spent about ten minutes looking around for a data source with an API for movie showtimes so I could whip you something up. And when there wasn't one, I actually considered for a few minutes just parsing the Google search results. Which would have been about the worst idea ever.

This is how much I don't want to be doing my actual work. :)
Idtechnomonkey on May 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Hi Andy! I didn't realize you were reading. Welcome! =)

And that's FAR too funny. Thanks for the thought, but you're right - I'm guessing you've got better projects to work on.... *g*