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Last Call: Moviefone’s Phone Numbers Go Dead March 31

Mr. Moviefone is about to get disconnected.

AOL’s Moviefone dial-in lines will no longer be available after next Monday, March 31, according to a recording on the service. The phone numbers include the toll-free (800) 777-FILM nationwide and those in 67 local area codes across the U.S. Moviefone had previously alerted users that the lines would be phased out, as it shifts focus to higher-usage web and mobile platforms, but didn’t say when.

Fret not, Moviefone fans — the “fone” in the service’s name will now mean your smartfone (er, smartphone). The apps for iOS and Android lets users find movies playing nearby in one tap, as well as buy tickets at participating theaters through Comcast’s Fandango, watch trailers and movie clips, and access news about films and actors.

SEE ALSO: Moviefone Will Get Reskinned in AOL Pact with BermanBraun

The Moviefone website has been getting renewed love, too, with a new design and an expanded offering of entertainment news and content, including about TV. AOL last fall cut a partnership with Whalerock Industries (which changed its name from BermanBraun after the exit of Gail Berman) to redesign the Moviefone site and expand its content and features across all platforms.

Moviefone was founded in 1989 as a dial-up service for checking movie times. It was acquired by AOL in 1999 for $388 million.

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