Improved ZIP code searching

posted by Patrick Crowley on July 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

Medium

We’re excited to announce we’ve upgraded our search engine to provide better results when searching for movie theaters by ZIP codes within the United States.

When we relaunched the site six weeks ago, we had limited support for searching by ZIP code. But, as you might have noticed, if you searched for a ZIP code, we were only able to show movie theaters located within that exact area.

While this feature was somewhat useful, we were often only able to return a very small number of movie theaters for each ZIP code query. As well, when searching dense urban areas like New York City, we’re unable to show nearby theaters… even if they were blocks away from the ZIP code you entered.

So, now, when you search for a ZIP code, we’ll show you every movie theater within 30 miles of the ZIP code you entered (sorted by distance). We think this feature is much more useful now and hope all of you enjoy it!

Comments (4)

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on July 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

Great job. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this site!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Sorry chaps… after three attempts to find “PORT ORCHARD, WASHINGTON 98366” (which is listed in your US directory) I drew a blank. The Dragonfly Cinema, as well as Regal are out there and have been for decades… seriously!

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on July 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

@SirSimonOverton You only need to enter the ZIP code… you can leave out the city and state. Try searching for just “98366” and you’ll find the Dragonfly.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

You can remove a comment now if it is not correct or you want to change it,and repost.Tinseltoes.

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