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‘Avengers: Endgame’ just crashed movie theater websites and apps across the world

No one was prepared.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Apr 2, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 3:50 pm CDT

After months of anticipation, tickets for Avengers: Endgame, the final installment in the Avengers franchise, went on sale early Tuesday morning. And no movie theater appeared prepared for the army of fans invading ticket websites and apps. Getting tickets to the final Avengers film proved more difficult than snagging tickets to a concert for a huge pop star. Or the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill.

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Multiple Daily Dot staffers tried to obtain tickets for shows in different cities, including Austin, Texas, and New York City, with difficulty. The website and app for Alamo Drafthouse, which offers assigned seating, themed menus, and pre-shows, crashed early in the morning. When trying to select an available showtime, users received an error message or a spinning wheel. At other sites, like Fandango, fans experienced long wait times.

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(The Alamo site crashed but you can purchase Alamo tickets at Fandango.)

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Sites in the U.K. were also affected.

We don’t even know if this film will be good, but fans are clearly excited about seeing it right away. (Also, no one wants key plot points spoiled for them.) Disney also released a new trailer for Avengers: Endgame this morning. But did the company even need to bother with additional promotion for this film? Judging from the ticket demand, Avengers: Endgame will be a box-office hit.

We’ve reached out to Alamo Drafthouse for a comment on the company’s app and website crashing, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from the company.

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*First Published: Apr 2, 2019, 9:05 am CDT