About Us

The Company

An award-winning startup based in Santa Monica, California, the heart of “Silicon Beach,” Atom Tickets changes the way people go to the movies with its revolutionary social movie ticketing app and website. Backed by Lionsgate, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fidelity Management & Research Company, Atom Tickets is enabled on more than 20,000 screens across the U.S. including AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Harkins Theatres, National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas, and many more. Atom’s user-friendly and socially driven interface allows movie lovers to search for films instantly, invite friends, buy tickets, pre-order concessions and enjoy a VIP experience at the theater. The platform’s innovative marketing solutions and young, diverse user-base help studios, exhibitors and brands reach their target audience and maximize revenue opportunities. Bloomberg, Forbes, USA Today, Variety and TechCrunch are just a few of the influential media outlets covering how Atom makes it easier than ever to go to the movies. Check out these stories and more in our press center.

How Atom Tickets Works

Atom Tickets re-imagines the most convenient way for users to plan a night out at the movies. The free app and website provide relevant reviews, trailers and synopses to help moviegoers make the best decision on what to see. App users may then invite friends (via their contact lists or Facebook) to purchase their own tickets and join them with a few easy taps—eliminating IOUs and lengthy text conversations. Atom streamlines the process of purchasing tickets and concessions from any iOS or Android phone. At the theater, users skip the box office lines and go directly to the ticket attendants and Atom-exclusive express concession lanes where they simply scan a QR code on Atom-branded tablets to redeem their order. Paper tickets and IOUs have been replaced by Atom's innovative platform that keeps all plans, messages, payment and tickets in one convenient place.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 Andreessen Horowitz
    a16z Marketplace 100

  • 2021 Built In LA
    Best Places To Work

  • 2021 The Tech Tribune
    Best Tech Startups

  • 2020 Great Place To Work
    Certified Company

  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies

  • 2016 Disney Accelerator Program
    Official Selection



Co-Founders

Matthew Bakal

Matthew Bakal

Matthew has a unique background that includes extensive experience on both the creative and financial sides of the media business. He has worked for Warner Bros., Mandate Pictures, Good Universe, and IBM entertainment consulting. He has structured financial deals that balance creative ambitions with bottom line prudence. Previously at Lionsgate Entertainment, he oversaw day-to-day business development opportunities and strategic initiatives. Matthew wants more people to see more movies, and he thinks there should be an easier way for the industry to match movie supply with consumer demand. All this experience contributed to the spark that has become Atom and our successful capital raise. Matthew holds an AB in English and American Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Matthew’s favorite movie is "Caddyshack". But maybe "Airplane". Or perhaps "Animal House".
Ameesh Paleja

Ameesh Paleja

Ameesh is an accomplished engineer and technology executive. After starting his career at Microsoft, he moved across town to join a small company called Amazon.com. At Amazon, he focused on building software and services that allowed the company to sell digital goods that didn’t come in little brown boxes. Ameesh helped launch Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s Appstore, Cloud Drive, and the Kindle product line. He then became the founding employee of Amazon’s digital R&D facility in Southern California, where he oversaw 550+ employees. Much of Atom's design was born of Ameesh’s frustration with planning a night out at the movies with friends. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, and holds 16 patents. He is not very good at poker but would be happy for you to invite him to a friendly game. Ameesh’s favorite movie is "Gladiator" (followed closely by "Star Trek VI: The Undisvered Country").
Geoff Shaevitz

Geoff Shaevitz

Geoff has spent the last 19 years in the film industry. He has been a development executive at Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, and currently oversees the Summit label for Lionsgate Entertainment. He has worked on all sorts of movies, ranging from Batman Begins and Twilight to Red and Now You See Me. His desire to collaborate on Atom stems from his belief that all people (young, old, and everything in between) want to go out to the movies with friends – they just haven’t had the right tools. Geoff holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to being a film executive, Geoff is an avid chef and a horrible dishwasher. Geoff’s favorite movie is "Black Hawk Down."



Leadership


  • Chelsey Aldridge (Product)

    Favorite Movie: The Lion King
  • Seth Freilich (Legal)

    Favorite Movie: The Thing
  • Vicky Grahan (Marketing)

    Favorite Movie: Aliens
  • Max Lynn (Corporate Development)

    Favorite Movie: Up in the Air
  • Ricardo Olvera (Front End Engineering)

    Favorite Movie: Airplane
  • Reza Rahman (Infrastructure)

    Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Archith Rapaka (Back End Engineering)

    Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight