How does Atom work?

Atom lets you buy movie tickets for thousands of theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Use the Atom Tickets app or go to and browse for movies playing in your area. When you find a movie you'd like to see, just select a showtime and proceed to purchase your ticket. Your ticket will appear as a QR code which is sent to your mobile phone or email. If using the Atom app, your ticket can also be accessed in the app.

Certain theaters will offer concessions when you buy your ticket. Pre-ordering your snacks means you don't have to wait in line when you get to the theater. Just look for the Atom Tickets lane at the concession counter or other designated pick-up area, scan your ticket or provide your confirmation #, and collect your goodies!

The Atom app also lets you invite friends to the movies. When buying tickets, you have the option to assign a movie ticket to a friend in your contact list. Your friend will be sent their own ticket which is really useful if you're picking up the tab but arriving separately. If you want to invite friends to the movie without paying for them, there's an option for that too! After purchasing tickets, you'll see a screen that allows you to share showtime details with friends right away, so they can purchase their own tickets. You can choose to share via text, email, Facebook, or other social platforms.

When you arrive at the theater, just scan the QR code at the theater entry. If you ordered concessions, you can pick them up at the counter. Look for the Atom Tickets lane or other designated pick-up area.

After the movie ends, don't forget to rate the movie (and concessions if applicable). Open the Atom app or go to and leave your thoughts.

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