Fandango Finally Rolls Out PayPal Mobile Payment Option in Smartphone Apps

It’s been one of the most widely requested features of the iOS and Android Fandango mobiles apps – the ability to pay for movie tickets via PayPal.

Just in time for the holidays, Fandango announced Thursday that moviegoers now have the option of using PayPal when purchasing movie tickets through its iPhone and Android showtimes and ticketing apps.

“We first offered PayPal as a payment option on the Web, and we’re now pleased to extend it to mobile,” says Rick Butler, Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager. “More than 20 percent of Fandango’s ticket sales come from mobile devices and, PayPal will offer an additional safe, easy and fast payment method for our moviegoers on the go.”

Fandango has seen a 73% year-over-year increase in mobile ticket sales in 2011. The year overall marked the best-performing year in the company’s 11-year history, with record highs for its ticket sales, online and mobile traffic, advertising sales and the number of theater screens it represents across the country.

“Millions of PayPal customers globally make payments through mobile devices, so combining our frictionless mobile payments experience with Fandango’s iPhone and Android apps makes ticket purchasing easier and faster than ever before,” said David Marcus, Vice President of Mobile, PayPal. “Fandango has made it incredibly convenient to purchase movie tickets with a mobile device and PayPal helps customers make these transactions seamlessly.”

Does the addition of a PayPal payment option to Fandango’s popular app line make you more inclined to use the popular mobile ticketing service?