'Dope' to Become First Movie to Accept Bitcoin for Ticket Purchases
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In an apparent first for a movie studio, Open Road Films will allow fans to use Bitcoin to purchase tickets to “Dope,” an indie comedy about a high school geek that opens June 19.
Starting today, consumers can use the digital currency to buy tickets on MovieTickets.com at more than 900 theaters in the US, with payment platform GoGoin helping to process each transaction in a way that’s similar to a credit-card purchase. The deal was facilitated by the social media agency, Partiqal.
The choice of film for the payment experiment is no accident. Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” which debuted to great acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows a self-described geek named Malcolm (played by newcomer Shameik Moore) who likes ’90s hip-hop culture and modern-day technology in equal measure.
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