How To Generate Secure QR Code Tickets For Movie Screenings

QR Code on movie tickets

You are in the business of movie shows. Or are organising a special movie screening. And you need to create tickets.

You can either be an event tickets seller or theatre company looking for a new method to generate and distribute secure tickets regularly.

Or you are responsible for a special movie screening at your organisation, university, or festival. And are looking to create and distribute secure tickets as a one-time activity.

You have been using traditional printed or digital tickets i.e. without any security enhancements.

With these, you are facing the following challenges:

Freeloaders use fake tickets to gain authorised entries.

With traditional tickets, your staff needs to spend about 10-15 seconds verifying authenticity causing long queues

Moreover, ever since the COVID-19, guests have been opting for a contactless experience. They will be apprehensive of the security team touching their ticket to validate entry.

The good news is that there is an easy way to address these challenges.

You can use an online ticket Generator tool to generate and distribute QR Code tickets.

These tickets can be validated at the entry in a few seconds in a contactless way, ensuring authorized entry only.

In this article we’ll guide you on how to generate QR Code tickets for your movie screenings.

Keep reading.

A. QR Code-based movie tickets: Your solution

design your tickets online

QR Codes are 2D barcodes. They can easily be scanned via a smartphone or a dedicated app to access the content within. Hence, they offer a contactless operation.

Here is how this works:

  • The guest has a print or digital version of the QR Code-based movie ticket
  • On the day of the event, he/she brings this ticket and shows it at the entrance
  • The security team at the entrance will then scan the ticket using a dedicated app
  • Upon scanning, the team will know whether the ticket is genuine or not
  • If it’s genuine, the team will permit entry. If it’s fake, they will discard the entry

This way, only authorized entries will be permitted in the theatre hall/movie event.

Now let’s see how to create QR Code based-tickets.

B. Create QR Code-based tickets

In order to create movie tickets, you will need an online tool such as Ticket Generator. But before you actually move on to create QR Code-based tickets, you need to answer the following questions:

1. Do you need tickets on a regular basis?

That is, if you are an event ticket seller or a theatre company, you will need tickets regularly. For your use case, you can use Ticket Generator API.

With this, you can conveniently create QR Code-based tickets, when required. You can simply integrate your registration system with our ticketing system. And then generate tickets in real-time.

For your help, here is a step-by-step guide on how to create tickets using API.

2. Do you want to create movie tickets as a one-time activity?

This is for those people who are organising a special movie screening. For this, you can use the Ticket Generator dashboard to create tickets.

You can either download tickets in printable formats or email tickets directly to guests. Here is a step-by-step guide.

a. Create event

Go to Ticket Generator and create an account. Once you ‘Sign Up’, you will get ten free credits to create ten tickets free of cost.

Now, as you log in, go to Create Event followed by clicking on the Bulk button. Here, select the event from the dropdown box if already created. If not, then create an event by adding details such as event description, time zone, and venue.

QR Code on movie tickets: Create ticket

b. Design tickets

Here you have two design options. You can choose from either of the two:

i. Upload own design
Upload own design: Ticket Generator

Say you have a ready-made design template for your ticket. But you want to add a QR Code to it. This will act as a layer of security.

If that is what you require, then this is the suitable option for you. Here, you can also add variable/unique information by clicking on the + button.

ii. Default design
Default design: Ticket Generator

In this option, you can use Ticket Generator’s standard design in case you want to create tickets from scratch.

Here, you can add a logo, change the background color, or background image to your ticket.

For your reference, here is a helpful guide on how to design event tickets.

Once designed, you can click on Preview. Here, you can see how your QR Code-based ticket looks. If everything looks fine, proceed to the next step.

c. Choose delivery method

In this option, you can specify how you actually want the tickets. Plus, here you can upload actual data of variable/unique information.

You can choose from the following four options:

i. Generate form link

Here, you can design and share your own event registration page with your target audience. You can add images, event description, specify the form fields, and even customize the button text.

event registration form
ii. Generate and Download

In this option, you can generate and download the tickets in printable formats (PDF).

iii. Generate and send

Here, you can choose from the following three options:

  • Send tickets via email only

Here, you can directly mail the movie tickets to your guests. You can specify up to 1,000 email addresses. You can either upload a data file or manually type/paste in the given grid.

  • Send tickets via SMS only

In this option, you can send the movie tickets to your guests through an SMS. You can specify up to 1,000 phone numbers either manually or by uploading a file.

  • Send ticket my both email and SMS

Here, you can send tickets by both email and SMS. you can either upload the data or type manually on the grid.

If you have any variable data, you can add it in the file you upload. Variable data is the data, which is unique for every ticket. This may include seat number, hall number, seat category, amongst others.

For more information, you can refer to this guide on variable information.

iv. Generate via API

If you have your own registration system, then you can generate tickets programmatically in real-time via Ticket Generator API.

For more information, you can refer to this detailed guide on Ticket Generator API. 

That’s all. Your QR Code-based movie tickets will be generated.

This way, you can easily create unique movie tickets in bulk. Now, let’s move ahead to detail how you can create single tickets for contingencies.

C. Single tickets for contingencies

Ticket Generator also allows you to generate and distribute single movie tickets to the guests. It is useful in these two ways:

1. Having unplanned guests at the last moment

Say you are organizing a special movie screening and have created the tickets for it. You have delivered all the tickets to your guests. But at the last moment, some people have walked down on your screening. And wanted the tickets for your show.

What’d you do? You certainly wouldn’t want to create a whole new batch of tickets again. This is where Ticket Generator can help you. It allows you to generate additional tickets in just a few minutes. Here’s how:

a. Login to Ticket Generator

b. From the dashboard, click on Create Tickets followed by clicking on the Single button

Single Ticket

c. Select the appropriate event

d. Click on New ticket under Choose Action section

e. Now, you need to select the delivery method—Download Ticket and Send Ticket as per your choice. The Download Ticket option allows you to generate and download the ticket. On the other hand, the Send Ticket option helps you send the ticket to the guest via email ID or phone number

f. Once specified, click Generate & Download (in case of Download Ticket) or click Generate & Send (in case of Send Ticket)

New ticket

That’s it. A new single ticket will be generated.

2. Resending the tickets

Say you have sent the tickets of your screening to your guests via email and phone number but due to some unforeseen reasons, some of them didn’t receive them. Here again, Ticket Generator can help you resend them. Here’s how:

a. Login to Ticket Generator

b. Go to dashboard and click on Create Tickets

c. Then tap on the Single button

d. Now select the event for which you want to resend tickets

e. Under the Choose Action section, click on Resend Ticket

f. Now, you’ll be asked to choose your preferred mode of searching for the guest’s ticket. You can use the ticket ID to do it

Alternatively, you can also use the guest’s email address or phone number which you entered while creating the ticket.

g. After entering these details, click Search and you will see the ticket details

h. Now, click on View and specify the guest’s email ID or phone number

i. Once you submit these details, click Resend

Resend Ticket

That’s it. That is how you can resend tickets to individual guests.

Now, let’s move ahead to detail how you can validate these tickets.

D. How to validate tickets

You now know how to create movie tickets. To ensure guest safety, you take various measures. Let’s see how you can validate QR Code on movie tickets to allow only authentic entries.

1. Download Ticket Validator

You can scan the QR Code on each ticket by downloading the app—Ticket Validator (Google Play, App Store). Upon scanning you can know whether the ticket is fake or not.

2. Add coordinators

The next step is to add coordinators. These are the people who will help in scanning the entry tickets.

To add coordinators, go to your Ticket Generator dashboard and click on Manage Events. Here, you will see the details of the event you have created so far.

Now, in the extreme right of the table, click on the three dots. You will see the option for Add/Edit Coordinator.

On selecting this option, you can specify the email addresses of the coordinators. Each coordinator will then receive an email invite and a password.

They can then use these credentials to login to the Ticket validator app.

3. Start validating ticket

To validate tickets, you need to follow these steps:

i. Login to the app using the credentials emailed.
ii. Select event from the list of events. Note that it will be visible only if ticket scanning has been activated. You can update this date/time by editing event details in the Manage Event section.

iii. Scanner will now launch. You can scan QR Code on each ticket. If for some reason QR Code doesn’t scan, enter ticket code to validate entry.

In case a person wants to leave the movie and wants to enter again after sometime, you can mark her/his ticket for re-entry.

Now, let’s see how you can track attendance and get other useful data.

E. How to track movie attendance

Analyse data

By getting useful analytical data, you can know the shortcomings in your present movie event. And hence take better decisions for the next.

In order to get analytical data, go to the Manage Event section and on the extreme right of your dashboard. Here, click on View Analytics.

Here, you can get data on following parameters:

  • Percentage of people who attended the event
  • Number of tickets validated per coordinator
  • Attendance on the different time periods (by hours, days) of the movie event
  • Number of used, new, expired, and invalid tickets
  • Number of duplicate and re-entry allowed tickets

With this data you can get insights such as the best timings of your movie event and efficiency of each coordinator.

Here is a helpful guide of why event attendance tracking is important.

So, you just read a detailed guide on how to create secure movie tickets. Ensure guest safety and security by creating QR Code-based movie tickets now.

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By Saumya Bhatia

Saumya Bhatia helps event organizers to come up with a secure event ticketing solution. When not writing, she is either reading a book or trekking.