There are virtual stores, virtual offices, online libraries with virtual books and newspapers, virtual social meeting areas (chat rooms), online travel and insurance agents and even virtual pets.
Many will argue that the digital can never replace the actual.
This is true to an extent--playing with a virtual dog just isn't the same.
However, the digital version surpasses the tangible in some instances; such is the case with virtual box offices that sell online movie tickets.
Have you ever waited in line to see the opening show of a movie and as soon as you get to the box office window the person inside flips the sign to read "Sold Out?" Or, have you been really excited to see a movie and then at the end of the show your only response is to look at your date and shrug your shoulders with a quiet, "hmmm?" Online movie ticket services prevent these situations and add expediency to a night out at the movies so you can enjoy the show.
Virtual box offices offer kiosk tickets, will-call tickets and printable tickets.
With a kiosk ticket you can avoid long lines and go directly to a self-serve kiosk within the theater to retrieve your ticket.
You can pick up will-call tickets at the will-call desk, again avoiding the long lines.
In addition, you are able to print tickets in your home or office and go directly to the screen and find your seat.
One of the biggest advantages to using a virtual box office is that you can purchase tickets in advance, without ever traveling to the traditional box office, so you'll never experience another "sold out" show.
If you are not a movie buff, but you know someone who is, purchase a gift certificate and your friend can use the online movie ticket site to go to a movie of their choice, when they want to go.
Today's virtual box offices, like Fandango and MovieTickets.
com, are much more than the traditional box offices.
If you want some insight to a movie before you buy your ticket, traditional box offices provide a poster, a rating and the opinion of the person behind the desk.
However, a good virtual box office on the Internet provides access to movie trailers and clips, numerous professional reviews, consumer reviews, in-depth reviews of the movie's contents, movie synopses and even streaming video with critic and actor/actress interviews.
With so much information, you can become the expert and make an informed decision as to which movie you want to see, take your kids to or would recommend to a friend.
For movie-lovers on the go, some online movie ticket services offer downloadable podcasts.
You can enjoy your favorite critic's review, movie synopses or celebrity interviews wherever you are, at anytime.
When it comes to box offices, you'll find convenience and tons of movie-related information with the virtual type.
Use an online movie ticket service and you're sure to have a reel good time.