My Moviepass Review, Updated After 6 Months of Use
I decided to sign up for Moviepass after seeing a few reviews and seeing how beneficial the program can be. After using it for the last month I have enjoyed the experience so much I thought I would give you my own Moviepass review.
There have been a lot of changes to the program since writing this review so I thought it was in need of an update. I have adjusted my overall grade to reflect that.
If you are thinking of signing up now – don’t. They are changing the rules day to day and are always on the brink of running out of money. They are blocking out movies and only allowing you to see certain ones even after reducing it to 3 per month. They have even un-canceled people’s cancelled accounts to try to get more money.
Details on the Moviepass
Moviepass is like the Netflix of movie theater going. You pay a flat fee and then you can see as many 2D movies as you want during the month. The catch was you can only see 1 movie every 24 hours. Moviepass no longer allows you to see the same movie more than once either. People abusing the Moviepass program, which lead to a slew of shutdowns, was most likely the cause of this change. You can see 25-30 movies a month if you so chose and there are enough new movies available.
Moviepass currently offers two packages:
- $9.95 per month for
unlimited movies each month3 Movies per month $7.95 for 3 movies per month
Moviepass has recently added dynamic pricing to their program which is on top of the monthly or yearly fee. They call it Peak Pricing and you may get hit with an extra fee for popular movies at popular times. Details of the program can be found here.
How Moviepass Works
To be able to use Moviepass you need to have a smartphone. Everything is done via their app. Once you sign up they send you your Moviepass card. It looks just like a debit/credit card.
When you get to the theater you then select which movie you would like to watch from the app. Moviepass then immediately sends the money needed for that movie to your Moviepass card. You must be within 100 yards of the theater in order to load money to your card.
Some members are now being required to take a picture of their ticket stub after making the purchase. This is another way Moviepass is attempting to combat fraud and abuse.
Once the movie is selected and the money is on your card you buy a ticket like you normally would and pay with your Moviepass card. You can even use the theaters reward program to stack your savings. I usually go to an AMC theater and I am an member of their Stubs Program. So I am earning full points on something I paying a fraction of the price for.
Some people have reported certain theaters not allowing members to earn points if paying with a Moviepass. I have not run into this issue but you could always just buy the tickets at an unmanned kiosk to avoid the issue if they are available. There have been reports of Stubs shutting down people’s accounts for using Moviepass so don’t let you rewards build up, earn them and burn them.
I have about 50 theaters in the program near my house. All of the major ones are included near me (AMC, MJR, Goodrich, Emagine, Cinemark). The local and more botique theaters are included as well. You can always check out your area’s coverage before taking the leap.
My Figures/Personal Experience
It hasn’t quite been 30 days for me yet but I have gone to 4 movies. The first 3 cost $5.99 per ticket and the 4th one was $9.99. So I have gotten $27.96 in value out of my $9.99 monthly fee.
I used to be a big movie buff and went to the movies frequently. Once our work lives got busier, we had kids, and movie costs went through the roof we stopped going as much. I probably went to 2-3 movies per year over the last 4 years.
With Moviepass I have been trying to go to one per week. I guess you could call it my New Year’s resolution. Since there is no additional cost, as long as I stay away from the snacks, I find myself making time for it. Even if the movie is only marginally entertaining I still get value out of it.
How to Maximize it With AMC Stubs
I frequent AMC theaters and I am a member of their Stubs program. If you are going to use their theaters as well, make sure you upgrade to their Premiere program. This will get you 100 points per dollar versus 10 points per dollar in their standard program.
The cost is $15 for the year. You can pay for it with a gift card so make sure you buy a discounted gift card, from a place like CardCash, to pay for it which will save you close to 25%. You also earn 1500 AMC Stubs points for the purchase.
For every 5,000 points your get a $5 gift card. At 100 points per dollar that is a 10% rebate on all of your ticket purchases. In as little as 5 movies you could get a $5 AMC credit. If you go to the movies often this will pay off in the long run.
If you enjoy going to the movies and could see yourself going at least twice per month this is a no brainer. The more movies you go to the lower your cost per movie is. If you prefer 3D or IMAX movies be sure to check out our review of SINEMIA too.
They also make great gifts. I convinced my friend to get it for his brother for Christmas. His brother spent close to $200 on movie tickets last year so that works out to a pretty amazing gift!
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