(Downgraded) Sinemia Movie Plan Review – Thoughts After a Month
I wrote a review about MoviePass a while back and have noticed a lot of comments on my review discuss the positives of Sinemia. With all of the positive vibes I thought it was time we gave the program a spin as well.
PDX Deals Guy was willing to sign up and give it a test run for me since he thought the program fit his needs better than MoviePass did. After a month he gave me his thoughts on the program and helped me navigate the nuances of the program.
I have downgraded the service on 3/11/19 because people are starting to have more and more issues with the service. Sinemia has also began shutting down accounts based on “abuse” without notice or warning. Then since their customer service is almost non existent people have been unable to get their account back open. This is on top of them charging a fee for not checking in even though the system has had issues with the process etc. I can no longer recommend this product. If you already have it then use it as long as you can but I wouldn’t pay them a year in advance to use something that is broken and constantly changing.
Details on Sinemia
Sinemia is a movie plan that allows you to see between 1 and 3 movies per month for a flat monthly fee. It offers classic plans (2D movies) and elite plans (3D & 4D movies).
They also offer Sinemia for two which allows you to purchase two tickets each viewing so you can take a family member or friend with you. This is a better option versus setting up two separate accounts since it doesn’t limit who you can go to the movies with. They have also launched a movie everyday plan, similar to what MoviePass used to have, at a cost of $29.99 per month.
WARNING: The Elite plans include 2 3D or Regular movies per month. You can also see 1 Premium movie (IMAX, 4D, Dbox, Atmos etc) every 30 DAYS. It looks like this doesn’t run on the monthly plan cycle. You are allowed 1 every 30 rolling days.
Plans & Pricing:
Sign-Up for Sinemia (Referral link)
Sinemia has added a charge of $1.80 per movie booking and they have tried to go completely cardless which makes avoiding the fee impossible. They backtracked on this some and returned the card feature after multiple complaints. You do need to pay a $15 fee to have a card shipped to you. But you should save money in the long run on the booking fees.
Sinemia has also recently added a rollover feature which adds a lot of value. Each month you can roll over one movie to the following month. This allows you to use it when you are less busy without missing out on something you paid for.
How it Works
Once you sign up you will set up everything in the app. Unless you want to pay the $15 for them to ship you a debit card.
When you are ready to go to a movie you open the app and select the movie you want to see. And then select Advanced Ticketing. You can also do this at the theater but advanced ticketing is what sets Sinemia apart so you want to go this route (this adds a $1.80 fee plus a booking fee). More on that later.
Then you select the movie theater you wish to go to followed by the service you would like to use to purchase the tickets.
Now comes the part that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. You have to know and plug in all of the info for the movie you want to see. It doesn’t automatically populate like MoviePass does. This is when you select if it is a 2D or 3D movie etc. as well.
You then get a confirmation screen that your Sinemia card has been loaded and that it is ready to use. The next step is to go to Fandango, or whatever program you selected, to purchase the tickets.
Remember to check in at the theater within your Sinemia app once you get there otherwise your credit card will be charged for the movie. This is to fight against abusers who buy the tickets for someone else or who are just trying to get the rewards if a movie will go unused that month. People have complained that they get an error when they go to check in and end up getting charged even though they attempted to check in.
You must use 34394 as the zip code when checking out and paying with your Sinemia card. This just baffles my mind and it should be your personal zip code.
Maximizing Your Return
When choosing which program to buy your tickets from Fandango is usually going to be the best option since you can go through a portal to earn cash back. Fandango also recently started their VIP+ rewards program which will get you even more rewards. You can input your movie theater rewards number at the time of booking too. That is a nice triple dip right there!
Sinemia has added a $2 per ticket fee for booking advanced tickets through Fandango on top of the $1.80 fee for advance booking. You can avoid the Fandango fee with this trick.
Sinemia does not seem to quite have the coverage of MoviePass but you can check your area on their website before signing up.
Figures After a Month
PDX Deals Guy went to a 3D movie and then a super fancy 3D movie at a theater with all the bells and whistles. The out of pocket cost would have been $75 including Fandango fees etc. His cost with Sinemia was around $22 with the Sinemia for 2 package.
That doesn’t include the portal cash back he earned, the Fandango VIP+ points, or any movie theater rewards he may have earned.
Sinemia is a potentially valuable option for your movie going pleasure if you are able to maximize it and see 2 or 3 movies a month (depending on the plan). And it is also important to go to 3D or 4D movies when using it to get the best return on your investment.
The app seems unnecessarily clunky and hopefully they get that fixed in the future. It seems like there is a lot of room for improvement.
It sets itself apart from MoviePass by allowing people to book tickets in advance and pick their seats in advance. This guarantees you can sit where you like and with whom you like. It also allows 3D and 4D movies where MoviePass only allows 2D movies.
If you live in an area where picking seats or purchasing tickets before the show is not an issue; or if you prefer 2D movies then MoviePass is probably the better option even with their recent changes. Stay away from MoviePass these days!
If you live near an AMC and want to go to more than 2-3 movies every month be sure to check out their new program. Or you can take advantage of Tuesday nights and avoid all movie plans!
If you enjoyed this article be sure to check out our other pieces on money saving apps/programs.