(UPDATED) Sinemia Movie Plan Review: How Does it Compare to MoviePass?

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Sinemia Movie Plan Review

Sinemia Movie Plan Review – Thoughts After a Month

I have had MoviePass for several months now an have enjoyed the experience so far.  But I have noticed a lot of comments on my articles discuss the positives of Sinemia and 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.

Some things have come to light since my review and there have been a few changes.  Updates will be in bold and red.

RELATED: Moviepass vs Sinemia – which one is better for you?

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.

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 days.  

Plans & Pricing:

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Link to Sinemia (PDX Deal Guy’s referral link)

How it Works

Once you sign up Sinemia will send you a card.  This will look and work like a debit/credit card. You will then need to download the Sinemia app.

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.  More on that later.

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Then you select the movie theater you wish to go to followed by the service you would like to use to purchase the tickets.

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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.

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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.

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You must use 34394 as the zip code when checking out and paying with your Sinemia card – another thing that needs work.

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!

There is now a $2 per ticket fee for booking advanced tickets through Fandango.  You may be able to avoid the fee using a different service.  Let me know in the comments section if you found another route for booking advance tickets without a fee.

Coverage

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.

Conclusion

Sinemia is a very 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.

 

Do you use Sinemia?  What do you think about the program?

 


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Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

43 COMMENTS

  1. PDX appears to be on the Elite plan for 2 tix/2 ppl/mth which costs $5 more than the Classic plan. Classic membership can only be applied towards 2D movies, but Elite also includes 3D + 1 experience in IMAX-4DX per month.

    Some theaters are not covered every day. Sinemia updates theaters daily, so a theater may stay closed or open up. I have never had theater issues, but this is a link to search for theaters in a certain area: https://www.sinemia.com/theater-list

    • MoviePass is also restrictive on theaters/movies (from MoviePass Terms of Service): “However participating theaters, as well the time and locations for movies may vary depending on theater inventory, usage, and showtime availability. YOU SHOULD CHECK OUR MOVIEPASS APP FREQUENTLY FOR CHANGES IN OUR SERVICES AND ALL OFFERINGS INCLUDING UPDATES ON THEATER PARTICIPATION.”

  2. Also…Sinemia sends a phone notification to check-in for your movie, & they give you up to 30 minutes after the movie has started.

  3. My biggest problem with this is that it is billed annually (sounds like a gimmick, give you a monthly price but you can’t buy it for just a month). At least moviepass has a 3 month option, so I can get it for the summer which is basically the only time that I have time to go to the movies.

    • Good point Jason. A little bit of bait and switch advertising and something that will turn people off – not being able to try it for a month or two first before committing long term.

      • Sinemia sometimes offers monthly but not right now. Probably cause it is super cheap pricing right now? When monthly is offered, though, it is more expensive than the prepaid annual rate.

  4. I’ve read that Sinemia actually doesn’t work on calendar months, but rather you have to wait a rolling 30-days. This makes it pretty much impossible to get 12 full cycles in a year unless you go almost every 30 days exactly. This is in my view the biggest downside of it.

    • Not really sure of MoviePass’ rule on this, either. Their Terms of Use don’t specify “monthly” or 30-day, (though there is some 30-day language in there regarding another issue).

      For both services, however, I purchased mid-month. That gave the cards time to arrive and where I could sit on them long enough, if necessary, so activation (with the respective apps) corresponds with the beginning of the month. If you let Sinemia know you didn’t get the card (even if you did), they will send another which continues to delay the process to line up the activation date closer to what you prefer and are able to easily maintain.

      I personally like the beginning of the month as that help me keep up with usage – I will enjoy a full 12 month’s use.

    • Little late of a reply here, but I can 100% confirm that this is true. First movie I watched after getting my card was Infinity War on April 27. 2 weeks after that May 10, Deadpool 2. When I then went on to try and purchase ticket for Solo on May 24, I got an error message saying I had reached my 2 ticket max, and had to wait until May 27 before buying another ticket.

      I like Sinemia more than Moviepass (especially online ticket purchases) in every way except that. Summer time there is almost always a new movie coming out I want to watch. Waiting a full 30 day rolling cycle is beyond irritating, and for no reason at all. Just gotta hope all the movies I want to see come out 2 weeks apart for the rest of time.

  5. I’ve been on Sinemia since November and I’m also on MoviePass. I see a ton of movies. While Sinemia definitely has some advantages over MoviePass, such as seeing 3D, there are a number of problems I have with them, but have accepted them for now.

    1. I have watched my full monthly periods each month and never get the full 30 days. I usually get 29 days. I have pointed this out to their customer service and they acknowledged the error but never changed anything.
    2. While on that note, their customer service is non-existent lately. I have had a number of questions and have tried pretty much all avenues to contact them from Twitter to Facebook Messenger to email and have gotten no responses.
    3. There are actually two cycle periods for each month. One is for the normal allowance of movies of 3D or 2D. The other is for premium – DBOX, XD, Imax, etc. So if you were to see a premium format today for example, you would have to wait 30 days from today to see another one.
    4. Lastly, this is more of an issue with how 3D is going away in the US. Finding 3D for home viewing is pretty much gone now and the trend is moving that way in theaters now too. Sinemia’s edge for the longest time was that you could see 3D movies for all of your allowance… but many times now for a given month, there is only 1 3D movie being released and thus you have to use Sinemia for a 2D, and if you have MoviePass as well, that’s rather redundant.

    Thankfully, I have at least used my 3 movie Sinemia allowance each month with no problems in the time they give me. On most months I have gotten at least 1 to 2 3D movies. If 3D was to go away in our country all together, I would drop Sinemia, as there would be no need for me to have it since MoviePass would serve just fine, that is unless MoviePass sticks with it’s current 4 movies a month only. Currently, I am on the annual plan with MoviePass allowing me a movie a day. (I see usually two movies a week on most weeks.)

    Nevertheless, I appreciate your article and thank you for your evaluation. 🙂

  6. Another benefit to having either MP or Sinemia – since I have been a member (also Fandango VIP) I receive free screening tickets for 2 at least 3x/month now over what I was getting! I guess my info has been sold as a frequent moviegoer, but in this case I don’t mind much.

    • Mary:

      I also signed up for Sinemia on April 25th, and I to this day have not seen the card. Contacted Customer service 4 times and no answer at all. I am ready to chargeback my account tbh. This does not seem like a responsible company, I was billed $250 and then they went ghost.

      Any thoughts from anybody?

        • Mark:

          I wish their customer service team was as fast as you! 🙂

          It’s not the wait for the card that bothers me, it’s their non existent customer service. It makes people nervous when they have never tried a service before. Lets check my points.

          1. They say on their site the card will ship in 7 days. Lie

          2. When you email customer service, they say you will get a response in 24hrs. Lie

          3. They bill immediately for a yearly plan for a monthly service.

          4. They have no contact number!

          As you can see there are many points as to why my concerns are growing. What if I have an issue using the card. Are they going to take 4 weeks to get back to a service ticket?

          Sounds to me they found a way to be profitable, just ignore all their customers so they dont get to see their movies. I had a feeling it was to good to be true.

          Best,

          • Both Sinemia and Moviepass leave a lot to be desired in the customer service department.

            Hopefully you get your card soon. No excuse for not responding to emails or tweets.

    • You’re not alone there. I had to contact them 3 times before finally getting my card sent out. They kept saying it had been delivered, but it was definitely not. When I was finally able to have them give me a UPS tracking number it showed up within 3 days.

      As far as any other questions I’ve had, those have never gotten a response. I’ve sent 2 emails, and direct message Twitter, about changing my plan UP in price, but 5 weeks later not a peep. There’s also a theater search feature that lets you send them info to a local theater not on the list that I have never gotten a reply to either.

      I will say that this is just as bad at Moviepass. They took 6 weeks to send out my card, and over 3 months and constant emails before sending out one to my friend I had bought him as a gift.

  7. Sinemia customer service is horrible at responding. And their website is lacking in info (even in FAQ section), if not outright deceptive. But the service itself has been a good fit for me. Despite the customer service and poor website and app.

  8. I have been having trouble with refunded movie tickets. I emailed them countless times over 3 week period and all I received was automated reply saying they received my message. They have NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT AT ALL.
    I would avoid Sinemia like a plague. Their app and process are far less than perfect so you will run into problems. Guess what? If something goes wrong, you will just have to suck it up. And now they are collecting 1 year fee up front. No thank you.

    • Sorry to hear that. The customer service is basically non existent for these movie program companies. It does give pause when paying a year up front.

    • I posted here recently and had the same issue. If you contact them on twitter they get right back to you. It was nice to finally hear something. The reason why cards are taking so long is because of the demand from their current marketing.

      After what I have read and spoken to current users, I am going to try the service because I am told it does work fairly seamlessly as long as you follow the criteria, and with all due respect. It does not seem to mind rambling. We shall see and when I receive my card I will let you know.

  9. I can live with MoviePass, except if only they would come out with a 2 person option. So hoping to see that. It would be nice to be able to book seats in advance without having to go to the theatre to do it, but the complications with having to have two cell phones to book for 2 people if awful. Who really goes to the movies alone? I am sure there are enough people that do, but for me, I really hate the inconvenience of having to go through the motions for both people. Plus I don’t always go with the same person every time.

    Not sure I want to switch to another service with terrible customer service.

  10. I have movie pass for a month and like it. But I was under the impression that it provided unlimited movies not just 4.
    https://www.moviepass.com

    The app interface is slick and very intuitive

    Their website from the link above still says unlimited

    No one answers at customer service

    • They went to 4 per month for a little while for new sign ups and are now back to unlimited. The capped offer only last 3-4 weeks.

  11. Sure would like to enjoy Deadpool 2 in MX4D but Sinemia has systematically IGNORED every email i have sent them! I have to resort to Facebook/ social media hopefully to get a response. i was trying to view Avengers in MX4D but the Sinemia card wouldn’t work, what happened to getting ONE Premium movie. Wasted my time, this will be my last month if someone does not message me.

    • Man that blows – I have heard their Twitter team is the best option so you may wanna give them a try. Hope it all works out. Had it been more than 30 days since you last MX4D?

  12. Thanks for the article. Exactly what I was looking for as I do my research.

    Sinemia is definitely something I am considering. I would go for movie pass but it doesn’t work at my fav theater (Harkins), it doesn’t work for large format/premium screeening, and no advance reservations / seating selection.

    Sinemia hits all those points: works at harkins, allows (1) large format, and allows advance reservations. BTW, movietickets.com is just $1 fee for harkins movies.

    The part that irks me is the yearly signup requirement… If I could do monthly, or even 3 month, I would just sign up. But I have no way to know if the company will shut it’s doors in two months and this new marketing promo was just a last ditch effort to drive up cash.

    The biggest question for me is, is Sinemia worth all the hassle when costco sells movietickets.com gift cards at 20% off (this counts towards both the fee and ticket). Not sure yet.

    • Yeah the yearly cost is a tough pill to swallow. I think Sinemia is on more solid footing vs MoviePass since they are only allowing 2 per month but I don’t know anything for sure.

  13. Sadly, all online purchase choices charge fees. I think more people need to complain about this change. Sinemia claims they will never change terms within your “cycle,” but I paid for a year in advance and one month (or less – hard to say due to when I purchased my tickets online) after I got my card, they changed the terms and I now have to pay the fee to buy online. I cannot even purchase advanced tickets at the movie theater any more. This is the ONLY reason I chose them over MoviePass. MoviePass is cheaper than the plan I have with Sinemia AND I could see three movies a month instead of 2.

    • I would contact them and you may be able to get a refund if you mention that they changed the terms after you paid for your yearly membership. MoviePass is actually back to unlimited right now.

  14. My husband had signed up to receive the card over 2 months ago, and we have not yet received the card. The company has already taken the yearly fee from us and has failed to respond to our emails (we’ve sent 4 different emails now).

    • Wow that is pretty terrible. Have you try contacting them via Twitter? I would consider doing a chargeback with your credit card company.

    • I would totally charge back the charge, but if you wanted to try and keep the membership, they just announced the digital version where you don’t need a physical card.

  15. So do you have to pay the service fee for whatever site you use for advanced ticket reservations? Or is that covered with the Sinemia membership? Also, can you purchase tickets in advance at the theater using the card?

    • They changed it to where you have to pay the fee now. I think there may be ways to do it without a fee being charged. Yes you can purchase the tickets at the theater with the card instead.

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