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My sordid MoviePass history
I had a MoviePass back when it first came out in… 2012? I was in New York at the time. And IIRC, it cost $30ish a month. But in New York, that was still a great deal… when it worked.
The service was glitchy AF. For one, you had to be within 100 yards of the theater to activate the card. That’s fine, except the GPS back then couldn’t locate me properly. Other times, I’d check in via the app but the card would be declined and I’d end up paying for the movie myself.
If you have an issue, they say to “chat” them through the app – which simply is NOT practical when you’re standing in a line with a movie about to begin. Worse, if you call, they say to leave a voicemail. 🙄
A couple of times, I just went ahead and bought my ticket and asked for reimbursement later. But that was a days-long process that was tedious for something as small as a movie ticket.
The final straw was when – I remember it – I wanted to see Lincoln in Brooklyn. It was a cold winter day… Seriously, it was freezing. I got the GPS to work but had to go outside the theater in the gross snow. Then the ticket machine inside kept declining the MoviePass card. So, on my phone, I brought up the theater’s mobile site and bought the ticket online. Somehow, the MoviePass worked.
But they knew. Like clockwork, the next morning, they told me my account was canceled. By that point I was so frustrated with the whole thing that…
And the whole thing left me feeling bitter.
A new MoviePass deal
- Link: Sign up for MoviePass
But when I saw they had a change in ownership and dropped the price to $10 a month, I decided to give it a try… again. Nick at Frequent Miler shared his experience and how the card works now.
I got my card this week and have already seen It, Ingrid Goes West, and mother! And today, I’m going to see Beach Rats. MoviePass, so far, works as intended – no issues whatsoever. And I am LOVING combining it with AMC’s Stubs loyalty program!
Here are the MoviePass deets:
- 1 movie per day for $10 per month
- Can e-ticket at some theaters
- Not every theater is included, but most are
- No IMAX, 3-D, etc. – just regular 2-D films
- Need the app to see movies
- Cannot purchase tix online – must be at the theater
You can see what theaters are near you – go here, scroll to the bottom, and enter your zip code.
It’s annoying that you have to be physically present at the theater to get most tickets. But I get why they do that. Otherwise, you could buy a ticket online every day and never show up.
Even if you only see ONE movie per month, this thing pays for itself. And I’m already up to 4 this week. If you and a partner both had it, that’s a cheap date night. Or if you just really love movies. 😸
I have no idea how they intend to sustain this pricing – they’re definitely losing money – but this is a crazy good deal. I say hop on it while you can and enjoy it while it lasts. All good deals end. But I plan to ride this one until it does. Total no-brainer here.
Add a theater loyalty program for an even better deal
Here’s where I get super geeky. You can combine MoviePass with theater loyalty programs. I quickly realized my go-to theater was AMC-branded, so I joined their Stubs program and paid $15 to upgrade to Premiere for a year, which gets me:
It’s that 100 points per $1 that caught my eye (as opposed to 20 points per $1 as a basic member). If a movie is $10, that’s 1,000 points. So you get a $5 reward every 5 movies, say. You also earn rewards on concessions. And on the purchase of the membership itself. So you start off with 1,500 points and see a movie, you’ll have 2,500 points right away and are well on your way to getting a $5 reward. I already have one in my account!
Considering I’ve only paid $10 to see all the movies I’ve attended this month, I thought I’d throw $15 into Stubs Premiere and see how it goes. The points add up fast. It earns $5 credits here and there, and you can use them for snacks, drinks, or movie tickets for someone else. In fact, if you go even once per month to an AMC theater, I’d say it’s worth it.
See what’s around you
Other theater chains have their own loyalty programs. Like Regal, the largest. I signed up and put in my email and they gave me 2,000 credits right away.
And there’s a nice Alamo Drafthouse 10 minutes from me. They have a program, too.
I love the economics of this. Basically, MoviePass is paying for the movie reward programs and only charging me a flat $10 per month.
I love scanning my Stubs card and racking up those points. If you don’t like theater snacks (because they’re um, terrible for you), you can always bank the rewards and buy someone else a ticket. 🙂 Obvi, you’re better off if you’re loyal to one theater chain. But I like hopping around, so I signed up for all of ’em. Why not, if it’s free to join?
The life impact
Right now, I feel like I have a new toy. I’m going crazy and catching up with movies I wanted to see before they went away. By next week, I should be caught up and down to 1 (or 2) movies per week.
But… I’ve only been to the gym once this week. So the MoviePass is definitely eating into my other hobbies/activities. Which is fine. I’m sure the novelty will wear off and I’ll normalize.
For now though, I’m like, going crazy and seeing so many movies. But I gotta say… it’s been a really fun week because I’ve been inviting friends along. The socializing combined with a good deal has just been really good for me, mentally. I’m sure it’ll all even out soon.
- Link: Sign up for MoviePass
There’s no way this deal can last. So I’m gonna enjoy the ride while it lasts, as I do with all deals of this caliber. If you see even ONE movie per month, MoviePass easily pays for itself. See 2 and you’re already ahead.
It’s also almost “Oscar season,” where the studios put out all their best movies in hopes to earn nominations. I’m excited for that! So yeah, I plan to get plenty of use from my MoviePass while the gettin’s good.
Make the deal even better by signing up for your local theater’s loyalty program. Get free movie tickets (for someone else), snacks, or even merchandise.
For $10 a month, I’d call this a no-brainer. It’s month-to-month anyway, so if you hate it, there’s little risk involved – just cancel. For now, I am loving it! Especially with my AMC Stubs Premiere membership. So fun, so cheap, and getting me out of the house. 5 stars lol. 😉
What do you think of this deal? If you have it, do you like the reboot version of MoviePass?
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