Sinemia Review: How It Works & How to Get the Most From It ($10 for 3 Movies a Month!)

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So we all know MoviePass is dead as a doornail by now. Other programs have (or will) pop up, like AMC’s A-List and Alamo’s upcoming season pass (get on the waitlist now if you’re interested).

I used the ever-loving crap out of MoviePass, so losing it stung hard. But I’ve had Sinemia for a couple of weeks now and I gotta say – I like it even better than MoviePass.

Right now, they have a fall promotion to see a movie:

  • Every day for $30 a month
  • 3 times a month for $10 a month
  • 1 time a month for $5 a month

Considering the average movie ticket is $10+, that’s a great deal. But with MoviePass in the can, it begs the question: how long will this one last?

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I opted for the $10 plan to see 3 movies a month

So far, so good, though. I like that you can buy tickets in advance. And there are a couple more ways to get an even better deal out of the membership.

My Sinemia Review

First, let’s look at the elephant in this room. Yes, the prices above are real but – HUGE CAVEAT ALERT – you have to pay annually to get them.

So $10 a month is really $120 for the year. You have to be willing to sink $120 into the enterprise to secure the rate.

Or!

You can pay monthly with an initiation fee.

Monthly options + initiation fees

I personally went this route to have the option to cancel any time. For the $10 a month plan, you’ll pay $20 straight away. Which means your first month is actually $30, then $10 a month afterward.

I will definitely see 3 movies a month for $10

And after you sign up, you can’t use the service right away. You have to wait ~2 weeks for them to “activate” your cardless payment option. Or, how convenient, you can pay $10 more to activate it instantly.

I was actually packing for a move, and then went to FinCon for a week, so I was happy to wait. But I was a little bummed there was one more “gotcha” before I could start watching movies. I mention it here to set expectations. When your card is active, that’s when your membership month begins.

How Sinemia Works

It’s all in the app. To buy a ticket, load the app and click the “Planning” tab, then “Advance Ticket” – even if you are seeing a movie that same day.

Tap “Planning” then “Advance Ticket” to start the process

It’ll ask you which theater you’re going to, and the date and time. This is awesome because you can buy a ticket in advance – something you could never do with MoviePass.

I bought a ticket for “A Star Is Born” 2 days from now. So I don’t have to worry about it selling out day of. This puts Sinemia far above the competition. 🔝💯

Plus, you can see a movie at any theater. You are not locked into one chain, like with AMC A-List. This is important because a movie you want to see might only be in 1 theater across town. The big chains sometimes don’t carry indie flicks. And others have special screenings.

And I’ll always value flexibility above all else.

You have to buy your ticket from:

  • Atom Tickets
  • Fandango
  • “Other website”

Theoretically, you can buy your ticket from anywhere. But you WILL have to pay service fees, if there are any. Sinemia charges your card on file for the amount. But more on that in a moment.

Sinemia leaves you on your own with the convenience fees for booking

After you input your screening, you’ll confirm any fees, which go to the card you have on file with Sinemia.

Finally, Sinemia displays a one-time use debit card number you’ll use to complete your purchase on whatever website you’re using to purchase the ticket.

You’ll get a unique card every time

It kinda sucks to have to enter new card information every single time, but if this is the worst thing, it’s not so bad.

I type the number off my phone while paying on my laptop

Then follow the prompts to finish buying – that’s it!

I love buying tickets in advance with no physical card required

When you get to the show, you need to check in via your app. Sinemia wants to know you actually attended. And this is location-based, so you can’t fake it.

If you don’t show up enough times, you’ll lose your membership – they don’t want to cover your tickets if you don’t use them. Fair enough.

But it’s me, so here’s your stack

Did you really think I’d let you get away without showing you a couple cool tricks? 😎

Here are 3 ways to save money with your Sinemia membership.

1.   Click through Facebook

Click through… Facebook? Yes. Go to Facebook’s movie page to buy your ticket. Why?

Facebook partners with Fandango and Atom Tickets to waive service fees!

Because when you click through their site, they’ll automatically remove any convenience charges.

Boom – the fee is gone

This way you pay for the ticket at cost – without any markup.

2. If you have the choice, book through Atom Tickets NOT Fandango

“For a limited time” you get a free movie ticket for every 4 tickets you buy. This has been going on since June 2018, but could end at any time. So get it while you can!

I won’t say no to a free ticket for as long as this goes

If you get the 3 movie per month plan and hit your limit, you can pay for your 4th one – and get a 5th one for free. So it’s essentially a BOGO for that 4th and 5th movie. Or you can just save them up – but the free tickets do expire after 30 days.

To use your free ticket, simply book it through Atom Tickets – the promotion should automatically show up in your account.

This deal combined with Sinemia is sweet! Even if you get the 1 movie per day plan, you can always use your free tickets to bring a friend along every once in a while.

3. Enter your loyalty numbers

Both Atom Tickets and Fandango let you enter your theater loyalty numbers for credit. You get points instantly when you pick up your tickets.

Most notably, you can enter AMC Stubs and Regal Crown Club numbers. All the other programs look like local or regional chains – but it’s worth checking so you can get credited if a theater near you participates.

And just FYI – if you buy your Alamo Drafthouse ticket through Atom Tickets or Fandango, you will NOT get Victory Rewards credit. I tried and no luck. The only way to get credit is to book with Alamo Drafthouse directly. Just in case anyone else out there is a fan. #TheTea

Bottom line

After a couple of experiences seeing movies with Sinemia, I really like it. A lot, actually. Even better than MoviePass (RIP).

That’s because you can buy seats in advance. And there’s no physical card to keep track of. Although it’s a minor hassle to enter in a new card method every time, but that’s such a small thing it’s barely worth mentioning.

If you want the pay-per-month option, you have to pay an initiation fee of $20 or $30, depending on which plan you choose. Don’t like it? Then you’ll have to pay the whole year upfront. I chose to pay the fee one time so I could cancel whenever I wanted.

The $10 per month for 3 movies or $30 per month for 1 movie a day is a “fall promotion” with no specific end date. So if you’re interested, I’d join sooner rather than later.

To skirt convenience fees, book movies through Facebook. Buy through Atom Tickets to get every 5th movie free through their service. And be sure to enter theater loyalty program numbers to earn credits toward more free movies.

Using these tricks, you’ll never pay more than the monthly price, and even get a few more free movies along the way. I’m really enjoying Sinemia so far. Hopefully they last longer than MoviePass did – but like all good deals, get them while they’re hot. We all knew MoviePass would end eventually. But maybe Sinemia is propping themselves up buy charging in advance, or with one-time fees.

Do you have Sinemia? Do you like it as much as I do? Feel free to ask any questions if I missed anything!

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Comments

  1. I have the unlimited and so far it’s awesome. Being able to reserve a seat in advance and choose any movie I want (of course not 3d) is way better than MoviePass.

    • Agree with you 100%. This is what I wish MoviePass could’ve been. Here’s hoping they stick around for a while. Thank you for reading and commenting!

      • Yes I hope they can stick around and hopefully make deals with theaters to help survive. No problem thanks for the great article!

  2. I have been using Sinemia since May. I already got my money’s worth from the annual upfront payment. I chose the 3 tics a month that included premium since I prefer IMAX. Good job sharing the Facebook trick. Also, Fandango has a points system which is very similar to Atom’s deal (ends up being the same buy 4 earn 1 free deal). I never used MoviePass as I can’t remember the last time I didn’t buy a ticket in advance and reserve a seat. Sinemia works great! Good review.

    • Thank you, Roy! That’s awesome to hear you’ve already recouped the full years’ payment.

      I can’t find the Fandango trick any more – I think it might’ve ended recently?

      Thanks again for sharing your experience!

  3. With the “Other Website” option, do you just put in your preferred site, or is there a list of sites to choose from? My preferred theater is Alamo Drafthouse and since we don’t know when Season Pass is gonna expand, I was hoping I could buy tickets through their site so I can still earn Victory Rewards.

  4. This is very informative . Good job 🙂

    The two questions I have :

    Besides booking via Facebook to wave booking fee , can you book tickets on amc or regal ? I remember we wont get extra fee to book ticket as a amc stub member , wonder if that works with Sinemia ?

    Also can we rewatch the same movie ?

    • Hey Chia!

      Yes and yes!

      You can use any site to book – just be sure to report the fees, even if that number is $0. And you can watch any movie again as many times as your plan allows! 🙂

      Thank you for reading!

  5. Canceled Moviepass and sign up with your link ,
    got the first ticket and going to enjoy the movie tonight.
    So far its enjoyable.

    One thing that has to be mentioned :
    We can not use Amex credit card with the payment.

    • Awesome, thank you, Chia! I did the same thing – canceled MoviePass and got this. So far, I like it much better!

      And thanks for adding that note about Amex!

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