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Topic   MoviePass?

John
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* 20-Nov(#1)
I just did some searching and I'm surprised that I don't see more people talking about MoviePass here. Does anyone else have one? It's one of those "too good to be true" situations, but they have financial backing for now, so I'm going to run with it until they go under. smile

In any case, they have a deal going on right now where you get a year for $89.95 (instead of the usual $9.95/month). This comes out to about $7.50/month for unlimited movies.

The important stuff:
1. You can watch one movie for free per day.
2. You can watch as many as you want (i.e. every day if you want).
3. You can't technically watch the same movie twice, but there are simple ways around that at most theaters.
4. It is accepted at almost EVERY theater because it is just a MasterCard.

I figured that lots of people here would jump on something like that, but I haven't heard many talking about it, so I thought I'd post about it here.

paul6743
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20-Nov(#2)
Nice sale. I don't have MoviePass, but I've been following the Slickdeals thread since they launched the $10 price point. Only negative I have heard is that it takes a long time to get the MoviePass card in the mail (due to high demand and low production of cards). And no 3D/imax allowed.
John
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20-Nov(#3)
Right -- it took way too long, but I guess they are doing better now as they ramped up production. Still, your first month doesn't start until you get it, so not a big deal if it takes a while to get it. yes
DefaultGen
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20-Nov(#4)
I'd get it if I enjoyed the theater experience more. I don't really know that we consider it an upgrade over the couch and we're willing to wait a few months to see most releases. I wonder how long this thing is going to last. They're basically either banking on you not using it like a gym membership or cutting deals with theater chains that don't want to cut deals, right?

cliffsteele
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20-Nov(#5)
I've got it but rarely use it, unfortunately. My job got really busy about the time I got the card so I barely ever have a chance to go to the movies.
S1LENTK1ILLA
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20-Nov(#6)
2 1/2 months and I still don't have my card. They said they won't charge me again until I receive it, but this is ridiculous
MrBean
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20-Nov(#7)
I wanted to do it, but you have to go 9x to break even. Pre kid, I'd do it in a heart beat. Post kid... 9x feels impossible.

Love the concept though.
RobotVendingMachine
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20-Nov(#8)
I been using it since it went to 9.99. I just moved to the annual pass. Great service. I go probably 3 times a month.

InigoMontoya
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21-Nov(#9)
I didn't think it worked with my local theaters, but apparently it does.

It's a thought.
Jeff
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21-Nov(#10)
I may do this.. $90 for the year, usually $30 for 2 people..15 for myself. If I go alone, just have to watch 6 movies for it to break-even.

tonymack21
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21-Nov(#11)
too bad they don't have a family card, me and both kids would be too much :/ sweet deal though

poiygon
Gold Good Trader
* 21-Nov(#12)
For those considering this but may only go to 2 movies a month on average, I would suggest this: https://www.sinemia.com/. There are no theater restrictions from what I can tell and you can see 3D and IMAX.

Use promo code Thor to bring the price down a bit.
DirtyMarco
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21-Nov(#13)
I've been enjoying it, but I go to a lot of movies
John
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* 21-Nov(#14)
poiygon wrote:
> For those considering this but may only go to 2 movies a month on average, I would
> suggest this: https://www.sinemia.com/.

So, looks like this is more expensive, right? And you only get like 2 per month? I guess it would be so that you can see the 3D or IMAX ones only? Otherwise, it seems like a much worse deal.

> There are no theater restrictions from what I can tell

I put in my zip and my local theater isn't on the list. It says "Sinemia is available in every major theater throughout the United States." and then says to click to the map to see locations -- and mine isn't on there. It's a smaller chain and like 2 of their 6 locations are on there. So, I'm not sure what is up. Also, their map kinda sucks -- I put in my zip and it shows a list of everything that matches the city name even if the state is different. (I.e. I put in "48858" for "Mount Pleasant, MI" and it shows no theaters for me, but then lists alternatives "nearby" like some theater in Mount Pleasant, SC that is hundreds of miles away.) Weird.

EDIT: I sent in a request to have my theater added just to see how well they handle it. yes
poiygon
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21-Nov(#15)
I'm a Movie Pass subscriber and from what I've read about Sinemia these are the main differences:

- Number of movies:
-- Movie Pass: unlimited (1 per day maximum)
-- Sinemia: 2 - 3 per month (depending on plan)

- Cost:
-- Movie Pass: $9.99/mo or $89.99/year if purchased annually
-- Sinemia (for 2 movies): $15.99/mo or $9.99/year if purchased annually (requires promo code Thor)

- Theaters:
-- Movie Pass: many theaters, excludes most (if not all) reserved seating theaters (like Cinepolis, Angelika, Arc Light, and certain AMCs)
-- Sinemia: most theaters, includes most reserved seating theaters

- Ticketing
-- Movie Pass: Must be within 100 feet (or yards, I forget) of the theater to check-in before purchase, must purchase tickets for the same day
-- Sinemia: Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the box office (may work on Fandango and Atom tickets)

- Restrictions on movies:
-- Movie Pass: cannot watch 3D, IMAX, RPX, 4DX, or DBOX
-- Sinemia: 1 MAX 2D, IMAX 3D, XD, Dolby Atmos, ScreenX, Dbox, or 4DX per billing cycle



So what does this all mean?? Basically, go with:
-- Movie Pass if you want: cheapest, most movies, and are ok with seeing 2D movies on standard screens in standard seating.
-- Sinemia if you want: premium seating and/or viewing experiences, ability to buy tickets in advance, and don't mind being limited to 2 movies per month


John
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21-Nov(#16)
poiygon wrote:
> -- Movie Pass: many theaters, excludes most (if not all) reserved seating theaters
> (like Cinepolis, Angelika, Arc Light, and certain AMCs)

This is incorrect. MoviePass works at most reserved seating theaters too. Again, it's a CREDIT CARD. You just use it to buy tickets.

At some Cinepolis theaters, they were refusing to take the MoviePass credit card for a while. This actually violates their Mastercard Merchant Agreement.

AMC tried to fight it, but when it was pointed out to them that it violated their Mastercard Agreement -- and were told by Mastercard that they'd have to stop accepting ALL Mastercards to stop taking MoviePass, they started taking it again. All they do now is say that you can't earn your rewards points if you pay with MoviePass. They are being whiny babies about this whole thing.

Note that some people have simply taking a black Sharpie and filled in their MoviePass credit card to be all black. Now it is accepted at ALL theaters. wink

> So what does this all mean?? Basically, go with:
> -- Movie Pass if you want: cheapest, most movies, and are ok with seeing 2D movies
> on standard screens in standard seating.
> -- Sinemia if you want: premium seating and/or viewing experiences, ability to buy
> tickets in advance, and don't mind being limited to 2 movies per month

Agreed. I haven't enjoyed a 3D movie since Avatar, so I don't even bother any more. If you happen to have a local IMAX or something, then Sinemia might make sense. But, for most, I don't see it even being close.
poiygon
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* 21-Nov(#17)
John wrote:
> poiygon wrote:
>> -- Movie Pass: many theaters, excludes most (if not all) reserved seating theaters
>> (like Cinepolis, Angelika, Arc Light, and certain AMCs)
>
> This is incorrect. MoviePass works at most reserved seating theaters too. Again,
> it's a CREDIT CARD. You just use it to buy tickets.

All these theaters listed are excluded in my area (San Diego). If the theater isn't in the App, then it technically not supported. I've heard stories of people going around this, but this would be considered a violation of their TOCs and could result in a penalty fee and/or account closure.

John
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* 21-Nov(#18)
poiygon wrote:
> All these theaters listed are excluded in my area (San Diego).

I'm curious which ones. I did a quick search and it shows AMC Mission Valley 20 and AMC Fashion Valley 18 (both in San Diego) as available on MoviePass.

Which is your AMC theater in San Diego that doesn't have it?

> If the theater isn't
> in the App, then it technically not supported. I've heard stories of people going
> around this, but this would be considered a violation of their TOCs and could result
> in a penalty fee and/or account closure.

I've heard of nothing about getting around a missing theater. That isn't what I was referring to.
thenadz
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21-Nov(#19)
I was an early adopter of moviepass back in 2014, back then, $29.99 a month in NYC was a steal. Then the price went up and I canceled, but at $9.99 a month it's a no brainer. Re-subscribed, took like 6 weeks to get my card but it's all good. Average ticket price in New York is between $12-$15 a pop, so I break even and then some easily.

Fantastic service, works great with AMC and even a few indie theaters too. I really hope they don't go bankrupt
InigoMontoya
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22-Nov(#20)
John wrote:
> poiygon wrote:
>> -- Movie Pass: many theaters, excludes most (if not all) reserved seating theaters
>> (like Cinepolis, Angelika, Arc Light, and certain AMCs)
>
> This is incorrect. MoviePass works at most reserved seating theaters too. Again,
> it's a CREDIT CARD. You just use it to buy tickets.
>
> At some Cinepolis theaters, they were refusing to take the MoviePass credit card
> for a while. This actually violates their Mastercard Merchant Agreement.
>
> AMC tried to fight it, but when it was pointed out to them that it violated their
> Mastercard Agreement -- and were told by Mastercard that they'd have to stop accepting
> ALL Mastercards to stop taking MoviePass, they started taking it again. All they
> do now is say that you can't earn your rewards points if you pay with MoviePass.
> They are being >">whiny babies about this whole thing.
>
> Note that some people have simply taking a black Sharpie and filled in their MoviePass
> credit card to be all black. Now it is accepted at ALL theaters. wink
>
>> So what does this all mean?? Basically, go with:
>> -- Movie Pass if you want: cheapest, most movies, and are ok with seeing 2D movies
>> on standard screens in standard seating.
>> -- Sinemia if you want: premium seating and/or viewing experiences, ability to
> buy
>> tickets in advance, and don't mind being limited to 2 movies per month
>
> Agreed. I haven't enjoyed a 3D movie since Avatar, so I don't even bother any more.
> If you happen to have a local IMAX or something, then Sinemia might make sense.
> But, for most, I don't see it even being close.
>

You don't even need to Sharpie it if you use it to pay with a theater's app or if they have an e-kiosk.
Jeff
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22-Nov(#21)
I signed up, hopefully I don't have to wait 3 months to get the card.

S1LENTK1ILLA
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22-Nov(#22)
Jeff wrote:
> I signed up, hopefully I don't have to wait 3 months to get the card.
>
>

I FINALLY!!! got mine yesterday. Only 2 1/2 months for me
Pelle
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* 22-Nov(#23)
My fiancee and her older brother and I all signed up for movie pass. We got our cards within a week. We have had 0 issues using the cards, and we go to Movie Tavern near us which is normally around $13 a ticket. So far we have seen Thor, Murder on the Orient Express and Bad Moms Christmas. She also went and so coco with her mom and younger brother. It's been fantastic. For us at 20 dollars a month for 2 cards, we go to the movie tavern once and we save 6 bucks. We go twice and its more than paid for itself. I can't believe this actually works but it does lol.

Edit: Movie Tavern has reserved seats and accepts it no problem. They are even able to put all 3 tickets on one transaction and slide all 3 of our cards when we go together. Only issue is that sometimes newer movies fill up. We tend to go on a weeknight after the movie has launched though so its less crowded.
John
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22-Nov(#24)
InigoMontoya wrote:
> You don't even need to Sharpie it if you use it to pay with a theater's app or if
> they have an e-kiosk.

Very true. I just meant for people that had to go to the counter or something. yes
poiygon
Gold Good Trader
22-Nov(#25)
John wrote:
> Which is your AMC theater in San Diego that doesn't have it?
>
AMC La Jolla 12 is missing. Other theaters include Angelika Carmel Mountain (the closest theater to me) and Cinepolis Del Mar. My wife and I go down to Edwards Mira Mesa now, which isn't bad, but it's no Angelika or Cinepolis.
Jeff
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22-Nov(#26)
Has anyone tried going more than once a day? does it work?

John
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22-Nov(#27)
poiygon wrote:
> John wrote:
>> Which is your AMC theater in San Diego that doesn't have it?
>>
> AMC La Jolla 12 is missing. Other theaters include Angelika Carmel Mountain (the
> closest theater to me) and Cinepolis Del Mar. My wife and I go down to Edwards Mira
> Mesa now, which isn't bad, but it's no Angelika or Cinepolis.

Ok, so some are missing in your particular area (just like my local theater is missing from the one you suggested). That certainly doesn't mean that most AMCs are missing (they aren't) nor that most reserved seating places are missing (they aren't either -- as myself and others here have already confirmed). That's all I was saying.
poiygon
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22-Nov(#28)
John wrote:
>
> Ok, so some are missing in your particular area (just like my local theater is missing
> from the one you suggested). That certainly doesn't mean that most AMCs are missing
> (they aren't) nor that most reserved seating places are missing (they aren't either
> -- as myself and others here have already confirmed). That's all I was saying.
>

Right, maybe it's theaters with only reserved reclining seating that I should be referring to.
John
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* 22-Nov(#29)
poiygon wrote:
> Right, maybe it's theaters with only reserved reclining seating that I should be
> referring to.

Why do you keep making these weird generalizations that just aren't true? There are likely hundreds of theaters across the USA with reclining seating that take MoviePass. Again, it is taken almost everywhere.

My local theater has reserved reclining seating and THEY take MoviePass just fine. What you're saying simply isn't accurate. I don't see why you keep generalizing as if it isn't taken at a bunch of places?

EDIT: Listen, if you like your Scinema thing better, then that is great! Go for it! I'm done arguing about it here. I'm just sharing some info on MoviePass. This isn't some movie-ticketing competition or something. So, I'm done with arguing with you on it. If people want to go to 1-2 movies per month because they really want to do D-Box or 3D or IMAX, then it sounds like Scinema is for them (except in my area, where my theater isn't listed). If they want to go to 2+ movies per month -- up to 30 if they really wanted -- and don't care that much about 3D or IMAX or D-Box -- then MoviePass is probably for them (except, apparently, in a few theaters in San Diego). Pretty simple stuff.
poiygon
Gold Good Trader
22-Nov(#30)
Chill dude. I'm sorry don't have time to research every theater in every city's capability. I'm going from my experience in a fairly large city.
Master_Z
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25-Nov(#31)
Ordered mine and got it in under a week. Was easy to connect the card to the app and get it going. Went to see Coco at a Regal theater and it worked fine. For $10 it's really a steal -- here's to hoping that pricing model can actually be sustained for years.
Rictor
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3-Dec(#32)
I have been using it since launch with no problems. I didn't get my card for a long time, but I downloaded their app and was able to purchase tickets through the app at certain theaters that have reserved seating while I waited for my card to arrive. So I went to about 4 movies without actually needing the card. YMMV on whether there are theaters in your area that have this option. Good thing about Indianapolis, there are dozens of theater options.

Topic   MoviePass?