Founded in 2011 as a subscription service for cinema lovers, MoviePass has quickly dominated the market as a low-cost alternative for film fanatics to go to the movies as often as they want for just $10 per month. What this means is that the costly movie-going experience is now much more affordable for any budget, even if you’re a movie buff with a limited income to divert to entertainment expenses.
MoviePass is the fastest growing subscription company in history with more than 3 million members They have disrupted and started to revolutionize the movie industry in the U.S. The first half of 2018 saw the total box office grow by almost 10% year over year, and MoviePass was responsible for a significant portion of that growth.
If you often resign yourself to waiting until a movie comes out on a streaming service or on DVD instead of paying $10-15 for a movie ticket (per person!), then you’ll be glad to know that MoviePass will let you see the most-anticipated films in theaters without having to wait. And, you can also save several dollars for drinks and popcorn in a traditional movie theater. If you’re considering a MoviePass subscription, here are some factors to consider:
Unlimited Movies for Less than $10 a Month
A typical MoviePass subscription costs $9.95 per month and includes a membership card and free smartphone app so you can catch the latest movies before they leave the big screen. This subscription encompasses more than 4,000 theaters and 36,000 screens nationwide, which means you’re not paying for something you’ll barely have access to see. Movie theater chains participating in MoviePass’ program include AMC, Cinemark, Regal Cinemas, and even local independent theaters join in as well.
If you see more than one movie per month with your MoviePass subscription, then it’s pretty much paid for itself. Of course, it’s worth checking the MoviePass website before signing up to see if movie theaters in your zip code are participating in the program because you won’t be very likely to take advantage of the unlimited movie subscription if the nearest theater is an hour’s drive away!MoviePass lets film fanatics to go to the movies as often as they want for just $10 per month. Here's what you need to know about @MoviePassClick To Tweet
What Types of Movies Are Included?
Predictably, MoviePass doesn’t include every possible movie you could want. The service excludes 3D and Imax movie tickets and premium theaters with reserved seating are often out of the question too. However, you still get access to as many 2D movies you want per month – even brand new theatrical releases – so it’s not a bad deal if you prefer 2D films anyway.
Showtimes that are offered through MoviePass will vary from day to day. And, every showtime may not be available. You should be sure to check the MoviePass app for showtimes before you leave for the theater.
NEW – MoviePass members on any plan will soon be able to access RealD 3D, IMAX 2D or 3D, and other Premium Large Format showings of any film for an additional upgrade fee.
Where Can You Buy Tickets?
One of the bigger drawbacks of MoviePass is that you can’t simply buy from your computer or even the app at home. You have to be outside the theater to use the app to purchase a ticket. This may make planning a movie night out difficult because you have to be within 100 yards of the movie theater’s location.
The requirement likely exists to prevent people from ordering tickets without attending the shows. But, it’s still a bummer because you can’t plan in advance. It makes midnight showings for popular movie releases next to impossible to get with the app because tickets will likely sell out before you show up on site.
How Many Tickets Can You Order?
Another small drawback to the MoviePass program is that you can only reserve a ticket for yourself through the app. Reserving through the app means that you can’t get two tickets for the same movie showing, even if your friend or family member is also a MoviePass subscriber.
Everyone must reserve their tickets through their own smartphone apps. So, planning large group outings solely with MoviePass can be a logistical nightmare in some cases.
Update – Peak Pricing
Peak Pricing goes into effect when there’s high demand for a movie or showtime. You may be asked to pay a small additional fee depending on the level of demand. You can avoid the surcharge by selecting a different showtime or movie.
A red icon indicates that a specific showtime is in Peak Pricing and there will be an added fee. This grey icon indicates that a showtime does NOT yet have an added fee, but is growing in demand and could enter Peak Pricing soon.
If you’ve selected a showtime in Peak Pricing, you’ll see a confirmation screen with details on the surcharge. After you submit, you can check in to your movie and your card on file will be charged. You can always change your card on file by clicking “Edit payment method.”
Note: the actual Peak Pricing surcharge will vary based on showtime and movie title.
New Bring a Guest Feature
Bring-A-Guest: MoviePass members will be able to purchase extra tickets to a showing of a movie right through the MoviePass app, so that you can seamlessly reserve seats for you and your friends (at e-ticketing partner theaters) to watch a film even if they aren’t MoviePass subscribers. As a benefit, if your friend signs up for MoviePass within 24 hours, we’ll refund the entire cost of the ticket!
Is MoviePass Right for You?
MoviePass claims it is accepted at over 90% of movie theaters nationwide, so you likely have a theater nearby that offers tickets for MoviePass subscribers. At the ultra-low cost of $9.95 per month, the subscription costs less than some single 2D movie tickets cost.
So, anyone who goes to even 1-2 movies per month is likely to get some great value out of their subscription. The only groups who might not want to get a MoviePass subscription are those who see movies infrequently, those who don’t live near a participating theater, and those who like to watch movies sitting with large groups (there may be a good chance you’ll sometimes be separated).
Despite the drawbacks of having to reserve tickets onsite and limiting subscribers to one movie ticket per app, MoviePass is still perfect for cash-strapped college students, retirees, and even families with children. You’ll just have to pay for the kids’ movie tickets. MoviePass is expected to reach 3 million subscribers this year. So, obviously, a lot of people enjoy their subscriptions!
You can save money seeing movies at the movie theater. It is possible. And, MoviePass is one way to see the movies that you love.