Posted by William Charles on April 28, 2018
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Published on April 28th, 2018 | by William Charles

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MoviePass Review: Unlimited Movies For $9.95 Per Month [Now Requiring Photo Of Ticket Stub]

MoviePass is now requiring some users to upload photos of their ticket stubs after making a purchase. This is part of a beta program, presumably if it goes well and reduces fraud it will be implemented across all users. Hopefully they don’t plan to also add the four movie restriction to existing user accounts as well… Hat tip to Miles to Memories

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • MoviePass is subscription service that lets you see one standard 2D Movie every calendar day. The cost will vary depending on what they are currently offering, but usually they charge $9.95 per month. Currently they are charging $7.95 per month with a $19.95 joining but you must sign up for a years subscription that makes it $115 per year. If you have a Costco membership you can get it for $89.99 and it also includes a years Fandor membership as well. Only regular $9.95 pricing is currently available.

The Fine Print

  • Limit of one pass per person
  • Most questions will have answers found here
  • You can see what theaters are eligible by changing the zip code on this link: https://www.moviepass.com/register/map?zip=10024, this works also: https://www.moviepass.com/theaters/zip/11111

Free Trial

When Moviepass relaunched as $9.95 they briefly offered a free trial, unfortunately this is no longer being offered. As mentioned above, there are several other ways to save money on this membership though.

Changes

This section of the post will track changes to MoviePass as they happen:

  • Update 01/25/18: MoviePass is no longer being accepted at certain AMC Theaters. What’s interesting is that it seems that MoviePass and not AMC Theaters are the ones making the change according to Deadline. It looks like the AMC theaters being blocked also charge a premium compared to other theaters. Keep in mind Costco has this on sale as well.
  • Update: Annual offer no longer available and now you can only get the $9.95 per month option.
  • Reposting because they are now offering an annual pass for $89.95 here. They are not offering the $9.95 monthly pass at this stage. Not sure if there is any way for existing customers to upgrade their account and if you cancel your account you’re not eligible to sign up for another 9 months. According to chat reps they will be sending existing members an e-mail in the near future with the offer to upgrade, so I’d recommend waiting for this if you’re interested (Update: Read this comment for more details). Annual offers like this scare me with MP, because there has to be no way they are actually profitable. Credit card chargebacks are always an option, but they are only good for a period of time after the charge posts.
  • Update: AMC will be trying to block MoviePass after the massive price cut.

Referral Program

Currently MoviePass does not offer any referral program, we will update this post if that changes.

MoviePass Competitors/Alternatives

MoviePass has one main competitor when it comes to movie subscription services and that’s Sinemia. Unlike MoviePass they don’t offer unlimited viewings, but prices start at $4.99 per month and some plans include premium screens. In addition you can book tickets in advance and use in some countries outside of the United States.

Our Verdict

I personally love going to the movies (especially by myself) but one of the reasons I don’t go more often is the price. This deal seems insane. Nick over at Frequent Miler has a great post discussing the pass so I’d recommend reading that first before purchasing. I don’t see how this is remotely sustainable so will be interesting to see what their business model actually is.

Update: AMC will be trying to block MoviePass after the massive price cut.



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Tony
Tony

This deal IS insane.Just to add, https://www.moviepass.com/oss gives you a free month. I completely agree with you on how insane the deal is and not seeing how even remotely sustainable this is gonna be. MoviePass is the one footing the bill so it just doesn’t make sense to me.

Austin
Austin

AFAIK the business model is mostly collecting/selling data
http://gizmodo.com/moviepass-new-unlimited-movies-in-theaters-deal-sounds-1797869356

travelinpoints

this is a no brainier for me. cheers for the heads up.

David
David

Multiple comments on the slickdeals thread indicate that even though it is technically “month to month” there is an early termination fee that starts at $75 and decreases as you get closer to 12 months. According to SD comments, that ETF goes into effect after the initial free trial period. I have not signed up myself (the glitchy app and lack of transparency in theater availability is holding me back), so I cannot verify the ETF, but it’s something to keep in mind at least.

Jon
Jon

Is the link to find eligible theaters not working for anyone else? It is just taking me to a registration page without an option to see the theaters.

Mj
Mj

AMC just said they won’t honor it

john mccann
john mccann

All they have to do is be upfront with all of the details. Something’s fishy.

zmicer88
zmicer88

Agree. Why not provide a link to available theaters?

Mark
Mark

Uhh, “AMC is consulting with its attorneys to determine if or how AMC can prevent a subscription program offered by MoviePass from being used at AMC Theatres in the United States,”.

I’d certainly want a way to get out of the 12 month contract if AMC removed themselves.

Luke G
Luke G

I did a bit of digging into the details on the various websites mentioned and the Moviepass.com FAQ page.

Regarding the locations, you’re supposed to be able to access those near you via this link (replace w/your zip); however, one commenter mentioned that they use Google gio coding and exceeded their lookups for the day, so it appears to be erroring at the moment) https://www.moviepass.com/register/map?zip=78248

Regarding the early termination fee mentioned by someone, their terms & conditions only mention an ETF once, in relation to a violation of their terms of service, they can charge you one; however, their FAQ page makes it quite clear that the service is month-to-month, cancel any time without a fee.

Their terms of service also mention an annual plan in paragraph 27.4.1, which apparently is entered into after using the trial option and mentions a termination charge; however, paragraph 27.4.2, specifically states “If you are included in a Month to Month plan, section 27.4.1 is not applicable” https://moviepass.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001124431-Is-the-service-a-year-long-commitment-Are-there-early-termination-fees-

Overall sounds like a great deal! I’ll wait until the zip code search is back up to verify the theaters that qualify near me though.

Rye
Rye

Has anyone tried signing up with this link? Supposedly 1 month free?

https://www.moviepass.com/oss

marshall
marshall

I’m not able to finish the sign up. A message popped up saying “This household has already received a free trial. By continuing, you understand that your membership will begin when you receive your MoviePass card.”
I am sure nobody in my household signed up it. So fishy!

Aaron
Aaron

Try downloading the app and logging in with the credentials you used to register. The Moviepass site has been rammed all day, but if you can log in to the app and also receive a confirmation e-mail within a couple hours then you should be good to go.

Wes
Wes

Same thing happened to me. I’m sure we can sign up, but unsure about the free trial. I believe that’s what marshall was saying is fishy. But I agree it’s likely due to overwhelming traffic.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

I signed up but the app really does suck and theater search is not working at all. If i can watch 2 movies with this pass, it will have been worth it. I can’t imagine this lasting that long…

Aaron
Aaron

I’m also skeptical of how long this will last or be viable. The $10/mo pricing is apparently good for at least one year, but Moviepass is taking a big gamble on being able to sell all the user data and viewing habits to other parties. This would have been a great deal at $25/mo. $10 is insane.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing completely folds in on itself after a couple months. I’m not too concerned either way – even if I get two months out of this deal, I’ll get to see plenty of movies at an average of $1-$2 each.

Daniel329
Daniel329

I have this card, have had it for 3 months now. I do not see how a particular theater would be able to ban it unless MoviePass banned it. Essentially its a debit card like any other card that gets loaded with money once you check into the theater. I know at my theater nobody even looks at the card or even the name on the card when I buy my ticket.

Aahz
Aahz

Seeking clarity on how this actually works in practice…

1) I sign up
2) They mail me a debit card
3) I go to theater, walk up to ticket desk and pay with the MoviePass debit card
4) I get a ticket as if I had used my bank debit card

Am I understanding that correctly?

David
David

3a) Use MP app to check in at theater, select show time, and select seat if option available (according to app). Once confirmed, debit card will be credited with amount that the ticket costs. Swipe debit card to pay for single ticket.
Bonus – you can still collect theater loyalty points since most are tied to a phone number (Regal, AMC for sure).

Daniel329
Daniel329

Exactly

Jim
Jim

It’s not hard; they can just ask to see your form of payment before you swipe and then tell you it’s not accepted. I’m hearing some folks are already being denied.

Daniel329
Daniel329

True, at my theatre however everyone seems not to care / most are high school students so it shouldn’t be a problem to get by them. Also if they started to ban the cards and moviepass still allows them they could always just change the card design and the theatre would never know. Who knows though.

JohnnyBoyJr
JohnnyBoyJr

They don’t need the cashiers to ban the cards — they can simply program the software on the credit card machines to reject those types of cards. I would expect all of their cards have numbers which identify them as MoviePass cards — quite possibly the 1st 4 digits of the card.
Any current users wish to share the 1st 4 digits of their MoviePass card?

Ava
Ava

They would also have to program the self checkout machines to deny MoviePass MCs. Not sure how easy/possible that would be.

Peter
Peter

They don’t support 3D or IMAX tickets. Not interested since that is the only way I watch movies at theater. They should just offer double price for 3D/IMAX compatible version.

captainsave
captainsave

Application error

captainsave
captainsave

Signed up and only 1 theater 29mi away accepts it. 🙁

David
David
tinytavosa
tinytavosa

Two week trail link and 1 month trail link seem to redirect to their homepage with no trail offer now?

I signed up last night, supposedly for a one month trail, though the page during checkout is very confusing. It says something like “you will be charged $9.99 once you receive your card and your free trial will start…” then it says “you will be charged $9.99 today” below that.. LOL… Idk, but I only see a (seemingly) dollar authorization on my account, so guess we will see.

Only theater is about 30 minutes away…

Bob
Bob

On the app, it still shows you can request the card, does it send out automatically or do we need to request it? I tried it 10+ times to request and it kept giving me an error message.

Amanda
Amanda

I’m still wondering the same thing – anyone know the answer to this??

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