Posted by William Charles on February 6, 2019
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Published on February 6th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Sinemia (MoviePass Competitor) Review – Rollover & $20 Bonus Added

Update 2/6/19: Sinemia has added a roll over feature where unused movies can be used the following month. In addition the referral bonus has been increased to $20 for both parties. Hat tip to Miles to Memories

Update 1/24/19: They now have two unlimited plans:

  • $29.99 a month for 30 movie tickets per month (really it’s one ticket per day. You can’t use it twice in one day), includes 3D & IMAX-4DX
  • $19.99 a month for 30 movie tickets per month (really it’s one ticket per day. You can’t use it twice in one day), doesn’t include special screenings

Keep in mind all of the recent issues with Sinemia. Given you have to sign up for a yearly plan and Sinemia seems intent on making retroactive changes there is no way I’d recommend signing up.

Update: They have added a new ‘unlimited plan’. You get 1 movie per 24 hour period. It costs $29.99 per month, you either pay yearly or pay monthly and pay a $29.99 initiation fee. Keep in mind this is only for 2D screenings. Hat tip to MtM.

Update 08/16/18: You can now get $10 when you refer a friend, your friend also gets $10 (normally it’s $5). This is available to people moving from a competing service such as MoviePass or AMC A-List. Hat tip to Forbes via MtM.

Update 07/30/18: They have added monthly plans. Same pricing as yearly plans but you pay an additional $19.99 set up fee. Hat tip to Bhavik

Update 07/28/18: Prices are down a further $1 per month across all plans. Keep in mind you pay for an annual subscription, might be a bit of a risk considering issues with MoviePass currently.

 

Sinemia is a competitor to MoviePass, both are subscription services to movies. MoviePass offers unlimited standard movie screenings, where Sinemia has four different plans currently. All Sinemia plans include no black out dates and the ability to purchase tickets in advance.

Pricing

The plans are as follows:

  • $3.99: Includes one standard movie ticket per month at any theater
  • $6.99: Includes two standard movie ticket per month at any theater
  • $8.99: Includes two movie tickets per month, one of these can be a premium screening (e.g 3D/IMAX etc)
  • $13.99: Includes three movie tickets per month, one of these can be a premium screening (e.g 3D/IMAX etc)

Other fees:

  • $19.99 initiation fee (monthly plans only)
  • Activate card immediately: $5-$10 (used to be free).

 

One thing to note is that the premium ticket is based on a rolling 30 day window. So if you see a movie on May 5th you’ll need to wait 30 days for that movie to clear (rather than it resetting on June 1st). If you’re purchasing tickets in advance you also need to buy the advance ticket surcharge places like Fandango charge.

Sinemia For Two

You can also upgrade your plan to something called ‘Sinemia for two’. This is basically a single membership with double the tickets, meaning you can bring somebody with you every time you see a movie (this person can change). With a regular Sinemia pass you can only purchase on ticket a day, so this let’s you get two for the same screening Prices for this are:

  • $7.99: Includes one standard movie ticket per month at any theater
  • $13.99: Includes two standard movie ticket per month at any theater
  • $17.99: Includes two movie tickets per month, one of these can be a premium screening (e.g 3D/IMAX etc)
  • $27.99: Includes three movie tickets per month, one of these can be a premium screening (e.g 3D/IMAX etc)

Sinemia Vs MoviePass

There are three main advantages to Sinemia over MoviePass in my opinion:

  • Sinemia can be used internationally (Canada, UK, Australia & others being added), useful if you travel a lot
  • Some plans include premium screenings
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance

The main upside to MoviePass is that it can be used an unlimited amount of times monthly (although you can’t see the same movie twice). MoviePass normally prices at $9.99 per month, but it has been possible to get it from $7.5 per month when on sale. Another downside to Sinemia is that you have to purchase a yearly plan. I purchased a Sinemia pass when they were charging $7.99 for two movies including a premium ticket. I love going to the movies but it would be rare for me to go more than twice per month so I thought this was better value and more flexible than MoviePass. To begin with the app was total shit and hardly worked, but I think they have fixed the issue because it seems to be working much better now (or maybe I just go used to it?).

I think Sinemia makes sense if you watch 1-2 movies a month, want access to prebooking and sometimes want premium screenings. Otherwise MoviePass is the better deal. It’s also slightly worrying that Sinemia seems to be yearly plans only.

Referral Program

If you’re moving from a competing service you can now get a $10 credit (both parties) if you prove that is the case.

You can refer friends and if they sign up you receive a $5 credit, they also receive a $5 credit for using your link. Feel free to share referral links in this linked thread. I also believe that your full name is given to the person when you sign up, so keep that in mind.

Our Verdict

Normally I hate things where I have to do something on a regular basis to maximize the value, I find it to be restricting and means I make irrational decisions. The nice thing about these services is that going to the movies is something that I enjoy doing but often don’t make enough time for. I’ve made more of enough to do so since having Sinemia so in this case I see it as a plus. Overall I’d recommend Sinemia so far. Feel free to share your own experiences in the comments below.

 

 



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daxihe
daxihe

Sinemia can be used worldwide?

Michael M.
Michael M.

Now that MoviePass isn’t offering annual option, I find the ability to lock in Sinemia for a year a good thing. I have a feeling MoviePass will be upping their monthly price in the very near future (for all users).

Also, just recently Sinemia stopped covering convenience fees for advance tickets, a major downside IMO…unless you have a separate subscription that waives the fees (AMC Stubs for example).

Similarly, they’ve limited the advance tickets to three websites – Atom, Fandango, and Movie tickets:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Sinemia/comments/8cb1wf/psa_change_of_terms_for_advance_tickets/

I’d be severely torn on which service to go with…they both have important and different pros and cons.

Alberto

I can only find this information on the website:
All Theaters
Sinemia is available in every major theater throughout the United States. See the list

Pam
Pam

& yet they have the option to black out a theater at their discretion…& they definitely do this!

chris a
chris a

I see a dropdown for other countries on the top right corner of the website. So yes, it seems to work in other countries. I see a lot of options in Canada, UK, Australia etc. Selecting some countries do not give any locations, so i am guessing they are working with those countries. Overall, very promising with this international twist especially for world travelers.

JY
JY

Where is the dropdown for other countries? Which website are you referring to? I don’t see any dropdown and can’t find any statements about international use. Could you kindly point it out to me?

kevin mMullen
kevin mMullen

Join the discussion…Don’t Join –
SCAM of a company
No phone number listed to call for help – Won’t answer emails –
Most difficult app to use.
Have to use a 2nd app to purchase your ticket with service fees and bounce back in forth to enter info for purchase.

Buyer Beware !!

Josh
Josh

just FYI, Sinemia now charges Fandago fee ($1.50 ish) for advanced ticket. Which makes Sinemia’s advanced ticket booking option much less attractive.

Brian C
Brian C

Can’t you book directly through the theaters app? (amc, regal, landmark)

Justin
Justin

I believe you choose where you want to book after you select the movie.

Cullen
Cullen

According to the Usage FAQs here: https://help.sinemia.com/category/usage

To buy an advanced ticket you must use an approved site (fandango, movietickets, atomtickets) and their convenience fee is not covered so will be charged to your Sinemia account payment method.

Seems like a decent deal to me as my main problem with moviepass is going to event movies that I can’t easily walk up and get tickets shortly before showtimes.

Brian C
Brian C

I bought my tickets coral tomorrow using the official AMC app. No fees. No issues. So not sure about what is actually enforced…

Carter
Carter

If you are AMC Stubs member (and you are purchasing via Fandango for a movie at AMC), the fee is waived.

laurence
laurence

Actually, the convenience fees are charged by Fandango, Atom etc. , not by Sinemia. The only fee is for online ticketing, and that is $1.80. But considering the regular ticket prices are around $15 where I live, I think Sinemia is still the best option

bc
bc

I like how Sinemia for Two is more expensive than two individual memberships, and probably more restrictive (both people have to see the same movie every time).

Gabriel
Gabriel

The benefit is I can take a different partner every time. One weekend I can take my wife and a different weekend I can take my brother and different weekend I can take my friend. This way not everyone needs to get a membership and it comes out cheaper in the end.

This is perfect for my situation.

David Lee
David Lee

I think it is cheaper with Sinemia for two since you pay only 1 initiation fee of $19.99.

C Doc Fan
C Doc Fan

Not too impressed with the $4.99 plan. I’m in a low-mid cost area so movies are already about $7 matinee and $10 Evening. I can’t justify signing up for a subscription to “Save $2 on $7 I wouldn’t otherwise spend”. (i.e. without a subscription I see movies maybe once a year).

The $6.99 for two movies is a decently competitive offering. I’m currently paying Moviepass $9.99 for unlimited movies, but on average see 2 movies per month. – Basically I convinced I would see more movies than I actually have been, and perhaps eventually cancel the service when I no longer get value from it. The $6.99 plan could really provide a good value for me if I wanted it to.

$9.99 – an Extra $3 to see an upgraded movie. That may be the typical price difference in some place, but I think XD movies are about $1.50 -$2 more here. I feel like I’d be getting “ripped off in a way with this plan, but that’s because they are lumping all premium types together. – $3 more for a 3d upgrade may be worth it to some people, but I personally thought they were a fad and haven’t seen one in years. (And my in laws even bought a 3d TV with the glasses. I wanted to let them know they were wasting their money, but I wisely held my tongue for once.) If I really valued seeing an XD movie, this would also be a good alternative to

$14.99 – This particularly seems like a bad value to me. You are essentially paying $5 extra for a premium movie when comparing it to the movie pass unlimited plan. – AND giving up the option to see unlimited movies.

All plans:
– Big value I see is this undermines the cancellation restriction Movie pass has. – If you cancel Movie pass you have to wait 9 months before signing up again.
I could exhaust all movies I want to see this month and then cancel Movie Pass, Wait 2 months to sign up for Sinemia (So Theaters have a chance to get new movies again.) Then after a 3-4 months I could cancel that if I wanted. I’d be eligible for Movie pass again before I’d consider signing up again.

mjs
mjs

does Sinemia make you take pictures of your tickets and load them on the app like MoviePass does now?

Jacob
Jacob

No they don’t but they have other fraud protections to ensure that people don’t abuse it like many people are doing with MoviePass. This means Sinemia may be around longer than MoviePass who has been forced to take steps like requiring high risk users to take photos of their tickets.

The Sinemia fraud protections are less intrusive but those abusing MoviePass aren’t going to be happy with Sinemia because their fraud protections are more serious and will weed those people. My advice to you is to change to Sinemia if you legitimately want a subscription service and have no intention of milking people. I’ve seen too many of my friends abuse MoviePass. It makes me sick and I question why im friends with that kind of person. It’s sad to see a business with so much potential run the risk of going out of business due to bad actors who want to go to many movies in a month for only $10.

teammjs
teammjs

Such a morally perfect individual to pass judgement.

Here’s a philosophical question for you though. Which is worse: A friend who maybe gets 5 movies a month “abusing” a system of a company that can’t come up with a good system in the first place, or someone who takes MoviePass for a literal movie a day?

Yes, you are “allowed” to see a movie a day per the “rules”, but you really think you’re not killing MoviePass faster by doing so? Do you not owe MoviePass a little moral self-control yourself, instead of taking advantage of the rules to the hilt, when you could be as happy with a lot less?

I love moralizers who have all the answers.

Stephen
Stephen

I am surprised this article compares Sinemia with the OLD movie pass. You can no longer buy unlimited movie subscription to movie pass. So if you’re already on unlimited for MP, this offer isn’t for you.

However, if you don’t have it, MoviePass limits to 4 movies a month with NO large format screenings and no advance purchases. IF Sinemia works at my theater, Harkins (MP doesn’t), then I will consider this because of the allowance of large format. Going to just one large format showing a month, more than pays for the $9.99 membership, so it’ll be worth it for our lifestyle I think.

More research required! 🙂

MKD
MKD

Same for you. More research required. They restarted offering unlimited movies.
https://www.moviepass.com
https://www.wired.com/story/movie-pass-unlimited-is-back/

Nicole
Nicole

MoviePass is now back to unlimited plans, so this isn’t correct.

Stephen
Stephen

Yeah, just read about that. Thanks!

For me, the large format option still might push me to Sinemia, that and MoviePass doesn’t work with my theater.

i have moviepass
i have moviepass

They limit you to once per movie.

Justin
Justin

Just a warning. We waited until we were about to book a movie to register our Sinemia debit card and it said there was a “malfunction” with our debit card (whatever that means) and they would have to send us a new one. Because of that, we had to change our plans last minute. They better restart our one year membership from when we receive the new debit card.

Stryker
Stryker

I dislike the 30 day limit. That’s the biggest drawback. So, if you watch a movie on 5th May on the cheapest plan, you won’t be able to watch a movie until 5th June.

john mccann
john mccann

I have a big screen TV with nice speakers. I’ll rent.

gman
gman

rent? Why not wait until online with Netflix, Hulu, Prime, etc?

john mccann
john mccann

I don’t like monthly obligations.

C Doc Fan
C Doc Fan

With free coupons abound for Redbox, and online options, for some people it makes no sense to pay a monthly subscription fee to see TV at home.

i have moviepass
i have moviepass

Please don’t advertise movirpass’s lies for them. Moviepass does not offer unlimited movies. That changed a coupe weeks ago when they decided you can’t see the same movie twice.

El Guapo
El Guapo

Until these programs cover the cost of babysitters, I’m out. 😉

DP
DP

Customer service is non existent. No number to call. You need to send them emails, and the NEVER respond.

james
james

I can confirm what DP says, had to do a credit card dispute.

Chris
Chris

I got the Costco MoviePass deal for $89 annual subscription and I can say you better hope their customer service is not needed. I bought one for my spouse and one for myself and my spouse card never came so ended up getting a refund from Costco but I’ve been using mine. I can confirm they did update the app so you can’t see the same movie twice. The option gets grayed out and says you’ve already seen this movie. However other people I’ve talked to who have the same Costco deal says they are still able to see the same movie twice. Not sure if it’s because they didn’t update their app but mine wouldn’t let me check in to buy ticket without updating it. It’s good and cheap for what it is. Looking at getting g Sinemia next though because as much as I thought I was going to watch more movies, one/two movies a month would be perfect plus I like the Fandango advance booking especially for bigger movies that sell out quick to get good seats. I like to have things in advance and preselect good seats.

Joanie Harper

Don’t do it. I’m currently waiting for a refund because I did not receive the card, the cardless option that they are promoting doesn’t exist, and the customer sevice is horrendous. Check out the review that I wrote here:
https://medium.com/@xjoaniex/great-idea-bad-execution-a0c23bad1d13

JAMES L FORYST
JAMES L FORYST

I had the same problem,never got a card. There customer support is no existant never got a phone call back. Finally got a impersonal email regarding my chargeback
We are reaching you regarding your chargeback request that you have made to your bank,
“We see that you have requested a chargeback from your bank. Your membership has been suspended for preventive reasons due to your objection to payment.
If your appeal is accepted by your bank, your membership will be canceled and the refund of your payment will be made to your card.
If your appeal is not accepted by your bank, you will need to contact us to re-activate your membership.
This process is your bank’s responsibility and for this reason, we ask you to follow the process through your bank.
Best regards,
Sinemia Support Team

Dominique Fruchtman
Dominique Fruchtman

How funny! That the ONLY way to get their attention is to take their money away from them. I want to know how many people they employ – maybe 12? And 8 of them manage the FB page? Because NO ONE manages the email support line or the “debit card printing press” that’s for darned sure, although I’m sure they have one or two in accounting, counting all the money they are collecting, ripping off people who are waiting forever for cards that never come. Read the FAQ before you buy — 2 months min waiting period before your card will arrive, and by the way — are you willing to pay for 2 months of movies you will never be able to see just to wait for their backlog? What a crappy business model. Shame on them.

Dominique Fruchtman
Dominique Fruchtman

I wrote them twice asking WTF about this “cardless option that is nowhere to be found, and why would I wait 2 months to get a card when they start charging me RIGHT AWAY and consider my membership active and I lose the first 2 months of my membership because they are backlogged and I miss the whole summer? Screw that! After 2 weeks and no reply from 2 emails and one FB message, I requested a chargeback for “no delivery of goods” from my bank.

JAMES L FORYST
JAMES L FORYST

So the company responded to my charge back bank saying digital goods were downloaded on 04/29. Which is complete hogwash. I am a little worried because I used a visa gift card to buy the tickets, and am worried about if this card issuer will protect me like a regular credit card would. I am not to worried because I have enough info where I will win in court if need be.

Krista
Krista

Have had good luck with chargebacks on the u.s. bank prepaids. Process to send in information was somewhat awkward but otherwise was investigated just as well as any other real card. I had a large charge back with an eBay seller that eBay refused to take care of. (This was surprising because of eBay’s ridiculously strong protections on physical items but on digital items and services eBay refuses to help whatsoever.)

They do take longer than they should process however. I had to follow up with them by phone to check status every time. (I had the seller chargeback and I’ve also had two cards get hacked.)

Ju hee Kim
Ju hee Kim

*This is a scam! Do not pay for this*
I paid for my one-year membership in June and to date, I have not received anything from them! No membership card, no movie tickets, no proof of anything! Whenever I emailed them, they apologized and asked me to wait. It’s been 3 months! No more waiting. I WANT MY MONEY BACK, every penny, all $479.76!!!!

harry_potter5
harry_potter5

Sinemia does not work in the U.K., especially for Odeon. Odeon requires the actual card that paid for the tickets to be present in order to pick up the tickets. Sinemia’s cardless feature obviously does not work. Also good luck waiting for the Sinemia card, or contacting their customer service. If you google Sinemia reviews you will see that apparently nobody has been able to contact their customer service to get a response. – I am talking about for months. Also I have been waiting for my 2nd month now, and still no sign of the card in the mail. I do not recommend this service if you are in the U.K.

M
M

My wife and I are having a similar experience. It’s been a month now and still no cards and no replies to my inquiries. It costs extra to use Sinemia Cardless (at least when I got tickets through the Atom app; I should check the other options), so this is pretty frustrating.

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