A subscription-based movie theater service has been making waves in the industry. MoviePass allows members who sign up to watch one 2D movie a day at a theater, every day of the month for a flat fee. While the original price of monthly membership was $30, MoviePass is currently doing a promo where you can lock in a $9.95 per month rate.
You can sign up on MoviePass.com
The average ticket for a movie these days can range go up to $12-$15 in theaters in New York and New Jersey. For a few bucks less, you can watch a new release 31 times if you so desired. In theory, you can sign up for just one month at the $9.95 rate, watch every movie that’s out currently, and then cancel your subscription.
- $9.95 a month
- Works at 91% of theaters in America
- “Over 4,000 theaters and more than 36,000 screens.”
- Only one movie per day
- Not valid for 3D or IMAX movies
- App and Web ticketing
- Look up which theaters near you take MoviePass on their site or app.
This deal has been so popular, with nearly 150,000 new subscribers signing up in two days, that MoviePass’ servers actually crashed temporarily.
Naturally, not everyone has been happy with this service. AMC Theaters has said that MoviePass wouldn’t be welcome at their theaters, and that they would work with their legal team to figure out how to stop them. However, as of now this is an idle threat because MoviePass is accepted anywhere that takes credit or debit. The card is powered by MasterCard, and acts as any other credit card (except MoviePass foots the bill instead of you).
According to a New York Times article, AMC posted a press release called “Not Welcome Here,” stating that this deal wasn’t in the best interest of US the consumers, because:
“In AMC’s view, that price level is unsustainable and only sets up consumers for ultimate disappointment down the road if or when the product can no longer be fulfilled.”