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Old 08-18-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'd never heard of "Movie Pass" until this week. For $9.95/month, you can get a pass that lets you see unlimited movies in theaters (well, one per day, so 30 per month!). This article says that 91% of all the theaters in the US will accept this pass, and it is good for all movies except 3D or IMAX.

I have no idea how this company could possibly make any money, because if I'm understanding correctly, every time a patron uses the pass, the Movie Pass company pays the theater the full cost of a ticket.

Apparently it cost $50/month until this past Tuesday, when they slashed the price to $9.95.

I definitely want to learn more! Has anyone here tried it?

MoviePass FAQ: Everything to know about the $10-a-month service for moviegoers - Business Insider
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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I've seen a lot of comments on social media saying it doesnt work, and there are a lot of glitches. Plus, you can't use it to see the same movie twice, so it's not like you would actually be seeing 30 movies every month. Realistically, most people would probably only use it 2-3 times a month. Every theater atound here has a $5 movie day, so you wouldnt even be saving much money to deal with the hassle of their glitches.

They also have a very pricey termination fee. The fee is $75 if you've had a membership for under 3 months, $60 if under 6 months, $40 if under 9 months, and $20 if under a year. So that is probably where they make their money.
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:06 PM
 
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They make their money when they go public...
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I've seen a lot of comments on social media saying it doesnt work, and there are a lot of glitches. Plus, you can't use it to see the same movie twice, so it's not like you would actually be seeing 30 movies every month. Realistically, most people would probably only use it 2-3 times a month. Every theater atound here has a $5 movie day, so you wouldnt even be saving much money to deal with the hassle of their glitches.

They also have a very pricey termination fee. The fee is $75 if you've had a membership for under 3 months, $60 if under 6 months, $40 if under 9 months, and $20 if under a year. So that is probably where they make their money.
According to the Movie Pass website, there is no longer a year commitment or cancellation fees. That makes it much easier to give it a try.

I don't know of any $5 movie days where I live, besides, weekends are the only time my husband and I have time to go to a movie. That's $12 a ticket, so if we used the pass merely once per month, we'd save money.

I hadn't heard about the glitches you referred to, so will look into that.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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They're planning on making money by selling data to advertisers ... movie going habits related to specific demographics, etc.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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no way i'd go for this. week after week i check the new movies starting every thursday / friday and come up rolling craps. especially this year, for some reason.
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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AMC Theatres Says It Will Try To Block MoviePass
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:06 AM
 
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We don't go to the theater enough for that pass to be worth it. This year we've been to the theater 5 times (only paid for 4 of the movies as 1 we had free passes for). The only reason we went more this year is that my husband bought movie ticket cards from Costco because they were discounted (4 $25 cards for $40).

We use to go to the theater a lot, but with the higher prices, lack of quality movies, noise from other patrons, dirty theaters (until most renovated), it just hasn't been worth it. My husband bought a nice television and we can wait for movies to stream or redbox them.

It seems to me that theaters aren't doing as well as they use to because people are finding better ways to watch movies. Based on everything I have read about this movie pass deal, if AMC was smart, they'd take the passes. They are still getting the full ticket price. Patrons seeing more movies a month can mean more concession sales. Why pass that up?
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:31 AM
 
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It seems to me that theaters aren't doing as well as they use to because people are finding better ways to watch movies. Based on everything I have read about this movie pass deal, if AMC was smart, they'd take the passes. They are still getting the full ticket price. Patrons seeing more movies a month can mean more concession sales. Why pass that up?
Because it could end up hurting them long term. People are going to get used to paying $10 to go to the movies multiple times in a month. Then when MoviePass fails (as many are predicting) or even jacks up their prices, those people will stop going altogether because they've grown accustomed to super cheap movies.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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Because it could end up hurting them long term. People are going to get used to paying $10 to go to the movies multiple times in a month. Then when MoviePass fails (as many are predicting) or even jacks up their prices, those people will stop going altogether because they've grown accustomed to super cheap movies.
But don't you feel that people already are NOT into the high prices and find other ways to watch movies. So I don't see how this pass will change that. Most people I know, look for discounts or wait for matinees or $5 tuesdays or go to the $3.50 movie theater.

I think theaters are already hurting. Aside from Annabelle (which was a free screening), all the movies we have been to this year were not sold out or packed.
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