But this time, MoviePass might be legit. So, what do you need to know before subscribing?
MoviePass is officially back. After shutting down in 2019 and being accused by the Federal Trade Commission of resetting passwords, glitchy services, and random "premium fees" around popular movies to potentially save profits from being lost, MoviePass has returned with a similar but new and improved service.
Originally, MoviePass would send you a card and for $10 a month you could watch as many movies as you wanted.
Now, the company sends you a card based on the points-based system that you sign up for.
How does the new MoviePass work? Let's get into it.
How Does the New MoviePass Work?
Now, you can pay $10 per month to watch one to three movies at any participating theater in the U.S.
On the surface, $10 to see a few movies seems great, and it is. With the average movie ticket price at $11.75 (according to The New York Times), MoviePass is a great way for filmmakers to see the films they want to watch without worrying about their bank account.
If one to three movies don't satisfy your movie-watching habit, then MoviePass offers three more expensive subscriptions options:
- $20/month Standard plan for three to seven movies per month
- $30/month Premium plan for five to 11 movies per month
- $40/month Pro for up to 30 movies per month
There are also more expensive subscriptions for customers in Southern California and the New York metro areas where the variety of films are wide and never-ending.
So how does MoviePass's point-system work so you can watch the most movies possible on your plan?
Every tier offers a different number of credits that you can redeem on movies each month. A film's credit value depends on several factors from the time of day, day of the week, and popularity of the film you watch. According to the Verge, customers who have tested the service tweeted that credit costs have changed without warning and can vary significantly across showings.
Not all movies are equal on this point system, so pay attention to how much each movie you want to watch costs you in credits.
If you don't use all of your credits in a month, then MoviePass says that they will roll over to the next month, allowing you to have a maximum of two months' worth of unused credits in your account to use later.
“By opening up MoviePass to film lovers nationwide, we are expanding our support of the movie theater industry by helping drive traffic to all theaters during the critical summer season,” Stacy Spikes, co-founder of MoviePass, says in a statement. “Our newly designed service offers our members greater choice and flexibility for how they use their monthly credits while continuing to encourage them to watch movies in theaters.”
MoviePass will be accepted at most major movie theater chains like AMC, Cinemark, and Regency. I recommend checking in with your local theaters to see if they accept MoviePass as well before you decided which plan best suits your needs.
Is the MoviePass Worth It?
Do I think MoviePass is worth it? I believe it is.
Subscriptions from other movie theaters like AMC Stubs A-Lists subscription, Cinemark Movie Club, and Regal's Unlimited Plan, the MoviePass stands out in a few ways. MoviePass is cheaper and is available at a variety of theaters. You can bounce from theater to theater, watching any movie on any screen that is available to you.
Sure, you don't get additional perks like free popcorn or other discounts on concessions, but you are saving so much money on the ticket alone that those discounts don't matter at the end of the day. Buy that large popcorn and drink and enjoy the free refills, or just bring your own snacks like you use to do in the good old days.
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