MoviePass $9 unlimited movies: Worth signing up?


Movie theaters are losing millions of customers to Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services. So they’re fighting back with monthly subscription plans like MoviePass, a sort of Netflix in the theater.

But is MoviePass worth considering?

For just $9 a month, you can see a first run movie every day, even movies like the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as soon as they are released.Pros of MoviePass:

Cheap movies. If you see one movie a week, that’s just over $2 per movie, a big savings. If you are a real movie lover who goes several times a week, you can see first run movies for just pennies.

Easy to break even. Go to just one movie per month and you still break even.

Wide acceptance: Moviepass is now accepted at 90 percent of theater chains including AMC, Regal, and Cinemark (though Cinemark has its own similar version, called Movie Club).

No blackout dates.Cons of Moviepass:

The pass does have some downsides, especially if you like to reserve your seats ahead of time or buy three or four seats at once to a showing.

Downsides include:

No advance purchase: This is the biggest downside. You can’t use the app and buy your ticket until you are at your local theater, Which means you can’t buy advance seats to a sold out movie.

Risk of sold-out movies: If you get to the theater and Last Jedi is sold out, you are out of luck.

No 3D or IMAX movies: If you like 3D, you’re out of luck: MoviePass is for only 2D movies right now.

Better for singles than couples: MoviePass is designed for one person to buy one ticket. Couples will want the pass on both phones. And forget about trying to buy a group of tickets for a birthday party.

Analysts say Movie Pass will have to raise prices at some point because if too many people join, it will become a money-losing proposition for studios and theaters.

But until they do, it’s a great deal for movie lovers, so you don’t waste your money.


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