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Old 08-17-2017, 01:24 PM
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Looking for opinions and information on Movie Pass


I just heard about Movie Pass. It's a company that sells movie tickets. The basic idea is you pay a monthly fee and then you can go to theaters to watch movies for no further charge.

The main limit is that you can only go to one movie per day but that's not a problem. Also, it has to be theaters that participate in the program.

The Movie Pass monthly fee has been around thirty or forty dollars a month but it's now dropped down to $9.95 a month. And for that price, I'm on board.

But I'm wondering if there's some catch I'm missing. Has anyone used Movie Pass? What can you tell me about it?
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:52 PM
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$9.95 per month!!?

Whoa. I need to check this out. I never signed up because it was like $35, but $10 a month is less than one ticket here!
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:22 PM
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In poking around on their site, there's one red flag that I see, almost immediately: while they claim that "we’re accepted at over 91% of theaters nationwide," apparently, you can't actually see a list of theaters unless you actually subscribe to the service.

The fact that they won't let you see the list of participating theaters before you give them money is concerning to me.
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:30 PM
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In poking around on their site, there's one red flag that I see, almost immediately: while they claim that "we’re accepted at over 91% of theaters nationwide," apparently, you can't actually see a list of theaters unless you actually subscribe to the service.

The fact that they won't let you see the list of participating theaters before you give them money is concerning to me.
Yeah, I was just about to say. They claim you can look this up on the site, but it appears to require an account. My cynical suspicion is that if the selection really was great they'd be singing it from the rooftops. Most of the cinemas around me have move to the very comfortable recliners with reserved seating model, so I suspect I'm a prime candidate for discovering most local places are excluded.
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:36 PM
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There is currently a huge row about this from AMC. You should be aware that they intend to file a lawsuit and the price could go up again.
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There is currently a huge row about this from AMC. You should be aware that they intend to file a lawsuit and the price could go up again.
So I guess they're not just buying tickets from the theaters themselves for their subscribers, but working out some sort of deal with theaters to let subscribers in without a ticket?

But the Variety article linked to in your post says this:
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I don't see how AMC or anyone else could have a leg to stand on, legally. It's not an IP issue. Anyone can buy tickets to a movie, even corporate re-sellers, right?

On the other hand, they acknowledge they're selling below cost, which isn't illegal, but can be used as evidence of anti-competitive practices.
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Lowe acknowledges that his company is subsidizing ticket buyers and will lose money in the process. However, he believes that MoviePass will be able to prove its value to movie theaters and studios, and that in the future they will cut the company in on their additional profits. Theater owners could also either pay MoviePass back with advertising or give them a percentage of the concessions sales.
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:46 PM
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I'm aware of the AMC complaints. (It was, in fact, a story about those complaints that made me aware of Movie Pass.) I'll admit I don't understand why AMC is unhappy. From what I've read, Movie Pass pays the movie theaters the full cost of the tickets. You'd think AMC and other theaters would be delighted to get more customers, collecting full ticket prices from everyone, and having more people to sell snacks to.

I'm also wondering how Movie Pass can sustain this system. Is it like a gym membership, where they're hoping people will buy the membership and then not get around to using it? Or is the current price a loss leader to get people to sign up and get into a habit of going to movies and then they'll raise the membership fees back up to a higher rate?

Finally, there's the app issue. I'm behind the times and I don't own a phone that does apps. So I don't know if I can even use Movie Pass.
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:55 PM
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I'm aware of the AMC complaints. (It was, in fact, a story about those complaints that made me aware of Movie Pass.) I'll admit I don't understand why AMC is unhappy. From what I've read, Movie Pass pays the movie theaters the full cost of the tickets. You'd think AMC and other theaters would be delighted to get more customers, collecting full ticket prices from everyone, and having more people to sell snacks to.

I'm also wondering how Movie Pass can sustain this system.
The reason AMC is upset is the answer to the second question: this is only sustainable if Movie Pass starts getting payments or concessions from the theaters. Movie Pass is giving it away now with no charge to the theaters to gain market share, but if they get big enough (a big if), they'll demand AMC pay them for the privilege of participating. AMC doesn't want any middlemen taking money from them.
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The reason AMC is upset is the answer to the second question: this is only sustainable if Movie Pass starts getting payments or concessions from the theaters. Movie Pass is giving it away now with no charge to the theaters to gain market share, but if they get big enough (a big if), they'll demand AMC pay them for the privilege of participating. AMC doesn't want any middlemen taking money from them.
Seems to me like that would be the time for AMC to start suing. Not when the defendant is losing tons of money by giving it all to AMC.
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:39 PM
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The reason AMC is upset is the answer to the second question: this is only sustainable if Movie Pass starts getting payments or concessions from the theaters. Movie Pass is giving it away now with no charge to the theaters to gain market share, but if they get big enough (a big if), they'll demand AMC pay them for the privilege of participating. AMC doesn't want any middlemen taking money from them.
That makes no sense. Would Burger King complain if I started buying lots of cheeseburgers from them? According to your theory, yes, because I would somehow be able to leverage buying their products into being able to dictate they pay me to buy from them.

Movie Pass can buy a whole bunch of tickets from AMC. And one day they can ask AMC to pay them. And all AMC has to do is say no. Movie Pass has no leverage that can force AMC to make a deal with them if AMC doesn't feel the deal is to their advantage.

So worst case scenario for AMC is Movie Pass buys a bunch of movie tickets from them and Movie Pass customers buy a lot of popcorn from them and then Movie Pass goes out of business in six months.

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Old 08-17-2017, 03:59 PM
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I'm also wondering how Movie Pass can sustain this system. Is it like a gym membership, where they're hoping people will buy the membership and then not get around to using it? Or is the current price a loss leader to get people to sign up and get into a habit of going to movies and then they'll raise the membership fees back up to a higher rate?

Finally, there's the app issue. I'm behind the times and I don't own a phone that does apps. So I don't know if I can even use Movie Pass.
The MoviePass site & app are completely swamped right now but I found this cached link on Reddit that will show you what theaters in your zip code accept MoviePass: https://go2cinema.com/moviepass-cinemas/

A friend of mine has been a member for a few years now and he says it's great. He regularly sees many movies per month so even at the $50 price point it was still a good deal for him. We're in NYC and I don't think he's ever had a problem using it. Of course, that could all change with the huge influx of subscribers they'll get with this $9.95 deal. I just signed up myself. Even if I only use it for one month and see one movie, I still come out ahead.

Apparently you do need the app to check in to the theater, you can then use the card to purchase at the box office.
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The MoviePass site & app are completely swamped right now but I found this cached link on Reddit that will show you what theaters in your zip code accept MoviePass: https://go2cinema.com/moviepass-cinemas/

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Old 08-17-2017, 06:43 PM
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I'm aware of the AMC complaints. (It was, in fact, a story about those complaints that made me aware of Movie Pass.) I'll admit I don't understand why AMC is unhappy. From what I've read, Movie Pass pays the movie theaters the full cost of the tickets. You'd think AMC and other theaters would be delighted to get more customers, collecting full ticket prices from everyone, and having more people to sell snacks to.

I'm also wondering how Movie Pass can sustain this system. Is it like a gym membership, where they're hoping people will buy the membership and then not get around to using it? Or is the current price a loss leader to get people to sign up and get into a habit of going to movies and then they'll raise the membership fees back up to a higher rate?

Finally, there's the app issue. I'm behind the times and I don't own a phone that does apps. So I don't know if I can even use Movie Pass.
Some general info:

1) they are making it very cheap because they are hoping to get big-data people as investors. The real business model is selling the movie-watching data habits of craploads of people to data-miners. Like Facebook, YOU are the product.

2) you MUST have a location-enabled smart phone to use the service. You sign up, they mail you a credit-card, you install the app on your phone. Then the SAME DAY you want to see a movie, you physically go to the theatre location, open the app, scroll through til you find your location, scroll again to find a movie that you want to watch, "buy" it, they load the movie price onto the credit card they sent you, and you go to the ticket counter and use that card to pay for the actual movie ticket.

3) it's a single-use thing. You can only use it for yourself: no buying tickets for a date, or for groups of friends, or for your kids, or your spouse. Each person who is going to that movie using MoviePass has to have an individual account, their own smartphone, their own copy of the app, and their own MoviePass credit card.

4) It seems from looking into it that you can only see each movie title once. So if that's true (its been hard to confirm or deny) then if you really like Spiderman Homecoming, you're shit out of luck and have to pay the theatre full-price directly to see it again - you only can get it the once from MoviePass.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:40 PM
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Some general info:

1) they are making it very cheap because they are hoping to get big-data people as investors. The real business model is selling the movie-watching data habits of craploads of people to data-miners. Like Facebook, YOU are the product.

2) you MUST have a location-enabled smart phone to use the service. You sign up, they mail you a credit-card, you install the app on your phone. Then the SAME DAY you want to see a movie, you physically go to the theatre location, open the app, scroll through til you find your location, scroll again to find a movie that you want to watch, "buy" it, they load the movie price onto the credit card they sent you, and you go to the ticket counter and use that card to pay for the actual movie ticket.
Mmmm that's sketchtastic.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:00 AM
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4) It seems from looking into it that you can only see each movie title once. So if that's true (its been hard to confirm or deny) then if you really like Spiderman Homecoming, you're shit out of luck and have to pay the theatre full-price directly to see it again - you only can get it the once from MoviePass.
Yeah, I've heard both sides (that you can and can not see the same title more than once).

If you can't, then it's not as though anyone is going to see a movie a day because there's just not that many movies to be seen at the large theater chains. Plus most people probably don't have 2+ hours a day to spend in the theater watching marginal films just because they're "free".

This feels like the sort of thing where you see four or five movies the first week because you can and it rapidly tapers down to once or twice a month. Add in the hassles of seeing a movie with a date, friends or family using the pass and you might even still wind up buying tickets outside the MoviePass.

Not that it wouldn't be a great deal for the right person but perhaps not as insane as it sounds at first blush.

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4) It seems from looking into it that you can only see each movie title once. So if that's true (its been hard to confirm or deny) then if you really like Spiderman Homecoming, you're shit out of luck and have to pay the theatre full-price directly to see it again - you only can get it the once from MoviePass.
You can actually select any movie you want. MoviePass has no way of knowing which ticket you actually buy.
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I'm aware of the AMC complaints. (It was, in fact, a story about those complaints that made me aware of Movie Pass.) I'll admit I don't understand why AMC is unhappy. From what I've read, Movie Pass pays the movie theaters the full cost of the tickets. You'd think AMC and other theaters would be delighted to get more customers, collecting full ticket prices from everyone, and having more people to sell snacks to.

I'm also wondering how Movie Pass can sustain this system. Is it like a gym membership, where they're hoping people will buy the membership and then not get around to using it? Or is the current price a loss leader to get people to sign up and get into a habit of going to movies and then they'll raise the membership fees back up to a higher rate?

Finally, there's the app issue. I'm behind the times and I don't own a phone that does apps. So I don't know if I can even use Movie Pass.
I saw an article that claims when movie tickets are 'free' that people buy 120% more concession items.

Also they are collecting people's personal data to sell to advertisers.

However I went to a movie for the first time a few nights ago with it, the cost of a single ticket was the same as the cost of my monthly subscription.

I figure if I watch 2-3 movies a month, it'll be worth it. But even that is hard to justify. I don't know if 2-3 new releases a month are worth it to me. I have endless entertainment options at home.

I'm still expecting the company to go bankrupt or jack up prices in a few months. I won't use mine too much, but I'm still going to get more than $10/month out of it. Some people are going to see 10+ movies a month with it.
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So, to be clear, there's no contract for this yet? I can pay $10 and see as many movies as I want for a month and then never pay another dime? Because the "gym business model" essentially requires year long contracts to make money.
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So, to be clear, there's no contract for this yet? I can pay $10 and see as many movies as I want for a month and then never pay another dime? Because the "gym business model" essentially requires year long contracts to make money.
Yup. From their FAQ: "MoviePass is month-to-month, no commitment. Cancel at any time without a fee. "

https://moviepass.zendesk.com/hc/en-...mination-fees-

ETA: As long as it's one 2D movie per 24-hour period. That's the only limitation.

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That's plenty for me. I can't remember the last time I watched a movie in a theater. I thought maybe this service could get me into theaters again.

It's hard to beat my big screen surround sound system in the comfort of my own home though. No schedules, fees, popcorn is virtually free, no cell phone talkers, no commercials, and I can pause it if I really have to go to the bathroom. But occasionally it makes a nice night out.
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:21 PM
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I've been using MoviePass since last December and love it to death! I was paying $50.00 a month and thought it was a bargain, so I'm thrilled with the new price. The app has been wonky the past couple of days with all the newbies flocking in. I'm on my way to a movie now and I hope it works.

You have to use the app from a smartphone with Location turned on, there's no way around that.

I'm getting pissed off at AMC's temper tantrum. They get full price for their tickets so I don't know what their problem is. If they block MoviePass they'll lose a lot of money from me alone. I've seen around 140 movies at AMC this year. Without MoviePass, I'd just go to Regal and Cinemark, chains I don't go to often because AMC is so much more convenient. They better straighten up.
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I go to a lot of different theaters, AMC and otherwise. In the Chicagoland area, the only theaters I've found that don't accept MoviePass are the two ArcLight theaters and the two Landmark Centurys. Snobby assholes.

(And the Brew & View, but they're not snobby assholes. They only charge $5 for double and triple-features. I'll gladly give my cash to them when they do things like show a wonderful double-feature like Spinal Tap and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.)

All the smaller art house theaters I go to (Gene Siskel Film Center, Music Box, Facets) all accept MoviePass
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I go to a lot of different theaters, AMC and otherwise. In the Chicagoland area, the only theaters I've found that don't accept MoviePass are the two ArcLight theaters and the two Landmark Centurys. Snobby assholes.
I guess I probably had seen this earlier but tuned it out, because I did try to use MoviePass last night only to wonder why the cinema wasn't showing up. Surprise! It was a Landmark (alas). Shame because they're actually a pretty significant chain up here in NorCal, but there are also few movies they're showing that can't be seen somewhere else with a little initiative so those titles will involve a bit more planning and geographic strategizing.
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I guess I probably had seen this earlier but tuned it out, because I did try to use MoviePass last night only to wonder why the cinema wasn't showing up. Surprise! It was a Landmark (alas). Shame because they're actually a pretty significant chain up here in NorCal, but there are also few movies they're showing that can't be seen somewhere else with a little initiative so those titles will involve a bit more planning and geographic strategizing.
Yeah, I missed a few movies because they were only playing at either Landmark or ArcLight. Most movies play in other theaters here in Chicago, but I missed the recent First They Killed My Father, and the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar nominee Land of Mine because of it. I will never forgive them.

Today is my 1st year anniversary of using MoviePass. Last year on this day I used my card for the first time to see Solace, with Anthony Hopkins. It wasn't great, but I'm glad I saw it. It was one of those smaller movies that came and went in a week, and that I never would have seen if not for MoviePass. I keep track of all my movies and when I used MoviePass, and since I activated my card I've seen 223 movies using it. I do love it so.
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It seems like AMC's issue is that they don't think MoviePass's model is sustainable, so when the whole thing comes crashing down, customers won't be willing to suddenly pay full price for movies anymore.

I do see also the anti-competitive aspect of it. Say you have two theaters in town. One's kinda crappy, with uncomfortable seats and small screens, but with cheap tickets. Then you have another with giant screens and nice comfortable theater seating, but with expensive tickets. If you have MoviePass, which one would you choose to go to?
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I might sign up for this since it looks like Emagine participates. Emagine might be a Detroit-local thing, I'm not sure, but it's an extra swanky theater near me that somehow manages to be competitively priced. They have a full bar and will actually bring your food to you. Frankly settling for AMC would be a quality downgrade (for the same price.)

I basically go to the theater for the concessions these days.
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They're still working on the app. I tried to check into Logan Lucky and the theaters weren't showing up. I sent a text via the app (they're usually VERY good at responding quickly) and got this:

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I went ahead and bought a ticket. I have no doubt I'll get reimbursed.
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If I were single this would be a can't-miss deal. I'd be going to at least a handful of movies each month, and $9.95 is cheaper than just one ticket here. Most of the nearby theaters are Regal, but it sounds like they are covered.

But as someone with a family, I don't know if it's worth the hassle. I take my kids and nieces/nephews often; they don't have smartphones so I'd have to buy their tickets normally. Because I have a job and family I don't usually get to see more than 1-2 movies a month, so the savings becomes more marginal. Do you still get movie club points for your purchase?

If they're still in business when my kids are out of the house in 10 years I'll be all over it, I'd bet.
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If I were single this would be a can't-miss deal. I'd be going to at least a handful of movies each month, and $9.95 is cheaper than just one ticket here. Most of the nearby theaters are Regal, but it sounds like they are covered.

But as someone with a family, I don't know if it's worth the hassle. I take my kids and nieces/nephews often; they don't have smartphones so I'd have to buy their tickets normally. Because I have a job and family I don't usually get to see more than 1-2 movies a month, so the savings becomes more marginal. Do you still get movie club points for your purchase?

If they're still in business when my kids are out of the house in 10 years I'll be all over it, I'd bet.
You're right, it doesn't make much sense for families. I wonder if MoviePass can expand this into a dating app akin to something like "It's Just Lunch" - "It's Just a Movie" where two single MoviePass customers can be matched up to see a movie they both plan to see.
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Skammer, since you're using a MasterCard Debit Card, yes, points count. I resisted AMC's Premium Stubs card for years until I started using MoviePass, but I signed up the same time I got MoviePass and it's been great. I rack up the points like crazy. I'm signed up with Regal too but I don't go there as often (at least until AMC screws themselves over out of stupidity).

"Free" or not, I don't go go see movies I don't think I'll like, so I haven't seen The Emoji Movie or Baywatch. I do see a lot of small, obscure movies that I might not have otherwise seen if I had to pay full price.
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You want they should come to your home, pick you up in a limo, carry you in a throne from the car to the theater, then hand-feed you grapes and popcorn, hold your cup and straw while you take a sip during the movie? What else can they do to make your life easier?
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You want they should come to your home, pick you up in a limo, carry you in a throne from the car to the theater, then hand-feed you grapes and popcorn, hold your cup and straw while you take a sip during the movie? What else can they do to make your life easier?
Wow...that's a bit snarky.

What could they do to actually attract me?

- Let me buy more than one ticket for a show with one use of the app.
- Make it one-touch purchasing, so I didn't need to use a special debit card to redeem the ticket.
- Make it possible to reserve our seats (at theaters that do advance reservations).

Right now, they're offering me a way to save money on movie tickets, but they make the process substantially more cumbersome than just buying a ticket via my theater's web site.

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You want they should come to your home, pick you up in a limo, carry you in a throne from the car to the theater, then hand-feed you grapes and popcorn, hold your cup and straw while you take a sip during the movie? What else can they do to make your life easier?
Well for me I'm not happy about the data-mining, but for actual suggestions:

1) ability to buy tix for a group or a family, or even just a freaking couple so you could use it for a date night or any sort of actual social occasion like movies usually are.
2) ability to use the app to purchase tix while off-site from the movie theatre location
3) ability to use the app to purchase tix days (or even hours is better than what they've got) ahead of time for new releases or theatres with heavy use/crowded show times
4) ability to have multiple accounts per phone app (like Netflix) and/or some sort of 'offline' version for people to use from a home computer (like fandango).
5) any sort of more user-friendly alternative to the "physically go to the theatre, load the app, 'buy' the tix, wait til they wire the money to the specific single-use-for-MoviePass-card, then go to the ticket counter and buy the tickets AGAIN with that specific card" process because that's stressing me out just writing it out.
6) seriously tho ditch the single use credit card thing altogether that's a pain to keep track of.
7) (unclear if this is still limited but I think it is) ability to use their service to watch the same movie more than once if I want to. I often end up watching movies more than once simply because not everyone in my social group can make the same showings due to family/kids/location issues, and I don't think that's hugely uncommon.

If they fix all that, I might be more inclined to get over the data-mining, but right now it's a service that doesn't actually provide any actual useful service for my lifestyle.
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You want they should come to your home, pick you up in a limo, carry you in a throne from the car to the theater, then hand-feed you grapes and popcorn, hold your cup and straw while you take a sip during the movie? What else can they do to make your life easier?
I want them to have a version that doesn't require me to own a smart phone.
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With no reserved seating, that's a deal breaker. Emagine almost never has available seating if you walk in at movie time.
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1 ticket per phone kills it for me - I'd happily pay for 3 accounts and take my kids to the movies every weekend.
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I've had MoviePass for a few years now and I love it. Here in New York City the monthly plan is a bit more expensive to compensate for insane NYC ticket prices. Still, if you see three or more movies a month, it easily pays for itself. I'm a movie fan and typically see at least one or more movies a week - frequently by myself - so it works great for me.

I've had no trouble getting the MoviePass credit card accepted at any theater. Anywhere that takes MasterCard should work. I suppose the only exception would be theaters that don't take credit cards. In addition to NYC, I've successfully used it in Las Vegas, Miami, Austin, San Francisco, Atlanta, Orlando, and Portland.
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Yes, it collects all the information about what movies you see and where you see them. That's the entire point. And, unlike virtually every other entity on the Internet that is also collecting information about you, MoviePass is giving you a WHOLE LOT OF VALUE IN EXCHANGE FOR THAT! For a person who sees a different movie every single night, that value is from $7 to $18 a day!

Seriously, this is like spitting in the caviar they just served you because it didn't come with a golden spoon!
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Well, it's more like turning down an All-You-Can-Eat Caviar buffet because you don't actually like caviar.

If you watch lots of movies regularly as a single person and have a normal tolerance for transactional interactions with systems and people, then it sounds great.

As it's designed right now, it's just not appetizing: doesn't matter how cheap the caviar is.
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Well, it's more like turning down an All-You-Can-Eat Caviar buffet because you don't actually like caviar.

If you watch lots of movies regularly as a single person and have a normal tolerance for transactional interactions with systems and people, then it sounds great.

As it's designed right now, it's just not appetizing: doesn't matter how cheap the caviar is.
OK, so you don't like seeing a lot of movies in the theater by yourself. For me and my wife, we each have a cell phone like the vast majority of people in the US and we each see more than one film in the theater a month, it's an amazing deal.

I'm not into amusement parks. I haven't been to one in a decade or two. If someone offered a similar discount to get me into every amusement park in the US every day for less than the cost of a single day's admission, it wouldn't appeal to me.

And, more importantly, I don't think I'd bother to go onto a thread about this theoretical ParkPass and both to say so.

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I'm not into amusement parks. I haven't been to one in a decade or two. If someone offered a similar discount to get me into every amusement park in the US every day for less than the cost of a single day's admission, it wouldn't appeal to me.

And, more importantly, I don't think I'd bother to go onto a thread about this theoretical ParkPass and both to say so.
You don't think people should go onto a thread titled Looking for opinions and information on Movie Pass and give their opinions on Movie Pass?
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Yes, it collects all the information about what movies you see and where you see them. That's the entire point. And, unlike virtually every other entity on the Internet that is also collecting information about you, MoviePass is giving you a WHOLE LOT OF VALUE IN EXCHANGE FOR THAT! For a person who sees a different movie every single night, that value is from $7 to $18 a day!

Seriously, this is like spitting in the caviar they just served you because it didn't come with a golden spoon!
I agree. I would have no problems with the fact that Movie Pass is selling my movie watching data. The discounted movie prices would be well worth it.
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You know, what the fuck ever. Whether you don't want to join the 21st Century and get a smartphone to able to use an app, or they're not offering a golden spoon with their caviar, forget about MoviePass. For people who DO have a smartphone, and who DO love movies, and who DO have a fairly decent choice of theaters to go to, it's an incredible deal. As I mentioned, I was paying $50 a month and thought it was an amazing deal, for ME. Now it's even more insanely incredible.

Y'all go keep on paying full price, and I'll keep using MoviePass and enjoy it while it lasts.

Since the beginning of the year, I've used MoviePass for 131 documented movies (it's more than that, but if I fall asleep in a movie that I've used MoviePass for, since I get up at 5ungodlyam to go to work, I don't document it). It's been an amazing value for me.

I've seen (stayed awake for) these movies using MoviePass since the beginning of the year:

20th Century Women
47 Meters Down
A Beautiful Accident
A Dog's Purpose
A Ghost Story
A Monster Calls
A Quiet Passion
A Taxi Driver
Afterimage
Aftermath
All Eyez On Me
Anatahan (1953)
Arrival
Atomic Blonde
Baby Driver
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Band Aid
Bang! The Bert Berns Story
Beauty and the Beast
Before I Fall
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Bitter Harvest
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Brave New Jersey
Cars 3
Churchill
Collide
Colossal
Cook Up A Storm
Detroit
Dig Two Graves
Dunkirk
Fight For Space
Fire At Sea
For Here Or To Go?
Get Out
Ghost Of New Orleans
Gifted
God of War
Gold
Grand Illusion (1937)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Headshot
I, Daniel Blake
I, Olga Hepnarova
Imperfections
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
John Wick: Chapter 2
Julieta
Kedi
Kidnapped (1974)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kong: Skull Island
Lady Macbeth
Landline (Matthew Aaron film)
Landline (Jenny Slate film)
Life
Live By Night
Logan
Logan Lucky
Lost Highway (1997)
Megan Leavey
Miles Between Us
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Moana
My Cousin Rachel
My Life As A Zucchini
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Oscar Shorts (Animated)
Paint It Black
Patriots Day
Phoenix Forgotten
Raising Arizona (1987)
Rangoon
Rashomon (1950)
Rear Window (1954)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sachin - A Billion Dreams
Saving Banksy
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Silence
Singin In The Rain (1952)
Sleight
Some Freaks
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Split
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Strange Weather
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
The Battleship Island
The Beguiled
The Belko Experiment
The Big Sick
The Black Prince
The Blot (1921)
The Book of Henry
The Dinner
The Eagle Huntress
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Great Wall
The Hero
The Hitman's Bodyguard
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Journey
The LEGO Batman Movie
The Life Of Oharu (1952)
The Little Hours
The Lost City of Z
The Ottoman Lieutenant
The Salesman
The Sea
The Sense of an Ending
The Wall
Things To Come
Tommy's Honour
Toni Erdmann
Tootsie (1982)
Ugetsu (1953)
Under The Skin
Voice from the Stone
War for the Planet of the Apes
Whisky Galore!
Wilson
Wish Upon
Wolf Warrior 2
Wonder Woman

MOVIEPASS PAID FOR ALL OF THOSE! Thank you MoviePass!
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You know, what the fuck ever. Whether you don't want to join the 21st Century and get a smartphone to able to use an app, or they're not offering a golden spoon with their caviar, forget about MoviePass.
You act like the decision not to have a smart phone is just an issue of being cranky. With me, it's a financial decision. Buying and maintaining a cell phone would cost several hundred dollars. Spending that much money just to save money on movie tickets would be foolish.
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You act like the decision not to have a smart phone is just an issue of being cranky. With me, it's a financial decision. Buying and maintaining a cell phone would cost several hundred dollars. Spending that much money just to save money on movie tickets would be foolish.
I understand, but it really doesn't have to cost as much as maybe you think it does.

I bought an unlocked Android G4 Play last year at Best Buy for $180something, but you can buy an unlocked Android phone online for much cheaper.

I use MintSim and pay $99.00 every 3 months for unlimited phone and text, and 5gb data, but there are lots of different plans.

But if you can't, you can't. I do understand, but there's no way MoviePass can work without an app, so you'll just have to forget about it for now.
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Equipoise I mean this is the nicest possible way but I think you and I are on the furthest apart extremes of the movie-watching public. I honestly don't think I COULD watch that many movies since January, even counting watching stuff at home.

I watch movies with big groups of people, mostly as a social thing. We get together and decide ahead of time what we are all willing to see together and we've all always got someone who is short on cash or someone who owes someone back for something else, and some people have child-care issues or weird late shifts at work, so we're always having one person just buy everyone's tickets ahead of time and we sort it out later.

Bottom line is that I'm into movies as a social scene, and this isn't really set up to be social the way my group of friends handles things. I answered what I thought they could change to make me interested, and I'm sure some of my friends have gotten it or are going to get it and they'll think it's great too!

It just seems like those of you who it does work very well for are being a little 'crossfit-y' about the fact that it's not going to fit everyone's lifestyle or be quite as good a deal for everyone. The thread asked for opinions, and I honestly don't think that my concerns about it are threadshitting, nor are they meant that way. I'm not trying to convince anyone NOT to use it, just trying to explain why I'm probably not going to myself.
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You act like the decision not to have a smart phone is just an issue of being cranky. With me, it's a financial decision. Buying and maintaining a cell phone would cost several hundred dollars. Spending that much money just to save money on movie tickets would be foolish.
If your income is really that low, you might qualify for "Lifeline Service" (often called an "ObamaPhone" even though the program started under George W. Bush.)
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I'm in agreement with AMC. This is the kind of scammy, manipulative operation that we don't need any more of in our economy.

Instead of doing something that adds actual value, it's trying to amass power so it can run a protection racket on the movie theaters later.

And I'm more than sick of the endless attempts to data mine people so that we can be sold to more effectively. In this case, I don't even think it's possible to get an amount of information valued anywhere near the massive loss leader they are running with the price discount.

For those who find value in the service, cool. Enjoy it while it lasts. It does sound like a great deal.
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I'm in agreement with AMC. This is the kind of scammy, manipulative operation that we don't need any more of in our economy.

Instead of doing something that adds actual value, it's trying to amass power so it can run a protection racket on the movie theaters later.

And I'm more than sick of the endless attempts to data mine people so that we can be sold to more effectively. In this case, I don't even think it's possible to get an amount of information valued anywhere near the massive loss leader they are running with the price discount.

For those who find value in the service, cool. Enjoy it while it lasts. It does sound like a great deal.
As I mentioned earlier, two large theater chains in the UK have an unlimited program. Each is charging £17.99 per month, so there is a business model.
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I understand, but it really doesn't have to cost as much as maybe you think it does.

I bought an unlocked Android G4 Play last year at Best Buy for $180something, but you can buy an unlocked Android phone online for much cheaper.

I use MintSim and pay $99.00 every 3 months for unlimited phone and text, and 5gb data, but there are lots of different plans.
Maybe I'm missing something. I said buying and maintaining a smart phone would cost several hundred dollars.

You implied I didn't know the real costs. And then explained how I could buy and maintain a smart phone for $576. How is that different from several hundred dollars?

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If your income is really that low, you might qualify for "Lifeline Service" (often called an "ObamaPhone" even though the program started under George W. Bush.)
No, I'm not poor. I could afford a smart phone if I chose to.

But I'm not wealthy either. I don't have enough money to buy everything. If I did I wouldn't be worrying about the cost of movie tickets. I make choices about what I want to spend my money on. And $576 is more than I want to spend on a smart phone, which I wouldn't use all that much.
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