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In my MoviePass review from a few months ago, I said that I think MoviePass is definitely worth it for people who go to the movies pretty often. Since then, MoviePass has been through some major changes; the biggest one being the change to their policies, which forces members to pay a surcharge on high demand showtimes. And then they announced that some of the newer blockbuster releases won’t even be available.
After that, some people are canceling their memberships, or like me, are considering it. I love MoviePass, but I don’t like the idea of having to pay more out of pocket on top of my membership fee for what is supposed to be unlimited service. I’d honestly rather see them just raise the price to something like $14.99 per month than restrict our access and charge us more. They could keep the service going and I’d still save money in the end. Win-Win. But it looks like the new policies are here to stay.
So I’ve been looking into some MoviePass alternatives, and I thought I’d share some of the ones I’m considering.
Sinemia is very similar to MoviePass, where you can see movies at almost any theater. However, with Sinemia, they limit the number you can see per month, depending on which plan you have. So for example, with their summer prices, their biggest plan lets you can see 3 movies per month for $14.99/month. They also let you see movies in IMAX and 3D formats, and there are no blackout days (or blackout movies).
I signed up for Sinemia this month to give it a try! If you wanna try it too, you can join Sinemia using my referral link, and get a $5 Sinemia Credit to your account! Sign up here. I might post a review just like I did for MoviePass.
With Cinemark Movie Club, their monthly price of $8.99 lets you see 1 movie per month, with additional tickets for $8.99 each. You also get a 20% discount on concessions and your fees waived when you buy tickets online. When I first heard of this deal, I laughed at how ridiculous it sounded….and now I’m a member. lol.
For me it works because I have 4 (soon to be 5) Cinemarks near me, with 1 that I consider my primary theater. So I use my concession discount pretty often. For tickets, I usually go to weekday matinee showings that cost less than $8.99, so I don’t use my movie club tickets for those. I save them and use them for the times when my husband and I go to the theater together on the weekend and the prices are higher than that. It does save me a few dollars but the savings are still nowhere near as much as with MoviePass.
AMC Stubs A-List is AMC’s plan that lets you see 3 movies per week (including IMAX and 3D) for $19.95 per month. That price also includes a Stubs membership, which gets you 10% back on concession purchases, free size upgrades on popcorn and drinks, and priority lanes at the box office and concessions, and free online ticket reservations. It’s a bit pricey like they’re still trying to make us pay for the Stubs memberships that no one wanted. It’s way more expensive than Cinemark’s plan but at least you get to see a lot more movies (vs. Cinemark’s ONE movie per month).
For me, my Cinemark theater is closer so I’m not sure it makes sense to do this plan. And I feel like in order to get your money’s worth you’d have to use up just about all of your 3 movies per week, and I normally go once a week, sometimes twice. I’m still thinking about giving it a try though.
Have you ever tried any of these?