The concept behind MoviePass was and still is a good one: pay a monthly fee, in exchange for which you get admission to one film per day. The concept is appealing from a consumer standpoint, but getting theater chains to play along proved to be difficult, and the MoviePass service has gone through a couple iterations over the past few years that saw struggling and failed partnerships with exhibitors.

Now MoviePass is relaunching, with the same basic concept, but a different means of bringing it to fruition. The new system still features a monthly subscriber fee ($24.99 – $39.99, depending on location), but now users get a proprietary card and a smartphone app. The app is iOS only for now; Android is forthcoming. The card acts like a prepaid credit card, which means it can be used to purchase a ticket at any theater. The concept is that users use the app to check in at a theater, and purchase their ticket with the MoviePass card. Will the system work this time? Read More »

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  • On October 27, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood is hosting an epic 30th anniversary screening of Tron.
  • Learn all about Cinerama, an outdated – but back for a limited time - three-projector film screening system.
  • MoviePass, the struggling filmgoing pass, is making a comeback.

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Earlier this summer, we told you about the rollout of a new service called MoviePass, which would allow customers unlimited movie tickets for the fee of $50 a month. Then, just two days later, we reported that plans for the service had been scrapped when theaters — who had not previously been consulted — refused to honor those passes. Now it seems the service may be coming back to life, thanks to a new partnership with Hollywood Movie Money. Read more after the jump.

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AMC Won’t Take Part in MoviePass [Updated]

If the idea behind MoviePass — essentially a Netflix-like all you can view subscription service for actual movie theaters — sounded too good to be true, you might have been right. We reported yesterday on the company’s plan to offer a $50 monthly subscription pass that, with some restrictions, would allow subscribers to watch as many theatrical releases as they want.

The plan rolls out this week in San Francisco theaters, but for the time being at least, it looks like we can’t expect it to be available in any AMC theater. AMC, one of the nation’s largest theater chains, has issued a press release saying that MoviePass was developed without consulting AMC, and that it consequently does not integrate into AMC’s own programs.

Read the press release from AMC after the break.

Update: Variety just ran a piece saying that all the companies who own theaters on the initial MoviePass list will refuse to honor the subscription.  Landmark, Camera Cinemas and Big Cinemas Towne 3 all say they didn’t have prior communication with MoviePass. Was MoviePass trying to go about building a business in the wrong way, or was it just a strange scam? Regardless, it may now be DOA.

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Netflix’s all-you-can-watch model works so fantastically for so many cinephiles, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to do the same with films still in theaters. Enter MoviePass, a new service which will allow subscribers to watch an unlimited number of theatrical releases for just $50 a month. Not too shabby, if you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies at least once a week. Hit the jump for details.

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