MoviePass Delay

The buzz around the movie ticket subscription service MoviePass was through the roof a few weeks ago. The service that allows users to pay a flat fee in order to see a movie of their choice in theaters every day was given a significant price drop and users would only be paying $9.95 each month.

The announcement from MoviePass was so big that, for the entire week after the price drop, their website was difficult to access and the app wasn’t working properly due to the high amount of traffic from new users looking to start their subscription. Now here we are, three weeks later, and while the website and app are up and running properly, new users may have to wait a little while before they can start using the service. Find out more about the MoviePass delay below. Read More »

AMC Theatres - MoviePass E-ticketing

AMC Theatres does not like MoviePass. The largest theater chain in the United States made that very clear when a press released indicated that the movie theater subscription service would not be welcome in their many locations after MoviePass dropped their monthly rate down to $9.95 for everyone, no matter where they lived or how many movies they saw.

However, as we learned in the days following, the only way they could really block MoviePass from being used at AMC Theatres locations was to stop accepting MasterCard, since that’s the credit card company working with MoviePass to provide users with their membership card used to buy movie tickets.

That doesn’t mean AMC Theatres won’t be petty about trying to make using the service a little more inconvenient at their locations. The movie theater chain has now blocked E-tickets from being purchased in advance of a screening at locations in Denver and Boston. But honestly, the blocking of MoviePass E-ticketing by AMC Theatres is just like throwing a pebble at a tidal wave. Read More »

MoviePass Prices

Everyone is talking about MoviePass this week. The subscription service that allows users to check into an app and use a special credit card to buy one movie ticket every day for a flat fee each month was recently acquired by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. and introduced a new low price of $9.95 a month. That’s right, for $9.95 a month, MoviePass will let you see one movie a day every month for under $10. But one movie theater chain isn’t happy about it.

Shortly after MoviePass announced their new price point, AMC Theatres, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, came out with a harsh statement saying that MoviePass in its new form would not be welcome at their theaters and they were having their legal team look into the possibility of banning the subscription service in all their locations. But the founders of MoviePass aren’t concerned, and they don’t even see how it’s possible unless AMC Theatres stops accepting MasterCard altogether.

Find out more about why AMC Theatres banning MoviePass doesn’t seem possible below. Read More »

AMC Theatres Banning MoviePass

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about about anything and everything. In this edition: AMC’s plan to block MoviePass is utterly moronic.)

Yesterday, some great news came for moviegoers. MoviePass announced that their movie theater ticket subscription service that has flown mostly under the radar since launching in 2011 was looking to increase its customer base in a big way by only charging $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see using the service.

However, if you frequent AMC Theatres locations, MoviePass might not be beneficial to you for very long. At least if the executives behind the United States’ largest chain of movie theaters has their way. Not long after MoviePass announced their new price point and intentions to grow their customer base, AMC Theatres released a scathing statement saying, “AMC is consulting with its attorneys to determine if or how AMC can prevent a subscription program offered by MoviePass from being used at AMC Theatres in the United States.”

The long and short of it: AMC Theatres banning MoviePass is stupid. Let’s dig in. Read More »

MoviePass Subscription

MoviePass has seen plenty of changes to its subscription service over the years since launching in 2011. For those who don’t know, MoviePass lets users pay a monthly price that allow them to see a single movie each day. Users check into a location-based app, pick the movie they’re seeing, and pay with an official MoviePass debit card. Over the years there have been changes in the pricing model depending on where you live and how many movies you see, ranging anywhere between $15 a month to almost $50 a month. But soon, everyone will be paying the same low price for the subscription service.

A majority stake in MoviePass has been bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., and they will be changing the monthly subscription fee to just $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see. Find out more about the MoviePass subscription changes below. Read More »

MoviePass Prices

Over a week ago, there were rumblings of some new MoviePass subscription plans being tested with the subscription service’s CEO Mitch Lower looking to offer a variety of pricing options with an eye towards even offering a plan as low as $20. Now Movie Pass has officially announced their new pricing plans, and the lowest plan actually comes in at $15, but there are some specifics that will change how much you’ll end up paying for the subscription you want.

Find out about the new MoviePass prices and plans after the jump. Read More »

MoviePass Statistics

MoviePass is a great idea, a monthly membership (starting at $30) that gives you access to see up to one movie a day in one of its 33,000 qualifying screens nationwide. It has basically been marketed as Netflix for movie theaters, and if it worked that simply it would be amazing. Unfortunately, I have found there are many sticking points in using this service. And it seems like MoviePass is finally trying to address some of them.

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MoviePass Statistics

It’s been a few years since MoviePass hit the scene in 2012, providing a location-based app and exclusive payment method to give users the ability to attend as many movies in theaters as they want for one monthly rate (with some restrictions). At the time it was introduced, exhibitors were worried that it would cut into their profits, but some recently released numbers would seem to indicate otherwise.

A new report indicates that MoviePass has raised movie theater attendance in its users by 111%, and that boost in attendance also comes with quite the increase in the money spent on concessions, where movie theaters truly make their money. Get the MoviePass statistics after the jump. Read More »

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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