Avengers Endgame

Where were you during the Great Ticket Rush of 2019? No, it wasn’t for a concert, nor was it for some once-in-a-lifetime event. It was for the pre-sale tickets of Avengers: Endgame. Fans who waited a year to find out what happened after The Snap were faced with another long wait as websites broke down and digital queues stretched into an hour. But in those first hours, Avengers: Endgame was already breaking records.

The number of Endgame tickets bought in the first six hours shattered Fandango’s pre-sale records, while it only took an hour for the highly anticipated Marvel Studios movie to take the crown at Atom Tickets.

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netflix theatrical

Even though Roma ended up with a total of 10 Oscar nominations this morning, including Best Picture, that’s not a good enough reason for AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark to pack away their grudge with Netflix. Every year, the two movie theater chains host a showcase of all the Best Picture nominees, but since Alfonso Cuarón‘s critically acclaimed Roma is a Netflix movie that didn’t stick to the traditional theatrical release plans, they won’t include the film in their line-up. You know, like a pouting child. Read More »

AMC Stubs A-List

The AMC Stubs A-List movie ticket subscription service from AMC Theatres has done a fine job of picking up the crumbling consumers who fell away from the disastrous yet innovative MoviePass. For just $19.95, subscribers get three tickets every week to any movies they want to see at an AMC Theatres location, anywhere and anytime. And rather than starting to make the service worse like MoviePass did, AMC is only making it better.

Today, AMC Theatres announced that AMC Stubs A-List subscribers will now be able to buy tickets online through both Fandango and Atom Tickets by using their membership. Find out more below. Read More »

AMC Stubs A-List

It’s no secret that MoviePass is struggling to stay afloat. After having their service temporarily shut down because they ran out of money, the service hasn’t really recovered in a way that provides customers with what they were promised. Now their official position is that the price of their subscription will increase to $14.95 and they won’t make new blockbuster releases available through the app for the first couple weeks they’re in theaters. And that’s giving AMC Theatres an opportunity for their new movie ticket subscription service to thrive.

AMC Stubs A-List launched in June and they’ve already enrolled more than 175,000 customers to pay $19.95 a month to get three movie tickets every week, without restrictions on movies or formats, as well as discounts on concessions. And they’re likely only going to grow now that MoviePass will be losing subscribers left and right. Read More »

mcu marathon

Update: AMC Theatres has announced that the Marvel marathon will include 12 Marvel Cinematic Universe films and be held in two locations. More information is included below.

AMC’s MCU marathon is back. And it’s 31 hours long.

The movie theater chain first introduced the insane endeavor in 2012 ahead of the release of The Avengers. But that 12-hour marathon would soon increase to 28 hours with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both Marvel marathons cost the lives of no one and the sanity of many, but they seem like cake walks compared to the 31-hour monstrosity that AMC is holding ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. Because in the three years since the last marathon, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has swelled to 18 (!) movies. At least this marathon doesn’t include the TV shows.

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moviepass amc

MoviePass may be playing hardball with AMC Theatres. On Thursday, it was reported that the buzzy subscription-based movie service was pulling coverage from select AMC locations, including big market theaters like the Empire 25 in New York City, the Universal City Walk, AMC Loews Boston Common and the AMC Century Plaza.

It had many questioning whether this spelled the beginning of the end for the rapidly growing but questionably sustainable company. But it seems like this move was less of a troubling stumble and more of a measured strategy on MoviePass’s part to negotiate with a wary collaborator.

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MoviePass Restrictions

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: MoviePass’s latest terms of service updates are ridiculous.)

It’s been three months since MoviePass announced their new subscription model allowing consumers to pay $10 a month for the ability to see a movie in theaters everyday. The company initially wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of new customers signing up for MoviePass, which caused significant delays in the shipping of the card to subscribers. On top of that, the customer service provided to both longtime and new customers was dismal, and there were glitches abound for users after the new price point was introduced.

Thankfully, MoviePass has mostly fixed these problems, though they have created some concerns with some recent, vaguely threatening changes to their rules and regulations for subscribers. But MoviePass users still have a problem, and unfortunately, it’s the largest movie theater chain in the United States: AMC Theatres. Read More »

theatrical presentation

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get personal, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: AMC Theatres admits that they don’t care about masking, and why this is bad.)

We’re aware there are terrible things happening in our country right now, and yes, complaining about movie theater screens is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. But damn it, instead of getting overwhelmed by those things, cinephiles occasionally want to lose ourselves in a terrific theatrical experience. And when the world’s largest theater chain has basically admitted that they no longer care about the way their movies are presented to audiences, that’s worth grumbling about.
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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 »

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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 »