Cinemas are injured. According to an article from the Hollywood Reporter at the end of 201
Could a movie ticket subscription service come to the rescue? Try at least four: AMC Stubs A-list, Cinemark Movie Club, MoviePass and Sinemia. Although they share the same basic promise – calculating a monthly flat rate for X tickets – they go very different ways with the subscription model. Let's take a look at what each service offers and see which, if anything, you're making dollars.
AMC Stubs A-List
Price: $ 19.95 (VAT excluded)
What you get: Three tickets a week; all benefits of an AMC Stubs Premiere membership
Restrictions: AMC Theater only; requires a three-month commitment; no bring-a-friend or family option; no stubs points for tickets booked through A-List
Summary: AMC'sresulted in A-List, its own private subscription service. As it's barely a month old (released in late June), it's too early to say how it will behave against the MoviePass and other services that are all better known. But the value proposition is definitely higher than that of Cinemark Movie Club or Sinemia, because you can buy up to 12 tickets per month with your 20 €.
Valuable? Three tickets a week are probably enough for most moviegoers, and even if you only use three a month, that's a bargain. Support for 3D, IMAX, and other premium shows is definitely a plus, but for the moment you pay the full price if you want to add a friend or family member. The bigger question: Do you live near an AMC theater?
Cinemark Movie Club
Price: $ 8.99
What you get: One ticket a month; 20 percent on concessions; additional tickets for $ 8.99 apiece; Unused cards can be rolled.
Restrictions: Cinemark Theater only; Only 2D Movies
Summary: Announced at the end of 2017 by the movie chain Cinemark, Movie Club offers little in comparison to MoviePass, Sinemia and Stubs A-List. They basically buy a single discount ticket each month with the option of additional discounted tickets. The rollover option is good for the months when there's nothing to see, but if you want something other than a 2D show, you'll have to pay more. value? In my neck Woods (Metro-Detroit), a single cinemark ticket costs $ 10.50 for an evening show. If I pay $ 9 a month, I only get $ 1.50. Well, if I bring my family of four, we each pay $ 8.99 instead of $ 10.50; Now I have saved $ 6. I'll probably save a few dollars on popcorn as well. That's all right, but it's hardly earth-shattering and not really enough to get me out of the house on a snowy evening. The real problem, however, is that there are no Cinemark cinemas near me.
Price: $ 9.95 for one ticket per day; $ 7.95 for three tickets a month
What You Get: A special debit card that can be used to purchase a ticket in almost every US theater
Restrictions: Day – only for purchases, some require your presence in the theater; 2D movies only (for now); no option for families or couples
Summary: Last year the MoviePass experienced more ups and downs than a Six Flags roller coaster park. For a complete overview, read my story on. The short version: Problems such as blackouts and surge pricing have proven that the company can not maintain its original model. But it does make changes – almost every week it seems – and still offers considerable value.
Worth It If you use your MoviePass only three times a month, it is really unbeatable deal on tickets – even if you have to pay a few extra dollars in push fees. Still, the much-needed options like 3D / IMAX and bring-a-guest still need to be implemented and will end up costing more. Uncertainty about the future of MoviePass makes it hard to recommend, but if you only pay monthly and can cancel at any time, why not just use your passport while you can?
Price: $ 3.99 for one ticket per month; $ 7.99 for two tickets a month; Family plans start at $ 7.99 a month; $ 20 Registration Fee (No Annual Plan Approval)
What You Get: A special debit card, good for 1-2 tickets a month in almost every theater; Support for presale tickets; Support for third-party ticket processors (such as Fandango)
Restrictions: Premium shows (3D, IMAX, etc.) require an elite plan that greatly increases costs; No Rollover for Unused Tickets
Summary: Sinemia promises a simpler, less restrictive subscription than MoviePass, but recent changes have made things a little more complex. For starters, pricing is everywhere; It seems as if every time I check it, another sale is going on and a different pricing structure. Both the registration fee and the elite option are new. Your plan used to include a premium per month, but that's extra now. Still, using your favorite ticket service (and earning points along the way) is a big plus, even if the pre-purchase app is still a bit tedious.
value? For the occasional moviegoer, the current entry sale – $ 3.99 a month for a single ticket – is a great deal. And it's nice to have all the different levels, even if they can be a bit confusing. I'm not really interested in 3D or IMAX, so I'm happy with something like the "2 Film Days for 2" plan at $ 16 a month. That's $ 4 per ticket, a big savings over the $ 10 I usually pay.
Editor's Note: This entry was originally published on December 18, 2017 and has been updated to AMC Stubs A-list and changes to other services and prices.