Cinemas are injured. Visitor numbers have dropped sharply, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Theater chains have beaten.
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 ̵
Price: $ 19.95 (plus taxes).
What you get: Three tickets a week and all the benefits of an AMC Stubs Premiere membership.
Restrictions: AMC Theater only. Requires a three-month commitment. There is no bring-a-friend or family option. No stubs points for tickets booked via the A-list.
Summary:resulted in . 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 is 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?
Price: $ 8.99.
What You Get: One ticket a month, 20 percent off concessions, $ 8.99 additional tickets and unused tickets can be turned around.
Restrictions: Cinemark cinemas only and only 2D movies.
Summary: Announced at the end of 2017 by the movie chain Cinemark, Movie Club offers little compared 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 useful for those months when there's nothing to see, but if you want something other than a 2D ad, you'll have to pay more.
It's worth it In my forest (Metro Detroit), a 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.
What You Get: A special debit card that allows you to buy a ticket in almost every US theater.
Restrictions: Only buy day, some require your presence in the theater.(for now). No family or couples option. After three films, customers can get a discount of $ 2 to $ 5 on tickets, depending on the geography and film selected.
Summary: Last year, the MoviePass experienced morethan a rollercoaster. For a complete overview, read my story on . The Short Version: Blackouts and Surge Pricing have shown that the company can not maintain its original model. But it makes changes – – and still offers considerable value.
Valuable? If you only use your MoviePass three times a month, the ticket is truly unbeatable – even if you have to pay a few dollars for a fourth ticket. Still, the much-needed options like 3D, Imax, and Bring-a-Guest still need to be implemented, and they'll cost even more in the end. Frequent moviegoers could be better served with a competing service with fewer restrictions. Uncertainty about the future of MoviePass makes it hard to recommend, but if you can only pay monthly and 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; $ 9.99 for three tickets a month; $ 29.99 for 30 tickets a month; Family plans start at $ 7.99 a month; $ 20 registration fee (will be issued when selecting an annual plan).
What You Get: A special debit card, good for a fixed number of tickets a month in almost every theater. Support for the purchase of pre-sale tickets Support for third-party ticket processors such as Fandango.
Restrictions: Premium shows (3D, Imax, etc.) require an elite plan that greatly increases costs. There is no rollover for unused tickets.
Summary: Sinemia promises a simpler, less restrictive subscription than MoviePass, buthave made things a little more complex. For starters, pricing is everywhere – it seems that every time I check it, another sale is going on and there is a different price structure. Both the registration fee and the elite option are new. Your plan used to show a premium per month, but that's extra now. Still, the option to use your favorite ticket service (and earn points along the way) is a big plus, though the pre-purchase app is still a bit tedious.
It's worth it For occasional moviegoers, the current levels – $ 3.99 to $ 9.99 a month for one to three tickets – is a good deal. And it's great to have all the different options, even if they can be 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 normally pay. There is also the(30 2D tickets per month for $ 29.99), which is probably overkill for most people, but at least Sinemia promises that this is a "sustainable" model is, unlike MoviePass & # 39; Original unlimited plan.
Originally published on December 18, 2017.
Update, September 17, 2018 : This comparison has been updated several times with price changes and new entries.
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