To my dearest:
Today is going to be an exciting topic! YES! I’m finally going to share my experience with MoviePass! I posted about it on my insta-stories and every single time, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it from my followers! So, I’ve been preparing to share my review of it with you all! So that no questions will be left unanswered! And for starters – this post is non-sponsored and I am sharing my experience with MoviePass only because many of you asked!
So what exactly is MoviePass?
Here’s what their website tells ya…
Keep in mind that, you can only buy tickets in theaters and you cannot buy tickets online! It also ONLY works for 2D movies at the time. It does not work for special screenings, 3D, IMAX or the likes.
How Much Does It Cost?
It’s really as advertised – MoviePass is a subscription service where you get to watch one 2D movie a day at almost every theater for the price of $9.95 per month. There is no commitment, because you can cancel at any time! There are special annual deals that are offered here and there for a limited time for $89.95, which sets you to roughly $7.50 a month if you choose to go that route.
When Will I Be Charged & When Does the Month Begin?
You will be charged for your first month upon registration, but the start date of the first month does not start until you activate your card within the app, so you don’t have to worry. The recurring charge monthly will then begin on the day that you activate the card. So say, you signed up on 1/2 and was charged for the first payment, then you receive the card 1/14, you activate your card 1/16 and watch your first movie, your second month will be charged and start on 2/16.
How Does the MoviePass Card Work?
They send you a MoviePass debit card issued by MasterCard and you use it just like a debit card to pay for the movies – with the additional step of checking in using the app. You have to successfully check in to a movie, for the purchase to go through on your card. MoviePass is essentially paying the movie theater the full price of the ticket FOR you – once you pay that $10 subscription fee.
How Do I Use MoviePass?
It is truly as simple and easy as 1-2-3. You sign up for it online and wait approximately 14 days to get your card in the mail. You download the MoviePass App on your smart phone and activate the card. The process is immediate and takes less than 5 minutes. You check in to the theater location, movie, and show time via app. You go to the ticket register or kiosk and select the movie and show time you checked in for, and when they ask for payment, just hand them your MoviePass debit card and you’re done. Just keep in mind, you must make your purchase within 30 minutes after checking in via app.
How Many Theaters Accept MoviePass?
I believe MoviePass works at about 95% of theaters. I have only found 1 movie theater around my house that does not accept MoviePass. Almost all theaters in the city accept MoviePass. On their website, you can type in a zip code and it will show you which theaters accept MoviePass.
The Must-Knows About Checking In via App
- You must be within 100 yards radius of the movie theater to check in to the movie and show time. If you’re farther away, you won’t be able to check in.
- You can only check in to a movie the day of. Meaning, you can’t buy tickets days in advance. For example, you can’t buy a ticket during the weekdays for the weekends. However, you can go to the theater earlier on a Saturday to buy tickets for a later show time.
- They allow you to watch one movie every 24 hours. So keep in mind, if you watch a movie Saturday night at 8pm, if you want to watch another movie Sunday night, you can only check in for a movie and buy a ticket on Sunday night after 8pm.
What if I can’t check in?
If you can’t check in and you’re within the theater, something must be wrong. You can use your app to contact customer service. If all else fails, just buy the ticket first using your own credit card. Then, save the receipt or take a picture of it and email it to their customer service for a claim. You should be able to get back the amount you paid for the movie tickets. (I have not personally done this, but my friend who also uses MoviePass had successes with her claims.)
Can I Lend Someone My MoviePass?
No, lending someone your MoviePass is against regulations and pretty much impossible. You are only allowed to connect your MoviePass account on two devices per year. So unless you lend someone your phone for the day, they can not use your MoviePass.
My Personal Experience Using Movie Pass
I first heard about MoviePass in August, when it dropped it’s monthly fee from the whopping $50 to the below $10 price range. Quite a drop right?! My friend was getting it and was telling me how ecstatic she was to be able to watch any movie she wanted and suggested I should get it too. However, I was traveling a lot during the time and just didn’t have the time to jump the bandwagon until about October.
I was hesitant to join another subscription service and wasn’t sure how long I would be into this, as I was not a frequent movie go-er. However, New York City movie tickets cost about $16-$19 on average, so I thought $10 is not a bad idea to at least give it a try. So, I went ahead and ordered me and le boy each a MoviePass. I figured we could go on more movie dates, or attempt to.
When I first signed up, I immediately reddit about how long it will take the receive my card. Some people who signed up earlier in August, complained about their card getting lost in the mail and it still not being delivered after months. However, I did not have a problem and received my card within the promised 14 days time frame. Le boy and I signed up the same day and received the card the same day as well at two different addresses. (Though we live within the same zip code area.)
Upon receiving the card, we went to see a movie that same day, and the first movie we watched was Thor: Ragnarok. Check in process was smooth and easy. I continued to try to watch at least two movies a month. Through my experience, the only thing I find annoying is that I can’t buy a ticket until the day of. It was really a hassle, especially since most of the theaters around my house are assigned seats theater with reclining seats. This makes it hard for me to get seats I want and I have to constantly check which theater around me has the seats that I want, before I head to the theater to buy tickets. It’s gets to be pretty nerve wrecking. Now, if you choose a theater that does not have assigned seating, then you would not have any problems. You can just waltz in 10 minutes before showtime and buy the ticket!
Another problem raised is, what if you need to see a movie with a ton of friends and you don’t want it to sell out or they have assigned seating? Okay. Now, this is another hassle. For big movie releases, such as those from Marvel, DC, or Star Wars. You really have to buy tickets in advance with or without assigned seating, or they sell out. It’s tough because you can’t buy it in advance! So if you want to see the movie with friends, you probably have to pay out of pocket. That’s what happened for Justice League for me.
As to assigned seating with a large group of friends, I had to personally go early into theaters and buy 17 tickets in order to assure assigned seats with friends. Nobody else could do the job but me, because I had to be the one to swipe my MoviePass and check in (unless I give my phone to someone for the day, which is nearly impossible.) So, there is a way around it, only more of a hassle.
Overall, I would say that I thoroughly enjoy MoviePass and think it’s worth the $9.95 per month. It made me more of a movie go-er and I was able to explore movies I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. It’s also a perfect date night kind of thing. It doesn’t have to necessarily be with your significant other either. You can get a girlfriend and be movie date buddies, or even a group of friends. It can lead to more talks and build a more tight knit friendship. I find the price to be reasonable and am happy to just get one or two movies in a month. My favorite thing about it is, I like the option of having nothing much to do and say, “hey, let’s go to the movies.”
Final Things to Note About MoviePass
- MoviePass does not require any commitment. However, if you do cancel it – you cannot sign up for it again within a six month time frame.
- MoviePass does not work in conjunction with AMC Reward Stubs. So you can’t rack up points using MoviePass. However, Regal gladly allows you to rack up points on their rewards system using MoviePass.
- As proper etiquette, make sure you check in successfully before you line up at the kiosk or ticket booth to buy tickets. This ensures you’re not holding up the line and makes everything more efficient.
The MoviePass app has your viewing history so you can keep track of which movies you watched. For some strange reason, I’m missing a couple of movies on my list – such as Thor and Jumanji. However, you can tell I have been taking good use of my MoviePass!
How about you? What do you think about MoviePass and would you try it? Write back and let me know! And if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask me! Leave a comment and I’ll answer ASAP! Enjoy your week, lovelies!
This post is not sponsored in any way. All opinions are unbiased and based on my personal experience.