3 MoviePass Alternatives for Anyone Who’s Bitter About the Latest Changes
My mother always said: “All good things come to an end. And then they come back. And then they come to an end again.”
It looks like Mom was right because this week, MoviePass made headlines again as it announced a price increase that will — fingers crossed — keep it from going bankrupt.
Now that the popular movie ticket subscription service has placed more restrictions on its offerings, we thought it would be good to compare MoviePass and its competitors to see if it’s time for you to say “hasta la vista, MoviePass!”
The Latest MoviePass Changes
New Price: $14.95 per month
MoviePass prices will increase to $14.95 per month in the next 30 days, a press release announced Tuesday.
The original allure of MoviePass was the ability to see any movie at any time for $9.95 per month. Now you’ll still get access to one 2D movie per day, but blockbuster movies will have limited availability during the first two weeks of their releases. No one really knows what that means, but MoviePass did state that special promotions could open up availability for certain movies.
3 MoviePass Alternatives for Big-Screen Lovers
I’m sad for MoviePass because people really love it. Even with the $5 per month increase, its Twitter supporters have come out to say they’ve saved money and will continue to subscribe — which makes you think this whole thing could’ve been avoided.
But since we’re here now, let’s explore the other options.
Price: $12.99-$34.99 per month
Sinemia has two tiers: Classic and Elite. In the Classic tier, you can choose one or two movies per month. It includes any 2D movie anytime — even opening weekend. There are no blackout dates, and advance ticket purchasing is available (something MoviePass has always lacked).
The Elite tier includes everything from the Classic with the addition of 3D movies and one Imax-4DX movie every 30 days.
Elite and Classic family plans are also available.
Sinemia is having a summer sale right now: The one movie per month Classic plan is starting at $3.99 per month. Two movies for two people each month is $15.99 per month during the sale. If you decide to forgo an annual plan and pay monthly, you’ll have to pay a $19.99 initiation fee per person.
You can also book movies through third-party ticket processors like Fandango, Atom Tickets or MovieTickets.com if you’re looking for reward points.
AMC Stubs A-List
Price: $19.95 per month
You can see up to three movies every week in any format with no blackout dates.
AMC Stubs A-List will even let you see all three of those movies in one day. And they can all be Dolby Cinema, Imax, 3D or whatever combo you can feasibly stomach.
There’s a three-month minimum commitment, but your price is locked in for 12 months.
The A-List also includes advance ticket reservations, 10% cash back on food and beverage purchases, and its Stubs Premiere benefits, which include free drink and popcorn upgrades.
Benefits reset every Friday morning.
The glaring disadvantage is that the program is only good at AMC theaters, so if you’re not near one, it won’t help you see cheap Prime, RealD or BigD movies. (I’m still figuring out the difference between them.)
Cinemark Movie Club
Price: $8.99 per month
Probably the best program on the list for light moviegoers, but again — not useful unless you live near a Cinemark theater.
For less than $9, you get one 2D movie ticket every month, 20% off concessions for you and friends, waived online fees and extra tickets for $8.99 each. And if that isn’t enough, unused tickets roll over, never expire for members and are usable for up to six months if you need to cancel.
It’s limited to 2D movies, but you can add premium upgrades like Imax and 3D for an additional charge.
Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She likes seeing movies but probably wouldn’t go more than once a month. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.