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MoviePass -- Is It Worth it?

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 6/25/18 2:23 PM

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Unless you've been living under a rock (or maybe volunteering abroad for a semester), you've probably heard about MoviePass. From what you've heard, it probably sounds a little too good to be true, right?

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for the new cool thing that will save me money and give me something fun to do at the same time. When I heard about MoviePass, I had to check it out.

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Apparently, MoviePass has been around for a while now (how did I not hear about this sooner?), but just recently started getting more popular. I saw so many people talking about it on Instagram or Facebook and I saw people swiping those little red cards and it got me curious, so I checked into it and this is what I found.

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Everything you need to know about MoviePass

  • All About The Pass 
  • Check Your Local Theaters Before Getting One
  • You'll Need a Smart Phone
  • You Can't Use It Online
  • You Can't Get Future Tickets
  • You Can't Go To The Same Movie Twice
  • Is It Worth It?

All About The Pass 

With the current pass (it's changed since it's initial release), you can get three standard movies a month for $9.95. If you want to see more than three movies a month, you can buy them for a discount ($2 or $5 depending on the movie, and where you're living). 

You'll need to see which movies are "MoviePass Eligible" (they rotate out each week) by looking at the current schedule

Just go here to sign up online! 

Check Your Local Theater Before Getting One

Make sure you check that your local movie theaters take the MoviePass card before you get one. Not all theaters have agreed to work with them and if they don't, you won't be able to use your card. 

You can easily check if your theaters use MoviePass on their website or app, however major ones like Cinemark are usually good to go.

You'll Need A Smart Phone

The way MoviePass works is you'll log into your app, "check in" to your movie once you're within 100 feet of your movie theater and then they'll automatically deposit money onto your movie card that will cover the cost of a movie. You will then have 30 minutes to go and get your ticket (which is just like buying a ticket, but you'll swipe your MoviePass card rather than your debit/credit card). 

In order to be able to check into your movie, you will have to have some sort of device that has either WiFi or data capabilities. Unless your movie theater has WiFi, you'll need a smart phone with data to do so (or at least have a friend that will let you use their smart phone to log into your account). 

MoviePass has an app for both iPhone and Android users. 

After you've bought your movie ticket, you'll snap a quick photo of your ticket and submit it on the app to show proof.

You Can't Use It Online

Unless your theater has the e-ticket option, you can't buy your tickets online ahead of time. You will have to drive to your theater and "check in" in order to buy your tickets. This may change in the future when more theaters get the e-ticket option, but as of right now, not many do.

You Can't Get Future Tickets

MoviePass only offers same day tickets, so you can't go buy a ticket for future days. This is typically not an issue as there are normally plenty of seats. The only down side is for the big, anticipated movies where the tickets sell out weeks in advance. 

You Can't Go To The Same Movie Twice

This is a new rule to keep people from passing their card to all of their friends. For many people, this will not be a big deal because they don't want to see a movie in theaters more than once. If you like to go see movies multiple times in theaters, it's probably still worth it ... but that is something to be aware of.

Is It Worth It? 

Depends! Just think, buying one movie ticket can range from $7-$14 (depending on where you live and what kind of theater you're going to). If you get the MoviePass, you're only paying $10 for three movies, which sounds like a steal for me. 

The only time the MoviePass would not be worth it is if you don't go to the movies once a month. If you only go a few times a year, this is not for you, especially since quite a few theaters are doing $5 movies on Tuesdays. 

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** This post has been updated to reflect MoviePass changes as of September 2018, but please check their official website to see the most up-to-date information. 

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