MoviePass Drops to $9.95 a Month For a Movie a Day

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  1. RayS

    RayS Forum Resident Thread Starter

    As far as my experience goes, the "take a photo of your ticket stub" hassle ended the day of the price rollback announcement.
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  2. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Sounds stupid, but I miss the days when the Crown Club automatically awarded you popcorn, drink or free ticket. I know we now have many more options, but I've become "point greedy" and never want to spend them. I'm like Smaug - just sleeping on my hundreds of thousands of CC points and never do anything with them! :D
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  3. mds

    mds Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks, sounds pretty straight forward. I did not realize they sent you a "movie" debit card.
  4. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    My wife has been getting so many AMC Stubs points that I usually get into films free with her when I'm home.

    It's a bright red "MoviePass" branded Visa card (I believe), and unless you're handing it to someone at the box office, there is no way to tell it from any other card.
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  5. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Slashfilm called out AMC for acting like a "petulant child" in their fight against MoviePass:

    AMC Theatres MoviePass Restrictions Are Childish and Pointless

    It's absolutely baffling "Stop giving us free money!"

    Like I thought, AMC had tried, and failed, to create their own "unlimited" movie club, and are miffed that MoviePass has managed it:

    In Deadline’s recent report on the newly revealed yearly subscription plan that MoviePass is offering for a limited time, they offered up this nugget of information:

    “AMC Theatres reportedly shopped around their version of a monthly ticket price plan to the major studios, which Deadline heard was met with a cold response.”

    And there it is. Now this all makes perfect sense. AMC Theatres wasn’t against the idea of MoviePass. Instead, AMC Theatres was upset that MoviePass was able to succeed where they had failed. The reason AMC Theatres couldn’t get their own subscription plan to work (something we suggested they should do if they hated MoviePass so much), is because studios were leery about renegotiating how much money they would get from any ticket sales tied to the potential subscription plan. MoviePass doesn’t have that problem, because they’re paying full price for tickets. So now AMC Theatres is retaliating by making the movie-going experience for MoviePass customers downright inconvenient.
    Also, AMC...

    ...has been more passive aggressive about their attempts at creating MoviePass restrictions. Since AMC Theatres can’t stop customers from paying with MoviePass, instead they’re punishing those customers by not allowing them to earn points on their Stubs or Stubs Premiere card for their ticket purchases made with a MoviePass card. It’s basically the movie theater chain equivalent of, “Fine, you can play in our sandbox, but you can’t use our bucket.” Give me a break.

    Other AMC Theatres have been more bold (or maybe they’ve misunderstood how they’re supposed to handle MoviePass customers). At least one AMC Theatres location in Illinois stopped customers from buying a ticket with MoviePass altogether, saying that they don’t accept the card. I know this because my twentysomething cousin was turned away from this location on several occasions until he eventually decided to go elsewhere.
    This is just an industrial-size bucket of dumb. If I were an AMC shareholder, I could be questioning the sanity of the current AMC board, and demanding the resignation of CEO Adam Aron. From his Wikipedia article:

    Aron was named CEO of AMC movie theaters in late 2015. Aron was the subject of a number of high profile pieces in magazines such as Variety that lauded him and his transformation strategy at AMC. [10] However, Aron's strategy has ultimately lead to a massive destruction of share holder value as AMC has been one of the worst performing stocks in the S&P since he took over as CEO. [11] Despite the company's performance during his tenure as CEO, Aron still collected over $10 million in annual compensation in 2016. [12] This is roughly 500x more than what the average employee at AMC makes. [13]
    [Bolding mine]
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  7. benjaminhuf

    benjaminhuf Forum Resident

    I love MoviePass. I just hope it can survive!

    I've seen 24 movies theatrically with mp since I got it on Sept. 15th. At my local movie ticket prices that was c. $180 worth of tickets, for which I paid $35. That is a nutshell is why this is so wonderful for movie fans. But that's also why it's going to be a trick to make this work for movie fans.

    Per month, right now so far I'm averaging about $50 worth of movie tickets for $10. Apparently the average customer is costing them c. $27 or so a month.
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  8. MedozK

    MedozK Forum Resident

    Murfreesboro, TN
    Can't believe I'm just learning about this. I have read that they don't have a family plan yet. Do any of you guys with families have moviepass?
  9. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Since I last posted on this thread, I received my own Moviepass account as a gift from a customer (I had built him three home theaters.) I've been using it quite a bit, although nowhere near as much as my wife. We were planning another movie outing, but one of our favorite theaters had disappeared from the app. I did a bit of searching, and found out why:

    MoviePass Withdraws From High-Traffic AMC Theaters

    Moviepass, it turns out, is playing a bit of hardball with AMC, who has been very negative about Moviepass. They pulled 10 top AMC theaters from their service. They are:

    • AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles
    • AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, Calif.
    • AMC Disney Springs 24 in Orlando, Fl.
    • AMC Loews Boston Common 19 in Boston
    • AMC River East 21 in Chicago
    • AMC Mission Valley 20 in San Diego
    • AMC Tysons Corner 16 in McLean, Va.;
    • AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa
    • AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16 in Lynwood, Wash.
    This sucks because River East 21 shows some films that none of their theaters do. Presumably the drop in ticket sales will demonstrate to AMC management that a significant number of their regular customers are also Moviepass subscribers.
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  10. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Boise, ID.
    Yup, their strategy is starting to make sense to me, as this article points out:
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  11. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Mine started asking for a picture of the ticket again yesterday.

    Anyone else???
  12. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    My wife. I haven't been asked, which can only mean one thing...

    ...I need to see a lot more movies.

    It looks like they turn that on when you are seeing a much larger than average number of films per week.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
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