If you haven’t heard about MoviePass – it’s kinda like Netflix for movie theaters. You pay a flat rate of $9.95 a month and can watch a movie everyday in any theater. If you go to movies regularly, it’s a no-brainer. Easy Math: depending in the area that you live in, MoviePass pays for itself in 1 – 2 visits.
How about folks who don’t go to movies often? That’s where it gets interesting; I asked around and following reasons came up for not going:
• It’s Expensive: If you go to movies every weekend, the cost can easily add up. I am often willing to drive more to get to a cheaper theater. MoviePass solves that problem. I used to go to movies every couple of weeks, now this week itself I’ve already been twice and planning to go to 2 more; beats watching TV in night for sure.
• You may end up wasting money on something you don’t like: Even though internet has a lot of information about every movie – you can easily check IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, there is still a risk that you wouldn’t like the movie and would rather spend that $10 to buy yourself the Tiramisu you’ve been thinking about. Going MoviePass way, there is an option to explore different kind of movies and in the worst case, you can always leave the movie half-way through and not feel bad about it.
• Invested in streaming ecosystem: Some folks are subscribed to every streaming channel that exists and would rather watch that instead of going to a movie because 1) they’re already paying for it 2) if they wait long enough, the movie may show up somewhere and they can stream it. This is no longer a problem – you can watch a movie on Day 1 too. If cost is the constraint, just get rid of a streaming subscription and buy this instead. You can thank me later!
• Is my favorite theater included? You get a debit card with Mastercard logo, so anywhere mastercard is accepted is good to go, which includes most of the movie theaters (3D & IMAX movies are not included though, read more about restrictions here)
Best comment I heard from a friend was, you can buy this for your kid who has nothing much to do for summer – at least he’ll be out of the house! There are some things in life you don’t realize were missing until you have it – moviepass is one of those things. It’s not only going to save moviegoing, but also potentially curb movie piracy!
Note: I’ve heard of some technical problems (buggy app) and customer service issues – since there is no contract (it’s month to month), you can always cancel if you don’t like either the idea of watching to many movies or their service.
What’s your excuse for not having MoviePass?!