MoviePass Review: How I Just Saw 5 Movies for $10
In the month of October, I saw 4 movies. I took a bit of a break in November, only seeing 2 movies. However, I revved it back up again for December, when I saw 4 movies. So far in January, I’ve seen 2 movies.
The cost for all these extravagant theaters purchases? A mere $10 per month.
How, you ask. Isn’t that the price of a single movie ticket? Yes, it is. Luckily I have little secret. And that secret is MoviePass. Here’s my MoviePass review so that you know all about this great service.
My MoviePass Review
Ok, MoviePass isn’t much of a secret any more. But I still thought I’d add my opinion to the growing number across the web.
If you’re completely out of touch with reality, MoviePass is a subscription service, much like Netflix or Hulu. Pay $10 a month, and you get unlimited access to the movies. You can see up to 1 movie a day for an entire 30 days. The only stipulation is that you can’t see the same movie twice.
What Theaters Use MoviePass
Here’s the beauty of MoviePass – it’s accepted everywhere. The company sends you a Mastercard debit card that can be used at nearly any theater that accepts cards. To confirm if your theater is on the list, all you have to do is use their valid locations finder.
If you’re in Pittsburgh like me, you’ll see all the basic theaters like Cinemark Robinson, but you’ll also see cult theaters like Row House Cinemas in Lawrenceville. So far, here’s the complete list of Pittsburgh-area theaters:
- Cinemark Robinson Township
- Chartiers Valley Stadium 18
- Carmike 10 Pittsburgh
- Carmike Galleria 6
- The Tull Family Theater
- Pittsburgh Harris Theater
- Ambridge Family Theatre
- SouthSide Works Cinema
- Century Square Luxury Cinemas
- Carmike Southland 9
- Row House Cinema
- AMC Loews Waterfront 22
- Manor Theatre
- Cinemark North Hills and XD
- Rave Motion Pictures Pittsburgh North 11
- Waterworks Cinema 10
- Cinemark Center Township Marketplace
- Cranberry Cinemas
- Penn Hills Cinemas
- Oaks Theatre
- Cinemark Monroeville Mall
- North Versailles Stadium 18
- Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills and IMAX
- South Pike Cinemas
How Much is MoviePass
Like I mentioned before, it’s only $10 a month. The subscription is billed month-to-month, so you can cancel whenever you want.
For a few days, they were offering a yearly plan that rounded out to $6.95 a month. Unfortunately, I missed out on switching to that, so I’m still stuck pay $10 a month.
Costco is also currently selling a yearly subscription to MoviePass for $89.99. No word on how long this deal will last.
How Does MoviePass Work
Actually using MoviePass is pretty simple if you have any technological skills. Just download the app, pick the theater you want to go to, find the movie you want to see, and select the right time.
You’ll see a screen that says CHECK IN – just click the button, and you’ll be ready to buy the ticket.
Keep in mind, you need to be within 100 yards of the theater, or it won’t work. Also, if you change your mind when you get up to the counter, you’ll need to cancel that check in and do another one.
Also, this doesn’t actually reserve your seat or anything – it just lets theMoviePass system know how much money to load onto your card. If the movie is sold out, you won’t be able to get in.
Can You Reserve Seats with MoviePass
That brings up another good point – you can’t reserve seats online or over the phone with MoviePass.
It’s super inconvenient, especially if you live near a popular theater and fear not getting a seat. However, it makes sense, otherwise people would just be reserving movies left and right and never showing up.
However, you can buy your tickets early. So if you’re concerned about a particular screening, head to the theater, grab your tickets, and then happily go about the rest of your day.
Why Get a MoviePass
If you can’t tell already, MoviePass is a good deal. I’m seeing things in theaters I would never pay to see.
For the first time in ever, I actually have a knowledgeable opinion about awards season. Several of the movies I’ve watched are nominated, so I can engage in the award conversation. And as for the movies I haven’t seen yet that are nominated, I’ll probably get to all of those as well.
It’s a great way to spend a date night or other weekend when you don’t know what else to do. Especially now that it’s winter and the weather is terrible.
MoviePass Review Conclusion: It’s Worth It
So, that’s basically all I have to say in this MoviePass review. If you have any interest in seeing movies, I would consider it now, as you never know how long this will last. Let me know if you decide to join, and then we can go see movies together!