MoviePass ($10 a month for in-theater movies) (1 Viewer)

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MoviePass has saved me a ton, personally, on tickets. I'm at the movies at least once a week, usually more depending on the season. The theater reaps those savings because I'm more likely to buy concessions, especially right now when I've got gift cards from Christmas. They pocket all of that. I think there's room for everyone involved to give a little and get a lot. I'm not advocating a price increase, but even at twice the price, MoviePass would be a steal for me. Theaters should negotiate some kind of revenue sharing with MP because it's driving traffic to them. MoviePass, by the same token, shouldn't hold theaters over a barrel or try to demand a cut of concessions. And theaters should embrace that new subscription-based model and continue to make most of their money on concessions.

If AMC (and other theaters) are really concerned, cut out the middle man and come up with your own subscription service. I'd pay $10 a month for the same deal at the Grand Theaters in Lafayette if they suddenly stopped accepting MoviePass and came up with their own subscription model as part of their Reel Rewards program, because they're the only place I go. The problem with that is going to come when theaters DO make their own, then try to throttle you; not unlimited, but something like "x number of movies a month." In which case they're just going to continue to drive their market away.
 
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Damn I was hoping this was a way to watch one movie a day online at home for the monthly fee lol
 
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The concessions aren't part of the subscription. So those prices are simply the prices that everyone pays at the theater. The MoviePass membership gets you in the door, and then you go buy concessions like everyone else.

I suppose that if theater owners want to try to gain back what they have "partnered" with MoviePass, they could increase concession prices - but that could be problematic for the non-MP members . . . or they could somehow have a way to have MP members buy concessions under separate pricing.

Or they could look at it as extra concession revenue as MP is brining in new customers who otherwise wouldn't be going.
 

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Before movie pass, I would go to the movies every other month or so at most. In the past 10 days I've been to 4. I wasn't a 'big' customer before to the theaters and if moviepass goes away I won't be anymore - so the theaters really need to take the casual movie goer now moviepass holder into account when in these negotiations. Each time I spend a few bucks on some concession and they get some ticket revenue that they never would've seen before. Had I not had movie pass I most likely would've waited for these to hit netflix or more likely, simply forgot about them. Going on a date night or a family movie trip had just become too expensive before.

They can shake up the industry model but in a good way.
 

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CineMark Movie Club also waives the online fees, so if you are into convenience buying online and reserving your seats, you also save $ in that department.

AMC Stubs members get this perk, as well.

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In the New Orleans area, any movie-pass system that excludes AMC is kind of dead in the water. There are some non-AMC theaters, but AMC has this market pretty well dominated.
 
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AMC Stubs members get this perk, as well.

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In the New Orleans area, any movie-pass system that excludes AMC is kind of dead in the water. There are some non-AMC theaters, but AMC has this market pretty well dominated.

MoviePass isn't excluding AMC entirely. I think they removed 10 AMC theaters in large markets where AMC has competitors. The idea is supposedly to show AMC that MoviePass can steer its subscribers to AMC's competitors in key markets.

But in the grand scheme, MoviePass needs AMC for precisely the reason you indicate - AMC dominates in some markets. For the time being, AMC has not countered MoviePass by cutting off admission to MP subscribers. So at the moment, the only impact for MoviePass members is that 10 of AMC's theaters are no longer in the network, but in markets where alternatives exist.
 
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MovePass with a new offer, $7.95 a month (with a $19.95 activation fee).

MoviePass on Friday will lower its monthly price from $9.95 to $7.95, in the company’s first bundled package that will include a subscription to streaming service Fandor.

The $7.95 offer, available only to new customers, includes a $19.95 activation fee and one-year access to Fandor, which offers about 5,000 titles.

MoviePass became the fastest growing paid subscription company in tech history, according to Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc Chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth, with over two million subscribers in six months.

Farnsworth told Benzinga he expects the latest announcement to push the company to 3-5 million subscribers, which will ultimately have big implications on the box office. The service currently has about 2 million subscribers.

"The big misconception with our model [is that] everybody always assumed it was about making money on the subscription," Farnsworth said Thursday in an interview. "That was never the focus. The focus was on data.

"We're a data company. We are the only company that can actually tell [someone] went to the movie," he said.

https://www.benzinga.com/news/18/02...n-launch-streaming-bundle-package-in-push-to-
 

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This is what's going to get them cut out. Being accepted almost everywhere is great, but in reality, most people only have a few local theaters they frequent, in a lot of cases owned by the same company, so it's a luxury more than a necessity. Like I said in my earlier post, if they stopped accepting MoviePass and came up with their own version, I'd gladly sign up for the Grand Theatre's product. Similarly, if they stopped accepting MoviePass but didn't offer their own alternative, I'd probably cancel my MoviePass, but I'd go to the movies less than I do now because the value to take a chance on something like "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" - and the nachos and Coke I also bought - like I did this week is no longer there.
 

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I've had MP since last September and it's been wonderful. I find myself going to theaters way more often. Very happy with their service.

I am going to have to check into it for sure. Because, the main reason me and my gf don't go is because the prices are so outrageous. Plus the nearest theater is 35 minutes from where we live. Lmao.
 

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Movie Pass will be dead by the end of the month.
 
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I read a lot about MoviePass and what’s the most disappointing about it is that it wasn’t a bad idea - the economics could work and the data set could eventually be valuable.

But the execution was very poor. It was not what you would expect from a firm trying to disrupt an industry. There wasn’t a slick app, there wasn’t mobile technology, it was through the use of a special debit card - it is very turn of the century technology. Given the early struggle the business model even predicted and allowed for, the failure to deliver a customer-friendly experience is what I think doomed the effort more than anything else.
 

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they must be sticking it to you on the candy and sodas


edit: oh, I thought you watched them at home. I was going to get my girlfriend to stuff her purse lol

? I thought my wife and I were the only purse stuffers. We do it on principle. $8 for a popcorn no thanks. That is crazy. We are also at the age now where we like to go during ‘old people movie time’ Sunday mornings. That’s like $4 a ticket.
 

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? I thought my wife and I were the only purse stuffers. We do it on principle. $8 for a popcorn no thanks. That is crazy. We are also at the age now where we like to go during ‘old people movie time’ Sunday mornings. That’s like $4 a ticket.
Nope. Confirmed purse stuffer here. And they can threaten to search my purse or throw me out, I'm STILL not buying concessions (yes, I can sit at a movie and not eat or drink) and I don't go to that many movies anyway. I know they make their money that way -- and my husband will buy concessions when he goes -- but pay 6 bucks for a box of candy I can get at Dollar Tree (which is probably where they got it, too)? Nope.

(and, yeah, I like the Sunday mornings, too. It's so EMPTY!)
 

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