MoviePass made waves a few months ago when they launched a new $10-a-month service that gave subscribers access to near-unlimited movies in theaters. If you thought that was crazy, now they’re offering a subscription tier for only $6.95 a month for those who are willing to pay for a year’s worth of movie-going ahead of time.
The new plan costs $89.95, including a $6.55 processing fee, which roughly breaks down to $6.95 per month ($7.50 per month if you include the fee). That’s less than the national average price for a movie, and less than half the cost of a ticket if you live in a metropolitan area. What’s the catch? It’s a limited time offer that probably won’t last too long, so don’t hesitate if you know you’ll be sticking with the service for at least a year. Seeing just one movie a month makes the new deal a complete steal. It’s available both to current and new customers.
Now, you might be wondering if MoviePass is worth it, or if it even works. Rest easy—I signed up on the day they announced the price drop to $10 and I, along with several others, have used it several times over the last couple months, and at multiple chains. So it works! Of course, some folks have been having minor issues with the service. Things like waiting a long time for their MoviePass card to arrive in the mail (you need the physical card in order to see movies with the service), and occasional issues with the GPS the MoviePass app uses to know if you’re actually at a movie theater. There was also the recent news that MoviePass changed its terms of service, suggesting it wouldn’t last for much longer, and that they were guilty of luring in customers under a false pretense. It reads:
"MoviePass reserves the right to change the rules of movie-going attendance and ticket availability to members in connection with the Service at anytime. MoviePass reserves the right to change from time to time the number of eligible movies a member can see per month. MoviePass reserves the right to offer members a new price option if they exceed watching a certain amount of movies per month."
But that change turned out to be untrue. Outlets like News for Shoppers quickly noted that “MoviePass has had this language in place for more than a year. There’s nothing new about it.” The protective language in place there is likely to keep people from somehow abusing the already cheap as dirt service.
Some theater chains, like AMC, continue to try and fight the subscription service, but it’s proven difficult. That said, many local theater chains welcome the service, saying it drives attendance, especially in smaller areas. MoviePass surpassed 600,000 subscribers in October, and it only continues to grow. This new offer may very well make them a true force to be reckoned with in the movie-going world.