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Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Note to My Readers: Movie Pass

WRITER'S NOTE: This is the first time I have done something like endorsing a product.  I am not making any money off of this article, nor am I affiliated with the company behind Movie Pass.  I am simply writing this, because this is a product I love and I want to spread the word, because I think it can increase the amount of people who go to the movies.


Back in August, an announcement kept on popping up on my Facebook feed about something called Movie Pass, and how they had slashed their membership fee to $9.95 a month.  I had not heard of the product before then, but a lot of people seemed to be excited about it, and a number of my friends (who know how often I go to the movies) started sending me links to the announcement.  I decided to look into it, and ever since I have become a member, I have fallen in love with the product. 

Movie Pass is truly one of the better things to have happened to audiences in years if not decades, and if you go to the movies multiple times a month or even during the year, you need this product.  It's efficient, easy to use, and is almost guaranteed to save you money every time you use it. 

I have compiled a sample of questions and answers below that describe Movie Pass, how to use it, and the individual perks and potential drawbacks.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below.  Or, you can go to the company's website www.moviepass.com for more information. 

Q: So, let's start with the basics.  What is Movie Pass?
Movie Pass is a program designed to get people to start going back to the theaters.  With so many ways to watch movies these days, sometimes audiences bypass the theater, and wait to watch a film on line, or on DVD. 

Movie Pass is a subscription-style membership program that can be used at just about any major theater nationwide, and is good at over 4,000 theaters.  Membership costs a simple monthly fee of $9.95.  When you sign up, you use a credit card that will be charged that amount each month as long as you are a member.  And what does that membership get you?

Basically, you can see one movie every day every month that you are a member.  By paying the monthly flat fee of $9.95, you have access to as many movies as you want, one every day.  So, for example, in the month of September, if you went to one movie a day, you could see 30 movies, and simply pay a one time fee of about $10.  You can see the movies whenever you want - Day or Night.  There are no blackout dates.  You can even go on Opening Night if you want to.  You get unlimited movies, with no commitment on your part.

Q: How does Movie Pass work?
You go to www.moviepass.com in order to sign up for the program, by giving your address and credit card information.  A week or two later, you will receive your own Movie Pass card in your mailbox.  The card is essentially a debit card, and is one of the essentials for using it.  The other essential thing you will need is the Movie Pass app, which is free to download, and is available for all iPhone and Android devices.  The Movie Pass app is also required, so don't forget to download it.

Once you have both the card and the app, you are ready to use Movie Pass.  Here's what you do.  When you arrive at the theater, you activate the app.  It will use the GPS on your phone, and give you a list of theaters near you that support Movie Pass.  You pick the theater you are currently at.  Next, it will give you a list of movies that are playing.  You scroll to find the movie you want to see, and then pick the showtime that you want to see.  Once you pick the time, the app will ask to confirm your choice.  Double check the info, and make sure that you picked the right movie and time.  Once you have confirmed this, select "Check In", and the app will tell you that you can walk up to the ticket counter.  You now have 30 minutes to pick up your ticket.

Once you have used the app, it will transfer the funds you need to your Movie Pass debit card.  You walk up to the ticket counter, and tell them the movie you want to see.  Hand them your Movie Pass card, and they will swipe it just like a traditional credit or debit card.  That's all you need to do.  The ticket will print out.  The app and the card act as your access.  As long as you have both, you can see one movie a day every day as long as you are a member.  And all you have to pay is a flat fee of $9.95 a month.

Q: How do I know if my local theater supports Movie Pass?
Go to www.moviepass.com, and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  You will see a map with a space to enter your 5-digit zip code.  Enter your personal zip code, and the site will tell you what theaters near you accept Movie Pass.  If you find your nearest or favorite theater on the list, you can use it there.

Q: Can I use Movie Pass to get my whole family, or friends, or date into the movie?
Movie Pass is only good for the member, and only works for them.  If a friend or your date wants to use the program, they will need their own personal card and their own personal app.  A personal card cannot be shared among multiple people.  Also, you must be at least 18 years of age to use Movie Pass, so you cannot sign up your kids for the program to help them get in.

Q: Are there any restrictions?
The main restriction is that Movie Pass is only good for 2D movies.  You cannot use it in order to get into specialty films, such as 3D or IMAX movies.  It also cannot be used at Fathom Events, DBOX, ETX/RPX, film festival screenings, etc.

Q: What happens if I get to the theater, and the app is not working?
I personally have not had this problem, but I have heard of people experiencing this.  Due to the $9.95 monthly promotion, membership to Movie Pass has grown incredibly, and the company is kind of scrambling to keep up with the demand.  There have also been crashes and issues with using Movie Pass.  If you experience any issues, the company does have an excellent customer service that you can contact either through text, e-mail, or live chat.  I have heard great things about the customer service they provide, and they will go out of their way to either fix the issue, or refund you.  This is a small company, and they are working to improve their service.  Like I said, I have been using this for almost a month, and I have not experienced any issues personally.  But, that doesn't mean it won't ever happen.  The company also provides a helpful FAQ on their site that can help you with issues that can be found at https://moviepass.zendesk.com/hc/en-us.

Q: Can I purchase Advance Tickets with Movie Pass?
Movie Pass can only be used on the day you want to see the movie, so you cannot purchase tickets weeks or months in advance with it.  You can, however, purchase tickets for later the same day.  For example, if you wanted to see a movie at night and you wanted to avoid the rush, you can go to the theater in the afternoon when it is less crowded, and use Movie Pass to purchase your ticket for that evening right then and there.

Q: What if I want to cancel my membership?
You can cancel at any time, and not pay any penalty or fee.  This is not like a magazine subscription, where you have to wait a year or so for your membership to run out.

Q: What happens if my local theater raises their price for tickets?
This will not matter.  You will still pay the flat monthly fee of $9.95.

Q: Is membership always going to be $9.95 a month?
I have a hunch that this current pricing is an enticement to get people to sign up for the program.  I am expecting that sometime next year, they will announce a new monthly membership fee.  The reason why I say this is because people who were members before the $9.95 deal was announced received an e-mail saying that the price would be good for the next year.  So, I don't think it will stay at this price for long.  If and when the price goes up, you can decide if membership is still worth it, based on how many movies you see or plan to see.  If it doesn't work out, you can always cancel without any penalty or fee, as mentioned above.

Q: Can I use Movie Pass at the Concession Stand?
Sadly, no.  Movie Pass is good only for tickets.  After all, the Concession Stand is where the theater makes all of their money.

Hopefully this gives you enough information to let you know if Movie Pass will work for you or not.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask in the comments, or you can simply use the company's FAQ page at https://moviepass.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

I personally have been extremely happy since I signed up almost a month ago, and it has already proven to be a huge savings for me.   If you're someone who goes to multiple movies a month or during the years, this card is almost essential.  It's fast, easy to use, and can save you a lot of money. 

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this.  Hopefully you will look into Movie Pass, and see if it is right for you.  I will be back soon with reviews of The Lego Ninjago Movie, Tulip Fever and Friend Request over the weekend, so I hope you will join me then.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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