May 1, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Blockbuster season is upon us and there are a LOT of great movies coming out over the next few months. If you’ve been to the box-office lately, you will know, unfortunately, that ticket prices are insane! If you have a large family like I do, you could spend well over $100 to see a single movie.

You’ve probably seen the ads for MoviePass but have you tried it? The subscription-based ticket option was so popular in its first few months that they couldn’t actually keep up with demand, leaving potential customers discouraged. They seem to have worked out the issues because people are using this thing like crazy. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s a Monthly Subscription

While there are deals from time to time, the base price for a monthly MoviePass subscription is $9.95. You can also pay a discounted annual rate. This allows you to see one 2D movie every day if you want to! There are no blackout dates and you can go on opening day.

If for some reason, you want to cancel your subscription, you definitely can but you won’t be able to sign up again for nine months. Make sure it’s not during blockbuster season.

You Need a Smartphone

Once you sign up, you will need to wait until MoviePass sends you a special debit card in the mail. After downloading the app, you can activate the card and start seeing movies but you will need to follow a specific process to get your tickets.

To make a purchase, you open the app while you’re at or within 100 yards of the theater. Choose a showing and hit “check-in.” Once you do that, the ticket will be loaded to your MoviePass debit card. You will actually need to swipe your card at the box office or kiosk to print a physical ticket (some places ask for photo ID).

See the Same Movie Again

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my lifetime but I’ve only ever wanted to see a handful of them more than once. War of the Worlds, Wonder Woman, and the Harry Potter series immediately come to mind.

With MoviePass, you can see the same movie over and over again without spending more money (which definitely came in handy when I felt the need to hit Black Panther again last month). It really is an incredible bargain!

As with any media-related subscription program, there have been some who are critical. Whether it’s Spotify or Netflix or MoviePass, there will be artists and consumers who dislike the model—and that’s their right. If you do not have any objections to it, however, it’s definitely a great way to see movies for a lot less money.