How do you feel about unlimited movie tickets for a flat monthly rate?
UPDATE - Variety did a little digging on this MoviePass business only to find out some surprising news. It may all be a scam. "Although MoviePass on Monday announced that it was bowing its service at 21 theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, reps from each said they had never been contacted by the New York-based startup, and would turn its patrons away." This includes AMC, Landmark Theaters and Camera Cinemas, all of which were listed in the MoviePass launch announcement. MoviePass refused to comment on the matter. For now, I'd recommend saving your $50...
UPDATE 2 - MoviePass speaks on the record about the confusion over at Deadline.
If you frequent the internet halls of JoBlo.com, it's a good bet that you probably see a shit ton of movies. I don't have any exact stats, pie charts, or anything but I see several posts on MFC and Facebook from readers who are always hitting the theater.
Well, what if I told you that soon everyone would be able to get an unlimited amount of movie tickets for a flat monthly rate? Does that sound appealing? Okay, first things first-- the details.
Moviepass will offer a monthly subscription rate of $50/a month for unlimited tickets to the theater. A limited pass is in the works and will cost $30/a month for four theater tickets. Using a geo-aware HTML5 web app (with native apps in the works, you can buy tickets day-of-show from standard online ticketing companies like MovieTickets.com. Once at the theater, the app will give you the redemption code to snag tickets from a kiosk or ticket counter. Currently the company is making deals with other major online ticketing services, which means that as long as a theater is serviced by a MoviePass ticketing provider, you can go to that theater.
There will be a private beta launch in the San Jose area which will start on Wednesday then roll out to other U.S. cities throughout the summer. MoviePass plans to offer access to about 40 percent of the nation’s screens when the service launches nationally in the fall. Here's a list of the theaters included for San Jose: The Clay, Bridge, Lumiere, Embarcadero, Opera Plaza Cinemas and AMC Van Ness 14 in San Francisco; AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville; California Theatres and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley; Piedmont Theatre in Oakland; Albany Twin in Albany; Big Cinemas Towne 3, Camera 3, Camera 12, AMC Eastridge 15 and AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose; Camera 7 in Campbell; AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara; AMC Cupertino Square 16 in Cupertino; Camera Cinemas Los Gatos in Los Gatos; and Aquarius in Palo Alto. During the beta, the MoviePass team hopes to discover what price works best for customers and how the service can bring them more value.
Of course there are rules and regulations:
*Users are limited to seeing one movie per day. We understand this limitation, but it’s a bummer for those of us who like to see multiple movies on a rainy Saturday.
*Users can only see a movie one time. If you want to re-watch Transformers 3 or another summer blockbuster, you’ll need to pay for your ticket.
*Tickets are non-transferrable.
*Tickets must be purchased the day of the show.
*3D and IMAX tickets will cost an additional $3. The user will just pay the difference in ticket price between 2D and 3D but can still purchase and pick up tickets the same way as with a regular 2D film.