Following the recent issues that have faced subscription service MoviePass, some customers are seeking an alternative – let’s explore the best MoviePass alternatives out there. MoviePass launched in 2011 and gained a lot of fans thanks to its offer of unlimited screenings at an affordable monthly rate. They slashed that price to only $9.95 in 2017, leading many to wonder how the business model was sustainable, but for a short time, the service appeared to prosper.
That swiftly changed around mid-2018, where MoviePass had to restructure its service after coming close to bankruptcy. Shortly after the controversy that surrounded the Rotten Tomatoes score of their John Travolta starring gangster movie Gotti, MoviePass announced in July 2018 they were capping the number of movies subscribers could see to 3 a month, in addition to changing other perks. The company also required an emergency loan after it ran out of cash during this period. Some users who had gotten used to their diet of unlimited movies decided to cancel their subscription with the company and seek out MoviePass alternatives.
Related: A Timeline Of The MoviePass Meltdown
Let’s explore some of the best MoviePass alternatives out there for those who are thinking of making the switch.
AMC Stubs A-List
Price: $19.95, $21.95 or $23.95 per month (depending on state)
Service: There was no love lost between AMC and MoviePass, with the two publicly clashing on a number of occasions. After launching their own subscription service AMC Stub A-List in 2018, the movie chain has experienced a surge in new customers. AMC Stubs A-List allows users to see 3 movies per week in any format they choose, in addition to offering discounts on concessions, express service at the box-office, no online booking fees and no blackouts on select movies.
Of course, the offer is limited to AMC theatres only.
Price: From $2.99 to $10.99 per month
Service: Launched in 2014, Sinemia has a number of flexible price plans depending on the needs of the user. Sinemia offers plans for between 1 to 3 movie tickets for a monthly fee, with more expensive options like Elite giving access to 3D or IMAX screenings too. The company has also added a rollover feature, allowing unused tickets to roll on to the next month. Users signing up for monthly plans have to pay an initiation fee of $19.99, which can be avoided if they pay for a year upfront.
Potential subscribers should be aware before signing up to Sinemia that some users have complained of hidden fees and various other issues. The service has also been at the center of controversy by terminating multiple user accounts, citing fraudulent use but declining to provide further information.
Cinemark Movie Club
Price: $8.99 per month
Service: A simple but effective choice for Cinemark theatergoers, allowing users to buy 1 ticket a month with the option to upgrade to 3D/IMAX for a small fee. Unused tickets roll over month to month, subscribers get 20% off concessions and additional $8.99 tickets can be bought using the service.