MoviePass exits beta with credit-based subscription plans starting at $10 per month

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that set the world on fire in 2017 with a membership plan that proved wildly unsustainable, is back from the dead with four new plans to choose from.

For those who have not been keeping score, MoviePass launched way back in 2011 but didn't make waves until six years later when it slashed its price to an impossibly low $9.95 per month. With the plan, members could watch one showing per day at any theater in the US. That was an incredible value – too good, in fact – and it did not take long for the poop to hit the fan.

The losses quickly piled up, prompting the outfit to implement several unpopular policies including surge pricing and limited access to first-run blockbusters. The company also got into a whole heap of trouble with the FTC and in early 2020 right as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, announced it had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Nearly two years later, MoviePass was bought out of bankruptcy by its co-founder. A new service launched in beta in the summer of 2022 and now, it is available nationwide.

The new MoviePass has four plans to choose from starting at $10 per month. Instead of a set number of showings allowed each month, the new plans operate on a credit-based system.

Think of credits as MoviePass currency that can be exchanged for a ticket. A movie's credit value varies based on several factors including the day of the week, the time of day, and the film's demand. For example, getting a ticket to a weekday matinee will cost fewer credits than a ticket for a showing on opening weekend.

The basic plan includes 34 credits which is enough to view 1-3 movies a month, and unused credits roll over for up to two months.

Oddly enough, plan prices are more expensive if you live in southern California or the NY metro area. You get twice as many credits in these areas, but it seems movies will cost more credits as the viewing estimates are the same.

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Trade real money for fake money that has more restrictions but is “a deal!” Why do people fall for this gimmick?

(outside of festivals which impose it with localized monopoly power)


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There are not enough decent movies coming out anymore to warrant me to pay into something like this.

I really enjoyed the Marvel movies, up until Black Panther (minus Thor: Ragnarok). The movie was okay, but it turned me away with the line at the end about slavery....good job there Disney, way to muck things up. The movies got really goofy and tried too hard to be witty and colorful since Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I trudged through until Endgame and gave Spider-Man: Far From Home a try, but by then I lost almost all interest and I've caught bits of a few movies here and there, but they were boring.

The most recent Star Wars movies, they sucked. Rogue One was good, all other sucked.

In all honesty, John Wick series are the only movies I've really enjoyed in the theaters. 4 was okay, some really cool fight scenes and camera work, but the story is beginning to become convoluted and stretched thin, much like the Marvel Universe has become. I'd love to see a JW5, but they'd need to improve the story arc to bring the franchise back to a solid finish.

Don't get me wrong, just because I don't enjoy most movies that come to the theater doesn't mean I want to see them all fail. I live for physical copies of movies. I buy them, rip them to my plex server and I keep the copy of the movie stored away for safe keeping should something ever happen. 1000+ movies and 36 full TV series (+ some partials) on my plex server. With a lot of movies no longer going to theater and right to streaming they never make it to physical copies and the only copies you can "buy" (I mean, rent) are off digital platforms. I'm missing out on more and more good movies because of this - I don't stream much, just access to Netflix really and I'm not interested in paying oodles of money to subscribe and then more money to rent a movie to watch for a night or "buy" to have it tied to a digital library that may one day no longer exist and then I lose my access to it.


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New system seems much smarter, as a business decision.
There are people who watch movies often. They could get them for cheaper now.