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Pros and Cons of the MoviePass App

In January, I decided to test out this new company called MoviePass. They promised something film geeks like me have dreamed of: a way to go the movies every day without going bankrupt. And lo and behold, it works like a charm. After a full month of service, I have used my MoviePass five times. 

The total for those five tickets without a MoviePass would’ve cost me a whopping $44.53! But I only had to pay $10 for my monthly subscription, so that a savings of $34.53. Who couldn’t use an extra $34?

Here are the highs and lows of having a MoviePass subscription:


  1. Essentially, it’s like Netflix for movie theaters. You pay $10 per month and are allowed to see up to one 2D movie per day. Yes. Per. Day. So as long as you see two movies per month, you’re saving at least a few dollars.
  2. Easy to use! Just subscribe, wait for your card to arrive (1-2 weeks) and register on the mobile app!
  3. It gives you the freedom to get rid of excuses for not going out with your friends.
  4. It gives you even more reason to just go to the movies by yourself if your friends are unavailable (going to the movies by yourself is not lame or pathetic like people tend to believe. Sometimes you just need to treat yo’ self with a trip to see that new Leonardo Dicaprio movie that he probably won’t win an Oscar for).

Overall feeling of pros: 

Let Downs

  1. If you want to see a 3D movie or one that’s in IMAX, it has to be purchased separate from the MoviePass subscription. While that’s a bit of a bummer, how many of those kinds of movies do we really see anyway? This separate fee is understandable, though, considering 3D and IMAX movies have always had a surcharge.
  2. The only other let down conceivable for me is that you have to be at the theater in order to check in on the MoviePass app. What this means is you select your theater and movie time while in line at the theater, and this process loads money onto your MoviePass card to purchase your ticket. It works fine but is just a little inconvenient.

Overall reaction to Let Downs:

Overall, it’s a great product that I will continue to use into the foreseeable future. If you’re interested, you can check it out here. So, if you’re like me and you basically pay the theater’s rent from your ticket purchases alone, or even if you’re the casual moviegoer, MoviePass is the latest life hack that will improve your social life without breaking the bank. 


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I am an Entertainment and Media Studies and Film Studies double major pursuing certificates in Interdisciplinary Writing and New Media. I hail from Acworth, Ga, and enjoy writing, pointing out inaccuracies in movies, and binge watching any highly-rated show on Netflix with a healthy five or more seasons. Outside of stressing for grades I need to maintain Zell, I also enjoy being sarcastic and spending time with my friends.    *Yes, that is my high school senior picture. It cost a lot of money; I have no shame. 
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