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MoviePass Launches Android App – $30 Monthly Subscription Gets You Unlimited Movie Goings (Update)

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If you are an avid fan of heading to your local movie theater and seeing a new flick, then check out MoviePass. We all know that the cost of seeing a new movie has gone up like crazy over the last few years, but MoviePass could be a solution if you end up going to see a new movie at least a few times each month. 

The service has a monthly subscription fee of $30, but with that, you can go to any theater that accepts a credit card and see unlimited movies for an unlimited amount of time. No blackouts, no exceptions. It will be as if the theater is your playground.

Anyways, the service has been around and they are currently issuing invites to join. Now that there is an Android app, checking in to theaters and seeing what movies are showing around you is even easier. If you are a member or you want to sign up, go grab the app in Google Play.

Update: After reading one beta user’s comments down below, I went to check out the Terms of Service for MoviePass and read through the fine print. The service allows for the viewing of one movie a day, every day of the month. This excludes 3D, IMAX, etc. Here is a chunk from their ToS.

27.2. A valid MoviePass subscription entitles you to: (1) see one 2D film per calendar day through MoviePass; (2) see a 2D film title one time through MoviePass; and (3) a single seat, depending on availability, for a 2D film showing open to the general public. This excludes premium showings such as: 3D films, IMAX, 4D, XD and specialty theaters. MoviePass access is available every day of the week, subject to the theater being open, inventory, and usage.

Also, MoviePass does have quite high subscription cancellation fees.

After the first month, the subscriber will be liable for cancellation fees based on the number of months their account has been active:

(i) If account is cancelled within months 2 or 3, cancellation fees are $75

(ii) If account is cancelled within months 4, 5 or 6, cancellation fees are $60

(iii) If account is cancelled within months 7, 8 or 9, cancellation fees are $40

(iv) If account is cancelled within months 10 or 11, cancellation fees are $20

This information doesn’t make the service bad by any means, but we want to make sure everyone knows what they could be possibly signing up for.

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Cheers Greg for the heads up!

  • http://rawrrbot.com/ Nicole

    It sounds like a good deal, but I don’t think it is. I’ve had invites like three times; the price is $35 for me, I think. The cancellation fee is ridiculous! It’s not like good movies are coming out every week all year. There are slow months. Most of the big upcoming movies are 3D and/or IMAX (which I actually prefer 80% of the time). You cannot watch the same movie twice. You cannot watch multiple movies on the same day. $35/mo for me covers at least 3 movies at my closest and most expensive theater(I go during matinee or use a student discount) and that’s about how many movies I want to see this month. Not to mention $5 Tuesdays and other promotions. Not to mention groupon deals where you get 50% off of AMC or Regal or whatever. Not worth it to me, and I go to the movies quite a lot.

  • Jason

    Have the service and love that I finally have an app for it not just the browser!!! Works everytime, I have seen 14 movies in a month, at least 8 I would have went to and paid the other 6 just because I can…

  • fallsgable

    What about PRON??? Can I use this for PRON??
    Hell, forget about seeing a movie only once….I only need to see the first 15 minutes!!

  • Andrew Hanke

    What I have read about this service has swayed me from considering it. Also, would love to know what they consider “speciality” theaters. I live in a very “metro” area of Virginia and I can see most decent theaters around me being considered “special.” Last thing I want to do is have to see three movies to make up the cost at crappy theaters. Hahahaha… Plus, I get discount tickets from a work program that are cheaper than this, including 3D and IMAX. This deal is for suckers who don’t read fine print.

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    It sounds like this service won’t survive long. I certainly won’t be spending any money on it.

  • http://twitter.com/albert5x5 Albert Patrick

    I go the movies a minimum of about 5-6 times a month. I thought MoviePass seemed like a pretty good deal to me, and I’ve been using it for the past 3 months. During those months, I’ve seen 17 movies total. All those movies would have cost me about $150, but because of this service, I saved about $45 already. If I keep this up, instead of spending about $600+ a year going to the movies (average regular tickets go for $9.25 – $11.50), It’ll only be about $420.

    As for the rules of the service, one thing that needs to be pointed out is that the monthly fee will be determined based on where you live. In my case, living with a good chunk of movie theaters around me, MoviePass is charging me $35 a month.

    I also prefer 2D vs 3D, and I’d rather see new releases than wait about two months to see it at the discount theaters. At the rate I’m going, I’m paying roughly $5.80 a movie ticket with this service, which is akin to going to the discount theaters anyway. The one year commitment does seem harsh, but in my case, I don’t see myself ever cancelling my MoviePass membership.

    If you manage to find yourself going to the movie theaters at least 5-6 times a month, I would really consider signing up for a MoviePass.

  • Big_EZ

    I could live with the restrictions, but not the cancellation fees.

  • http://profiles.google.com/potentialender james netzer

    considering that the theatres around here never offer a 2D alternative. This wouldn’t work. Also, people generally go to the theatre once on the weekend. And if you skip a weekend, you better make sure to make it up on the others.

    Just doesn’t seem that cost effective. Plus, what about really boring movie months?

    • EvanTheGamer

      This and the fact that it’s a 1-year contract. This is a definite deal breaker for me. $30 on a month-to-month basis, deal; $360 for the entire year with possible cancellation fees, deal breaker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewanderingjew Jason Mitchell Erbesfield

    NOT worth it at that price if you can’t see all kinds of movies as these are becoming standard issue movies. If it included all movies (3D, IMAX, etc) at that price, you got me. With all those restrictions – no thanks!

  • Elisha Faith

    until I looked at the bank draft four $4121, I accept that…my… mom in-law had been realy bringing in money in their spare time at there labtop.. there best friend haz done this for less than six months and resantly cleared the dept on their cottage and bourt audi. we looked here, jump15.comCHECK IT
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  • SuperTongue

    Girlfriend and I have been using it for a decent chunk of time now – really like it. 7 different movies in the past two weeks for $29 each? Can’t beat that. If anyone is interested, http://movi.ps/Z0pJVA is my invite link (since it is closed beta). Just make sure you read the updated portion of this article first!

    • EvanTheGamer

      It’s still $360 for the year. If it was ONLY $30 per month with no cancellation fees, it would be HIGHLY worth it, but nope..not the case.

      • SuperTongue

        Still – for someone like myself who goes to the movies on average of about 5-10 times a month, this is honestly a great deal for me. I understand some people don’t want to be “locked” into it, but it still makes plenty of sense and works quite well.

        You have to remember that this is STILL in beta. They are testing the waters with the current package right now and are consistently looking at other options.

        • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

          So, you and your girlfriend have it…so you pay 60 a month for this?

          • SuperTongue

            Yup, versus at least $140 a month before we got it. It’s perfect for us, maybe not for you.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            To each their own. These days it seems like there are only 1 or 2 movies a year I find worth watching.

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  • Captain_Doug

    So double that and I can start saving money after 4 movie dates with the wife. Or… Go to the $3 dollar theater and call it good.

  • Greg Haney

    FYI, this service is NOT as great as it seems. I was a Beta tester for this program and canceled my membership after 1 month of usage.

    Problems:
    1. You can only see one movie per day.
    2. You can only see any given movie once. Period.
    3. Doesn’t work for 3D films.
    4. You need to commit to seeing at least 3 movies per month in order to be cost effective.
    5. Required to use GPS on your phone in order to “check-in” at the theater to reserve your tickets. Sometimes doesn’t work, resulting in you walking around the theater for 20 min trying to “check-in”.
    6. The fine print of “monthly” subscription locks you into the program for an entire 12 months, and hits you with exorbitant fees for early cancellation.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      That’s weak sauce. I’ll up vote this comment to make sure people see it. Only get to the see the same movie….once? That’s sad!

      • Diablo81588

        How often do you see the same movie twice in a theater? :P

        • EvanTheGamer

          This is quite true. But then again, I’ve seen the same movie with multiple people though. I saw The Cabin in the Woods with my brother-in-law, then again with a few friends. So that can happen, just not very often.

          • Twisted247

            Cabin in the woods is a good movie!

            For living in the city or Metro Area this ticket service would be useless half the movies are in 3d and their other version is in IMAX or XD atleast. Even the movies that aren’t in 3d are in XD at a minimum. Unless your going to the rerun theaters that are running 5-7 month old movies for 5$ in sit quality.

            So around here or any other major city this is useless. If they would atleast add XD.. THEN and only then would it be worth it. In theory it’s a great idea, until you read the fine print.

            Thank you DroidLife for shedding light on the important facts of the app. A lot of other sites would of been to stupid to look into it.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Avatar….saw that ish like 5 times in one month. lol

          But if I had this service and it allowed me to save a ton of money on seeing movies, then I would see more movies.

          • Diablo81588

            That was actually the one and only movie I saw twice in theaters. :)

        • Dr_Buttballs

          I use to when I was younger and movie tickets weren’t as expensive.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Boy were those the good ole days. Like in the 80s. Wow…less than $5 movie tickets and no blah, blah, blah 3D films. lol

          • KleenDroid

            I miss going to the movies in the 80′s. Got lucky with the girlfriend then went to the theater and watched Rambo First Blood! Back then it didn’t cost $10 bucks for a popcorn…. Sheesh Lots of good stupid movies back then.

            My first rated PG movie in the theater was Star Wars around 77. In the 8th grade I went to the Premier of the original Superman movie in Aspen Co and John Denver was the host.

            Luckily I dont feel as old as I am.

          • MichaelCrackMonkey

            Yeah and in the 60′s it was .50 cents. The 70′s saw movies typically for a couple of bucks and the 80′s of course were $5.

          • michael arazan

            Jaws 3 in 3D in 85, I think tron had a 3D version too, 3D had a small comeback in the mid 80′s, seeing Jaws blow up in 3D at the end was the only part worth seeing in the movie though.

        • Greg Haney

          I encountered a situation where I saw a movie using the service, then 3 days later was with a bunch of friends who decided to see that movie. I had to pay out of pocket since my ticket for that film had already been “redeemed”.

          • http://www.facebook.com/sjtilney Scott Tilney

            So, use the pass for a different movie, then walk into the other movie with your friends.

          • Brian Walker

            Just make sure you’re not doing that for an R rated movie, as most theaters will count the number of people and check it against tickets sold.

            Source: I’ve kicked hundreds of people out of R rated movies.

          • Andrew Hanke

            If skating laws and rules is game, then why pay at all?

        • JMac726

          if it was ‘free’ to see it a second time, there are plenty of movies i’d see twice. I’ve even gone to see 3D IMAX movies a second time for $15. If paying just $30 a month, I can easily see myself seeing a movie again.

        • MichaelCrackMonkey

          We saw each of the Harry Potter movies at least 3 times in the same theater. We saw Avatar a couple of times. and my daughter and her friends have seen Jack Reacher at least 3 times. You probably don’t have kids but you’d be surprised how often families will see the same movie multiple times.

        • Andrew Hanke

          Often enough to where using this service would be an issue for me.

    • JoshGroff

      Well, that’s absurd.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        My thoughts exactly.

    • EvanTheGamer

      And thank you sir for letting us know your MovePass experience. As soon as I read the headline, I was like, “HELL yeah! I’ll just see 20 movies per week for an entire month so I get a BIG BANG for my BUCK!” But guess that it was too good to be true. Darn!

      • JoshGroff

        Even if you see 3 movies a month it’s worth it. I’m not a big movie person so I’m not interested, but I know some people who might be.

        • EvanTheGamer

          But what kills it for me is the fact that you are tied to a 1-year contract, and then are penalized if you try to cancel. Not very appealing. If it was just a per-month basis(no 1-year), then I’d be all for it. But they know how people think. They know that people would totally pay $30, see 100 movies in a month, and then cancel.

          Smart bastards they are.

          • Royal2000H

            Pay $30, see 30 movies. Their “unlimited” is limited to amount of days per month.

            I actually got an invite to moviepass but the strings are ridiculous.

            By the way, if you don’t want a year commitment, you can get a month for $50 or 3 months for $40/each. But I don’t like the idea of forcing myself to go to the theater to “get my money’s worth”

    • T4rd

      Lol, no.

      And it’s a 1-year contract? Hell no..

    • EvanTheGamer

      $360 for a year. Wow. You would think that at that price there would be absolutely no restrictions. What they’re doing should be illegal.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnS1282 John

      …. come on Droidlife, why promote something like this without listing the restrictions.

    • avinyc

      Wait, is this Verizon running it? Seems so familiar with the definition of unlimited…

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubmasterflex

      This! While I understand the need for DL to pass along Android related news as soon as they receive it, it would also be best to ensure that all information is included to avoid any potential confusion or frustration in such cases.

      Sidenote: I love the site!

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        Yeah, well that happens. I went ahead and updated the post to reflect MoviePass’ terms of service for the examples he gave.

    • Mchl496

      So your are saying for anyone who doesn’t see multiple movies a day, or see the same movie over and over, or doesn’t see 3d movies will like this service?

  • Adam Neighbors

    Here’s an invite. http://movi.ps/VRkDMu

  • Justin Everett

    Except isn’t it only one a day and you cannot go to the same movie twice? you’d run out of movies rather quickly.