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Offline fazzle

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MoviePass
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:59:44 PM »
So I don't know how many of you out there know what MoviePass (http://www.moviepass.com) is, but it's basically a theater subscription service.  For $30 a month (I've read prices may vary based on location) you get a fake credit card that is good for one ticket to a 2D movie every day at any theater that participates with them.  It's invite only at this time and after signing up for notifications around a month and a half ago, got an email today with an invite.  I just bought a subscription, and I know this is going to end up with me feeling like if I DON'T go see movies I'm just throwing money away, even though I would normally never see the movie.   Also for signing up I got 10 invites to send out to people so if anyone on the board is interested just shoot me a PM with your email.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 02:37:52 PM »
For $30 a month (I've read prices may vary based on location) you get a fake credit card that is good for one ticket to a 2D movie every at any theater that participates with them.
One ticket every... what?  Every week, every day, every hour?  The whole "invite-only" deal seems kinda suspicious, too, that would seem to guarantee a low ceiling on their possible sales. 

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 02:40:37 PM »
Oh whoops.   Don't know how I didn't type that part out.   Every day.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 11:48:43 PM »
What do movies cost in non-major metropolitan areas these days?  I've been paying $10-$12 a ticket while I have been, like Tron, living for the citay.

I can see this being a favorable model for theaters since they make their cash on concessions, anyway. Unless you're sneaking in a backpack full of burgers, of course.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 12:16:21 AM »
Given your prospective claim to the title of Bob Barron, can you tell us what underage Disney star you plan on having an unhealthy obsession with?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 01:43:53 AM »
I'm somewhat disappointed that I don't even know enough about Disney shows to come up with an answer

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 03:28:49 AM »
Some Bob Barron you are.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 04:48:02 AM »
The only thing that worries me about this is you need to download an app and other shit so they can sell your information to marketers. It sounds like a telemarketing companies dream. And without the app, seems like you can't go to the movies with the debit card.

Last thing I need is more spam email and spam phone calls.

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 30 to 40 a month for upwards to 28 to 30 movies?
But man, it does really sound tempting.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 05:15:59 AM »
Realistically companies already have your info and if they don't they're going to get it eventually. If you have decent spam filters than email shouldn't be an issue at all. I don't think I've had spam show up in my inbox at all this year. If anything I have to check my junk folder to make sure that it isn't filtering out too much.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2013, 05:43:46 AM »
Their official reason why you need the app is so that they can use your phones GPS to verify that youre actually at the theater before giving you the ticket, so you dont just let someone else use your card. But yeah i can see that aspect getting really annoying.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2013, 05:54:00 AM »
In theory, how is letting someone else use your card any different than using it yourself?  It's just one card, and only works once per day.  It's not like you're stealing any extra movie tickets which weren't rightfully yours already.  And this alleged security measure has gaping holes in it; you could just accompany the other person to the box office and then leave, or let them borrow your phone, or countless other things.  Sounds like it's just a bullshit excuse to sign you up for spam. 

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2013, 05:59:56 AM »
Just set up an email address solely for this app, that way you'll never see any of the resulting spam in your real email.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2013, 06:09:00 AM »
invite?


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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2013, 06:10:50 AM »
invite?

Are you saying you want one?  I need your email for it

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2013, 06:14:38 AM »
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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2013, 06:46:26 AM »
Sent

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2013, 06:18:51 AM »
My card finally came today.  Of course between signing up and getting it I got put back on the road so now I'm not gonna have time to go all the damn time like I was planning.   So now the question becomes sleep or movies, which is more important?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2013, 11:07:45 AM »
So I've had the card for a little under a month and I've seen 9 movies with it.  Falling shy of a Barronesque pace but I've seen 6 in the past 9 days and will go up to 8 in 11 by Sunday.  Trying to keep track of everything I've seen but it's way too early to post a list yet.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2013, 01:44:29 PM »
Has that made you hate movies yet?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2013, 03:51:35 PM »
Not yet.  It has however made me hate previews and question why I don't just show up 15 minutes late for every movie.  Hopefully I'll learn my lesson soon.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2013, 10:12:37 AM »
Any invites left? Gary@paindependent.com

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2013, 10:21:27 AM »
invite sent.   I'm now up to 37 movies from this year seen, 17 in theaters via moviepass, 4 in theaters before I had the pass, and 16 via redbox(in an attempt to catch up on what I missed before I had the pass)   I'm thinking I'll post my first rankings list when I hit 50, but the goal is to wind up at 150 before the end of the year.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2017, 12:18:45 AM »
*BUMP*

So back in August this company decided to drop it's subscription fee to 9.95 a month. Needless to say they were a tad overwhelmed with sign ups. The standard 5-7 business days for getting the card has stretched out to weeks for some. And they haven't been on the ball in terms of getting back to people's questions. But, in spite of all this, I decided to sign up a week ago. Optomistic that my card will get here by the end of the month and excited to try this out. I already have the app downloaded on my phone.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2017, 04:24:34 AM »
Got mine last month. Used it twice so far. It's not great for me because I tend to get my reserved seat days in advance, but other than not being able to do that it's worked fine. And most movies up here cost more than ten bucks so one movie a month and I get my monies worth.
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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2017, 05:47:59 AM »
I also signed back up for MP when they did the $10/m price drop.    It took about a month to get mine.   I've been using it far less than I did the first time, so that I don't completely burn myself out and never want to go to the movies again.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2017, 07:36:06 AM »
Same with me and still waiting for the card (3 weeks now) but I can wait since it's such a good value long term.

What I haven't been able to figure out is if I can use MP and still receive rewards pts through the various chains I frequent.   Probably not.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2017, 08:39:35 AM »
Yeah, you can, because it processes through their system like any prepaid debit card.  The individual employee might hesitate if they know what MP is, but most of them don't get paid enough to give a damn.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2017, 08:52:42 AM »
Yeah, you can, because it processes through their system like any prepaid debit card.  The individual employee might hesitate if they know what MP is, but most of them don't get paid enough to give a damn.

Why should they care anyway. Not like they're making comission off ticket sales.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2017, 07:21:34 AM »
I got an email from them todaysaying my card should arrive in 5-7 days. I'm hopeful they are being accurtae.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2017, 07:36:03 AM »
Once you actually get that email, it's accurate.  Unbekowest to me, I inadvertently gave them my work address and because I never look at my desk, I was unaware it been there a whole week so my rage at MP was unwarranted.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2017, 03:24:45 AM »
Got my card on Friday, haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but I will tomorrow night. I have a feeling I'm going to try and see as many different films as possible. Even films I normally would dismiss because why not. I might actually feel compelled to post blog reviews now.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #31 on: October 30, 2017, 08:07:39 AM »
I got my card today after only 6 days of waiting so it seems they've fixed that problem (less people signing up I'd assume). I'll probably use it tomorrow for the first time.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2017, 09:19:02 AM »
Seeing Thor tonight, 4th film using this since activating last Monday. And I'll make it 5 times by tomorrow when I check out The Florida Project. This thing really works a lot better than I even thought it would. And I'm learning ways to use it for films I technically can't see (Since it only loads the ticket price, if there's say a Fathom event screening for a film that isn't listed in the app, I'll just buy a ticket for the same price for a film showing that evening that does pop up and Ta-da!)

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2017, 11:59:04 AM »
Looks like now you can pay in advance for a full year subscription for $89.95($6.95 a month plus a $6.55 processing fee)

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2017, 12:40:11 AM »
I got that email too, might put that on my Christmas list.

Just finished my first month using it and saw the following films:

American Made
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Little Shop of Horrors- The Director's Cut
The Florida Project
It
Thor: Ragnarock
LBJ
Murder on the Orient Express
Casablanca- 75th Anniversary
Justice League

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #35 on: November 29, 2017, 05:01:41 AM »
So quick question....do the Fathom Event stuff get counted with MoviePass? I'm guessing yes since I saw Little Shop of Horrors Director's Cut counted. Those films/live events are normally the price of an IMAX ticket, so that's good to see they are counted with the rest of the normal films.

Also, does AMC, Cinemark, Landmark, etc all accept this?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2017, 05:11:01 AM »
I can't answer the first question, but I've used mine at AMC Theaters several times. Pretty much any place that takes Mastercard is going to accept it.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #37 on: November 29, 2017, 06:53:46 AM »
I've seen that more often than not Fathom events don't count, as they cost more than a normal movie ticket.   

AMC said a while back that they were going to fight it, but it seems like they haven't been successful in being able to deny access with Moviepass, and I go to Cinemark all the time with mine so they accept it as well (although there has been a push back lately about me trying to use the moviepass card and get reward points, not sure why the person at the ticket booth would even care.)   No clue about Landmark.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #38 on: November 29, 2017, 10:17:24 PM »
Fathom events aren't SUPPOSED to count but you can do the "my movie isn't listed" option and work around it. Moviepass says they'll ban you if they catch you doing this though so beware.

AMC are shitty about it because they obviously want to start their own version of this. It's hard for them to block it at the moment though. But they have stopped allowing you to couple Moviepass with their rewards program, Stubs, which sucks because you could be racking up a free concession every other movie.


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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2018, 08:07:49 AM »
I only have myself to blame for not subscribing to movie pass as soon as it went to 9.95/mo for unlimited movies.  The current deal being offered is something I want no part of. I missed the boat. Oops.
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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2018, 09:41:15 AM »
I can def see why many will cut away from it, but for me even only 4 tickets a month is still worth the price, I've probably only averaged 2 movies a month since I signed up.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2018, 11:43:54 AM »
Yeah, I think there's only 1 or 2 months since signing up in Oct that I've seen more than 4 and that was just because I was forcing myself to use it more. My average is probably 3 or 4 a month. One movie a week seems fair and attainable for a working adult.

My friend actually told me about this Tuesday night when he went to sign up after months of me badgering him to. He decided to sign up anyway because 4 movies a month is still a great deal.

FWIW, the blacking out of movies you've already seen hasn't happened to me yet. The movie I saw Tuesday is still available for me to see today.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2018, 04:50:42 AM »
Being unable to see a movie twice with Moviepass is something they've toggled on and off for years.   It's likely just them attempting to flex their muscles and hoping the chains notice.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #44 on: May 19, 2018, 02:55:30 AM »
Anyone got an e-mail with a $5 VUDU credit they aren't going to use? I gave mine away because I thought it was only good for Infinity War pre-order but apparently it can be used on anything.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #45 on: May 19, 2018, 04:12:03 AM »
The stub photo  thing is stupid.   Too many negatives are piling up about this and now chains are creating less invasive and annoying versions of the MP, so eventually I’ll be tossing MoviePass aside.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2018, 08:23:29 AM »
Thinking of buying some Moviepass stock now that it's trading at 49¢ per share. It's a money pit with no possible way of turning a profit, but with such a large user base, someone has to be stupid enough to acquire it, right? This is America.

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2018, 09:34:40 AM »
Thinking of buying some Moviepass stock now that it's trading at 49¢ per share. It's a money pit with no possible way of turning a profit, but with such a large user base, someone has to be stupid enough to acquire it, right? This is America.

Was thinking the same thing. How many shares would you buy?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #48 on: May 24, 2018, 06:24:52 AM »
I have doubts about that plan, because Moviepass doesn't have stock.   Their parent company, HMNY, has shares to purchase.   If someone were to buy Moviepass, they'd just buy that, not the parent company, right?

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Re: MoviePass
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2018, 04:29:32 PM »
Well I got thrown into the group that requires the stub photo today.    Weak.