Update: MoviePass has made many changes since the time of this post. It has also been caught up in scandal and security breaches. We stopped using the service months ago and no longer recommend the service to anyone. There are alternatives available but we haven’t personally tried any of them.
My fiance and I have been trimming our budget to focus on paying off debt and cash flowing our wedding/honeymoon. With this goal in mind, we are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of things we want to do rather than just giving it up completely. One great way to save on our entertainment budget is MoviePass. For only $9.95 monthly, we can go to a movie theater every day and see a movie. We don’t go quite that often but when a ticket normally runs us $11.50, we can quickly justify the MoviePass cost.
How MoviePass works
MoviePass is simple to use. All you need to do is check in at the theater for the movie you want to see using the app. Then you can go inside and pay with the debit card MovePass sends you when you sign up and pay. Some theaters have an eTicketing option available through the app but none in our area have this.
This has been a great help in our entertainment budget. We can go see a movie any night we want without any additional cost as long as we don’t load up at the snack bar. Choosing a movie is much easier since we can always see one of the others the next day if we’d like. MoviePass has been a great cure for those nights where you just don’t want to stay in the house but really don’t want to spend money especially on the cold nights we’ve had too many of lately.
There are a couple of limitations to MoviePass. You cannot use it for 3D or IMAX movies. We recently got an IMAX theater so that’s a bummer but not a deal breaker. The big thing we noticed is that you can only sign yourself up for MoviePass. We could not sign up as a couple. We both have separate memberships. This works fine for us but what about families with small children. The kids might not have a phone. If they did, would you really want to manage individual subscriptions for each member of your family. We feel like they missed the mark on this one but hopefully they will add the feature later.
Getting started with MoviePass is easy but not instant. They need to ship a debit card to you so your membership won’t actually start until you receive that card which could take up to two weeks. Ours arrived much sooner. At the time of this writing, they are offering membership for $7.95 per month if you pay for a year in advance.
- Sign up at the MoviePass website or through the iPhone or android apps.
- Once your card arrives, activate the card in the app.
- Drive to your favorite theater and check in using the app.
- Pay with your MoviePass debit card
- Enjoy the show!
MoviePass is a great way to help save on your entertainment budget without having to sacrifice entirely. We have loved this subscription over the past couple of months and have seen many great movies that we probably wouldn’t have gone to see otherwise. We have been recommending MoviePass since we started using it. It would be great to see improvements to the subscription in the future such as the ability to see IMAX or 3D even if it’s a more limited option. If the ability to manage multiple people on a single subscription is added to the service, this will be a slam dunk for families.