It’s a good time to be a moviegoer in the US.
After years of climbing ticket prices, movie-ticket subscriptions run by companies like MoviePass and Sinemia are making it more affordable to see films.
MoviePass, founded in 2011, kickstarted the movie-ticket subscription business last year when it slashed the price of its service to $9.95 a month for a 2D movie per day. The New York-based company has faced financial woes since then because of mounting costs to run the service. But its success in signing up members has led others, including theater chains, to launch services in the US as well. Cinemark announced a subscription service called Movie Club in late 2017. Sinema brought its subscription business to the US earlier this year. And AMC—the nation’s largest theater chain—is rolling out a subscription service called AMC Stubs A-List on June 26.
They’re all pretty good deals if you go to the movies at least once a month. Depending on how frequently you visit the cinema and the theater chains nearby, some may be better value than others.
Comparing the US’s movie-ticket subscriptions
(Cinemark’s Movie Club, which borders on a loyalty program, is not included in this line-up. At $8.99 a month, it includes one 2D showing at Cinemark locations per month and 20% off concessions. Members can also pay extra to upgrade to 3D or another premium movie format, and buy additional movie tickets for $8.99 apiece.)