Movie Theater Subscription Showdown: MoviePass vs Sinemia

MoviePass lets you see up to one movie per day for the entire month for just $9.99 per month. An average month has 30 days, so you can see 30 movies at the theater at any time of day. You can only see one movie per day, but the clock resets at midnight, so if you see a film at 10 p.m., you could see another movie at 10 a.m. the following morning. The main caveat with MoviePass is that you can only see 2D movies, no 3D, IMAX, 4D, etc., but the service is compatible with over 90% of the theaters across the US. Also, you need to be within 100 yards of the theater to activate the service and buy tickets, so you can’t buy from home, and you can only buy on the day of viewing. A select few theaters allow for e-ticketing to let you buy from home, but these are the exception, not the rule.

To use MoviePass, you download the accompanying app, pick the theater, movie, and showtime you like, and then MoviePass certifies that cost to your MoviePass credit card that is mailed to you. Each theater handles MoviePass in its own way, but for the most part, you go through purchasing tickets at a digital kiosk like you normally would, and swipe your MoviePass card like a credit/ATM card. The entire process is easy enough as long as you know you have to be at the theater for the app to supply funds to your card.