questionswould you be interested in a movie theater…

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Personally, I used to work at a movie theater, and many people I know made management after it got bought by another company, so I still see movies free, but for other people this is great. When I worked there were plenty of people who were regulars and this would benefit them greatly. However, I can only assume that the theater has to make up the cost of those tickets back to the studios, so depending on how well this does, there could be an increase in the concession prices. Before everyone starts yelling, the concession stand is where the theater makes most of its money. Ticket sales are generally not set by the theater, and for the first 2-4 weeks of a movie, depending on the movie, the theater will get maybe 10% of the of the ticket if they are lucky.

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Did some more digging. Found this via TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/02/moviepass-debit-cards/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

-The startup has had trouble getting movie theaters on board. So it’s going around them, with the launch of a new model for obtaining movie tickets. Instead of printing out and bringing vouchers to movie theaters, users participating in the MoviePass private beta will have access to a mobile app and prepaid debit cards for purchasing tickets as part of their subscription.
-Users pay an upfront subscription fee to MoviePass, which will let them watch basically as many movies as they want during the month. (There’s a limit of one 2-D movie per day.)
-Average membership is $29.99
-Open up the MoviePass app. Users choose the movie they want to see, and automatically, funds are added to the MoviePass debit card, which they then use to purchase tickets, just like any other debit or credit card

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I'd buy one. I love going to the movies.

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It is intriguing, but not sure I would benefit that much.

The closest movie theater here is $8/movie. If the plan is $30, I would have to see 4 movies during that month to make it worth the cost and likely many more to make it an option.

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i would probably be interested. movies around here are around $10-$11, so i could probably make the subscription worth it.

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I work a 4/10 schedule with Fridays off, and we generally see a movie every Friday, but we go to the matinee, so I pay $6.25 or $6.50, depending on the theater, and my friend pays a bit less as a senior. So I am currently paying an average of about $25 a month to see all the movies I really have time for. If this were as simple as it sounded at first, it might be worth the extra $5 a month for the freedom to go in the evening or to see an extra movie on Saturday. My friend is retired, so it would probably be worthwhile for him as he could see a movie every day if there was anything of interest to him. But at present neither of us carries around an android phone, so using this system as you describe it would be problematic. I'd like to see theaters themselves put this together. I'd join an "all you can watch movie club" at my local theater if it was as easy as paying a monthly fee for an all-access pass.

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Buying tickets at Costco is still cheaper than this for me. That being said it would get me in the theater more often if the price were to come down. I wonder if you are tied into a certain number of months? If you could choose wjat months you wanted then I would be much more interested. I can find 4 movies to see in August but probably not in February. Also the inclusion/exclusion of 3D and IMAX movies would be a big factor.

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I'd be interested, but not at $29.99 a person, that would mean between me and my girlfriend we'd be paying $60 a month. And around here the local AMC has $5 tickets Monday - Thursday before 6, so the price would have to come down some before I would realistically consider it.

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It looks like this may only be available as an iPhone app, which would unfortunately exclude me. They say they're working on Android, and if they do make that available I might be interested depending on the price in my market.

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with several 10 and 12 -screen multiplexes nearby, it may be worth it for me, and I'm interested as soon as they release the android version. I'm sure I can find 4-5 movies per month I want to see.

Unfortunately for these guys, if it turns out to be successful, I foresee the theater chains releasing something similar on their own and circumventing this subscription.

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It's definitely not for me. Everybody knows there are several-month stretches when the studios release almost nothing good (roughly Sep-Nov and Jan-April) because they save anything good for Christmas and the summer. Also, since there's no reason not to go to the theatre just to hang out I think we'd see even more problems with people texting, talking, etc during movies if this catches on. I think theatres are making the right call in not wanting to participate.

Also, the price is silly. $30 a month is $360 a year... for that price you could rent a Redbox movie every day and watch in the comfort of your own home with as many friends as you want.

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@starblind: I enjoy the movie-going experience. Watching a DVD at home is, to me, no more comparable to seeing a movie at the theater than is dining at home versus dining at a restaurant. Both can be enjoyable, but they are quite different. I have thousands of DVDs and am building my blu-ray collection. I have a 65" TV and a Bose sound system. And I would still rather watch most movies at the theater. Our local theater is running classic films, we are planning to go see African Queen tomorrow evening. I've seen it on TV, but it's my first chance to see it in the theater.

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a few years ago, i might have considered this... but now? nope. for one> hollywood is in a bad rut - there's maybe 2-3 movies a year that actually intrigue me. I'll watch more movies than that, certainly, but they're all mindless entertainment - not "must see"

Secondly, my home system is far and away better than the theaters here. the viewing experience is just more enjoyable at home now, with the added bonus of not having to deal with the fights and idiots that flock to movies here (again this might be more regional, but in nyc, going to a movie is pretty unbearable)

*edit - @moondrake - i get what you're saying, too... and felt the same way when i had the typical living room entertainment center. Having since created a dedicated home theater setup in it's own room, theater style seating, even bigger screen, and a mini pop corn machine - it's a pretty analogous experience. our group of friends will chip in for snacks and drinks to watch movies here instead of a theater lol.

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@goatcrapp: If our theaters were as unpleasant as yours I'd probably feel the same way you do. But people are pretty well behaved here (safest large city in America). No fighting, loud talking is rare, talking on cell phones even rarer. I almost never hear a phone ring in the theater, people silence them as requested. About the rudest thing people do is check their phones, the bright light of the screen is very distracting. But if they see something they want to respond to they leave. People are good about leaving with crying babies as well. Maybe it's because we almost always go to Friday matinees, so the theater is only about 25% full, all adults; mostly soldiers, retirees, and people like me with odd schedules. The theaters are kept clean, the refreshments, while overpriced, are good. The staff is polite and helpful.

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@moondrake: ha! everything they don't do there - happens here with regularity.. lol.

My wife used to joke that we'd go to see a fight, but a movie broke out.

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I'm not sure if I'd want in on something like this. For me, a night at the movies has always been a rare thing due to the costs, but it's always been one of my favorite special things to do. The overall experience, no matter the movie, is what pulls me, but the price pushes me away even more.

$30 a month would be the same as me seeing 3 movies a month normally, which is usually too costly, except I would also get to watch many many more than just 3.

I'm torn.

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Not for mainstream movies. There are plenty of options like that with all the film festivals in Seattle, though. :)

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Not for me. I couldn't name the last movie I saw at a theater.

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@afoob: The words "mobile app" were enough to tell me not to bother. Don't have a smart phone and probably won't for as long as my old dumb phone works. By the time it quits, I expect the movie-pass concept to be dead.

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If anyone is interested in instant invites to MoviePass, post below. I have a few extra invites to send.