Why AMC Announcing Their Own Subscription Plan is The Best News Ever.

Gargantuan news yesterday as AMC unveiled its new movie subscription service they’ll use to compete with their arch nemesis, MoviePass.


AMC has not been shy when it comes to stating how they feel about MoviePass; even threatening to bring a lawsuit against MoviePass to ban them from AMC theaters. “[MoviePass] is not in the best interest of moviegoers, movie theatres and movie studios.”

The two companies even got into an argument over how much of AMC’s ticket sales were attributed to MoviePass subscribers. However, with the unveiling of this new plan, I have a feeling the numbers are higher than AMC wanted to admit.

They even took shots at MoviePass in yesterday’s press release, calling out right at the top that their model featured repeat viewings of the same movie at the “sustainable” price of $19.95 per month.

When stacked up against it’s main rival, AMC’s plan actually sounds competitive:

Plan AMC MoviePass Sinemia
Cost? $20 per month $10 per month Tiered Plans
Where can you use? Only AMC Most theater chains Most theater chains
Movie cap? Up to 3 per week 1 per day unlimited Depends on plan: 3 per month is max
multiple movies per day? Yes No No
Premium movies (3D/IMAX)? Yes No – announced as upcoming Yes
Same movie more than once? Yes No Yes
Buy tickets online? Yes Minimal # of theaters that support it Yes
Buy tickets in advance? Yes No-same day only Yes
Use reward points Yes – only at AMC Yes – anywhere Yes
Family plan? No No – announced as upcoming Yes

Now, I don’t plan on switching plans any time soon, however, this is just about the best news movie fans could hope for. Why you ask?

Because this is evidence that what started as a seemingly temporary fad has hopefully changed the movie theater business forever. Even if MoviePass goes belly up, never to be heard from again, the subscription service model they started is here to stay in one form or another: as it should.


With the ever increasing popularity of in-home services like Netflix, Hulu, etc, theaters have been all but helpless to stop the declining theater attendance. I firmly believe that the subscription model is the best solution and the future of movie going.

More and more people have accepted the Netflix monthly subscription model as the standard, while refusing to spend $100+ for a family to go to just one movie. Most theaters really only make a profit on concessions sales anyway. If you can get people in the door by making them feel like they are getting a huge deal on the tickets, they are more likely to drop money on food and drinks more often. I know this is true, because I have to literally stop myself from getting popcorn every time I see a movie with MoviePass (That’s a lie, Michelle is the one who stops me).

The other piece of this news that is good for movie goers, at least long term is the creation of competition. The more companies that offer subscription plans, the more they will all have to fight to be on top by offering the best value possible to the customer. MoviePass is already hurling insults at AMC’s new plan:


Of course, what actual affect this has on the movie industry remains to be seen. However, it is definitely good news for consumers who enjoy the movie going experience.

9 March Movies You’ll Want to Check Out.

While you don’t typically think of March as a big movie month, there are surprisingly quite a few coming out that I’m interested in and think you should consider checking out. (MoviePass powers activate!) Some are admittedly a little riskier than others, but take a look at the trailers below and let me know your thoughts!

Which upcoming March movies are you excited for??

March 2nd

Red Sparrow

I love me some J-Law. This looks like the type of thriller that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Death Wish

A remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson movie. Whenever you have Bruce Willis out for revenge, it’s a good time.

March 9th


I have no idea if this will actually be any good, but David Oyelowo’ s reactions to the situation his character finds himself in has me laughing every time I watch.

A Wrinkle in Time

I’m not familiar with the book, however this has a great cast. Disney has been on fire the last several years, so this looks promising, especially if you have kids.

The Hurricane Heist

This will undoubtedly be a horrible movie. However, a heist movie AND a disaster movie rolled into one? I’m there. This has the makings of a great guilty pleasure movie (Plus they get bonus points for trailer song selection).

March 16th

Tomb Raider

The 2011 video game this version of Lara Croft is based on was a phenomenal reboot for the franchise. This is a kickass trailer that looks promising. I’m hoping it can deliver the same level of story and drama as the game.

March 23rd

Pacific Rim Uprising

I’m admitting freely that I’ll be a little biased on this sequel: I absolutely love the original. Giant monsters fighting giant robots…suddenly I’m a kid again watching Godzilla. I’m disappointed Del Torro isn’t directing, but hopefully he can still help the movie as producer deliver the same level of fun.

Isle of Dogs

This looks….weird, and I want to see it for Jeff Goldblum alone. Then add Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber and others? I’m too curious to say no.

March 29th

Ready Player One

Based on the popular book and essentially a futuristic Willy Wonka story, this looks like an epic line up of 80’s nostalgia goodness.