AMC Releasing Moviepass Competitor, AMC Stubs A-List
It is no secret that Moviepass and AMC do not get along. There was a short period where Moviepass wasn’t accepted at the busiest AMC theaters. Well AMC isn’t pulling their punches any more, they are going right for the throat.
AMC Stubs A-List sounds like a merging of Sinemia and Moviepass. It also offers some things that the other programs don’t. If you frequent an AMC theater there is a lot to like about this new program. The details are as follows:
- The plan costs $19.95 per month
- You are allowed to see 3 movies per week
- Premium movies are included
- See all 3 movies in one day if you choose
- You can check in for the movie before getting to the theater
- Earn Stubs points on the monthly fee but not on the ticket costs
- The week runs from Friday to Thursday
- You can see the same movie more than once
I have to say this sounds like a well thought out, well designed program. This fills in a lot of the weaknesses of Moviepass & Sinemia.
The plan does require you to frequent an AMC theater. Even though AMC is the largest theater chain out there it will not work for many that are not near one of their theaters. In that case Sinemia and Moviepass allow you to go to other theater chains and are a better fit for you.
If AMC is your theater of choice then you have a decision to make. This plan would allow you to go to 12 movies per month, including every type of premium movie. That is something you can’t do with Moviepass at all and only once every 30 days with Sinemia. You can also see more than one movie per day.
The cost and set up seems a little more viable since AMC is the benefactor of the ticket sale and concession sales. They are probably willing to give discounted tickets to fill seats since most movies are not sold out. They do that in the hopes of getting some money back at the concession stand.
You can not purchase tickets for other people which would have been awesome but understandably against the rules.
I am tempted by this but I will probably stick with Moviepass for the time being since it is less expensive and I don’t go to premium movies. I only go to 4-5 movies per month which would not offer me much value with the AMC program. But should Moviepass go belly up like many predict I would give AMC’s program a good long look for sure.
This is a very intriguing offer from AMC. I am not surprised they are doing it since the are the big kid on the block and they want to flex their muscles. They can afford to take some of the lumps that the avid users will take because of their overall size.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out with Moviepass and Sinemia. Do they lose membership at all? Does AMC try to restrict either program from being used at their theaters? Only time will tell.
This may be the most all encompassing movie plan on the market now, besides the obvious AMC limitation. What do you think, is this the best plan out there? Will you be making the change next week?