Regal Unlimited Movie Subscription Service Review
We have seen the movie membership wars heat up over the past couple of years with the rapid rise and fall of both Moviepass and Sinemia. Both of those services were founded outside of the movie space, however companies like Cinemark theaters have also (more successfully) thrown their hats into this new arena.
Now, another major movie subscription service has been launched and it is worth a look. Regal Cinemas just released the Regal Unlimited movie subscription service. Let’s take a look at this new service along with its quirks and decide whether it makes sense to join.
Regal Unlimited Review – What Is It?
Here is how Regal Cinemas describes their brand new movie subscription service:
With an annual Regal Unlimited™ subscription, you can watch as many movies as you want, as many times as you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. Plus, get advance tickets as soon as they go on sale, enjoy 10% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages in theatre, and all the Regal Crown Club perks.
Regal Unlimited Cost
Similar to what we have seen with other movie subscription services, Regal Unlimited has multiple tiers, however all receive access to an unlimited amount of movies. The tiers determine which theaters you can visit. Here are the three tiers of the Regal Unlimited movie susbcription service along with the prices:
- Low: Regal Unlimited – $18 per month plus tax ($216 annually)
- Medium: Regal Unlimited Plus – $21 per month plus tax ($252 annually)
- High: Regal Unlimited All Access – $23.50 per month plus tax ($282 annually)
Keep in mind that each of these tiers requires a one year commitment and you can upgrade to a more expensive tier via the phone (soon via app), however you cannot downgrade until after your year.
Regal Unlimited Tiers
As I mentioned above, each of the levels of Regal Unlimited add access to a different tier of movie theaters. Pay the highest price and you’ll be able to visit all 550+ Regal theaters. On the flip side for $18 a month you’ll only get access to about 200. The middle tier straddles the difference with 400 theaters for $21 per month.
In Las Vegas where I live there is one “luxury” Regal theater that is on the highest tier, whereas the majority of the theaters are in the middle tier. Out of the 11 theaters here only 2 are in the lowest tier with 8 being in the middle tier and that one high end theater standing alone. In more expensive markets (LA, NYC) expect to find almost all top tier theaters whereas in smaller/cheaper areas theaters should be on the lower tiers.
Check out Regal’s movie theater list to see where your local cinema falls.
Regal Unlimited Perks
In addition to unlimited movies, Regal Unlimited gives you a few perks at the movie theater as well. Here are some of the perks of having a Regal Unlimited membership:
- 10% off all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases
- No blackout dates
- Free large popcorn and soft drink on your birthday
- Earn Regal Crown credits with every dollar spent using your Regal Unlimited subscription
The Fees You’ll Pay
Despite having an unlimited subscription you may still have to pay some fees with Regal’s new service. Here are some of the Regal Unlimited potential fees you should know about:
- $.50 per ticket convenience fee when purchasing in advance in the app
- Varying surcharges for upgrades to any specialty showing (3D, 4DX, IMAX, etc.)
- $1.50-$3 fee for visiting a Regal theater not included on your plan.
How to Get Tickets
Getting tickets with Regal Unlimited is done simply via their app. Reservations can be made in advance via the app or you can just buy tickets at the box office if you don’t want to pay that $.50 fee. Regal Unlimited allows up to 3 reservations at one time per subscription. You can also buy tickets for non-members when making your reservation.
Despite having to be committed to one year, it is still always a good idea to know how cancellation works and that is especially true here considering Regal Unlimited has different rules for different plan types.
- Annual Payment – If you pay your entire annual Regal Unlimited subscription cost up front then your plan will automatically cancel after one year
- Monthly Payment – Your subscription will continue on indefinitely until cancelled
Need to Know
I have dug through the Regal Unlimited FAQs and terms to pull out some vital information I think you need to know about the new service. Here are some key takeaways about this new movie subscription service:
- Subscriptions are open to individuals 16 years of age or older
- You’ll need to provide a photo of yourself so they can ensure someone else doesn’t use your subscription
- As mentioned before, each subscription has a non-cancelable term of one year
- Recliners are not considered premium seating
- Regal reserves the rights to exclude certain movies from this subscription so you may not be able to access all movies or to access popular movies when they first come out
- You can see the same movie multiple times, however you can’t have overlapping tickets to movies you have already seen
- You earn Crown Club points for your subscription fees paid, but do not receive a “Visit” in the program simply for using a ticket obtained with your membership
Find out more on the Regal Unlimited website.
Is Regal Unlimited A Good Deal?
As with everything, the answer as to whether or not this is a good deal will vary depending on your own situation. What I will say is that you should pay careful attention to the value received given the one year commitment. That is truly my one hesitation with signing up. I don’t know that I’ll watch so many movies every month for the year.
Currently I go to a theater a bit further away than the close Regals around my house since I can get matinee tickets for $6 and they have recliners in all of their theaters. Regal has 3 theaters within 3 miles of my house though and one has recliners. Going there is more convenient which is tempting, however I would need a mid-tier subscription.
In the end the value of Regal Unlimited will come down to ticket prices in your area along with how often you go to the movies and of course how convenient Regal Cinemas are to where you live/work/play. Understand the program and its rules and if those works for you then this ain’t a bad deal although I would pay annually (or set a reminder if monthly) to avoid having to cancel.
Regal Unlimited Movie Subscription Service – Bottom Line
The Regal Unlimited movie subscription service is compelling and I really like that it offers an unlimited experience compared to other more restrictive offerings from Cinemark & AMC. With that said, you are locked into a one year commitment and this plan simply won’t be for everyone.
Do you have the Regal Unlimited movie subscription service? What has your experience been like with the program? What do you think of this new program? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!