Going to the movies is often an expensive proposition. Depending on when and where you hit the theater, you may have already spent a decent amount of cash on a ticket even before you hit the concession stand. Go to more than a few movies a month, and you're probably spending more at the theater than you do on your monthly cellphone bill.
Enter MoviePass, a service that attempts to cut costs for movie buffs, allowing you to go to the theater and see a 2D movie every day for a single monthly price, ranging from $29.99 to $34.99 depending on your location. Available for iOS for a few months, the MoviePass app launched for Android this week.
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According to MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes, Android owners have been anxious to get access to the app. Spikes told Mashable that some Android owners claim to have even been considering switching to iPhone just to have access to the service.
"The feedback were seeing socially is really great," he says.
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The way MoviePass works is simple. When you sign up, you’re sent a credit card with the MoviePass logo on it. When you arrive at a theater, you simply check in to the flick you’d like to see using the app, your credit card is temporarily activated, and you can head to the box office and buy your ticket.
Checking in requires you to be physically near the theater where you want to see a movie, and once you check i,n you only have 30 minutes to use your card to make a purchase before it's deactivated again.
The service works in theaters around the country, with no blackout dates or restrictions on what types of movies you can see. The only restriction: You can't use MoviePass for 3D movies.
We've been using the iOS version of the app, and overall have walked away pretty impressed. The service has worked seamlessly everywhere from huge theaters in San Francisco to smaller neighborhood spots in North Carolina. The only issues we've run into have been in places where there's poor cell reception. In those locales, checking in sometimes take a bit longer, or requires a few attempts before it finally goes through.
MoviePass is currently in invite-only beta, however Spikes tells us the company is currently turning around invitations within just a few days, and often the same day they receive a request.
You can request an invitation for yourself on the company's website.
Have you given MoviePass a try? What do you think about the idea of paying a flat rate to see all the movies you want in a month?
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This story originally published on Mashable here.