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That John Bell John bell has been a professional web design, developer, and marketer since 2008 and software developer since 2017. Currently serving as an entrepreneur, he currently owns and operates several business serving marketing and analytics services.

04 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Sinemia Tips, Tricks, and Your Questions Answered

With the recent struggles of MoviePass, a lot of people are turning to the Sinemia subscription program.

I’m getting a lot of questions about it, so I thought I would share some of the answers to the most frequent questions here.

 

Sinemia is Cardless

 You will not receive a card.  To create a reservation you visit the Planning tab on the app and then choose your movie.  Sinemia will then give you a temporary card number to use to purchase your tickets on an online ticket broker.

You can Only Book Online

You can only reserve tickets from an online broker, generally fandango or atom films but there is an “Other” option you can use to purchase tickets from any other site as well.

Online Ticket Broker Convenience Fees

Many online ticket brokers will charge a convenience fee and Sinemia will bill you for that fee. There are ways around it, for example if you are a Cinemark Movie Club member or AMC Stubs member, they waive ticket fees.  You can also have your fees waived if you go through http://facebook.com/movies  If you are not paying a convenience fee through your broker, make sure to inform Sinemia by selecting the box stating you are not paying a fee or they will charge you for one regardless.

You can Only have One Reservation At a Time

If you reserve a ticket on Monday for Friday, you won’t be able to reserve again until Friday. You can only have one active booking at a time.

Premium Formats

The Classic plans include only standard 2d format films.  The Elite plan includes all format, in this plan 3d is considered a standard format, and you are allowed 1 IMAX/4DX movie per month.  This is where it gets a little confusing.  The IMAX/4DX are on a 30 day clock, so if you purchase a ticket on the 5th of one month, then you can’t get the next until the 5th of the following month.  The “standard” movies reset based on your billing date.  I know it is a bit confusing because they are running on two different clocks, but your standard viewings reset when you pay your bill, premium resets 30 days after your last premium.

Customer Service

There is difficulty receiving support from Sinemia, currently the only way to receive a prompt response is through their Twitter page.

Family Plan

Sinemia offers a family plan, for up to six people.  The tickets are allotted for all six, so for example if you have a 2 movie plan you can book one movie and get up to six tickets for it.  If you don’t use it, you lose it.  So if you were to reserve a movie but only purchase two tickets, that would still count as the allotment for all six.  Because of this, for many people it may make more sense for family members to have individual accounts, but keep in mind that only one account is allowed per device and only one device is allowed per account.

Checking In

In addition to purchasing your ticket in advance, Sinemia requires you to check in to the theater when you go to the movie so that it can geolocate to know you actually went, this is a fraud prevention measure intended to prevent reselling tickets.

Referral Program

Sinemia does offer a referral program, for each subscriber that is referred, regardless of the plan chosen, a $5 credit is added to both users in the Sinemia wallet.  The Sinemia Wallet can only be used towards extending your Sinemia account.  You can click here for my referral link.

03 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

US Movie Subscription Services Compared – MoviePass, Sinemia, AMC A-List, Movie Club, and Alamo Season Pass

Moviepass may be struggling to hang on, with price increases, constantly crashing stock, and increasing restrictions, it may seem doomed.  However it may still be a viable option for some, and it has paved the way for several US based subscription services that are now available.

With all the new changes to MoviePass and the new Options for movie subscriptions, I’m going to help you navigate your options and place some of the important features and highlights below.

MoviePass

  • Founded in 2011
  • Price: $14.95 a month
  • Uses a Card that can be swiped to purchase tickets.
    • Ticket can only be purchases for same day showtimes and at the theater box office or kiosk.
  • Can purchase 1 2D ticket per day, most theaters are supported.
    • Major new Releases are restricted for as long as two weeks.
    • Additional surcharges apply during peak times.
    • Some peak time showings and movies are unavailable.
    • Cannot see a movie twice.
  • Ideal for people who regularly visit a variety of independent theaters.

Sinemia

  • Founded in 2014
  • Price: Variable
  • Cardless ticket purchases.
    • Tickets can be purchased in advance using online ticket brokers.
  • Can purchase 1-3 tickets, major theaters supported.
    • Various plans are available, ranging from 1 standard ticket to 3 tickets, some plans include 3d, imax, and 4dx
    • No restrictions on movies that can be seen
    • Tickets can only be purchased using online brokers, such as fandango and atom tickets.
    • You can not have multiple pending reservations, for example if you reserve a ticket for Friday on Monday, you cannot reserve another ticket until after the showtime of the Friday ticket.
  • Ideal for people who only see a few movies at major theater chains.
  • Includes some discounts for area restaurants.

Cinemark Movie Club

  • Launched 2018
  • Price: $8.99 a month
  • Cardless ticket purchase
    • Tickets can be reserved at any time for any showing through the Cinemark App or Website
  • Includes 1 Ticket
    • Additional tickets are available for $8.99 each
    • No restrictions, if it is a premium format than you are asked to pay the price difference.
  • Ideal for Cinemark regulars that have ticket prices greater than $8.99, or who purchase a lot of concessions.
  • Includes 20% discount at the concession stand.
  • Removes online booking fee for all purchases.

AMC Stubs A-List

  • Launched 2018
  • Price $19.95 a month
  • Cardless ticket purchase
    • Tickets can be reserved in advance on the app or website, or received at showtime at the box office.
  • Includes 3 Movies a Week
    • No restrictions, premium formats are included.
  • Ideal for AMC Regulars and people who prefer premium formats.
  • Includes 10% discount at the concession stand.
  • Includes access to $5 any-showing tickets on Tuesdays
  • Removes online booking fee for all purchases.

Alamo Season Pass

  • Launching 2018
  • Price Unknown
  • Cardless ticket purchase
    • Tickets can reserved in advance or the day of on the App.
  • Includes one movie a day
    • Standard formats only
  • Ideal for AMC regulars
  • This program is in a test market currently and not publicly available, yet.

As you can see, there are a lot of different subscription programs and a lot of variety between them.  At current, it seems as though AMC A List may be the most well rounded plan, however if you are someone who likes a lot of independent films or do not have an AMC in good condition near you, then there are a lot of up and coming options in this new category.