What the Tech? "Sinemia" an alternative to MoviePass
If we've learned anything from MoviePass, we know people want to go see movies at a discounted price. MoviePass didn't fare very well, but now there's a competitor called Sinemia.
Sinemia is similar to MoviePass in that it uses an app, and charges a monthly fee to get movie tickets for free. There are four plans to choose from.
One movie ticket per month for $4.99, or three movies for $9.99, which is $5 cheaper than MoviePass' latest plan.
Sinemia, also has Elite subscriptions that allow you to include one IMAX movie each month. The Elite plans are $12.99 for two tickets and $17.99 for three.
As you can see, either of the plans pay for itself by going to one movie a month. I should mention these prices are with a promo code. The regular price is about double.
When I've used it, I've been able to choose from any movie, any time and any theater in the area, and I could buy tickets from home ahead of time several days in advance which was great for planning a movie weekend. MoviePass forced me to wait until I got to the theater.
There are some downsides. Sinemia requires you to purchase a subscription by paying for a year up-front or, if you want to pay by the month, Sinemia charges a $20 initiation fee. It also isn't as user-friendly as MoviePass.
Here's what I mean.
Rather than buying the ticket directly through Sinemia, I had to download another app. Using the ticket-buying app "Atom,” I had to find the movie, theater and showtime and reserve a seat through that app. Then open the Sinemia app, manually enter the showtime, and then get a virtual debit card for paying. Then I had to go back to the Atom app and enter the card number, expiration date, CVV number and a zip code provided by Sinemia. There was no shortcut with this. I had keep switching back and forth between the apps. Once the payment was entered in the Atom app, I got a QR code, which I took to the theater and used as my ticket.
Once I went through those steps, it worked with no problem.
If you're accustomed to MoviePass' seamless payment system, this is a bit frustrating but if you're okay with extra steps, Sinemia proves to be a good deal.
There were no restrictions on which movies I could see. Sinemia has just introduced an unlimited plan, similar to what MoviePass used to have; up to one movie a day, but the price is $30 a month.