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If you spend a lot of time on the road and love watching the latest flicks, a movie theater subscription can be a money-saving idea. But not all plans are created equal. Here's a comparison of options for film lovers on the go:

 

MoviePass

 

Price: $9.95 per month
Number of movies: 3 movies per month
Participating theaters: Many major theater brands
Premium tickets: No 3D or IMAX
Concessions: Not included

Just when it looked like MoviePass was going out of business, it popped back on the scene with a new deal. The movie theater subscription service relaunched its plan with restrictions on movie and theater choice based on "excessive individual usage." The biggest change is that the $9.95-per-month plan is now payable upfront for a year.

It still lets subscribers see three movies a month for a flat $9.95-per-month subscription—which is a tremendous value, since most movie theaters charge at least $10 to see a single film. That prepaid base plan is now named "Select."

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The next tier is the "All Access" plan starting at $14.95 (up to $19.95 in some regions) that lets you pick any three 2D movies in a month, and the top tier is a "Red Carpet" plan for $19.95 a month (up to $24.95 in certain regions) that lets you choose one Imax or RealD 3D film per month.

 

AMC Stubs A-List

 

Price: $19.95 per month
Number of movies: 3 per week
Participating theaters: AMC only
Premium tickets: 3D and IMAX allowed
Concessions: Some perks, like free popcorn refills

In June 2018, the largest theater chain launched AMC Stubs A-List. This plan costs about twice as much as MoviePass, but lets you see four times as many movies per month and includes a lot of features that MoviePass does not. For example, subscribers can buy a ticket in advance, see the same movie more than once, and even buy tickets to 3D and IMAX films.

 

Cinemark Movie Club

 

Price: $8.99 per month
Number of movies: 1 per month
Participating theaters: Cinemark Theatres
Premium tickets: 3D and IMAX not allowed
Concessions: 20% discount

Like AMC's subscription plan, Cinemark Movie Club is tied to one theater chain. While this plan only lets you see one film per month, but you can buy two additional tickets per transaction for $8.99 each—which is less than the price of most movie tickets these days. There is also a nice discount on concessions.

 

Sinemia

 

Price: Multiple Classic and Elite plans priced $3.99-$14.99 per month
Number of movies: 1 to 3 per month, depending on plan
Participating theaters: Many major theater brands
Premium tickets: 3D and IMAX allowed with Elite plans
Concessions: Not included

Like MoviePass, Sinemia is not tied to one particular theater chain. But unlike MoviePass, Sinemia offers five different plans for a wide flexibility. Subscribers off all plans can buy tickets in advance, and Elite plan subscribers can buy tickets to 3D and IMAX films.

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