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nypost.com/2018/08/10/moviepass-now-forcing-users-to-choose-between-two-movies-a-day

By Nicolas Vega August 10, 2018 | 6:18pm


So much for movie night.

Cash-strapped MoviePass saw its service crash for the third weekend in a row Friday evening, leaving its 3-million-plus subscribers unable to head to the theater.

The app crash came just hours after the company quietly rolled out its latest ploy to keep users from heading to the theaters: forcing them to choose between a terrible film and a terrible showtime.

Before the service went down, subscribers on Friday could only choose between two options — the critically-panned horror flick "Slender Man" and the latest "Mission: Impossible" sequel at an odd hour.

At the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, for example, the two showtimes available for the 147-minute "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" were 2:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. A moviegoer attending the late showtime would exit the theater at roughly 1:45 in the morning.

Meanwhile "Slender Man," a horror movie centered around an viral internet hoax, currently has a 16-percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In an interview with The Post on Friday, CEO Mitch Lowe confirmed the new policy, noting that the two movies on offer might change each day.

"Unfortunately, in order to stay financially stable we've had to curtail the service," Lowe said. "We had to right the ship as far as the amount of money we were burning."

The new move was designed to help the company limp along until mid-September, when all of its monthly users will have been moved to a new plan that limits them to three movies a month, Lowe said.

He denied, however, that MoviePass was deliberately offering inconvenient showtimes, and insisted that over the next few weeks, subscribers will see films throughout the day.

"This has been a challenging time for us and our customers. We're just trying to save our service to be able to be available long term."

Lowe said that investors believe in the sustainability of MoviePass' new pricing plan, but are waiting to see what percentage of the service's 3-million-plus subscribers renew at the three-movies-per-month rate.

In May and June, MoviePass lost an estimated $85 million, and had been averaging a loss of $20 million per month before that.

Shares of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson hit an all-time low of 4.8 cents on Friday, and ended the week down 19.9 percent at 5 cents.

Two weeks ago, MoviePass — which costs $9.95 per month and pays full price for every ticket its users purchase — went dark for several days due to the company running out of cash.

It is not clear if MoviePass ran out of funds this time, or if it now has a limit on the number of tickets it will purchase each day.

MoviePass did not respond to a request for comment following the crash.

Earlier Friday, the new Winnie the Pooh movie "Disney's Christopher Robin" was available at certain theaters with similar late-night showtimes as "Mission: Impossible."

Shortly after The Post asked Lowe about whether the late-night hours were suitable for children, the movie disappeared from MoviePass altogether.
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The damn titanic wont sink !!!

Sink, damnit !!!!
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I think we all saw this coming
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Lmao wow!!!
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(insert flushing sound here)
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The damn titanic wont sink !!!

Sink, damnit !!!!
If it sinks, expect A-list to double in price or disappear altogether. Moviepass has helped out the consumer immensely.
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I don't think this even diserves post anymore its just turning into a soap or country song now.
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Everything is there after midnight, but then around 9-10 am, they start removing stuff, until by the afternoon only a few (or a couple) chosen movies remain, then sometime between 6-8pm, whatever's left disappears. You either have to have access to a 24/7 kiosk and stay up late or wake up early, or go to an eticket theater and you can choose from any movie without blackouts. They claim it'll get better as people migrate to the new plan, but that'll take at least a month, and there's really no guarantee, given how they've behaved in the past. As an annual plan holder, I'm going to keep trying to get movies before they disappear, and keep my fingers crossed that the disappearances will be less as time goes on.
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Has anyone does a CC chargeback for their fees? I haven't been able to see a movie in a month because of this BS
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Before you know it MoviePass will just be for one movie a week on a Tuesday night
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Went to cancel my MoviePass last night (Aug. 9th), but it had already charged me for the next month (my billing is supposed to happen on the 10th). Since I'm now stuck with this turd of a service for another month, I figured I'd go see a movie today. The only movies showing as available were Slender Man and Christopher Robin (I used it on Mission: Impossible already). I checked a good half dozen theaters near me (North Hollywood, CA) and those were the only choices (with a couple theaters showing zero options). After reading the OP, I checked again. Christopher Robin has disappeared as well. Guess I can see Slender Man or...Slender Man.
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I hate that people want this service to sink or go under, even if that is inevitable. I get that the service is pretty crappy at the moment as they try to stop the money burn.

Moviepass hopefully caused theaters to realize that people want a subscription based plan at a reasonable price.

For me, since the cost was only $10/month, I actually bought concessions, wheras before moviepass, I never bought anything since tickets in my area cost $12.

Long live moviepass!!
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I'm canceling this crap right now,, you should have seen the list of movies that were available i got today.
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Went to cancel my MoviePass last night (Aug. 9th), but it had already charged me for the next month (my billing is supposed to happen on the 10th). Since I'm now stuck with this turd of a service for another month, I figured I'd go see a movie today. The only movies showing as available were Slender Man and Christopher Robin (I used it on Mission: Impossible already). I checked a good half dozen theaters near me (North Hollywood, CA) and those were the only choices (with a couple theaters showing zero options). After reading the OP, I checked again. Christopher Robin has disappeared as well. Guess I can see Slender Man or...Slender Man.

The same crap happened to me. I'm just gonna get slender man tickets and sneak in to see what I want.
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The same crap happened to me. I'm just gonna get slender man tickets and sneak in to see what I want.
I cancelled both my accounts last week and they just billed me again.
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