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AMC A-List & other theater subscriptions (See Post #2314)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Tino, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Patrick Sun

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    Basically feels like getting sucked into buying a TimeShare property...
     
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    benbess

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    My A-list movie today was The Goldfinch. Even though everyone else seems to dislike this movie, and it's a box office bomb, I liked it a lot. It's convoluted, long, improbable, etc., but also raw, moving, beautifully filmed by Roger Deakins, and has strong performances all around. I was moved by it and the story held me. My rating: A-

     
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  3. benbess

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    My A-list movie today was The Peanut Butter Falcon. A few "fake" moments broke me out of this movie, but overall it was good. "B"
     
  4. Jake Lipson

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  5. Colin Jacobson

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    "There’s tremendous appetite for movie theater ticket subscription".

    He's right - and that's why the theater chains themselves have now gobbled up that market.

    Only possible way to make MP work is back at the $50/month price point they offered initially, but with AMC and Regal cheaper, who'll want it?

    Might get some people in places without those 2 - or where those 2 exist but they're not convenient - but that's about it.

    Seems like it'd be next to impossible to overcome the bad aura around MP at this point, too. Who in their right mind would trust MP with their money?
     
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    Props for trying and all...but come on. How many lives is MP gonna have?

    Even at $50 a month, that's basically double A List's price without any of the bells and whistles and features. Like Colin said, MAYBE in a place without an AMC or Regal this is gonna fly...but how many places are like that in the country? And can those places support MP?

    Without doing any research, I'm gonna say no.
     
  7. Colin Jacobson

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    You could basically get both Regal and AMC plans for $50!

    The whole thing smells like a PR stunt or a scam - or both...
     
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  8. Robert Crawford

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    Anybody that give their money to MP again is being foolish in my opinion as you can't trust these guys.
     
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    My A-list movie today was Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, and several other strong British actors. Nice cinematography by Florian Hoffmeister in this based on real life story directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky). My rating: A-

     
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    Not sure if this is the best place to ask or a new thread but, I’ve got a question about image quality at my AMC.

    Lately I have been notice a distracting amount of stair-casing, or aliasing, during movies at my AMC. On every diagonal edge, subtitles as well, there is an easily visible stair case effect, even on actors noses and arms at certain angles. If this was a video game I’d just turn on anti-aliasing but can’t do that here. I just don’t seem to remember noticing this until recently and it seems to be getting worse. It almost feels like I’m watching a DVD blown up to fill the screen. Odd thing is that I only see it in the smaller auditoriums, the larger one, and IMAX, don’t have this problem.

    Is my AMC not setting something on the projectors correctly? Worse yet, is this just the nature of digital projectors and I’m only noticing it more because I’m seeing more movies because of A-List?
     
  11. benbess

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    I have not had this problem at my local AMC.

    However, at the local discount theater, which on Tuesdays costs only $2, today I saw a film that had just that effect. I think it means the projectors are wearing out. But maybe they can be adjusted? Perhaps ask a manager about it?
     
  12. Josh Steinberg

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    It could be a couple different things. There could certainly be something wrong with the projector hardware somewhere, or in how it’s server is processing the images. Studios also frequently send out multiple versions of the same DCP that are optimized for different systems, and it’s possible that someone programming the projector at your theater is selecting the wrong versions for the equipment they have.
     
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    My A-list movie today was the Dreamworks animated film Abominable, which was in fairly good, but not up to the Pixar level. Box office, however, might be abominable based on my theater, since I was the only one there on opening night. Rating: "B".
     
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  14. Jake Lipson

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    I wouldn't necessarily make that assumption. Abominable is a family film, which will do most of its business on the weekend, not on a school night. Also, bbecause it's not part of a preexisting franchise, there's not likely a huge amount of upfront demand to see the very first screening as there would be if it were a sequel.
     
  15. Tino

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    No issues at my AMC. Speak to the manger I suggest.
     
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    A-List report for August 29 - September 28, 2019

    I saw 13 movies via A-List last month. My 34-state A-List costs $21 with tax, and the movies would have collectively cost $132 at the box office, so I saved $111 this month.

    Of the 13 films, 5 were in Dolby Cinema, a nice bonus. Here's the list:



    8.29.19: angel has fallen (Atmos) ....................$12
    8.30.19: overcomer (i) ............................. ........ $8
    9.1.19: the matrix 20th anniversary (Atmos) ..$12
    9.4.19: after the wedding (i) ................. ........... $9
    9.8.19: don't let go ............................................ $5
    9.11.19: angry birds 2 ........................................ $8
    9.12.19: it 2 (Atmos) ........................................... $12
    9.16.19: hustlers (Atmos) .................................. $12
    9.18.19: linda rondstadt (i) ................................ $10
    9.19.19: dream girls (bollywood) ....................... $8
    9.20.19: downton abbey ..................................... $8
    9.23.19: ad astra (Atmos) ................................... $12
    9.26.19: official secrets (i) ...,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.......... $8
    9.27.19: rambo last blood .......................... ........ $8


    Lifetime totals:

    Movies seen via A-List since July 29, 2018 ........ 177

    Cost if I bought tickets at box office ................... $1488

    A-List cost ............................................................... $294

    Cumulative lifetime savings ............................ $1194
     
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    My local movie theater has just announced this change. These movie theater owners are feeling the pinch and it's only going to get worse going forward.

    Effective Tuesday, October 8, 2019, we will be discontinuing additional Tuesday ticket discounts.
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    Today, October 1, 2019 will be the last day to take advantage of the additional $1 or $2 off Tuesday tickets (depending on your GQT location). Tuesday tickets will still be our lowest ticket price during the week, we hope to see you at the movies!
     
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    I've had something similar happen in my area: The two AMC theaters that are close to me and that i visit for A-List have ended their before-noon showings on basically all days except Friday. Movies starting before noon are priced at $5 on any day not just Tuesday, but that is gone now.

    That's important to me, because even with A-List, I sometimes want to see a fourth movie using $5 rewards, and would go to a before noon showing so that my rewards covered the ticket price. Now, since matinees after 12 cost $8, that doesn't happen any more.

    I asked the manager about the change and he attributed it to being the "slow period" between the end of the summer season and the beginning of the holiday season. But when I pressed him on that, he admitted that in prior slow periods this new policy had not been in effect.

    I also no longer have the advantage of standing in a dedicated A-List/Stubs box office line, because during the day they have shut down the outside box office and everyone comes inside and pays in one line. This has obviously been done so they can employ fewer staff during the day to save money.

    The pinch is Real, and it could mean that the bonanza times even for A-List are ending. I fear one of my AMCs could shut down.
     
  19. Robert Crawford

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    I don't go to the movies as much as I used to and I'm sure I'm not alone in that regard. Matter of fact, after this last Star Wars film about the Skywalker family, my attendance at movie theaters will be even less. I used to go to the movies 2-3 times a week. Now, I'll be lucky to go twice in a month. I suspect next year it's going to be even less than that depending on what is showing. I just don't enjoy the experience enough as well as the increasing cost of doing so. My favorite theater is 35 mile round trip. The nearest modern AMC complex with Dolby Cinema and IMAX is more than 130 mile round trip for me. Quality theater chain that just changed their Tuesday policy has never been a favorite movie chain of mine. Anyhow, I have a bunch of gift cards that I'll use up and then go from there.
     
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    The small local theaters near me switched to a "seasonal" schedule a couple years ago, with just one show daily in the early evening. All my life until this point, they had always run two shows per night.

    During summer and school vacations, they have been going back to two shows a night plus a daily matinee.
     

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