“Each level will get a certain amount of credits to be able to use towards movies each month,” the website said. “More details to come.”
Rebuilding trust is just one of the many challenges MoviePass faces as it makes its return in the coming weeks.
Lots of movie theater plans, not a lot of movies
One of the biggest roadblocks is that MoviePass is coming back at arguably the worst possible time.
Consumers today might have a bit of subscription fatigue, considering the litany of streaming services and other bundles they pay for. Not to mention four-decade-high inflation, which has many Americans reining in discretionary purchases, such as going out to the movies.
Even for those who have the cash to spend on something like MoviePass, the movie marketplace is wildly different than it was when the company last existed.
The domestic box office is down 31% this year compared to the same point in 2019, prior to the pandemic. That’s considerably better than 2021, but still not all the way back to “normal.”
If the point of MoviePass is to allow movie lovers to see a lot of films on the cheap, the service only really makes sense if there are a lot of movies to see.
“The stuff dreams are made of”
In the summer of 2017, MoviePass caught fire with consumers with an irresistible “too good to be true” offer: $10 to see one movie a day for an entire month.
The service rapidly grew to 3 million subscribers in less than a year. But MoviePass’ business model was at best unsustainable — and at worst nonexistent.
The company burned through cash and shut down two years after bursting on the scene.
Now it’s back, and the question around Hollywood is: will MoviePass, and its new leadership, finally achieve its Hollywood ending? Can it create a sustainable business that could change the movie landscape forever?
Time will tell, but so far, the story of MoviePass is less “show me the money” and more “the stuff dreams are made of.”