Regal Unlimited Movie Subscription
Regal Cinemas is launching Regal unlimited movie subscription service any day now, and they’ve published the details of the plan, which costs $18-$23.50/mo depending on your location. Here are the most important parts, the catches to watch out for, and how to join.
How it works
For a monthly fee, you can see as many movies as you want at Regal theater locations. The subscription lets you into every normal-format movie, with no limitations or blackout dates. So unlike many subscription plans from third parties, you won’t be blocked out of big movies on opening weekend. And like AMC Stubs A-list, you can see the same movie over and over.
You can reserve advance tickets for up to three movies at a time, as long as their showtimes don’t overlap. You handle everything through the Regal mobile app.
Only you can use your subscription, so Regal asks you to submit a photo of yourself to serve as ID. And your subscription is tied to your phone, not to a login. So you’ll need to be careful to transfer your subscription when you get a new phone.
What it costs
$18/mo, $21/mo, or $23.50/mo, plus tax. The price depends on which theaters you want to use your plan at. Here’s the list of locations included in each plan. Thankfully, the plans are otherwise exactly the same.
The $18 plan covers about 200 locations. The $21 plan covers those, plus about 280 more. And the $23.50 plan covers all those, plus about 75 more. (All NYC and LA theaters are only in the most expensive plan.)
You can pay $1.50 to see a movie at a theater in the next pricing tier up, or $3 for a theater two tiers up. You can also pay a surcharge for special formats like IMAX and 3D.
Reserving tickets in advance (rather than day-of) costs 50 cents per ticket (less than Regal’s usual advance reservation fee).
You have to commit to a year of payments at a time. If you pay monthly, the subscription will auto-renew every month until you cancel (but you can’t cancel until after a year). If you pay the whole year’s price up front, there’s no discount, but your subscription won’t auto-renew when it runs out. Hopefully Regal won’t screw up and un-cancel people the way MoviePass did.
You can skip out on an occasional reservation, but if you miss a lot of reservations without canceling them in the app, Regal might decide you’re abusing your account and ban you.
This is the opposite of a catch, but: When you join Regal Unlimited, you’ll automatically join the Crown Club, which gives you rewards points for your subscription fees, concession spending, and ticket spending.
How to join
Regal Unlimited doesn’t have a set release date yet, but when it comes, you’ll need the Regal mobile app (iOS/Android) to sign up. If you download it now and allow notifications, we bet the app will alert you the day Regal Unlimited goes live. (We’re waiting on Regal to confirm.)
Should you join?
Do you watch enough movies? It takes two movies a month to earn back your subscription fee. After that, the more movies you watch, the better this deal is—unless you end up spending all your savings on popcorn and soda.
Do you prefer your local Regal theaters, or your local AMC theaters? AMC Stubs A-list costs a little more than Regal, with the exact price depending on your state (pick a local theater here to find your price).
Do you see a lot of IMAX and 3D movies? Regal will charge you extra to see those with your subscription, but AMC includes all formats for no extra charge.
Do you want to watch more than three screenings a week? AMC caps your subscription at 3/week, but Regal offers unlimited movies.
At least both plans look better than dealing with MoviePass and Sinemia. Both of those brands offered cheap subscriptions across multiple theater chains, but both were notorious for bad customer service and hidden catches. Now MoviePass is working on a new service and not taking new subscribers, and Sinemia shut down this spring. The movie theater subscription business is getting less exciting but more reliable.