Late last month, Regal Cinemas announced its competitor to AMC Stubs A-List, the movie ticket subscription service from the nation’s largest theater chain. On the surface, Regal Unlimited seems similar — if not better — than AMC’s offering. However, the two subscriptions are far from clones of each other.
Whether you’re debating which service to join for the first time or are considering jumping ship from AMC, there are a lot of factors to consider. Here’s The Post’s breakdown on some of the most important factors:
How many movies can you see?
AMC A-List: This pass gives you up to three films per week, without any restrictions. There are no surcharges for IMAX and 3D screenings. There is a 12 films- per- month limit.
Regal Unlimited: The service bills itself as allowing you to “watch as many movies as you want, as many times as you want, whenever you want.”
How much does it cost?
AMC A-List: After initially launching at $19.95 per month, AMC A-List has hiked its prices to $23.95 for customers in New York City.
Regal Unlimited: Though there are several tiers of Regal Unlimited membership, the only one with access to theaters in the five boroughs is Regal Unlimited All Access, which costs $23.50 plus tax.
How long do you have to subscribe?
Here is one of the biggest differences between the two services. While AMC offers a minimum three-month commitment, requiring subscribers to shell out at least $72, Regal subscribers must sign up for a full year, paying either up front, in a lump sum, or in monthly installments. For a New Yorker, that’s a $280 outlay to get a taste of the Regal deal.
Are there other fees?
AMC A-List: No, everything is included in the subscription cost.
Regal Unlimited: There are a few. The Regal app charges a convenience fee of 50 cents per ticket reservation made from the app rather than the theater. For comparison purposes, an AMC A-List pass- holder who switches to Regal would pay an additional $1.50 per week based on the AMC minimum commitment. Regal Unlimited also has surcharges for IMAX, 3D and other special showings.
What’s the final price?
AMC A-List: 12 months at $23.95 per month will cost $287.40 per year.
Regal Unlimited: If you don’t incur any additional convenience or premium ticket fees, Regal will cost $282 for the year, plus tax. If you see at least 12 films per month and get tickets using your app, you’ll shell out at least $354 annually, plus tax — not including any surcharges for IMAX or 3D.
So which one is right for me?
If you don’t go to many movies and like premium formats, AMC A-List is the way to go. But if you feel trapped by its 12-film-per-month limit and don’t mind committing to a year of the service, Regal rules.