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Fri Sep 13, 2019, 11:17 PM

MoviePass is shutting down tomorrow (Sep. 14)

Source: The Verge

MoviePass is shutting down tomorrow

What a wild ride that was, huh?

By Nick Statt@nickstatt Sep 13, 2019, 4:11pm EDT

MoviePass, the subscription service that spent enormous amounts of venture capitalists’ money subsidizing movie tickets in a bid to upend the theater business model, is officially shutting down on September 14th. The news was announced today via emails to subscribers and separately in a press release issued by parent company Helios and Matheson. It marks the end of a tumultuous two-year saga that saw a once-popular platform go to extreme lengths to keep its business running, despite the obvious and fraught financial cost.

Last we heard of MoviePass, the company was laying off huge swaths of its staff, including the team responsible for brokering partnerships with movie theaters, following a sudden, supposedly temporary shutdown of its services in July. The company didn’t say when it would begin operating again, but most monthly and annual subscribers were left with an app that wouldn’t work and a debit card that no longer functioned — and no timeline regarding the service’s eventual return. (MoviePass claimed it had restored service to some users, but it’s not clear that ever happened.) Last month, MoviePass was also found to have exposed thousands of its customers’ credit card numbers in plain text online, rounding out a particularly rough few months of bad press.

According to Helios and Matheson, MoviePass was too far gone to save. “On September 13, 2019, MoviePass notified its subscribers that it would be interrupting the MoviePass service for all its subscribers effective September 14, 2019, because its efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date,” reads the release.

The company says it will still seek funding to bring MoviePass back, but it is “unable to predict if or when the MoviePass service will continue.” It also says “there can be no assurance that any such financing will be obtained or available on terms acceptable to the committee.” The committee in question is a new “strategic review committee” made up of Helios and Matheson board directors to “identify, review, and explore all strategic and financial alternatives” for salvaging the firm. That includes selling it in its entirety, or a sale of nearly all of its assets including MoviePass, movie listing service Moviefone, and the company’s production arm, MoviePass Films.

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Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/13/20864873/moviepass-app-shutdown-out-of-business-movies-subscription

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Fri Sep 13, 2019, 11:41 PM

1. Entirely predictable two years ago when it introduced a business model that was unsustainable.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 10:24 PM

2. It's a shame though

The theaters really need to figure out a way to get more butts in seats, especially Monday - Thursday. The industry can't be sustained by big budget blockbusters.But now that people can buy a 50" flat screen for under $500, it's harder to get people to leave the house.

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