Everybody loves a good deal, discount, or freebie. You can’t convince me you’re not lying if you say you don’t.
Who doesn’t want to be rewarded for being a good customer? I certainly do. That’s why I’ve meticulously studied Movie Theatres reward programs from across the USA, to find the best membership programs going.
And I’m going to share everything that I found with you lovely people. I’ve categorized different kinds of reward systems so let’s get to it and see which movie theatres are the winners.
1. Best Overall Movie Theatre Reward Program
So who is our all-rounder? The one that generally just blows me away?
It’s a tie.
AMC Stubs Premiere and Fandango VIP are my winners here. And the reason that they both take the top spot is because of their synergistic relationship.
Yes, that’s right, your paid AMC Stubs Premiere program waives cuts costs on Fandango.com. And when you purchase Fandango you’ll be able to earn free movies in half the time!
It does cost a yearly fee of $15 to sign up for Stubs Premiere, however, considering the free rides you’ll get on your birthday as well as your waived fees for Fandango, it is more than worth the money.
AMC Stubs Premiere Benefits
- You get quite a fair amount of points per purchase
- Birthday presents – free popcorn (large) and fountain drink
- Online ticketing fees waived
- Points valid for 2 years from your last activity
AMC Stubs Premiere Cons
- $15 yearly fee
Fandango VIP Benefits
- You can use 2 rewards programs at once
- You’ll earn $5 per 4 movie tickets
- Loads of promotions throughout the year
- Rewards can be used on movie tickets or FandangoNow streaming
Fandango VIP Cons
- You only have 21 days to claim your $5 reward
2. Best Small-Chain/Regional Rewards Program
The winner for this category is definitely Showcase Starpass.
Showcase Starpass Benefits
- You will earn a free ticket with every $100 that you spend
- Birthday present – free popcorn — Happy birthday!
- You’ll get a $2 discount every Tuesday
- One same-day free refill on large popcorn and soft drinks
- No service fees for tickets purchased online
Showcase Starpass Cons
- Points expire within 9 months.
Then our runner-up for this category is Flagship Film Fanatic Club(FFFC.)
- You will earn a free ticket with every $75 that you spend
- 75-point ticket comes with a gratis refill for your annual Premium popcorn pail
- Not many membership rewards.
- No birthday gift
3. Best For Avid Movie Fans (Watch 20+ Movies A Year)
If you’re a serial Movie Theatre junkie, then you really should be ensuring that you have a rewards program where you’re going to reap decent rewards for the amount that you are spending.
A monthly-fee program would probably benefit you, but should you want to keep your budget lean, here are a few other options for you.
The winner of this category is definitely Regal Crown Club.
Regal Crown Club Benefits
- You earn more points, the more movies you see.
- Receive an additional 1000 points a visit when you break the 20 movies threshold
- Almost weekly new deals and discounts
Regal Crown Club Cons
- Points are only valid for 12 months
Coming in at second place for this category is Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Benefits
- Birthday Present – Free ticket on your birthday
- Birthday Present – Free popcorn & soda
- Some buy-one-get-one-free deals
- Invitations to advanced screenings
- Good quality
Alamo Drafthouse Cons
- No massively exciting deals
4. Best For Concession Perks
Coming in at first place in this category is definitely Marcus And Movie Tavern Magical Movie Rewards (MMTMMR).
- Endless fountain drinks refills for nothing
- Get tickets for just $5 on Tuesday…and some free popcorn!
- Monthly deals for concessions, food, and beverages
- Points are only if you are active within 6 months
Then our runner-up is B&B Theatres Backstage Pass.
B&B Theatres Backstage Pass Benefits
- Free extra small popcorn (or discounts on larger sizes) plus $5 tickets on Tuesday
- Free refills on popcorn and soda
- Points can be used towards gift cards and alcohol
- Birthday Present – Concession Combo
B&B Theatres Backstage Pass Cons
- Really bad points to redemption ratio
5. Best Movie Rewards Club For Free Tickets
The winner of best free tickets is one hundred percent Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion Club Gold (BTCCCG)
- Birthday Present – A ticket for nothing!
- Gratis passes to Movies & Mimosas
- Insomnia Theatre Screenings for free
- There is a $20 yearly fee
And our runner-up is Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Benefits
- Birthday Present – Free ticket on your birthday!
- Minimum of 2 free ticket invites per year
Alamo Drafthouse Cons
- There isn’t a points system where you can earn any extra free tickets
6. Best For Popcorn Lovers
The winner of this award is…Harkins My Rewards With Popcorn Perks (HMRWPP)
- Free medium popcorn with every movie
- $5 for every 200 points
- Birthday Present – $5 added to your account
- Exclusive access to special events
- Not many other rewards/perks
- Costs $30 per year
- Need to go 6+ times for it to be worth the money
And the runner-up is…Annual Refillable Popcorn Buckets
Now, this isn’t actually a specific movie theatre rewards program. But pretty much all main chains offer something similar.
Annual Refillable Popcorn Bucket Benefits
- Purchase a bucket at a price of approximately $20-$25 and refill each time for just $5.
Annual Refillable Popcorn Bucket Cons
- Not worth the money if you usually only eat small/medium sizes
- Easy to lose/misplace the bucket
7. Best Theatre Loyalty Program With Most Free Stuff
The winner for most freebies is Goodrich Quality Rewards.
Goodrich Quality Rewards Benefits
- Two free popcorns per year
- Free admission for you and 5 others for morning movie series films
- 15% off concessions anytime
- 30% off concessions between 4-6 pm
- Best value for points to concessions conversion
Goodrich Quality Rewards Cons
- 2-year expiry on all points
And our runner-up is Marcus And Movie Tavern Magical Rewards (MMTMR)
- Soft drink free refills
- Free popcorn & $5 tickets every Tuesday
- No online ticket fees
- 6-month expiry on all points
8. Very Worst Reward Loyalty Program
Are absolute loser for a rewards program is definitely AMC Stubs Insider
This is where I would typically list the benefits and the cons, but honestly, I’m not sure that it’s even worth the time it would take to type the benefits. There really aren’t that many at all.
This program is free and I’m still not sure I can say that it’s worth even bothering to set up. You’ll get some free popcorn to munch on your birthday and that’s about as exciting as it gets.
You have to spend a whopping $500 before you’ll earn enough points to redeem a free movie ticket, which is just ridiculous.
Personally, I think this rewards system is only in place to make the Stubs Premier program look more appealing.
And then for our runners-up, we have 3 movie theatres tying for runner-up last place and those are: Premiere Cinemas Rewards, Harkins My Rewards, And Studio Movie Grill Access.
Again, I’m going to type this out rant-style rather than doing a benefits and cons section, because they really don’t have all that much going for them.
- Premiere Cinemas Rewards – So this reward system doesn’t even let you earn points for any of your tickets, it’s just concessions. This might not be all that bad if it wasn’t for the fact there are also no other perks.
- Harkins My Rewards – Hawkins ratios for points only last 6 months, and that might be permissible, but due to the terrible point ratio rates, it’ll take you that long to gain enough to actually purchase anything.
- Studio Movie Grill Access – Very similarly to our first-place loser AMC, Studio Movie Grill Access’ free program is just utterly terrible, and I’m pretty sure this is done just to encourage you to upgrade to the paid membership.
Hopefully, from reading this article, you should have a sound understanding of some of the USA’s most notable movie theatre rewards programs.
I tried to be as extensive as possible with my reward categories because obviously we are all different, and may have different perceptions of good value.
But from best freebies to best popcorn deals, to best concessions you should now be able to find the perfect rewards system for you.
All the rewards systems have advantages and disadvantages and it’s about finding what best suits your movie needs.
You’ll need to take into consideration how often you go to the movies, how often you spend on food and beverages, and how important your point to pennies ratio is.
I’d sign up for all of the free rewards systems because I suppose some type of perk is better than no perk at all.
Whichever rewards program you choose, I hope you make the most out of your money. Happy movie watching!
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