The AMC A-List membership had already reached 750,000 members in its membership roll. It’s quite impressive given that this new membership tier was only introduced in the middle of 2018. It’s a movie subscription plan that basically allows you to see up to 3 movies every week, including premium formats (e.g. IMAX) at most AMC theaters for a flat monthly charge ($19.95 in my case).
Worth it to upgrade from AMC Stub Premiere?
I had been a long-time AMC Stub Premiere member, and that had worked well. While I am not a regular movie goer, I’ve definitely gone to the movies enough times where the “savings” from the membership easily covered the membership fee. When A-List came out, it looked flexible enough that I decided to upgrade. It requires a minimum of 3-month membership commitment.
Did It Change My Movie-Going Behavior?
I don’t watch much TV to begin with, and I wasn’t planning to watch 3 movies a week (I don’t have that kind of time). Still, I thought I might go out to the movies more often with the membership. What surprised me was how few movies I ended up watching.
During my 4 months of membership, I could have watched up to 48 films. I ended up with 7 films. I was really only interested in 3 of them.
- Ralph breaks the Internet: The first movie was better, but it was a fun sequel.
- Second Act: A filler.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald: I’m a Harry Potter fan. Totally worth it.
- Mary Queen of Scots (cancelled): Appeared to be an interesting drama film. Cancelled due to weather.
- What Men Want: Just 2 hours of my life I can never get back.
- The Kid Who Would be King (cancelled): Cancelled – didn’t want to trek to the theater for a “filler” film.
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: I don’t remember watching the first one; the sequel is ok.
- Shazam: Just wanted to watch something lighthearted and silly. It fitted that bill.
- Avengers: End Game (IMAX, reserved): Avengers:Infinity War was a good movie (coming from someone who is not a huge superhero movie fan), so this should be worth it.
For me, having the A List membership didn’t change my desire to watch quality films at the theaters, not just any movies. Not all movies are theater-worthy. Some are just rental-worthy.
Cancelling My Membership
I know some people love the A-List membership and are making use of the 3 movie slots every week. After 4 months of membership, I know it’s just not for me. I guess I’m just not much of a movie buff.
When I cancelled my membership, the AMC rep offered 10,000 AMC points over 2 months to stay. I decided to cancel and revert back to my AMC Stub Premiere membership status, even as I know I will likely head to the theater in May to watch Pokemon Detective Pikachu.
For now, I like to indulge in the occasional movie-goer experience. It feels more like a little special treat – just the way I like it.
Are you an AMC A-Lister? Are you planning to keep your membership long term? Have you found yourself making use of this membership and watching more movies than you would otherwise?