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Between big blockbusters like Thor Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi or critical darlings like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there are seemingly too many great movies to catch right now. That is a problem is largely because movie tickets can get pretty expensive, especially in places like New York City.

Since its founding in 2011, MoviePass has given its customers a way to circumvent the prohibitively expensive cost of movie theaters with a monthly subscription model. Before today, you paid $10 per month and got unlimited access to single tickets at major movie theaters around the United States. According to Engadget, if you act quickly, you can get in on the action for a significant discount.

MoviePass announced a new, limited time annual plan at a price of $89.95, or just below $7 per month, for a year’s worth of movie tickets. The limit is two of these annual plans per household and, according to the MoviePass website, the offer is “valid until it’s not.” If you can scrounge up $90 right now without going bankrupt, you can get into the next calendar year of movies for free.

Keep in mind you have to pay all of it up front. The normal monthly plan is still $10 per month. Depending on where you live, you might break even or save money after seeing one movie on the regular plan. If you pony up the $90 for the new plan, you might as well be stealing movie tickets.

This comes after MoviePass dropped its price to $10 per month back in August. Prior to that, the cost scaled from $15 to $21 depending on location. As Engadget points out, the extreme surge in signups after the price drop led to card shipments being delayed to new customers. For reference, the MoviePass card is how you get free tickets at the theater.

After you have received your card, you can open the MoviePass app on iPhone or Android and search supported theaters and showtimes in your area. Theoretically, you then go to the theater and get your ticket without a fuss. Even though theaters are compensated by MoviePass for these free tickets, they are not always huge fans of the startup’s business practices. AMC, in particular, wanted to sever ties with MoviePass as recently as August.

Caveats include the fact that one MoviePass card gets you one free ticket, so everyone in a household needs their own card. You also need to pick up the ticket at the theater on the day of the show, so if you wanted to use MoviePass to reserve advance tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you will unfortunately need to pay like the rest of us. Of course, you can pick up tickets several hours before a show if you want to make sure it does not get sold out.

The lack of a firm end date for the new MoviePass discount is probably a deliberate way to create a sense of urgency around it. If it is tempting and you can afford it, the service is popular enough that it seems to be worth it.

MoviePass Theater Locations

To find out which theaters near you accept MoviePass, visit MoviePass' website. Once there either click "allow" is the site asks you for location data or scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your ZIP code on the top left portion of the map. Once you've done that all participating MoviePass theaters near you should pop up.