The AMC A-List is a movie subscription plan that 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.  It’s $19.95/month in my case.

Worth it to upgrade from AMC Stub Premiere?

I had been a long-time AMC Stub Premiere member.  While I am not a regular movie goer, I’ve gone to the movies enough where the “savings” easily covered the membership fee.  When A-List came out, it looked flexible enough that I decided to upgrade.  It required a minimum of 3-month membership commitment.

Did It Change My Movie-Going Behavior?

I don’t watch a lot much TV to begin with.  I certainly wasn’t planning to watch 3 movies a week (I don’t have that kind of time).  Still, I thought I might head to the movies more often with this membership.  What surprised me was how few movies I watched.

During my 4 months of membership, I could have watched up to 48 films.  I ended up watching 7 films.  I was 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: 2 hours of my life I can never get back.
  • The Kid Who Would be King (cancelled):  “Filler” film.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:  I don’t remember watching the first one; the sequel is ok.
  • Shazam:  Just want to watch something lighthearted and silly.
  • Avengers: End Game (IMAX, reserved)

For me, having the A List membership didn’t change my desire to watch quality films at the theaters. Not all movies are theater-worthy.  Some are just rental-worthy.

Cancelling My Membership

I know some people love the A-List membership and make good use it.  After 4 months of membership, I know it’s just not for me. I guess I’m not much of a movie buff.

You have to call the AMC Guest Service (1-888-562-4262) to cancel your membership.  You can’t do it online or at the theater.  Your membership won’t be cancelled until the end of the membership month.  If you know you want to cancel, call ahead before the new membership month kicks in.

When I cancelled my membership, the AMC rep offered 10,000 AMC points over 2 months to stay.  I decided to revert back to my long standing Premiere membership.

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?