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Approximately 50 of these former Sinemia subscribers contacted Business Insider to claim they were being treated unfairly. Apparently, these once members insist Sinema wrongfully terminated their accounts simply for trying to buy tickets strictly within the rules of membership.
Enter “Captain Marvel.” One such example of unjust account deactivation was posted to social media on March 12. In the video by YouTube member Maury Shessel (below), viewers can watch as a man's Sinemia account is terminated on the spot simply for trying to purchase a 2D ticket to Marvel’s latest superhero flick.
Now, in journalistic fairness, the video doesn’t reflect the member’s previous activity. Of course, it is possible the man and woman who filmed/posted the video literally walked out of “Captain Marvel” moments before and tried to buy a ticket to see it again.
Such an action would, in fact, be misuse. But it’s a safe assumption that Sinemia is the wrongdoer in these increasing incidents. The above is hardly an isolated incident of shady behavior by Sinemia.
Prominent entertainment and YouTube personality John Campea even addressed the issue on his daily film program The John Campea Show.
Another YouTube user, Systems Alliance, further investigates the news release by Sinemia in which the company vaguely addresses the supposed fraudulent activity and subsequent actions.
During last summer’s opening of the blockbuster “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” Sinemia’s movie-subscription competitor MoviePass blacked out users from being able to watch the Tom Cruise film because the company couldn’t afford to pick up the massive tab.
Fast forward not a year later, and MoviePass is now struggling to keep its head above water. Indeed, the company's stock under parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. was recently delisted from the Nasdaq on February 13.
Is a similar situation arising for Sinemia with the release and success of “Captain Marvel?” Only time will tell, but it seems the movie subscription format may only be safe, and sustainable, through movie theater chains a la Cinemark Movie Club and AMC Stubs A-List.