App of the Week: Cineplex makes movie night simple

Rob Attrell

February 6, 2016 11:00am

My favourite kinds of apps are not necessarily the flash-in-the-pan, brand new apps that come and go, being talked about for 72 hours on Twitter. For an app to really do it for me, it needs to serve a specific purpose, and work exceptionally well.

In that vein, this week I’ll be talking about the Cineplex app. Right off the bat, it’s important to note that if you don’t like watching movies in a theatre, this app will be of no use to you. If your favourite theatre is a one-screen movie house, you won’t be able to buy tickets for it here. I enjoy watching movies in the theatre, and this app makes that whole proposition paperless and seamless.

First off, I love it when a mobile application really takes advantage of the specific tools a platform offers. Integration with Facebook means that I can log in to my Scene account without having to remember any passwords, and my Scene card is right there in the app, or in my Wallet on iOS.

The process of buying tickets in the app is very nice too, with all your options laid out nicely and sequentially, with the option to pick seats right there in the app for VIP showings, or special seating areas. Within a few minutes, on the way into the theatre, you can have tickets bought and ready to go.

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The ticket buying process is very straightforward

Another really nice touch that Cineplex gets right is once you’ve got your tickets and you arrive at the theatre, there are multiple kiosks for ticket pickup, and scanning the barcode on your phone to print your tickets takes seconds.

In developing app stores, the goal for most developers is to have niche services that do one job, and do it really well. Cineplex epitomizes that idea, as its design is really simple and straightforward.

You can pick a movie, see showtimes for your favourite theatres, buy your tickets, scan and pick them up, and enjoy the show, and you barely have to raise a hand or bat an eye.

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Left: Add your favourite theatres. Right: Wallet is a trip down memory lane

If you’re a frequent movie-goer, and you don’t use this app for Android or iOS, I strongly recommend you get it. On iOS, as of last year, you can even buy your tickets online from a desktop, and then open the ticket on your phone and add it to your Wallet app. It’s the little things like these that are so appreciated in a great app.

Download Cineplex for iOS and Android.

  • Zbiba

    Been using it for a while, interface is the most modern out there, and I would really love to see it receive the material treatment, but it still works pretty well and has proven itself to be reliable over the years.

  • great review for a great app

  • 7-down

    Android version seriously needs to get some Material Design love. That thing has been the same old clunky thing for years now! Heck, it doesn’t have to be MD, just update the damn thing with fresh coat of paint!

    • IgnoranceIsBliss

      They haven’t updated the Android version since June 2014… I don’t know why the iOS version gets more attention (last updated Nov. 2015) as they are likely many more Android users. On the other hand, I guess it does offer all the functionality that is really needed but a redesign and compatibility with tablets would be nice.

    • Adam Reinhardt

      In a word? Wallet

    • Francis L-R

      Yeah…that’s exactly my thought. Even the Windows app gets more attention. The Android app just plainly sucks. It kills my battery if I don’t force stop it after I’m finish, crashes when I finish my purchase, and it takes the money from my paypal account anyway, without sending me tickets. They’ve been good a rembursing me, but still, unacceptable..!
      Hopefully, this “good review” for the iOS app will get to them and will work on updating the Android app. I get the mindset of “don’t fix it if it isn’t broken”, but in this case, it is the opposite!

  • Mitchell Leitman

    You forgot to mention the Windows 10 app. I’ve been using it on my Surface. I’m told a mobile version of the Windows app is also just weeks away.

  • Mo Dabbas

    And you can use it with the point card to earn points within the app to get free movies or popcorn/drinks.

  • jmevee

    they need to update their android app. it’s atrocious.

  • PowerWheelz #BB10

    Time Play is a good accompanying app that goes with Cineplex

  • MassDeduction

    The app is also available in the Windows (app) Store for those who may benefit from that.