See It First VS Gofobo For Free Movie Preview Tickets

By | January 27, 2020


Have you ever noticed how some reviewers post
a review of a forthcoming movie just days before it opens to the general public? Yet they never disclose how they got the free
tickets to see a preview screening. Are they sleeping with the teenagers behind
the concession stand at the movie theater? Do they know someone who is waiting tables
to make it big in Hollywood? Are they taking cash payments from the movie
studios? Last Spring I saw two movies, Disney’s Aladdin
and Amazon Studios’ Late Night, in free preview screenings. I slept with no teenagers, know no one in
Hollywood, and took no cash payments. I did accept free tickets from two third-party
websites, See It First and Gofobo, that anyone can sign up for. (cinematic music) Before I deep dive into the differences between See It First and Gofobo, I need to need to
explain the disclaimer statement that I use in my own reviews. “This review is not a paid promotion even
though THE VENDOR provided two free tickets for a friend and I to see THE MOVIE before
it opens to the general public. “THE VENDOR is a website that offers free
tickets by invitation to see preview screenings of the newest movies. “I’m under no obligation to make this review
and THE VENDOR provided no editorial guidance for this review.” THE VENDOR is either See It First or Gofobo,
and THE MOVIE is the movie that they’re offering free preview tickets for. If necessary, I’ll mention any restrictions
that THE VENDOR may impose as a requirement to see the movie. “The only restriction imposed was absolutely
no recording devices, including cellphones, inside the movie theater.” Disney movies are most likely to have that
kind of restriction. You must surrender your cellphone for bagging
at the theater door or turn it off before the movie starts. There are dire consequences for violating
restrictions set by the House of Mouse. Being kicked out of the movie of movie theater
is the least of them. Why do I add this disclaimer in my own reviews? Besides doing the right thing for my audience,
a disclaimer avoids any potential conflicts with the Federal Trade Commission on paid
promotions. A simple misunderstanding with the FTC could
result in hefty fines. On that note this review is not a paid promotion
and neither See It First nor Gofobo provided any editorial guidance for this review. When I got an email from See It First to preview
Disney’s “Aladdin,” I tried to register for an account only to discover that I already
had an account with them. After I did a password reset and logged in,
I got my first—and last—set of preview tickets for Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”
in 2014. That movie was about a real-life sports agent
who revived his career by recruiting a pair of young cricket players from India to play
baseball in the United States. Because it was a Disney movie, my friend and
I had to bag our cellphones at the theater door. My friend and I showed up at 6:30PM to stand
in line for the 7:45PM showing of “Aladdin” at an AMC Theater. We discovered that the people behind us had
also gotten a See It First email out of the blue. Their last preview tickets were for “Million Dollar Arm” in 2014. I guess See It First doesn’t have too many
preview showings in Silicon Valley for the last five years. The people in front of us were waiting for
the 7:00 PM showing of “Aladdin” with fliers handed out at a Golden State Warrior
basketball game by a different company. The two showings were held in the two smallest
theaters with slightly more than 100 seats each. You need to arrive early with your “first
come, first serve” ticket printed out if you want to get in. You could easily spend several hours in a
line without seeing the preview showing. That happened to one couple who missed the
first showing and couldn’t get into the second showing. Because this was a Disney movie, we were told
to turn off our cellphones before the movie started. If you haven’t seen my review for Disney’s
“Aladdin,” the link can be found in the description below. Gofobo is perhaps the most active of the two
websites. After signing up for an account, you will
get email invitations for preview tickets that varies in frequency from once a month
to three times a week. The flood of emails during the summer and
holidays can be daunting. For many years I avoided getting preview tickets
from Gofobo. I had to physically pick up the preview tickets
from the movie theater on the same day that they become available. Otherwise, they were long gone. Driving across town in commute traffic to
pick up tickets during the middle of the week was more of an inconvenience than standing
in line for several hours with a hope of getting in. I thought that changed when my friend and
I showed up early for the 6:30PM showing of “Late Night” with our “first come, first
served” tickets printed out. Except there was no line to be found. When we went to the box office, we were told
to pick out our seats on the computer screen. AMC Theatres at the time switched over to
reserved seating for all their theaters. For the “Late Night” showing, the middle
center seats were unavailable. We picked seats that were off-center from
stage left. You must still need to hurry over to the box
office to reserve your seats and get tickets. If you haven’t seen my review for Amazon Studios’
“Late Night,” the link can be found in the description below. Which free preview ticket website should you
sign up for? If you don’t mind getting preview tickets
every five years, go with See It First. Otherwise, go with Gofobo. Or sign up for both. Please comment, like and subscribe, and click
on the notification bell to see more movies like this. Thank you for watching. (cinematic music)

One thought on “See It First VS Gofobo For Free Movie Preview Tickets

  1. C.D. Reimer Post author

    Are there any other free preview ticket websites out there?

    Reply

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