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post #21 of 74

We always bring snacks! Its like a snack feast in there, lol! Although, I actually think the theater we usually go to is fine with bringing your own. I haven't seen any signs prohibiting it, and I really don't put that much effort into hiding it. Like, for example, sipping from my jamba juice while handing the ticket taker my ticket while carrying a grocery bag that obviously contains snacks and they never say anything. If we go to the the cheap theater ($3!) they are ON YOU. If they hear a soda can open (they dont sell cans) they will sniff you out like a bloodhound and make you throw it away.. If we're at that one, I might just buy popcorn because our tickets were cheap enough I don't feel quite so robbed anyway, and they gotta make their money somewhere.

post #22 of 74
I wanna hear from someone who brought a whole pizza in, because that would be EPIC!!!
post #23 of 74
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Originally Posted by A&A View Post

 It also depends on the movie theater.  The mom-and-pop theater needs my concession money.  The chain really doesn't, as much.  

Yep. We may still sneak in snacks for money or health reasons, but we generally buy something, even if just water bottles, at the local theater. It's family-owned and overall reasonably priced, so I'm willing to pay a little extra to help support it.

post #24 of 74

well.... yes but dd loves movie theater popcorn so we bring in AND do popcorn.

 

however if i go to our local theater i never bring anything in. its my way of supporting the local theater.

 

but a chain i feel no qualms but bringing the kitchen sink if i can. 

 

would a chipotle burrito do? and chinese food instead of a pizza? i'd probably stack each piece on top of each other. 

post #25 of 74
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would a chipotle burrito do? and chinese food instead of a pizza? i'd probably stack each piece on top of each other. 

That's hardcore!!!
post #26 of 74
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That's hardcore!!!

well in our defense we saw movie with popcorn = went got lunch. decided we wanted to see the movie again. but not enough time to eat. so grabbed lunch and took it with us inside with ANOTHER popcorn. yeah. growth spurt. 

post #27 of 74
I do both. Usually stop at the store and grab some chocolate (my downfall) and sometimes a water and then I usually buy popcorn even though I shouldn't eat it.

My excuse (if I was caught and I have never had my purse or pockets checked) is allergies. My oldest child has a peanut allergy and I have Celiac (really shouldn't eat their popcorn wink1.gif ).

The only place that has ever checked my bags was going into an area (I think for a hockey game? Maybe something else...) and my oldest had more allergies than you could count and was still little at the time. The guy tried to get me to throw out her snacks (was in my diaper bag and we had my youngest at the time). Sorry but allergies trump their rules as does young children! Luckily I didn't have to put up too much of a fight, he must have been new and someone else was near by who said that we were more than welcome.

I've been to many different theaters and always took in snacks but gotten popcorn and no one has ever cared.
post #28 of 74

actually in my experience most theaters in my area are understanding. i've been to late night shows carrying only my left over dinners and they have been fine with it. i've taken snacks for picky eaters and they have been fine. 

 

however the state fair is a whole nother deal. NOTHING passes their eagle eyes - even that tiny bottle of water that costs a dollar outside the door but costs $4 inside. 

post #29 of 74

Yes. We smuggle in treats and water bottles from home. Taking 4 children to the movies is no cheap adventure, but I love their disgustingly fake buttery popcorn , so I buy myself a mini bag~ there is a $ Store next door to our theatre, everyone smuggles in, the staff just smiles and waves. We're lucky in that aspect  Sheepish.gif Most places aren't understanding I know, when I was in my twenties my boyfriend (now DH lol) and our best friends smuggled in a 10 pack of tacos from taco bell... the guy with the flashlight literally sniffed us out onve the movie began and our crunching and paper wrapper chatter commenced... funny now, a little shameful then redface.gif

post #30 of 74

No. How can I ask my kids to follow rules if I do not ?  One can rationalize anything. Why not take a coat from Burberry? Life is unfair and 1% has so much.

 

We either eat before the movie or we just budget for the snacks.

post #31 of 74
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I wanna hear from someone who brought a whole pizza in, because that would be EPIC!!!

My cousins did it one time. I still don't understand how. It wasn't a small pizza either.

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however the state fair is a whole nother deal. NOTHING passes their eagle eyes - even that tiny bottle of water that costs a dollar outside the door but costs $4 inside. 

We went to the water park recently and it was the same way. They had a HUGE pile of confiscated snacks at the entrance.

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No. How can I ask my kids to follow rules if I do not ?  One can rationalize anything. Why not take a coat from Burberry? Life is unfair and 1% has so much.

I guess I'm just more about teaching my kids to think and make decisions based on reason and logic than arbitrary rules. I'm not saying rules don't have a place. But as a child my mom always sneaked candy and drinks in, and it never caused me to not follow rules (hers or anyone else) that made sense.

post #32 of 74
I used to think it was wrong (in general I follow all rules) but in the past few years I've loosened up. I often bring a snack or dtink and buy the other. Edamame is my favorite snack to sneak in.
post #33 of 74
When I sneak food in, I hide it in the coat I stole from Burberry. Once I brought in a whole pizza!!! (It's a big coat)

Kidding. :-)
post #34 of 74
I'm not stealing from the theater by bringing something in. I would spend no money there at all if I had to pay for a pop that costs them literally pennies, but they charge $6 for. So I bring a drink, buy their delicious popcorn and enjoy my movie.

I'm am breaking the rules and I'm fine with that.
post #35 of 74
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I'm not stealing from the theater by bringing something in. I would spend no money there at all if I had to pay for a pop that costs them literally pennies, but they charge $6 for. So I bring a drink, buy their delicious popcorn and enjoy my movie.

I'm am breaking the rules and I'm fine with that.

 

Just wanted to point out that theatre still has an expense associated with dealing with the garbage, spills and cleaning up from all of the food that is brought in from outside. Even if you and your children are extremely careful and clean and pack out all of your garbage, other people are not.  

post #36 of 74

good point olly.

 

i cant believe how messy people can be in the movie theater. even with just popcorn and forget outside snacks. it looks like they get those giant buckets and eat half and spill half. GOLLY!!!! sooooo much popcorn ALL over the place. and candy wrappers. all these inspite of the mess pretty easy to clean up instead of ketchup or mustard or pb or melted cheese. 

 

i wonder if they also limit due to smell reasons. 

 

and why no coffee? or hot chocolate which our two local theaters do. 

post #37 of 74
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i cant believe how messy people can be in the movie theater.

I know!! I'm always shocked when I go to the movies with someone I've always known to be kind, considerate, and thoughtful, only to see her toss her popcorn bag and candy wrappers on the floor. People, even decent people who would never litter otherwise, can behave like absolute pigs at the theater. Is it maybe a case of "everyone else is littering, so my trash doesn't make much difference"?
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i wonder if they also limit due to smell reasons.

I've wondered that before when trying to figure out why cinemas (around me, anyway) don't sell coffee, but the smell reason can't be it because they sell nachos, hot dogs, and other smelly stuff. Ugh, I haaaaate when someone near me eats a hot dog and then I have to smell their hot dog burps all throughout the movie. For the large cinemas, maybe it's a fear of lawsuits over hot liquids? I dunno, but I would totally buy a big old expensive latte from the concession stand.
post #38 of 74

I have in the past but I generally don't. I took ds to the movies twice over the summer and just brought his water bottle. We don't need to snack when we watch movies. He's old enough to understand we can get cheaper candy from the grocery store at another time. And he doesn't like popcorn. I did sneak in candy once when he was younger. We don't go to the movies often so just being there is a treat without the additional snacks. Part of that is ds's temperament. He likes to be able to see his food which he can't in a dark theater. He doesn't like eating in the car, either. He isn't a very food oriented person (would be too distracted to eat as a little kid at a playground, for instance.)

post #39 of 74
The whole garbage thing was explained (some what) by a family member who worked at a place where people often left their garbage. Places like the theater or fast food joints expect that stuff be left and employ people as such to clean it up. If nothing was left and everyone cleaned up then they wouldn't need to hire the extra staff to do it and therefore less jobs. This family member actually advocated for leaving the garbage so that there would be work and more jobs.

I never leave my tray at a fast food joint but I know my dad always used to when we were little and I know others who do it. I usually take mine because otherwise it's a table that is being taken up by garbage although on a flip side if the garbage is left then another benefit is that the cleaners know they need to wipe down those tables. If someone takes their tray then they don't always know which tables need to be wiped.

I take my popcorn out with me as I usually want to bring it home. But I can't say all the popcorn always gets into my mouth... For some reasons I have issues with this (at home too) even when I only take one or two at a time. My husband teases me about it restlessly!!! So try as I might there is usually a handful of popcorn around where I was sitting. At home I have the broom and necessities to clean it up, at the theater they employ people to do this for you, and wouldn't sell popcorn nor fill the bags so full if they didn't expect it. And I doubt they'd let me sweep it myself...

I'm not saying that leaving garbage is right at all! Simply that popcorn leaves a mess naturally for many and that I was given a different perspective on the situation by someone who worked in a similar environment when I had complained about the same thing. One of those "looking at something through a different lens/perspective" type deals smile.gif
post #40 of 74

No one is ever going to persuade me that it is okay to leave garbage deliberately behind on a table in a food court or a theatre seat for someone else to clean up in a place that doesn't offer table service (wait staff and bus boys/girls). That is just disgusting.

 

I'm not talking about the accidental spills or dropped food.

 

I am not buying the "creating jobs" excuse. Littering on the streets creates jobs for street cleaners. That doesn't make it okay. 

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