So, I sort of thought that everyone universally disregarded the rule about no outside food allowed at the movies, but recently I came across someone who won't bring in her own snacks because it's against the rules. I respect her choice and acknowledge that she's in the right and I'm in the wrong, but I started wondering if I'm in the minority in breaking this rule. Do you bring your own snacks to the movies?
I absolutely take my own snacks. I would not buy a snack there with the prices that are charged, so I don't even feel that I'm ripping them off. If I forget a snack then I go without.
From what I've seen, people basically only buy the huge sodas and hot food at the movies.
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I don't bring my own snacks, for a few reasons. One of them is that it's against the rules. The other is that my preferred movie snack is popcorn and I like it freshly made with warm butter on it. Another is that having the snack is part of my cinema experience, as squiggles wrote upthread. I don't go out to see a movie often, so I don't mind paying for a ticket and snacks a couple of times a year. If I was at the cinema every week or two, I might think differently about it.
My dc will take their own snacks when they go to see a movie with their friends and I don't give them a hard time about it.
I usually buy my kids popcorn and drinks at the theater, but I've brought in snacks for myself. I have to do my best to stay off soy, and most of their snacks/popcorn have soy in them.
It also depends on the movie theater. The mom-and-pop theater needs my concession money. The chain really doesn't, as much.
I wish they would sell nice espresso drinks at the concession stand. I would totally buy an overpriced latte to sip on throughout the movie, but none of the theaters near me serve it, and it's near impossible to smuggle in a hot coffee.
Love this question! When i was a child (oldest of 4 raised in the 70's) my mother had an enormous purse she used ONLY for this purpose - she made popcorn at home and stuffed it into plastic baggies - bought generic candy etc..etc.. we just groaned with embarrassment at the sight of 'the big purse' and wished we could be like 'normal' kids and have the 'good popcorn' from the movie theater!
But of course - i do the same thing....although i bring slightly healthier snacks and of course - water bottles! My DH uses his huge cargo pockets in his shorts to stuff candy and water bottles into before the movie when he and i used to go... too funny....
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When I was a child we used to go to the movies with the neighbors and they snuck in snacks. I was always so worried we would be caught. They had seven children so I understand it was less expensive...it just seemed wrong to me even as a child. (My mom sent us with a few dollars but the neighbor mom wouldn't let us use it at the theater...she said we should buy the less expensive snacks at the drug store. I didn't like doing it.) The mom would pop a bunch of popcorn before we left, then she would swing by the drug store to buy candy. Thinking about it, I am not sure how we fit her seven children, the three children from my family, and usually a few additional neighbor children in her station wagon! (This was in the early 1970's...people didn't seem as concerned with carseat/seatbelt safety - or maybe it was just the people in my neighborhood)
I bring my own water because I cannot buy a $4 bottle of water when I can get 24 bottles for less than $3. I LOVE movie popcorn though so I have no issue paying a ridiculous amount of money for a giant bucket of that delicious stuff.
A few months ago I learned that my ds and his friends scoop up empty popcorn buckets and get the free refills. I was both disgusted (other people's popcorn hands, eeewwww) and impressed by their ingenuity. We talked and decided it was technically stealing and also kind of gross. He's said he wouldnt' do it anymore, but couldn't speak for his friends.
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I can't believe you guys think this is okay. How are these theaters supposed to make money JUST from the $15 tickets? It is totally reasonable to charge $6 for a bottled water and $8 for a medium popcorn. And you better believe when they ask me if I want "buttery topping" and to get the ginormous size for only .50 cents extra I'm all like "HELL YEAH!!" This is America where we obey the rules even if we have to take out a second mortgage!! IT'S THE LAW.
My husband once suggested I sneak in a hamburger and fries IN MY PURSE. I did draw the line that time but we sneak in water and sometimes candy. I know I'll pay someday for this evil doing!! LOL
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A few years ago, ds2 had been very sick and hadn't eaten for about a week. Nothing could tempt him. I broke down and told him if he would eat some ice cream I would take him to a movie. We hit the Ben & Jerry's next door to the theater and had this dumb argument about how he couldn't get a cone because I couldn't hide it in my purse. LOL. The clerk heard me and said that the scoop shop was owned by the theater and we were allowed to bring ice cream in. I wasn't the slightest bit embarrassed to be caught!
I have brought fast food in but I get a bottled soda from the grocery store rather than a fountain drink at BK or McD's or whatever.
We now have a $3 theater so happy about that. :-)
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Unless using a gift card, which DS gets occasionally for Christmas, we bring our own stuff - water and some small snack. DS isn't too into popcorn. When we use the gift card, DS gets a smoothie and I share with him.
We have an nice local theatre that shows only indie films and classics. Their popcorn is reasonably sized and priced and they sell good drinks, inlcuding microbrews. I buy when I go there and I wouldn't sneak in because they are a treasure and maybe even a non-profit organization.
I believe that IMAX films require special projectors and use a unique technology. I imagine there are higher costs involved in screening those films. I also believe that they require higher costs for the actual filming and production process. That shouldn't really affect the cost to the viewer, since ticket prices for films screened at typical major first-run distribution movie houses are somewhat unrelated to the cost of production. A ticket to a cheaply made indie film costs the same as a ticket to an expensive celebrity-studded digital special effects/green screen mega-blockbuster.
I wonder if the producers, studios and distributors want to move to a pricing model where cost of production is reflected more in ticket price. DH and I saw The Wolverine a week ago. We had 2 options at the same cinema house - a basic screening and a more expensive 3D version in a theatre with enhanced sound, digital projection, and cushy seats. Some of the extra cost was for the enhanced seats and equipment in the theatre but some was for the 3D technology.
ETA: We didn't have any snacks at all when we watched The Wolverine. We had just finished supper and weren't hungry!
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.
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.
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
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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.
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 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
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.
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