ooohhh...Do you take snacks into the movie theater??

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    I'm sorry; I am basically an honest person. But, when we go to the movies (which isn't even 3x a year), I take a few things in my purse...a water bottle and candy bar. I just can't fathom spending $4.25 for the same water bottle and $3.50 for candy. I get the same candy at the dollar store...Milk Duds, the big pack :D But, I do support the theater and buy the largest bag of popcorn every time!
    Anyone else guilty of this? I've been doing this since I was a kid; we used to take canned soda and "cough" when we opened it up!
     
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    There's only 1 local movie theatre where the employee actually told me that it's alright to take food, etc. in. The thing is, it's AMC, which is a national chain, which means that if it's allowed there, it should be allowed anywhere, but I never had the time to check into that. Everywhere else (even at a different AMC), I usually carry a good sized bag & once, my bf & I have snuck 3 Wienerschitzel hot dogs & fries (since the theatre hot dogs are overly pricey as you know!)

    But, changing the subject just slightly, since we're talking about the movies, so many people movie hop (seeing more than 1 movie than they bought tickets for). Technically, that's stealing, but since it's not a tangible thing, I guess many people think it's alright.

    BTW, TeacherSandra, I don't think sneaking in snacks is being dishonest.
     
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    I take in a water bottle, but I buy the food. I just buy popcorn and I'll let my son get one candy.
     
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    We ALWAYS do. We pay 11 bucks to get in I am not paying $4 for their candy and 6 dollars for a drink.
     
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    I take things in and I don't feel guilty about it one bit! If they weren't ripping us off it would be different.
     
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    I haven't done this in awhile, but we used to do it all the time when I was a kid. With the concessions (and even the movie tickets) costing so much, I don't think it's unreasonable.
     
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    I have not been to the movies in 2-3 years. I had to think about it- the last movie I saw was You, Me and Dupree.
    Anyway, I have brought things in before, but I typically don't eat and will buy a pop.
     
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    The movie theaters around here search your purse when you go in, supposedly to make sure you don't have weapons. I still sneak snacks in, it just has to be something small so I can stick it in the zipper pocket with some tampons so the guy won't want to go through that pocket :lol:
     
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    Movie theatres make next to no money on ticket sales. That goes directly to the studios to cover the cost of making the movie. Even after the studio breaks even, theatres get less than 10% of each ticket. That's why concessions are so high. That is how the theatres make their money to rent the films (yes, theatres have to rent the films from the studios to show them) and to pay the electricity bill (which is astronomical!) and employee salaries.

    I used to be an assistant manager for one of the big chains during college.
     
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    Then how do some charge 11 bucks a ticket and others 7?
     
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    I do not buy movie snacks at the theaters simply because they are no healthy options (that I've seen). I usually take some pretzels or something less fattening than their popcorn or candy. Sometimes I buy a soda from them but other times I have brought just water. The last time I went to the movies was in January and I didn't eat or drink anything! I chewed some gum that's about it.
     
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    if you go in before 6PM; it's considered a matinee; so the tickets are $6.25 per adult. I should have checked out the ticjet price for after 6 pm!

    The water bottles are $4.25 and the biggest bag of popcorn is $5.75 (which, by the way, I have to buy! DH and I share :D). Largest cup of soda pop is over $4. A regular hot dog is about $3.75 if I'm not mistaken. It's all ridiculous! Candy bar is $3.50 - Especially knowing that you can get the same large size candy bar at Target or the dollar store!
     
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    Thank you; you know...I really don't feel guilty about it either.
     
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    To be honest, I haven't been to the movies in years. My husband has taken the kids the past few time-- for some reason, those outings always seem to coincide with days I have plans.

    But, since we go so seldom, we do spring for the popcorn and the soda there.
     
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    I go to about 3 movies a year, so I usually spring for popcorn and a soda. I also have a debit card from a bank that gives me points everytime I use it (which is a lot :p) and I could use those points at a certain movie theatre chain for free movie tickets, free "food" combo or 10% off my food.
     
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    I haven't been for ages, but I used to. I guess it is wrong, but it is a bit of a gray area!!! (if you wouldn't purchase their food anyway!)It brought to mind a story from my college days 30 years ago- we went, opened a big bag of m&m's, and they spilled. Since the floor sloped down, we were in the back, they all rolled downhill!! Emabrrassing...so, it did limit my sneak-in snacks after that!!
     
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    That is exactly why I don't buy snacks there. I would think by now they would at least sell 100 cal. packs of something! I do buy a drink there, but I take in some sugar free candy and pretzels or crackers of some kind.
     
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    Actually, it was my Seatbelt bag & the measurements are 10 x 4 x 8 inches. I pretty much emptied out my bag to make room! :D

    Your ticket prices are cheap, TeacherSandra! Matinees in my area are $8.50 and after 4pm (on F, S, & Su) it's $10.50! It's after 6pm for the other days.

    I actually don't like popcorn & I'm not in the habit of munching on junk while at the theatres anyway.
     
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    I am so glad we have a drive-in theater. You can bring anything you want in your car. One time we even brought a whole picnic dinner. I didn't go this summer since there were no movies playing that I wanted to see but I love the freedom of bringing your own snacks and nobody there to pressure you since you don't even have to pass a consession stand once you park your car.
     
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    I bring in soda and candy. We buy popcorn. I have never movie hopped.
     
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    Teacher NY, we have done the same at our drive in. When we went to see Titantic, we took a table and some camp chairs and a small grill. We cooked out and made a night of it.

    And yes, I do take my own candy to the movies but my DH always buys the giant popcorn and extra large drink. :lol:
     
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    :( My secret is out. Yes, I am the woman that carries her oversized, purse tote into the movie theater. :blush: Sigh. And inside of it, I have my own concession bar complete with coke zeros, twizzlers, bagged popcorn, and chocolate covered raisins. But I am generous person and so fellow friends pile their goodies and drinks in my bag as well. :p
     
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    I believe a theater audience should be dead silent, so I have never allowed my children or my husband to eat in there. I've had too many movies ruined by slurps, crunches, whining, arguing about who gets what, and the rattling papers from other people having dinner while others are trying to watch a movie, which costs a lot, and people like us don't get to do it very often. Noisy, eating, up-and-down people ruin the fun for the rest of us. I miss the days when the ushers would escort noisy people OUT, and there weren't any second chances, either.

    Eat all you want in there, as long as you're QUIET. Turn off the cell phone and go to the bathroom BEFORE you get to the theater, too. Thankyouverymuch.
     
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    I agree. I hate the grp of teens that start laughing at the beginning or the crinkly sounding snack bags. I sit & hope they don't do that throughout the entire movie.
     
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    The last time DH and I went to a movie, we brought in a bottle of water and the usher actually came up to us, in the middle of the movie, and actually scolded us. He said something along the lines of "I KNOW you didn't buy that water here and if you bring in outside food or drink again, it WILL be confiscated." The ladies in front of us turned around after he left and said they couldn't believe that he would be so upset about a bottle of water.

    Good thing he didn't know about the little baggie of snacks inside my purse, huh? :lol:
     
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    :D
     
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    I fill up my SUV with kids and we go. Usually I have 6 kids and myself. (DH and I never go) If I buy each of those kids and myself popcorn, soda and candy, it costs me a minimum of $90 in concessions. We go to matinees so the tickets cost us $42. All total that is $132 for 90 minutes of entertainment.

    Therefore, we bring everything in except the popcorn. I buy a giant refillable popcorn for $6.00 and I bring along lunch bags so we can split it up. I bring sodas or capri suns from home and our 7-11 stop for candy runs us around $10. So I am sitting at about $58 instead of $132.
     
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    I will sometimes bring a drink and small snacks for my kids if it's just the three of us. Hubby insists on buying popcorn and soda anytime we go. He feels strongly that "It's not a movie without popcorn." So I don't feel bad if I have a water and small snack with me since he's still paying $10 - $12 on his popcorn and soda.
     
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    I don't think they would get anywhere near as many people in the movie theater if they confiscated everything people took in.

    People just can't shell out that much money anymore.
     
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    Nah, only because I usually don't eat during the movie. I've bought the occasional coke, popcorn or nachos...but not very often, so I don't mind buying them when I do. But theaters make a killing on selling that stuff, so I wouldn't feel any bit bad about sneaking food/drinks in if I were you!!

    Growing up my parents would always buy the works...drinks, popcorn and sometimes candy for us. So I was pretty spoiled when I was little and went to the movies. It's a good thing I didn't grow up doing that, or I'd be broke!
     
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    I have to admit, my hubby and I always buy concessions... a large popcorn and a large drink to share (because there really is just nothing like movie theatre popcorn! it's my weakness!!) But we always bring our own candy.

    The movie theatres around here, Harkins and AMC, are both totally fine with people bringing their own snacks in. It didn't used to be that way, and they used to check bags and confiscate food. Then they struck up deals with the surrounding stores (usually a coffee bar, candy store, and a few restaurants, etc.) to allow items from those places in only. I have even seen people bring in giant bags of food to-go from Chili's or Friday's, which I personally think is a bit much. Finally, these theaters realized that the majority of people are at least buying one or two items from the concession stands, and decided that outside food and drinks are ok.
     
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    I go to the movies 3 times a month and we definitely take our own drinks and candy but I do splurge on the popcorn, It's so good to me! Bad for me, but good to me, y'know? LOL
     
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    :D yeah, I know! :D
     
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    Yes, every time. But I don't go to the movies anymore. It's way too expensive. I may give in and go see "W", though.
     
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    Yep, we go to Walmart and buy the box candy and stick it in my purse. We'll buy the large drink at the consession stand though. We haven't been to the movie in ages. Can't afford it most of the time. If we had to buy the snacks at the movies, I guess we wouldn't get any.
     
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    That's right. Wal-Mart does carry the "movie theater" candy for $1 each.
     
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    One time my friend and I went to the $2 movie theater. We did bring bags into the theater because we had just been shopping (the theater is in a mall). The guy taking the tickets said, "I smell Burger King food in your bag. You can't take it in there". She told him that she in fact did NOT have any such thing in her bag. She showed him a bag of coffee beans that she bought at the gourmet shop for her mother. The guy just gave us a stupid snort and let us in. I don't know how coffee beans smells like Burger King...never been able to figure that one out.
     
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    Don't forget Target (usually about 88 cents) and the Dollar General stores (only $1) :love:
     
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    Now, see, if we weren't SUPPOSED to sneak in food to movies, why does the candy industry make movie size boxes of candy and sell them for $1? I feel justified! LOL
    If it was that wrong, wouldn't the theater companies have sued and won by now?
     
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    If we're not supposed to sneak the food and drinks in the movie theater, why do we have oversized women's purses. :D :D :D
     

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