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Old 07-30-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I always take a bottle of water to the movies. I've only been asked about it once by a theater employee. I told him that I need the water because of the meds I take (totally true) and I cannot afford to pay the amount they charge for a bottle at the theater (not true).

I went to a theater in Warren, Michigan once and the people brought in picnic baskets. No lie. They were eating roast beef sandwiches and potato salad. When the movie ended they clapped. I loved it but sure wished I had a sandwich and chips.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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Hi,

I was wondering is it illegal to take drinks/food into a movie theater rather then paying 5$ for a drink or popcorn?

How can they prevent you from taking stuff in? is it legal?

I always just end up sneaking stuff in.
I always bring snacks and beverages into the movie house. I don't care if it's legal or not. I'm already consenting to being raped for the price of a movie ticket. Moderator cut: language removed
I'll be dammed before I buy 6 dollar popcorn and 3 dollar soda.

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Old 07-31-2009, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I eat before/after and don't like to drink becasue I don't want to miss anything by running to the bathroom. I mean it's only 2 hours tops.
So, if it's only 2 hours tops why would you be running to the bathroom? You got a small bladder or something?
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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You can go to Target right before you go to the movies. Their popcorn and soda special is $1.45. Great popcorn, too. Just put it in a bag.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Home
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It's not illegal to bring things into the theater - you won't be arrested for it. Don't confuse legal and illegal with the rules of a private establishment - they are rules, not laws. That being said ... I ALWAYS bring my own stuff to the theater with me. I have a really big purse and all of our candy is stuffed into the purse. My older son brings a couple of Red Bulls or Monsters and they are in the purse too. My husband usually gets a big bag of popcorn and a large soda that we share. All of us share the popcorn, but only hubby and I share the drink. Why should we spend $40 or $50 for candy at the theater when we can get it for $10 or $15???
Side topic, careful with those drinks. They are just sugarey caffene pills. Also, Mountain Dew and that other one... Mellow Yellow I think? They were high caffene too (almost as much as strait coffee).

So if your kid gets fidgety during the flik, it is not because of the "wings", it is beause of the caffene jitters!

(Heck, why pay that much for a caffene drink when you can get it cheaper with some home brew anyway? )
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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Wonder how long its gonna be now before movie theaters start searching purses and pockets for smuggled snacks??? They do it now at some theme parks, but of course are looking for weapons.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I'm surprised no one has chimed in with the sob story of how wrong it is to bring in food, because the concession stand is basically the ONLY way theaters make money...etc.

That said, I think it's unethical of them to say you can't bring your own food, and then jack up the prices of their own food 500%. So, I have been known to bring my own snacks in.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Side topic, careful with those drinks. They are just sugarey caffene pills. Also, Mountain Dew and that other one... Mellow Yellow I think? They were high caffene too (almost as much as strait coffee).

So if your kid gets fidgety during the flik, it is not because of the "wings", it is beause of the caffene jitters!

(Heck, why pay that much for a caffene drink when you can get it cheaper with some home brew anyway? )
Um ... my kids are 15 and 25.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I'm surprised no one has chimed in with the sob story of how wrong it is to bring in food, because the concession stand is basically the ONLY way theaters make money...etc.

That said, I think it's unethical of them to say you can't bring your own food, and then jack up the prices of their own food 500%. So, I have been known to bring my own snacks in.
Someone already did:

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They charge a lot for concessions because the theaters themselves make almost nothing on the ticket price. Not saying it's a fair price they charge for the food, but that's where the profit for a theater is. You have to sell a LOT of popcorn to pay for an IMAX
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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Ah! I had totally missed that one. Sorry for the repeat.
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