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Old 08-04-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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i've gone here a few times in scottsdale

Dinner Movie Theater Scottsdale, Arizona, Restaurant Phoenix: Farrelli's

pretty neat setup that they have with dinner, drinks and the movie
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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It isn't illegal in the sense that you'll get cited for it (unless you cause a disturbance that merits a call to the cops). It is simply business policy, which they are entitled to.

I often take in my own candy. Easier to conceal. HOWEVER ~

What most people don't realize is that the concessions are where movie theaters really make their money. Their cut from the feature movies are so low you wouldn't believe it. So, based on that alone, I usually try to show some support by buying a medium soft-drink to go with my candies.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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It isn't illegal in the sense that you'll get cited for it (unless you cause a disturbance that merits a call to the cops). It is simply business policy, which they are entitled to.

I often take in my own candy. Easier to conceal. HOWEVER ~

What most people don't realize is that the concessions are where movie theaters really make their money. Their cut from the feature movies are so low you wouldn't believe it. So, based on that alone, I usually try to show some support by buying a medium soft-drink to go with my candies.
Are you sure it's not the ticket booth where I have to pay $9.50?

It's sad when you've spent at least about 25-30 dollars by the time you leave the movie. *This is if you don't bring a date or kids!*
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Are you sure it's not the ticket booth where I have to pay $9.50?

It's sad when you've spent at least about 25-30 dollars by the time you leave the movie. *This is if you don't bring a date or kids!*
And what did I say??? I'll repeat: "Concessions are where movie theaters really make their money. Their cut from the feature movies are so low you wouldn't believe it." Read this for a weird but interesting article: http://www.physorg.com/news122917253.html

If everyone avoided the concessions altogether then a lot more theaters would close. Plain and simple. Small, old theaters often do, even when they run new movies, and at a cheaper ticket price, because movie patrons still fall sucker to the BIG cinema.

I don't like the costs of the goodies, either, but I shall repeat what I wrote before: I smuggle in my own candy but buy a drink there. A drink ~ one for the two of us to share. And if you're paying $9.50 for a single ticket, then why? Earlier matinees are a lot cheaper.

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Old 08-06-2009, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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I once snuck an entire LARGE pizza into a movie theater. I mean, c'mon, the staff are usually 16 year-old kids who could care less what you do so long as they can go back to texting their friends. Just go in when the manager isn't present and try to stay out of the security camera view and you'll be fine.

AMC theaters, in my experience, allow food in openly. I've walked into screenings, got a seat, then gone back out for 2 takeout burgers and fries plus drinks from Fudruckers while my spouse holds down our seats. That's why I ALWAYS go to AMC when given a choice. Theater owners take note: you'll get more patrons if you openly allow outside food.

If you aren't sure, just carry a backpack and stick your food in there. They rarely check bags except in super-fancy places, and worst comes to worst you have to sit outside and wolf it down and you miss a few previews. Or catch a later show.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:07 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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A friend of mine once brought into a movie theater a can of gefilte fish and a box of matzah. He was asked by staff to leave, so he then filed hate crime charges against the theater and the theater manager got arrested for anti-Semitism.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Home
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For stinky fish?

That guy should have been counter sued for disruption or false filed claims/defamity. (I am sure there is SOMETHING in there on that).

The whole thing is, if we expect to be allowed to bring in this stuff, we should also be courteous enough to CLEAN UP AFTER OURSELVES WHEN WE LEAVE!!!!! We also need to see that others do the same.

The less effort/work it takes to keep a theater up, running, and clean, the less money is needed to do the same.

As for the cut on movies? I have never blamed the individual theater owners. It is hard to blame them when all you see on the outside is "AMC" or "Sony". I have always blame the industry itself and the MPAA.

To live in a society where more money is made on a piece of entertainment, or a sporting event than BUILDING the arena they are housed in, or running a company that distributes food to our consumer grocery outlets is just sad. Entertainment is always important, but when we pay more for that than for life itself......
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Ah for the good old days...

$.50 =

2 movies

2 cartoons

a serial that ran from one Sat to the next

1 bag of popcorn

1 soft drink

1 candy bar

and a nickel left over...or a second candy bar
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:05 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Ah for the good old days...

$.50 =

2 movies

2 cartoons

a serial that ran from one Sat to the next

1 bag of popcorn

1 soft drink

1 candy bar

and a nickel left over...or a second candy bar
But I bet the films were in black & white and no stereo sound, or no sound at all except for the theater piano playing while you had to read those dialogue frames.
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Home
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And no lamp either, they had to use a candle behind the flimstrip and crank it by hand!!!! (Carful not to ignite it!!!!)
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