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Old 07-30-2009, 03:07 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.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Home
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My grandmother used to take us in and stuff her purse with bags of gumdrops and gummy spearmint leaves.

Sometimes we would even have to >krinkle< our way in with something in our pockets.

I have no problem paying a restaurant extra for something because of the effort they put into providing it, but a theater has got some nerve to charge 2 to 3x the cost of a box of twizzlers, especially when you can cross the street to pick up a bigger bag for less.

No excuse on that. And don't even get me started on fountain soda and "nachos".
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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would be hard pressed to find anywhere that such things would be illegal

however, it is a private establishment and they are free to ask you to leave if they don't like your actions
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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There are many theaters in this area that let you bring in anything you want. Their only requirement is that you pick it up and toss it out yourself.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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would be hard pressed to find anywhere that such things would be illegal

however, it is a private establishment and they are free to ask you to leave if they don't like your actions
Yes, what he said. I don't believe it's an issue of 'legal' or 'illegal' but those are their rules. I get a chuckle when I see families sneak in juice or snacks for the kids but I've never witnessed anyone get thrown out of a theater because of it. Personally, I think you should be allowed to bring your own food but I also understand it's an issue of safety and liability. Any establishment that serves food will not allow you to bring your own food. The same rules apply at a restaurant. You couldn't bring a bag lunch to Carrabba's, for example. If you get sick, they wouldn't know if it was caused by your food or theirs! But I'm pretty sure we all know who's going to get sued...

As far as the price of theater food- it doesn't make sense and it doesn't add up. I had a brilliant economics professor (years ago), demonstrate the mark up on the price of popcorn and soda. He gave several examples of how the industry defends the prices of the items but then he refuted each one of them. I don't remember it all but, for example, he said they would argue that popcorn is extremely perishable and since there is so much waste, they have to recoup the cost and pass that on to customers. But our professor actually calculated the cost of popcorn, how much it takes to produce it, etc and it turned out to be incredibly inexpensive. I see no real reason for overpriced theater food- it's been this way for so long and they can continue to get away with it.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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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 07-30-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, FL & Floral Park, NY
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I was told I was not allowed in with a cup of dunkin donuts one time. Literally just bought it since I wanted coffee and did not know if the movie theater actually sold it. (Not that theirs would be good anyway). Long story short, I walked in with the coffee cup up my sleeve through another entrance.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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No, they won't let you in with it, if they see it! They will ask you to dispose of it!

I think the prices they charge are highway robbery...so when we go to the movies we buy the popcorn but "sneak" in the kids candy and h20 water bottles (soda is reserved for very special occasions - movies don't count).

Popcorn is just tooo good to pass up!
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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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???
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: 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.
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