Question of the Day

Do you buy anything from the snack bar when you go to the movies?

I buy a small popcorn but smuggle in my M&Ms (M&Ms with a popcorn chaser makes my tastebuds do a happy dance) and a bottle of water. I gave up soda last year and I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend 5 bucks on dihydrogen monoxide.

I’d probably skip the popcorn altogether if I went to the movies on a regular basis but as it is I go once every 2-3 months.


  1. i used to work in a movie theater and popcorn was on my menu all the time because we had a real kettle and made it by hand (and could eat all we wanted). I dont eat popcorn much anymore and I opt-out of the movie’s popcorn cuz it’s a horrid excuse for real popcorn.

  2. I buy a small drink for each kid and a large popcorn for all of us. That said, I don’t go to the theater but once or twice a year. Usually the kids go without adults now, and since they have to spend their own money, they quit snacking at the theater!

  3. I used to get M&Ms and a medium popcorn with a Coke. Occasionally I’d sneak a flask of Jack Daniels in and spike the Coke. But I’ve given up soda. And I’ve given up trans fats. Most theaters use shortening (heavy in trans fats) in their popcorn, so I avoid it. I tried asking the cashiers whether their popcorn is cooked in shortening or vegetable oil, but they don’t have a clue. And even if they gave me an answer, I’d have trouble believing that they know what they’re talking about.

    These days, if I get anything, It’s M&Ms and a bottled water. However, usually we eat dinner right before going to the movies, so I’m not hungry for any snacks.

  4. I once took a box of Oreos and a gallon of milk to a movie theater (I saw Brokeback Mountain) I ended up spilling the gallon of milk everywhere. But there was only two other people in the theater so nobody noticed…

    1. Yeah, but think of the poor usher that had to clean it up. After a viewing of Brokeback Mountain he finds a puddle of white milky stuff on the floor. I’ll stop there.

  5. I can’t help it. Once inside a theater the smell of popcorn induces a primal need. “Must have popcorn!”
    And once in front of the snack counter I see the Raisinets.
    I don’t think I’ve ever purchased or eaten Raisinets outside of a movie theater, but I NEED them to watch a film.

  6. I smuggle food in. There, I said it. It doesn’t even matter that the theater makes most of its cash on snacks and that paying their exorbitant rates helps keep it in business more than buying a ticket. I am NOT paying that much for food.

    1. I’m with you. I ask my wife to bring her big purse and we make a stop at a convenience store on the way. However, we may go to the theater maybe once a year, if that.
      In college we’d bring in beer. Once I made the mistake of bringing in a couple of glass bottles. They make a lot of racket as they roll down the sloped floor.

      1. I’ve had exactly that experience. The more you drink the more bottles collect at your feet, and the drunker you are the more likely you are to kick them all over. It always ends with a 4 bottle race to the front row.

  7. I go to an actual theater about once every 1-2 years, so when I do it’s a splurge. I get a large popcorn with extra fake butter and get sick of eating it before the movie even starts. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a drink at a theater.

  8. At the small town theatre, I’ll get popcorn. You bring your own bowl and they fill it for you, with real butter, so it’s a pretty sweet deal for $2 (2.50?)

    At big theatres, I typically order nothing because the ticket price is so high, and offerings are so uninteresting, but for Harry Potter I had a TCBY frozen yogurt to quell my hunger.

    1. Yeah, for me it depends on the theatre. My favourite theatre has reasonably priced tasty popcorn, pizza and beer. I’m less inclined to fork out for the more limited expensive faire that the multiplexes offer. I also like how the little place lets you add parmesan, yeast or chili flakes rather than just butter.

  9. There was a theater in Japan that made a delicious pizza/calzone thing for about 5 dollars, so that was my go to. Other than that, I can’t bring myself to spend 10 dollars for a handful of corn and 3 cents worth of carbonated water.

  10. My wife and kids demand the full popcorn and pop experience, but I abstain. I can’t abide paying that much for lousy tasting popcorn. But then I only go to the theater once a year or so.

  11. 10 years ago, there used to be a small family-owned theater near me that offered medium popcorn and drinks for $1 each. I remember once walking in with my Starbucks and when I approached the trash to dump it, the owner yelled “you can bring it in with you.” They went out of business, and I don’t think the drinks and popcorn were the reason. People seem to prefer to pay more at the mega brand-name theaters.

  12. Here it goes.

    I only go to the theater once a decade. But when I do to, I bring in a keg of beer and a large chaffing dish of Swedish meatballs. If I want to splurge, I set up a make-your-own sundae bar in my jacket pocket. However it’s all for my family because I’m a level 5 vegan and won’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

  13. Smuggle. Usually beer – I generally have no need at all for snacks during a movie, but I do like a drink even if it means I have to jiggle all through the climax.

  14. We very rarely get anything. My fiancΓ© might get a slushy or something once in a blue moon, but 9 times out of 10, we sneak stuff in with my giant purse, including three different snacks for each person and a bottle of soda/water. The cashiers of the dollar store next door always grin at us as we’re stuffing it all into my bag before heading into the theater.

  15. I would always get a popcorn and coke. One time a friend and I smuggled in a takeout pizza. I’d call bullshit too if I wasn’t there. She crossed her arms and held them out (like how people imitate American Indians) and said “put the pizza on top of my arms.” Then, “now crumple up my jacket and put it on top.” She lowered her arms enough to look like she was just carrying her jacket, and we had pizza with our movie.

    I don’t go to movies anymore though. If I want to hear people talking on their cellphones, I’ll go to the library.

  16. No. The cinema is for watching movies. For having snacks with my pals, I have my living room.
    I’m happy most people don’t eat popcorn during movies here. I really can’t stand that noise.

  17. We get a popcorn that I eat about 3 inches off the top of during the previews and then never touch it again. I wish they would sell shot-sized cups of the stuff so I could get over my initial movie popcorn craving and move on with life.

    Beverages revolve around if I feel like being quenched (water) to I feel like going on a sugar high ( Mr. Pibb). My favorite thing to sneak in would either be Godiva raspberry chocolate bars or those brownies they make at Starbucks.

    All of this goes out the window during the fall, when I am at the movies nearly every weekend….although Portland, OR (where I live) is home to the theater pub- 21 & over, you have a table in front of you, and they sell beer & pizza. It’s good here.

  18. Damn you all… I had to go make popcorn after reading this thread.

    Anyways, I’m not a fan of theater popcorn. Usually it’s a gut-blaster 50 gal soda and a bag of Fuzzy Peaches or the like. Then again, I haven’t been to the cinema in ages. The last movie I went and saw was Transformers 2. At home I’ve got a 108″ projection screen, Yamaha 7.1 surround with Paradigm speakers, 100+ Blu-rays, 400+ DVDs, HD-PVR satellite, and Netflix. (in HD on Xbox)

    I might have to visit our new 8-plex that opened last week. They have this new deal called UltraAVX, Basically for the price of an Imax ticket, you get an Imax-sized screen, killer sound, and the seats are pleather recliners. Oh, and apparently you choose/reserve your seat when you buy the ticket.

  19. For fourteen quid a month we have a card whihc lets us see unlimited movies so we go a lot and never buy Cinema food because it is so expensive.

    We have become more and more cheeky in what we do bring in including taking a flask of tea with real tecups and saucers and my friend just took in a bag of beers, which I’m always surprised doesn’t happen more often.

    I did once get stopped trying to take a subway in. Tey took it off me, put it in the concession fridge and gave it back to me after the movie.

  20. Have to say I’m with Inti. As a regular cinemagoer (50 movies at the flicks so far this year), I am of the no talking, no phones, no (noisy) food camp. Although I sometimes indulge in pick & mix.

    There’s a special place in hell for those that loudly slurp the ice from the bottom of their already drained soda cups. πŸ™‚

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