13 Things a Movie Theatre Employee Won’t Tell You
How fresh is cinema popcorn, and why are the concessions so expensive? Uncover these and other movie theatre secrets, straight from the source.
1. No, That Isn’t Natural
Why does it smell so good? The popcorn has chemicals in it to make its aroma fill the theatre.
2. Better Picture? Not So Much
“Extreme Digital” is actually lower quality than IMAX digital. We use it because it’s easier to maintain.
4. Don’t Kid Yourself
I know all the methods you use to sneak in. I just don’t always care enough to kick you out for it.
5. Which Foods Will I Eat?
I only trust the popcorn, drinks, and boxed candy. I wouldn’t eat the pretzels, hot dogs, or nachos.
7. That Special Deal Isn’t So Special
Combination deals don’t save you money at some theatres. You’d pay the same price if you purchased the items separately.
8. Don’t Trust Serving Sizes
Think you’re saving calories by ordering a small popcorn? That “small” popcorn could have been a medium last month.
10. It Seems Dumb, But…
No, I can’t give you extra cups. Everything is inventoried at the end of the night.
11. Your Suspicions Are Correct
Sometimes I sweep excess food under the seats. Movies often end every few minutes. Sometimes, three or more screenings end at the same time. I don’t always have time to clean everything up.