Buy Snacks or Sneak them Into Movies?

United States
January 18, 2008 4:13am CST
With the rising costs of simple concessions like soda or popcorn at the movie theaters, and the rising ticket prices, do you still buy food at the theaters or do you make it a point to bring food from outside so you can save some money? I just came from a movie today and we were at Target shopping for house things before and we bought candy for the movies and just brought them into the theater. We spent like $3 for all of our candy when one of our snacks would have cost that much. What about you all? Will you continue to buy candy and concessions there or will you get them from outside and bring them in?
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43 responses
• Australia
18 Jan 08
I do both depending on my financial situation but I can never go past the fresh hot popcorn - I can smell it now just typing about it :p
• United States
18 Jan 08
Yeah, I love popcorn, too. I am always tempted, but it seems more responsible to save money. I always have a mini-argument with myself about popcorn. Thanks for your response!
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I'll take candy in. Popcorn & cokes I'll buy at the theater.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
A lot of the times I will take my own snacks in there. From time to time I will buy popcorn or nachos at the theater or a drink but if I plan on eating candy while I'm in the theater I always try to stop and get my own. At the same time though I think that could be a lot of the reason as to why the prices have went up. If people are bringing in their own snacks and not buying the theaters then it is only natural that they boost the prices up trying to make up what they are losing on others.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
I can understand that, but it's not like they will lower the prices if there is a rise in food customers. Know what I mean? I have been guilty of paying the highway robbery prices of the food (popcorn and soda)It's pretty bad that I could buy a whole 12 pack of soda for what you pay for a dilluted thing of soda there. I may be frequenting the dollar movies, and then the food cost won't bother me so much.
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@suehan1 (4356)
• Australia
18 Jan 08
i always go to the supermarket before we go to the movies and buy drinks and lollies.much much cheaper.the price they charge for a drink and food at the movies is outrageous.nearly as much as the tickets.so it ends up costing a fortune to take the family to the movies.so i o it on the cheap.cheers sue
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• United States
18 Jan 08
Yeah, by the time we end up picking what we've wanted at the concession stand, they probabaly nearly doubled the price of the night out because it's equal to the cost of the tickets. It's just better to save some money. Thanks for your response!
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• United States
18 Jan 08
Yes I always sneak snacks into the theaters..they are just to expensive. Even the admission is expensive. I am a member of the five buck club where you can get into a kerosotes movie for 5 bucks instead of 8 bucks. We also have a theater where I live that it only cost 1.50 to get into. It all the movies that are to old for the theaters and not on dvd yet. I dont like going thier though...the seats are hard and they dont have cup holders so i if i go I have to hold my drink and freeze my fingers.
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@shymurl (2769)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I try to sneak them in. It is way to expensive to go to the movies now a days. If I took my family (thats me, my husband, and three kids) its no problem to spend $70 or $80 if we didn't bring in snacks.
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@callyw (191)
18 Jan 08
I do both - depending on the money situation! Drinks, popcorn and sweets are so expensive at the cinema - when I take my nieces it costs me a small fortune!
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I always buy my candy preshow, well i used to when i used to go, I think i have gone to one movie since my daughter was born and that was shrek 3. She was about 9 months old i think. She did pretty well in the theater, she slept through most of the movie. And i had to laugh, when she seen the donkey she said DA DA. So that made my day right there.
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@luvstochat (6917)
• United States
18 Jan 08
The movie theater in the town I live in still has decent priced snacks you can get a kids tray which has a pop a box of popcorn and a candy bar all for $3 which I think is really good. Now the movie theater in the big town 20 miles away from us just one candy bar would cost $3 if we ever decided to go to the show there we would take our own candy as they is ridiculous.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
WE do both. Our movie complex offers a large deal, you buy a large popcorn and large drink at $6.00 and the refills are free. So if I am with my son or Husband we will the large combo and share it. Refill if necessary. But now the candy is in my purse of coat pockets. Of coarse if we are with company then we do not act like such cheapskates. :))
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• South Africa
19 Jan 08
I always just pay the extra to buy them at the theater becasue that is their rule. you are not allowed to bring outside stuff into the theater and i abide by their rules. They have a business to run and if everyone brought stuff from other places then they would be around cause they wouldnt make much money. My girlfriend always takes outside stuff in and it irritates mne sooooo much!
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@ycanteye (769)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I just don't go to the movies. I wait until whatever it is comes out on DVD. I do, however go into the theater on occasion just to buy popcorn...:-)
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
19 Jan 08
I do not really snack in movie theaters as I find I would be concentrating on the snacks instead of the movie. If there is a need to, I would smuggle some stuffs in as it is too costly to buy at the counter.
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@worldwise1 (14891)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I have not set foot in a movie theater in years, thrwbckjay, but your idea makes plenty of sense to me. Everything is ridiculously over-priced these days, so we have to try and save wherever we can.
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@jennifer611 (2501)
• United States
19 Jan 08
most of the time when we go to the movies it's the drive in movies so we can just bring what we want and stay in the car and snack.. I hate the prices they have their stuff marked at so I would rather save my money and go to a regular store and buy even better stuff or even some of the same stuff for way less money. the only thing we really buy there is their popcorn. sometimes I do have to make an exception and buy their nacho's though..lol
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
19 Jan 08
We make low fat popcorn and bring in drinks that are saccharin free. If we did not do that, we could not afford it and would not eat it? Theatre food is very unhealthy, costs aside. We almost never get to the movies so it is not a real big issue for us.
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@youless (79781)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Jan 08
Most of the time we won't bring any sneaks in the cinema. I don't know why. Perhaps my husband doesn't like eating snacks. And usually we go there in a hurry as the cinema is quite nearby our home.
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19 Jan 08
You're already paying an arm and a leg to get into the movie, why feed the fire with more purchases? Why should I pay $5 for water when I can bring my own for free. I'm a big fan of sneaking snacks into movies. I don't need popcorn. I can make it at home whenever I want, and it won't be too salty or too buttery. It's better that way.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
19 Jan 08
Here also the price of snacks and sodas are very high compared to the food outside. Most times I buy a packet of chips and peanuts from outside when I go to the movie therater. I think there should be some restrictions in the price of food that are sold in the movie theater. Most people will buy food and tea and coffee even if the prices are very high. I think it is a good idea to bring them from outside.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Hello Thrwbckjay, Hubby & I don't go to the movie theater very often anymore. We much prefer to buy the DVD and watch it at home. There are no crying babies, no cell-phone chatters, and no giants sitting in the seat in front of you. Yet, on the rare occassion when we do go to the theater I always bring my own snack. The reason is because I have very serious food allergies that preclude me from any snack that I've ever seen in the concession area. It's a bummer, but it is what it is. On the other hand, Hubby will usually get a soda and some kind of a candy treat. That is, unless we've stopped at a store just before entering the theater to pick up a snack that we can each enjoy. You're right, the cost of theater concessions is ridiculous. $3.75 for a tub of popcorn that should cost about a dime? It's hard to imagine that the majority of movie goers will pay those outrageous prices.
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