13 Things a Movie Theater Employee Won’t Tell You

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 There's a reason the popcorn smells so good

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Why does it smell so good? The popcorn has chemicals in it to make its aroma fill the theater. Try this recipe for making amazing DIY popcorn in your microwave instead.

 We purposely use lower quality

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“Extreme Digital” is actually lower quality than IMAX digital. We use it because it’s easier to maintain. Did you know that movie theaters used to ban popcorn?! This is why.

 Concessions make us money

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For the first month or two of screening, money from ticket sales goes to movie studios. Theaters rely on concession stands to make money. That’s why concessions are overpriced. Popcorn costs almost nothing to make. Make sure you always follow this etiquette at the movie theater.

 Don't try to sneak in

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I know all the methods you use to sneak in. I just don’t always care enough to kick you out for it. These are the best ever movie musicals that you need to watch.

 Stick to classic movie snacks

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The only foods I trust are the popcorn, drinks, and boxed candy. I wouldn’t eat the pretzels, hot dogs, or nachos. This is the real reason we hate scary movies.

 Managers try to keep things calm

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Chances are, if you complain to the manager and he sides with you, he’s just putting on a show to calm you down. The manager might pretend to yell at me for a minute, but he’ll pat me on the back the moment you’re out of sight.

 Do the math on combination deals

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Combination deals don’t save you money at some theaters. You’d pay the same price if you purchased the items separately.

 Popcorn sizes are always changing

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Think you’re saving calories by ordering a small popcorn? That “small” popcorn could have been a medium last month. Try out these healthier versions of your favorite junk food.

 Microwave foods take a while

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Stop getting angry that your food isn't ready. Microwaves can't cook frozen pizzas in 30 seconds!

 Don't ask for extra cups

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No, I can’t give you extra cups. Everything is inventoried at the end of the night.

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