The local AMC theater raised the price of a small popcorn to $6.
Who wants to go to the movies with prices like that?
Especially if they go the the tiered movie pricing structure where 1 movie ticket could be $20.00 or more. Movie food is all gross now.
Why are you even buying food at a movie theater? Are you fat?
We no longer go to the AMC theaters if we can avoid it. Other chains in our area have lower ticket and concession prices. Why pay more for the same movie?
OP, where do you live?
I don't go to the movies often, but I have to get buttered popcorn when I do go. I know how unhealthy it is, but I can't resist
Heat some olive oil, about 2 tablespoons, in a 4-6 qt. pot with a tight fitting lid. Add about 3 handfulls of raw organic popcorn.
Shake the pot every few seconds and cook over medium heat until popping sounds stop.
Empty it into a large bowl. Add a little more olive oil, lots of nutritional yeast and some fresh grated romano cheese in place of salt.
SO GOOD! Healthy, real food and not that movie shit. Total cost probably around a buck for a huge amount.
put it in a large zipper bag and sneak into the movie with you.
Also good to sneak in your own lemon "Coke."
Buy 2 liter bottles of Coke or Coke Zero or Diet Coke or Pepsi or whatever when on sale. Save water bottles. Fill each bottle with a little lemon juice and then with soda. They're small so sneak in several.
Of course also sneak in your own favorite candy or homemade cookies in zipper bags.
You will have tons of movie treats for hardly any money. all much healthier and you'll know exactly what's in them.
Make sure you don't pull out your home goodies until after the lights have gone down.
Of course you still have to be crazy to pay so much to see the kind of crappy movies that come out these days.
R6 has a lot of time on her hands.
some of us have jobs, Heloise
Theatres don't deserve business with this type of price gouging.
Women I know do bring soda and popcorn into theaters with them.
But for a guy it's more difficult. Sure I can put a bottle of Coke down the front of my pants. But what do I do with the 2 lb bag of popcorn?
Just wear a large raincoat with your food and beverages bundled underneath.
Or carry a large shopping bag or tote with you. If anyone asks, tell them you've been shopping or it's your carry-all or it's none of their beeswax.
Or pack it into a backpack.
Or say you're homeless and carry your possessions with you.
$6.00 for a small popcorn? You should get a large.
"Buy 2 liter bottles of Coke or Coke Zero or Diet Coke or Pepsi or whatever when on sale. Save water bottles. Fill each bottle with a little lemon juice and then with soda. They're small so sneak in several."
And you were doing pretty well on the "SO GOOD! Healthy, real food" argument for a minute there, r6.
Yeah, pop your popcorn in olive oil (not a good idea) and then top if off with a Coke.
Olive oil deteriorates at the kind of temp required to pop popcorn. Use organic virgin coconut oil instead. It tastes better. The secret to movie theater popcorn is they use coconut oil (not organic virgin) to pop their corn.
Instead of brewers yeast, use some of the great spice blends sold by Penzey's, or make your own.
My Dad and Stepmom are from Ohio. They buy a large popcorn and eat it before the movie even starts. I am from NYC and haven't eaten movie popcorn in a decade. A hole bucket of that shit will rip your hole out, trust me. Bring a KIND bar.
[quote]Theatres don't deserve business with this type of price gouging.
It's spelled theater. ER.
If you use coconut oil than the popcorn you smuggle in will be as shitty for you as the crap they overcharge you for at the movies.
Not if you use extra virgin organic coconut oil, R17. I agree if you use the crap you buy at the supermarket.
R6 also "stocks up on" sugar packets and those little syrup bottles when he goes to Cracker Barrel
AMC gives free refills on large popcorn. I know people who bring in empty bags and get their popcorn free, time after time. Of course, they have to watch for when AMC changes the design of the popcorn bag.
At the Union Square Regal Cinemas in NYC a medium popcorn and drink combo costs $16! And the "combo" is meant to SAVE you money. Don't get me started on the $14.50 ticket prices for 2D movies. They gouge us because we allow them to...
I want to put it in my pussy! And lick the skin off!
You realize that you don't have to eat to watch a movie, right?
I'm no longer surprised to see that Americans can't sit still for more than a few hours without stuffing their pie holes.
Why don't you just bring along the IV drip from your berth at the farm, sows?
Doesn't anyone here live in a city housing a movie theater with plush, assigned seats; a lounge chair that can recline and fold its bottom-front up into a nearly horizontal position; and waiters bringing you non-overpriced food and alcoholic beverages straight to your seat. Here in Austin have seven or eight, those the prices and treats way (there's no theater markup. As from iPic, home of the $29 movie chair (accompanied by high-end food and craft-made drink. The Alamo Drafthouse does the same thing, with good food & drink, albeit with smaller chairs that allow it to reduce film costs to $8-$15, depending on whether the picture is new. One Drafthouse is reserved mainly for "classic" film.
R25 = kirker.
I always get a pepperoni pizza or chicken tenders with BBQ sauce or Nachos but only if it's real Nachos. I hate the fake Nachos where they just give you a bag of Tostitos and a cup of cheese. I mean, WTF, I can buy that at the supermarket.
R27, the thread is about movie theaters, not Broadway theaters. Nothing says Broadway like nachos.
They will charge less if people stop buying this shit. But as long as everybody complains after they purchase, why would they change?
I wonder how the theaters calculate. Apparently they make next to nothing from the movie itself. Allegedly they don't make any earning if they don't sell any food.
Sorry, but only obese people buy food at a theater.
Has anyone told you people lately how predictable you are?
Are you there to see a movie or to stuff shit in your mouths?
Good god, if anything I get a small box of candy to QUIETLY enjoy during the movie. Nothing like sitting in a dark, closed room full of people smacking and crunching loudly on smelly ass artificial buttered popcorn and stank nachos.
You sound like a fun date, R32.
[quote]Doesn't anyone here live in a city housing a movie theater with plush, assigned seats; a lounge chair that can recline and fold its bottom-front up into a nearly horizontal position; and waiters bringing you non-overpriced food and alcoholic beverages straight to your seat. Here in Austin have seven or eight, those the prices and treats way (there's no theater markup. As from iPic, home of the $29 movie chair (accompanied by high-end food and craft-made drink. The Alamo Drafthouse does the same thing, with good food & drink, albeit with smaller chairs that allow it to reduce film costs to $8-$15, depending on whether the picture is new. One Drafthouse is reserved mainly for "classic" film.
R25-- weh ave them here.. three of the larger AMC multiplexes use reserved seating and have the dining (Fork and Screen) concepts. Plus bars. We also have a new Alamo Drafthouse downtown in the Power and Light entertainment district. When the theatre, originally a vaudeville house turned one screen Cinerama venue in the 50's was restored and refurbished, it was an AMC six screener with restaurant, table service in the theatres complex. AMC sold it last fall to Alamo and it now operates as an Alamo drafthouse. Our Cinemark complexes (2) also serve food but no reserved seating. Don't know about Regal or Dickinson, the other two big companies that operate several theatres here in Kansas City.
If you go to a lot of AMC movies, join the AMC stubs program for 12.00 a year, free upgrade to the next size, so turn that 6.00 small popcorn into a 6.00 medium popcorn, also good for drink upgrades & also rewards for 100.00 worth of ticket purchases. I don't go to the movies often enough, to make this program worthwhile for me. Hope this helps OP
Movie chains hate me: I go 2 or 3 times a week, but the only money I fork over is for the ticket -- never buy any of the concessions.
Cinema is a religious experience for me; do you buy popcorn at church and munch on it when the pastor is giving his sermon?
[quote]Cinema is a religious experience for me
r37, please don't take the name of one of my goddesses in vain.
Somewhat similar but when I went to see Cher in Las Vegas I was dumbfounded. People were bringing in food and nachos and drinks lol. Like it was a movie. They should have 21 and over movie theaters (no not those kinds) where they server beer, wine and mixed drinks with the movies. Nothing is better than a drunk guy yelling at the screen.
Why are the calories listed? That is awful.
AMC was bought by a Chinese conglomerate last year.
If you wish movie theaters to remain open you better buy some snacks there because they don't make much off the movies themselves.
And you sound like a fat piece of trash, R33.
Since they don't make their profits on the films, they tend to look the other way and make it easy for theater-switchers the way the theaters are designed. The longer people are there the more likely they'll spend money at the concessions. It's the film producers that get screwed by theater-switchers.
AMC large popcorn has 1,100 calories/ 57 grams of fat..1,500 mg sodium...I think it's the coconut oil which is all saturated fat. Just bring a candy bar or something.
But candy bars don't last for two and a half hours. Five bites and it's gone! A giant tub of popcorn will last you through even Peter Jackson's self-indulgent navel-gazing.
[quote]Cinema is a religious experience for me; do you buy popcorn at church and munch on it when the pastor is giving his sermon?
Words cannot describe the cringe-inducing embarrassment I felt for you when I read this.
It's not just the popcorn, it's everything. I've reached a point where I can watch a movie on my large screen HDTV, eat whatever I want, and enjoy myself in the comfort and CLEANLINESS of my own home, with people I want to be with, instead of strangers coughing, and sneezing, and taking around me.
And smelling really bad. I hope they just start letting us see all movies at home and forget about theatres. I guess the garbage with all the special effects will still be seen in theatres, but the rest should be made available for home viewing. If not, I'll just wait until it's available on line or DVD, and pretend that's my release date.
Think about it. You pay the price of admission. You pay to park or for transportation to and from. You pay for your popcorn, and soda, and whatever, and that entitles you to two hours or more of discomfort. No thanks.
Jeez. Where do you people live that others are coughing and sneezing and constantly being stinky at the movies? I don't go very often -- at most, I go once every few weeks as splurge -- but that's still at least several times a year. I have never been sneezed on, or coughed on, or assaulted by odors, or disturbed by someone else's popcorn eating.
Neither have I, r49, and I'm the one that goes 2 to 3 times a week. That averages to seeing about seeing over 100 movies a year at the cinema, and I can count on one hand the times that somebody using their cell phone or talking loudly has interrupted my experience.
I think as they build new multiplexes they should also include some private screening rooms where they charge a premium for just a small group of people willing to to pay extra to see a new release in a state of the art presentation but with strict enforcement of noise rules.
That's why the old porn palaces were great. No one spoke or talked on the phone during the films.
R52, just the gentle rhythm of fapping.
[quote]Cinema is a religious experience for me; do you buy popcorn at church and munch on it when the pastor is giving his sermon.
No, but we do have bread and wine after the sermon.
As far as ticket prices, if you have a Visa Signature card, you can frequently buy two tickets for the price of one. Good deal.
I can't get a big bag of popcorn into my jeans' pocket. But I will sometimes bring in a bag of pumpkin seeds to the movies. Much more healthy than popcorn.
R37, I love you!! LMAO!
R50, do you live in SF? I lived their 24 wonderful years; saw a ton of films; usually people fairly well behaved, especially at the 5, Landmark (if still around?) theatres.
(and other former or better, current, SFers here?)
I never had people sneezing on me, either. And I would try to go to Sun matinees or weeknight films (and yes, I had a job), the better to avoid damn KIDS (unless at a movie catering to same.)
Marooned in a small town now; no car; multiplex 30 miles away anyway. Sigh. SOMEday I'll escape...
I just saw a report on popcorn prices in movie theaters (sorry, but I forget if I read it or saw it on TV.) It's an interesting concept they employ. They know that only a certain percentage of people will buy popcorn, so they price it as high as market will bear for those types of customers. They do this to help keep ticket prices lower for those people who might not be able to afford the tickets otherwise. It's almost like a Robin Hood thing. They take the maximum from that percentage who are willing to pay for popcorn, in order to keep more people coming in in general.
This article sums it up.
A word on the coconut oil. The stuff used in movie theaters is likely hydrogonated, which makes it particularly bad.
However, there are studies that show consuming small amounts of organic extra virgin coconut oil may actually be healthy for you. But, don't fool yourself into thinking that there are any health benefits from the crap they serve in theaters.
Well, they've got you convinced. But, like most other businesses, they charge every segment what the market will bear. They're not doing anyone any favors.
Eww, if a simple bag of popcorn grosses you out, how would you feel about the salmon special in those "high-end" restaurant/theaters?
Also both of the AMCs in Miami, where the OP is posting from, are in upscale neighborhoods. If you want to go on the cheap, don't go the movie theater mall that has a Louis Vuitton.
Aventura isn't that upscale.
It has a Sears.
r32 is a real gem.
You have no idea how grateful I am for that Sears--the only part of the mall with open parking spaces past 11am. I park there every time, always asking myself, "Who the fuck is shopping at this Sears?"
I have never understood the obsession with eating during a movie. I mean you can't go 2 or 3 hours without snacking? I can't imagine how these people "snack" at home when they're wathing TV.
I don't go to movie theaters.
It's a tradition for some, R66. Part of the experience. A lark. Just fun. Good lord, overly serious much?
Overly fat much? [R68] That's what I thought. now take your little fat hand and shove another fistful of cheetos into that chapped, gaping hole you call a mouth.
The Sears at Aventura is oddly ghetto. Entering it is like stepping over the line from Grosse Pointe into Detroit.
Candy butchers and snack bars have been around since the beginning of movie houses, and even before that in the vaudeville and music halls.
There is nothing new under the sun.
r54, that's what we do: go to a nice dinner after the movie and talk about it (and other stuff, of course).
r47, I'm embarrassed for you that you don't have an open mind.
R57, sorry, but I call BS on the article, the link, the concept. > I read over 20 years ago that movie theatres make a very small amount - not even a dollar? per $ of theatre ticket, so they sell popcorn, soda - and at high prices - to have some profit. Sorry, but the whole Robin Hood thing sounds suspect to me.
Complaining about food in movie theaters? Don't go to Broadway theaters much, do ya?
Well, that was my term, R73. I was trying to express an abstract kind of notion. The article does it much better than myself. I saw it somewhere else too, maybe on a Netflix doc or something - there is an actual industry term for the practice. Basically what I was trying to express is that to help keep ticket prices affordable for more people (to keep ticket sales as high as possible) they overprice the concessions for those people they know will pay (the die hard movie goers). That's all - no big controversy or need to flame me. Take it or leave it.
The theater owners make money from the food, not the movies.
A small, non buttered popcorn has around 1000 calories.
They sell a large box of candy for six dollars. It contains a thin cellophane envelope with maybe enough candy to fill the palm of your hand.
Do you guys go to any sporting events? You pay more for a hamburger than at a Burger King? Do you go to any big city zoo? You pay more for a soda than at the 711. Do you go to any art museum? You pay more for coffee than anywhere but a Starbuck's. Typically we pay more for food at all good-time events. It's just a part of going out.
Hey, why not take it a step further. Get a couple of your friends to distract the employees while you and the rest of your friends sneak in a dinner table with all the fixins'?
Theaters generally take about 1/2 of the ticket price (it's actually weighted; the studio gets a greater percentage the first weekend at the box office but the balance changes the longer the film plays).
Theaters make most of their money from concessions, and since men under 25 are the biggest consumers of concession food, they want Hollywood to make movies that target them, which is why Hollywood is the way it is.
I can't imagine how that Sears stays in business--I sort of wish I knew someone who worked there and could ask them what their sales vs. the rent of that space is. I've come to my own conclusion that Sears is either a front for something illegal or the property group that runs Aventura gives them a break on rent because they don't want to have an anchor space empty.
Maybe the auto repair shop is supporting the whole mess?
I chuckle to myself when I see the masses of people parking in the Sear parking lot, and then taking the long walk around the building so they don't have to walk through the Sears to get to the mall.
[quote]Theaters generally take about 1/2 of the ticket price (it's actually weighted; the studio gets a greater percentage the first weekend at the box office but the balance changes the longer the film plays).
In the 1970s, maybe. Not today.
What happens today?
Some chains may have different deals worked out, but for the most part, it's exceedingly rare that a theater ever gets half the ticket price back.
The theater's return comes on a sliding scale, and the bigger the hit, the slower that scale moves.
Next, OP will complain about being forced to pay for two seats instead of one since the first one was filled to capacity.
But, that's $6! Don't you realize how EXPENSIVE that is??
I know a woman who brings in a bucket of fried chicken in her purse.
Now that's a movietime snack.
R81 - Not sure how this transformed into a Sears thread, but... Sears has a private label credit card with interest of around " (may be more). There are people STILL paying down balances from appliances and tractors they bought in the 90's. Sears makes their entire payroll on the interest they bring in from that credit card alone. Basically Sears credit card makes them a "mini-bank" in an of themselves.
Thank you for the tidbit of info. I find this--
[quote]Sears makes their entire payroll on the interest they bring in from that credit card alone.
Screw these bastards. I stopped going to AMC theatres when they stopped advertising in the newspapers. There are other chains out there worthy of your business.