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Getting cheap at the movies

January 29th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I took my evening class to the movies last night to see a film version of a book they'd been reading. They cracked me up because they all smuggled in soda and snacks.
Not surprisingly, they're all working adults attending college in the evenings.

I've taken "traditional" college students to the movies before, and have never seen a single one smuggle food in.

Coincidence? Or are my adult students already "smarter?"

7 Responses to “Getting cheap at the movies”

  1. mom-sense Says:


    If you are an adult student, you've made a choice to be educated for whatever the purpose. Some of the education may be covered by tuition reimbursement, some not; whatever the reason, a dollar is a dollar. Go smugglers! We smuggle ALL of the time (seven people x one sugary snack treat = $6.89 ($.83 Mike and Ikes at Aldis, vs. $17.50 (seven x $2.50 for concession snack)

  2. Caoineag Says:

    Probably less worried about what others think. I personally couldn't imagine smuggling food into a theatre when I was on a college field trip with a whole class worth of people including my teacher but my mother and I did exactly that everytime we went to the theatre.

    Thats just not something you do in front of less known acquiantances until you get to know them better. Sure, I have had professors who would probably approve but I have had lots more that would equate that with thievery...

  3. mulyanto Says:

    Cinemas have to make money somewhere. They make most their money selling food. The problem is when NO-ONE buys food anymore they will have to get their profits somewhere else, probably by raising ticket prices. You can look at it in two ways: stupid people buy food at cinemas OR fair people buy food at the cinema. In any case, someone, somewhere is paying more.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I'm not saying anyone is stupid--but the soda/popcorn combo was $10. Personally, I wouldn't spend $10 whether I decided to bring the food in or not. Somewhere someone is making too much money off that.

  5. Maismom Says:

    I remember paying $40 for soda when I took my DD's friends to a movie. (Well, it was her birthday party event.)

    I know, I couldn't believe I was payint $40 for stupid soda!

  6. mom-from-missouri Says:

    For us to go to the regular theatre, tickets are over $70. Snacks for the family add another $30, and thats just popcorn and soda for all. However, they DO let you bring in your own snacks IF you have children. So, we do. But if it is just DH and I, we buy it there.

    We now have a $2 a show for all shows theatre that shows older movies. It is more my "financial style"

    However, since our average is 2 movies a year.....usually one with the kids and one without.

  7. HelpMeFriend Says:

    I can't even remember when the last time I went to the movies was. We have a .50 cent theater and I still don't go to that. We did go about two years ago to the IMAX theater at the Indiana State Museum, and that was about $50.00 for two adults and two children. We did get two combo meals at the concession stand. Two drinks, two popcorns, and two candys. They almost patted people down before they entered the place. I would have been too scared to sneak in food.

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