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Mermazon Jan 15, 2007 08:58 PM

My husband and I always hit the dollar store before a flick for "Twizzlers" (him) and "Zero bars" (me). Plus, if I am carrying a big enough purse, I'll throw in cans of sodas we like! How about you?

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    MikeLM RE: Mermazon Jan 15, 2007 09:27 PM

    My son and his wife, going to the movies in cold weather, like to tuck a bottle of wine and a couple of straws in the inside pocket of his jacket.

    A little harder to work out in summer.


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      Mermazon RE: MikeLM Jan 15, 2007 09:54 PM

      Great idea!
      (hopefully no employees from movie theaters reads this?! LOL! I'd like to try that sometime!)
      I used to adore going to the Drive-In! We'd BBQ a bunch of delicious meats and veggies and bring a huge cooler of beer, wine, etc. We'd plop our beach chairs and blankets down, snuggle to our SO (or one of the dog's tagging along-the 4-legged furry kind-depending if we were sans a partner or just po'ed at them!!;-) and just have such great times!

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        ErnieD RE: Mermazon Jan 1, 2014 01:28 PM

        We had a drive-in until last year and I miss it! We would pick up ribs for the husband and pho for me, and smuggle in the dog under a blanket in the backseat.

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        Anita Drink RE: MikeLM Sep 14, 2007 10:55 AM

        Refreshing to know that I'm not the only one who takes booze into the theater! I always sneak in a small bottle of Jack Daniel's and then buy a small diet coke. They never act suspicious when I ask if they can only fill it up 3/4 of the way!

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        Elizzie RE: Mermazon Jan 15, 2007 09:33 PM

        We bring our own popcorn (I carry a BIG purse) and bottles of water in my husband's deep coat pockets. I like the wine idea....but how to open?

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          rworange RE: Elizzie Jan 16, 2007 02:31 AM

          Open at home ... put in an empty water bottle. No need for a straw. Yikes ... I guess this makes me one flask away from AA meetings. Disclaimer: Make sure you have a designated driver.

          The thing with movies in order not to avoid the rare hassle ... don't bring in anything with a noticable smell or that can't be contained in a large purse ... ya don't want to be toting in a pizza in a box, for example. Once darkness decends ... you are safe ... no peeling oranges tho ... if ya want oranges peel them at home and put them in a tupperware container

          I don't usually bring in food. It is my excuse for popcorn with usually phony butter ... mmmm, fake butter.

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            sisterfunkhaus RE: rworange Jan 12, 2014 03:51 PM

            My mom and I took in some pretty large cheese steak sandwiches once.

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            MikeLM RE: Elizzie Jan 16, 2007 04:07 AM

            Gotta open it beforehand. Put the cork back in, loosely, or just cover with a baggie and a rubber band.


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            hmrlovr RE: Mermazon Jan 15, 2007 09:45 PM

            I have an extremely large handbag I bought in Turkey. That sucker can hold about a weeks worth of rations, but since I only need it to hold about 2-3 hours worth of provisions, I usually stuff it with A)my Nissan vacuum cup with locking lip of course. It's content depends on wether it's a matinee-then I usually take a soda or fresh lemonade or if it's a night movie it'll usually hold a cocktail- perhaps a lemon drop martini.I also tailor my snacks according to what movie I'm seeing. For instance if I know the film will be absorbing, like Pans Labyrinth or Children of Men, I'll take something non melting as it could be a bit before the treat gets from bag to mouth. If I'm going to fluff, like Night at the Museum, I'll take chocolate or toffee or something I can literally throw into my mouth.I also try not to take anything to loud or with crinkly packages, as I personally cant stand to hear people chewing and chomping during an intense scene.

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              piccola RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 12:10 AM

              There's very little I won't take into the theatre. Most employees are teenagers who don't care whether or not you do (I bet they do the same). I've walked in with grocery bags and no one batted an eye.

              A few determining factors: portability, messiness, noisiness and healthiness.

              Based on those, some of my favourites: grapes; strawberries; air-popped popcorn; soy crisps; mini rice cakes; rice crackers; Quaker Corn Bran or Nature's Path Heritage O's cereals; edamame.

              The weirdest (yet tasty) - Gerber's fruit puffs for toddlers. They're so yummy!

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                tomishungry RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 12:39 AM

                sour gummy bears!

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                  S U RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 12:43 AM

                  Friends and I usually sneak snack stuff in, like cookies, chips, nuts, etc...

                  the title of this thread made me stop and laugh... it reminded me of this one time I went to a theater next door to a Quizno's. My friend and I snuck meatball subs in to watch... H20 (Halloween 20 yrs later) -- I will never again mix tomato sauce with gory movies.

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                    luv2bake RE: S U Jan 18, 2007 04:28 AM


                  2. spigot RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 02:47 AM

                    Be fair to others - nothing smelly or noisy!

                    (I remember an Air Canada Toronto > Halifax flight with six bikers in the back eating KFC; that was *weird*.)

                    Personally, I bring junior mints and buy popcorn; a frighteningly excellent combination of texture and flavour.

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                      Mermazon RE: spigot Jan 16, 2007 05:40 AM

                      Yes! I was gonna continue with the thread asking what combos people enjoy with their popcorn!! I adore Jr. Mints...also a few Sweetarts can work with popcorn, but not as many as the Jr. Mints!!

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                        sll RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 10:22 AM

                        1 box of hot tamales must go into the (unbuttered) popcorn. My regular theaters don't sell hot tamales, so I either grab a box before (which a rarely remember to do,) or it's a great surprise treat if we go to a theater that has them. A little popcorn with one tamale is super, and it's fun to find them as little surprises in your popcorn.

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                          Mermazon RE: sll Jan 17, 2007 07:11 AM

                          Oooo, I like how you add them INTO your popcorn...I'll have to try that! I always see those at the '99 Cents Only' stores in the So Cal area, but I think 'The Dollar Tree' is a chain throughout the US and I have seen "Hot Tamales" there, too.

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                            luv2bake RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 04:29 AM

                            Our Wal-Marts, Walgreens, and Sam's Club all have Hot Tamales.

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                              sll RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 10:40 AM

                              Good to know... I should hit the 99 cent store and just keep some hot tamales in the car! (You never know when you might let your day be detoured by a matinee...)

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                            SusanSDG RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 08:09 PM

                            M&Ms, regular, not peanut, go into the hot popcorn. Salty, sweet, yum!

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                              kloomis RE: SusanSDG Jan 27, 2007 05:08 PM

                              M&M's right into the hot popcorn is my favorite- and I normally do it at home with the microwave stuff too.

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                            cooknKate RE: spigot Jan 21, 2007 11:14 PM

                            For me it's Twizzlers (ONLY strawberry) and popcorn. The taste combination is second to none

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                              sll RE: cooknKate Jan 23, 2007 08:17 PM

                              Drinking your sprite through a twizzler instead of a straw is pretty righteous too, if I remember correctly... :)

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                                luv2bake RE: sll Jan 23, 2007 09:53 PM

                                Now that's a "blast from the past" that I forgot about. I wonder if my kids ever did that? I will have to introduce them to that!

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                                  Mermazon RE: sll Jan 24, 2007 11:19 AM

                                  I agree with you sll! My husband loves those things, and when I snag one from him, I STILL drink things through them, just like a straw. (you should try that Luv2Bake!!) Agreed, Sprite/7-UP is best, but with regular Coca-Cola, it's good too. Hmmmm...
                                  I suppose I'll always do that-it's fun!! O=:)

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                                    sll RE: Mermazon Jan 24, 2007 06:43 PM

                                    Root beer is also excellent in a twizzler straw...

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                                      Mermazon RE: sll Jan 27, 2007 11:56 AM

                                      YUM! Yes, I forgot about good 'ol rootbeer!

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                                      luv2bake RE: Mermazon Jan 24, 2007 08:56 PM

                                      Oh, I did it plenty of times as a kid. I just totally forgot about it.

                                      Unfortunately, my kids aren't much on licorice - even red, although they will occasionally, if there's nothing else, muddle through one. Surely I can talk them into something like that, though!

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                                hbgrrl RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 02:49 AM

                                My DD and I like to stop at Trader's and load up on the packaged sushi, noodle salad and drinks...and of course, their yummy chocolates.

                                1. soypower RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 02:57 AM

                                  this is a true story.

                                  i went to visit a friend in palm springs who had an enormous affinity for KFC and star wars. so with my 6' tall big brother along, they let us bring in a whole bucket of extra tasty crispy chicken, some biscuits, and coleslaw. i made a deal with the ticket guy that we would leave our drinks outside and buy them from the concession stand. the kid gets paid minimum wage so he said he actually didn't care if we brought the drinks in or not. i think the manager was probably off duty that night. :o)

                                  1. Emme RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 07:35 AM

                                    Pudding... specifically Stalone's protein pudding... no crunchy noises. Yeah I'm a health nut. That or a protin shake or bar. Occasionally I'll splurge on these Lean Protein Bites, that are low carb, high protein, but also high in saturated fat... but they are movie/candy like :)

                                    1. billjriv RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 08:35 AM

                                      if your diabetic your sneaking days are over ...wink wink

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                                        KCJ RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 08:35 AM

                                        Popcorn Puffs -- but I take them out of the very noisy bag and put them in big size zip lock bags instead.

                                        Jr. Mints from the Dollar Store

                                        Bottled fruit flavored carbonated water or Propel

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                                          french roast RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 09:03 AM

                                          If you like an adult beverage, try the little Sofia Coppola blanc de blanks. They come in a 4 pack of chic little pink cans, complete with a straw. They're small and easy to sneak in a small purse.

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                                            rworange RE: french roast Jan 16, 2007 02:41 PM

                                            ... but have you ever tried these? I mean ick. They make Andre absolutely sparkle by comparison.

                                            There are a lot of boxed wines these days tho, some of them in small, almost juice-box sized. Vendage is about the same as what is in the bottle. So if you like the bottle, you'll like the box. It has a plastic screw cap, but is something you would need to need to drink with a straw. As trashy as my wine-drinking ways can be, never could get on board with drinking wine with a straw.

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                                            tastytamarind RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 09:11 AM

                                            I'm Jewish -- so every Christmas eve my family and our close friends used to bring Chinese takeout straight into the movie theatre. We're the only ones in there anyway, and if they notice, they don't care.

                                            1. Velma RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 11:18 AM

                                              Not as exotic as the other items mentioned in this thread but the popcorn at our local theater is popped in peanut oil and we have an allergy to peanuts at my house so I have to pre-make popcorn for hubby and bring it in. I buy a box of buttered for myself.

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                                                Bostonbob3 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 02:04 PM

                                                Nips of Jameson. Habenero jerky.

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                                                  thegolferbitch RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 17, 2007 08:35 PM

                                                  Attaboy on both. I could actually use that right now as a work snack.

                                                  I have brought (my husband calls it "muling" (mule-ing?) very tightly made italian cold cut subs with a tiny bit of oil. Don't want anything too drippy/stinky. Also...a must...PB&J's.

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                                                    maryanne.d RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 27, 2007 03:24 PM

                                                    Thank you Bob for your nice words to me ,regarding the bar.I'm not on the bar anymore but I am on the floor,and now that I know that you drink Jameson I'll have to pay extra special attn.

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                                                    beevod RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 02:28 PM

                                                    one-half pint of Jack Daniels -- an entire pint if the movie features talking animals.

                                                    1. Pei RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 03:04 PM

                                                      LOL. This thread is great. I could never be so creative.

                                                      People like you are why my local theater decided to throw its hands up and let everyone bring in whatever they wanted to from the food court. This, of course, pretty much meant that all bets were off regarding outside food. I mean, who's going to check that your Panda Express takeout bag actually also includes a dozen homemade brownies? Or that your Hot Dog on a Stick lemonae is spiked?

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                                                        kloomis RE: Pei Jan 27, 2007 05:10 PM

                                                        I once brought in Taco Bell (I was in a hurry and didn't have time to stop to eat). It stunk up the place awful and was loud with the crinkly paper. I wouldn't do that again!

                                                      2. Carrie 218 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 03:07 PM

                                                        We always bring alcohol of some sort... I have a decent-sized purse to bring in a bottle of wine, Wyders pear cider, or a nippy bottle or two of cognac or grappa.

                                                        Then I add charcuterie to the mix; pre-cut cheeses and meats mostly. Finish up with a decent bar of bittersweet chocolate and I'm set!

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                                                          Mermazon RE: Carrie 218 Jan 16, 2007 06:44 PM

                                                          I wanna go to the movies with you! LOL!

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                                                          kimmer1850 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 03:23 PM

                                                          As a teenager (yes, we were drinking underage) my friends and I got an entire case of long neck Buds into a movie just by shoving them into our purses and the inside pockets of our denim jackets. Haven't done anything like that in a long time but if I ever get the urge to return to my long, lost youth...

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                                                            gridder RE: kimmer1850 Jan 24, 2007 01:34 PM

                                                            Nothing like the sound of an empty beer bottle rolling down the cement floor towards the front of the theater. (Been there.)

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                                                            Loren3 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 03:27 PM

                                                            A note on the wine - if you don't want to open it at home, pick one with a screw off cap - "Stelvan closure".

                                                            We pick up individual-sized bottles that are served on airplanes (we have a great source). Believe it or note, there are some tasty ones available.

                                                            Another portable single-serving drink is sake in the little bottles.

                                                            1. RShea78 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 03:44 PM

                                                              When I was growing up till my early 20's you should never try sneaking things passed the "bouncers" this one movie theater. Heck, I think only the x-ray equipment was missing, otherwise their security was tighter than the Airports were for the time. You were subject searches if they thought you were a carrier.

                                                              No drinks or foods. You had to disclose what candy you had. If it looked excessive you were pre-charged a concessions fee and given tokens for later redemption. Getting caught, you were tossed out and subject to the no refunds policy.

                                                              Now more popular was the Drive In as they did not care what you brought in unless you looked like a suspicious teenager sneaking in some beer. And even then they just asked you to "keep it down" or park your vehicle in a way not to bother others.


                                                              BTW- On an Edit: I haven't been to a Movie Theater for probably 15 years or so. About the same for a Drive In, but DI's have mostly gone for the new fangled Multi-Plex Theaters that costs $50 to get out of.


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                                                                emilief RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 04:18 PM

                                                                Don't bring it because the community Theatre we frequent sells beer and wine and has nice fresh hot popcorn.

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                                                                  EllenMM RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 04:48 PM

                                                                  When I was a teenager - a million years ago - my best-friend and I would go to Sat. matinees. Before we bought our tickets, we went across the street to the Chinese restaurant and got two orders of egg rolls, to go, and a lot of napkins. I wish my metabolism and b.p. could still handle that type of indulgence!

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                                                                    bworm42 RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                    I'm a firm believer in a quick Trader Joe's impulse run before a movie, but the absolute best was on my twentieth birthday. I went with six of my friends to see the Two Towers LOTR movie, which had just come out and was quite crowded. I carried in three large bacon and white clam pizzas from Pepe's (New Haven). We got some really wierd looks from the people working at the theatre, but it was just so blatant that nobody said anything. I'm sure the smell and mess were a little annoying, but we made up for it by offering slices to all of our neighbors.

                                                                    1. pinstripeprincess RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                      a pint of ben and jerry's with a couple of spoons.

                                                                      i'll bring anything into the theatre. tortellini pasta salads, sandwiches in oversized boxes, candy of all kinds... my only requirement is that i can eat it easily without distracting myself from the movie or distracting anyone else.

                                                                      1. vicki_vale RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 05:48 PM

                                                                        squid jerky.

                                                                        this only works
                                                                        a. in a matinee or empty theater
                                                                        b. in Asia, where everyone is eating smelly fish snacks

                                                                        1. Morton the Mousse RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 05:52 PM

                                                                          Beer. I use a Klean Kanteen, which is kind of like a stainless steel Nalgene. Stainless steel keeps the beverage cold, the well sealed lid keeps it carbonated, and the metal exterior prevents prying eyes from identifying the content- most would guess it's just water.

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                                                                            Cereal Killer RE: Morton the Mousse Jan 17, 2007 06:11 PM

                                                                            I second that emotion, although I just put two large beer cans in my pockets and wander in. However, now that movies are getting longer and longer, I may need to limit my consumption to one large can!


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                                                                            mermaidsd RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 10:46 PM

                                                                            edamame. gives me the satisfaction of popcorn but it's better for you.

                                                                            it's especially good with some cajun seasoning.

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                                                                              luv2bake RE: mermaidsd Jan 18, 2007 04:35 AM

                                                                              Now that's a good idea. I always want popcorn - partially because it's a MOVIE for goodness' sake, and partially salt. I'm trying edamame next time!

                                                                            2. tbear RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 10:53 PM

                                                                              I love the scene in "Crimes & Misdemeanors" when Woody turns to Mia in the movie theatre and asks "do you want another cheeseburger?". "Sure" she says, promptly unwrapping an obviously smuggled treat.

                                                                              1. billjriv RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 11:14 PM

                                                                                I don't go to movies too much to tell the truth.I guess I got older and realize there mostly b.s.and I see enough of that from the time I open my eyes,but if I went id probably sneak in an apple or an orange.Oranges are good cause when you unpeel them its obvious there snuck in cause no movie theater sells something as nutritious as an orange and everyone looks around sniffing the air and the whole theater smells like an orange for an hour.HAHAHAHAHAHA i'm a genius(right)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                  rabaja RE: billjriv Jan 17, 2007 05:31 PM

                                                                                  Let's just say we're glad you're not going to the movies much anymore. :)

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                                                                                    billjriv RE: rabaja Jan 17, 2007 06:07 PM


                                                                                2. puppymomma RE: Mermazon Jan 16, 2007 11:28 PM

                                                                                  I bring TJ's lightly salted dry roasted Edamame. It's crunchy and delicious, and healthy!

                                                                                  I also sneak in pretzles, iced tea, or crystal light of some sort.

                                                                                  Oh, and protein bars for my hubby.

                                                                                  Perhaps I wouldn't if they offered anything healthy there. Nah, I would anyway because their food and drinks are a complete rip-off.

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                                                                                    ngardet RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 08:24 PM

                                                                                    The reason I don't go to movies anymore is because I can't stand the noise of people eating and slurping during the movie as well as the smell of the various junk foods. It is an absolute disgrace, a total lack of respect for others and of course it ruins the entire experience. I guess cinema is too much of a mass culture to require or deserve proper etiquette. Or it's just that the ever decreasing quality of movies forces us to compensate with food.

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                                                                                      HillJ RE: ngardet Jan 17, 2007 09:30 PM

                                                                                      ngardet-I still go to small neighborhood theaters but I'm put off by the sticky floor and seats that result from waaaay to many treats! I think video killed movie etiquette...socially we might forget it's not our living room :)

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                                                                                        Mermazon RE: HillJ Jan 17, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                                                        As a child I recall my feet sticking to the floors and seats mussed at movie theaters. This is when you could ONLY buy the theaters fare. "Outside" foods were not allowed to be brought in, and sometimes people/bags/purses were frisked if they looked
                                                                                        --- Suspicious ---. I think times have changed that theaters need to be more flexible BECAUSE of videos being released so soon. They want to keep the customers coming, and are wise to "let" us indulge a bit. Perhaps SOME take it to the extreme, a bit too far maybe, but I am not bothered as long as they are respectful of others.

                                                                                        But, truthfully, there have always been slobs and inconsiderate people. However, I know on the flip side, there are still decent, respectful people who go to the movies and aren't there to ruin your experience. So, I wouldn't blame video as much as I would blame (some) people. I wouldn't be sloppy in my own home, so I am not going to be in public, either. My hubby and I pick up when we're done and never try to have anything too smelley or noisey.

                                                                                        We bring in food (usually snack type foods) b/c the prices at the movies are exhorbitant! Although I confess, the theater popcorn still 'gets' me on occasion-why, I've no idea, for I am a popcorn efficianada-but it does!

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                                                                                          ngardet RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 03:06 AM

                                                                                          Yes I was talking about some people. But I do believe it is possible to eat and drink in relative silence during a movie.

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                                                                                      hominaray RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 09:35 PM

                                                                                      I usually don't sneak in food. My favorite contraband is a pint of Jamesons. Just enough for two people for two hours. Makes the most of whatever horrible movie you're watching.

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                                                                                        gridder RE: hominaray Jan 24, 2007 01:36 PM

                                                                                        Holy liver transplant, Batman!

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                                                                                        duckduck RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 10:15 PM

                                                                                        Years ago, a friend and I once snuck in a full order of chinese food in under our coats. It was funny watching someone a few rows up lean to their companion for the evening and say "Do you smell fried shrimp?" We used to take McDonald's into the same theater.

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                                                                                          Mermazon RE: duckduck Jan 17, 2007 10:20 PM

                                                                                          It'd be great if someone knew the kind of food shown on the screen and brought that into the theater! A bit of Aromatherapy! LOL! ie: "Wow! This film is so lifelike!"

                                                                                          Hmmmm...Which could go wonderfully....or, errr, terribly wrong depending on the food and the person!

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                                                                                          E.Kolliopoulos RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 10:27 PM

                                                                                          Nothing irks me more than the sound of popcorn chewing, like so much styrofoam, while watching a movie, even worse; people who self consciously open their wrappers. As if opening them slowly will be less of an annoyance. Just get it done!

                                                                                          In Greece we have outdoor movie theatres, with directors chairs, patio tables and potted plants. Nothing could be more dreamy than watching Jacques Tati under a full moon, the volume bouncing off the adjacent apartment buildings. We drink Amstels, never eat anything, but here, sunflower seeds reign as movie food.

                                                                                          With that who needs to bring anything? Just watch the movie.

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                                                                                            Ruby Louise RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 10:36 PM

                                                                                            Generally when heading to the big multi-plex at the mall, the husband and step-kids have a burrito and weird candy-from-the-candy-shop ritual.

                                                                                            At a cozy, restored old fashioned theatre here in the Napa Valley, I've seen folks bring in bottles of wine, openers and big, expensive glasses. I've been known to sneak in lattes with small bottles of Bailey's, brie, baguette, beer, and sushi.

                                                                                            1. ArtemisNYC RE: Mermazon Jan 17, 2007 11:50 PM

                                                                                              I usually don't like eating during a movie, and I'm not a big a soda drinker, either. So I'll usually just smuggle some jelly beans (Jelly Belly's pear-flavored ones are my fave) if I'm up to it.

                                                                                              1. luv2bake RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 04:50 AM

                                                                                                I was so happy when I looked grown up enough to not have the ticket takers be suspicious that I might have something in my bag! haha They used to actively search bags at the one big theater when I was a teenager. Now that we have so many theaters, though, maybe they've just given up. Who knows. Anyhow, in addition to the occasional veering from the tried and true, here are the typical things I like to sneak in to eat with the outrageously-priced popcorn I buy at the theater 90% of the time:

                                                                                                Hot Tamales
                                                                                                Junior Mints
                                                                                                homemade trail mix
                                                                                                dried fruit (usually apricots)
                                                                                                peanut butter M&Ms
                                                                                                Milk Duds

                                                                                                a water bottle filled with Crystal Light Ruby Red Grapefruit drink

                                                                                                my own bottled water (especially in the summer, when my husband can sneak in 4 bottles in this great pair of shorts he has with huge pockets)

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                                                                                                  Mermazon RE: luv2bake Jan 24, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                                                                  OH Luv2Bake, you always crack me up!! ;-) Your poooor hubby with his baggy, bumpy shorts at a theater! I bet he gets some looks! Please don't tell me you give him four (4), LITER size bottles, I think I'll be ROFLMAO!! O=;)

                                                                                                2. J T RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 11:38 AM

                                                                                                  I've been kicked out halfway thru a movie for bringing my own food in. I told the usher that I didn't want to pay $5 for a large popcorn and that I hadn't had Jiffy-Pop in ages.

                                                                                                  1. Kajikit RE: Mermazon Jan 18, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                                                                    Movie theater food is so expensive that I try not to buy anything there if I can help it... but I make an exception for drinks because they don't travel well - I bring my own sweet treats in my purse (and sometimes a bag of goldfish or some Pirates Booty) and buy a big bottle of water while I'm there.

                                                                                                    1. PseudoNerd RE: Mermazon Jan 20, 2007 04:17 AM

                                                                                                      If I eat, it'll be:
                                                                                                      nuts (I've taken to creating a mix with: TJs rosemary Marcona almonds, TJs salty/lightly glazed almonds and pecans, salt, paprika, chili powder, sweetener)
                                                                                                      dried fruit
                                                                                                      fresh fruit, all cut up
                                                                                                      snap pea crisps

                                                                                                      I generally just stick with water. I'll sometimes have some Maker's.

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                                                                                                        piccola RE: Mermazon Jan 22, 2007 12:37 AM

                                                                                                        Today, I snuck in some roasted chestnuts. Yesterday, it was Just Raspberries.

                                                                                                        1. amopdx RE: Mermazon Jan 24, 2007 12:55 PM

                                                                                                          don't really sneak food in but every now and then a pint of captain morgans is a nice treat.

                                                                                                          Or I like to go to the Bagdad Theatre for a cheap flick with (good local) beer served in the theatre, so I have no need to sneak. (also serve pizza, and other food in the pub)

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                                                                                                            gridder RE: amopdx Jan 24, 2007 01:37 PM

                                                                                                            Oh ! The Bagdad! I miss Portland. . .

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                                                                                                              Mermazon RE: gridder Jan 27, 2007 11:55 AM

                                                                                                              Anyone know if there used to be one in Denver? When I lived there, I could've sworn there was a cool Deco theater with the same name. Always showed "Avant Garde"/Indy films there...very groooooovy places, not too many around anymore.

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                                                                                                                sll RE: gridder Jan 27, 2007 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                Oh me too - great place. And the one downtown, can't remember the name?

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                                                                                                              Leslie RE: Mermazon Jan 24, 2007 02:19 PM

                                                                                                              Good and Plenty. These I don't have to share because no one else likes them. I used to get them at the movie theater. They don't sell them there anymore so I pick up a big box on the way over.

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                                                                                                                Mermazon RE: Leslie Jan 27, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                If I went with you, you'd HAVE to share them with me ;-) I love those things, but hardly ever eat 'em anymore. I saw them in the store just a few days ago-I was tempted!

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                                                                                                                  luv2bake RE: Leslie Jan 27, 2007 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                  I love them, too. My mom & I both like licorice (until now thought we were about the only ones in America who did! haha)

                                                                                                                  Try popping them in the freezer at home and grabbing two or three to satisfy a sweet tooth. Mmmm.

                                                                                                                  I find them at Walgreen's.

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                                                                                                                  Lucia RE: Mermazon Jan 25, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                  When I was young, my parents sometimes made me bring homemade popcorn instead of buying the movie kind--I hated that. I eventually just stopped eating at the theater but started bringing in my own sodas. Now I don't bring anything, but my boyfriend loves sno-caps (which I hate) or random candy bars.

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                                                                                                                    Glencora RE: Lucia Jan 25, 2007 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                    We make our son bring in junior mints from the gas station store and tap water in a pre-used plastic bottle. Yeah, he thinks we're cheap, but movies are expensive.

                                                                                                                  2. SweetPhyl RE: Mermazon Jan 25, 2007 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                    As a teenager, I went to see "Superman" and we snuck in a bottle of peach brandy...to this day I can hardly remember that movie, but I know I had a great time!

                                                                                                                    1. Karl S RE: Mermazon Jan 27, 2007 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                      I used to make my own Black Jewell popcorn, season it and put it in a large one-zip bag. Fits easily into my office shoulder case. Tastes great at room temperature.

                                                                                                                      If a theater does not have the option of plain carbonated water*, I bring my own as well.

                                                                                                                      Movie theaters don't make a profit from tickets; only from concessions.

                                                                                                                      * Smarter-designed soda fountains have a spigot for carbonated water. For a couple of decades, I order what has been known in some theaters as the Cashier's Special: plain carbonated water topped off with an inch of lemonade. I am happy to pay full freight for it. If a theater is not smartly-designed to allow for that, I have no compunction about bringin my own beverage. Another soda fountain trick at fast food places that have open fountains is to use diet cola and top off with an inch of Dr Pepper or Root Beer; it tastes almost like fully non-diet.

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                                                                                                                        luv2bake RE: Karl S Jan 27, 2007 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                        That's exactly how one of my best friends makes her fountain drinks. And orders them at drive-thru windows, etc. Confuses the workers sometimes. :)

                                                                                                                        She has hooked so many people on that method over the years.

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                                                                                                                        Sidney0919 RE: Mermazon Sep 14, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                        You guys are C R A Z Y!!! I love it!!! After reading this, I'm thinking maybe I should open a theater that allows folks to bring in whatever they like (within reason)!

                                                                                                                        Personally speaking, we like the popcorn/milkdud combo. A bit sticky, but surprisingly tasty!

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                                                                                                                          preet083 RE: Mermazon Dec 28, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                          Back in high school me and a friend ditched school watched Jackie Chan at cheap theatre downtown Toronto. Bought McDonald old deal for $1 cheeseburgers. End up buying like 6 each and couldn't finish it so we threw them at screen. A pickle was stuck to screen for most movie.

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                                                                                                                            kseiverd RE: Mermazon Dec 28, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                            Not sneakiing in & not the movies, but a pretty funny story. MANY years back husband had season tickets to Eagle's games. Back then, you weren't so restricted as to what you could bring in... other than glass bottles... yeah, Eagle's fans had a reputation... think they pelted SANTA with snowballs one time??

                                                                                                                            The guys would take hoagies... Shout Out to Phil & Jim's in Parkside, PA!! They would make them "to travel" Today, would probably be called "deconstructed"... term that annoys me to pieces. Roll, liberal drizzle of NICE olive oil, and all the sliced meat/cheese. All the stuff that would sog up the sandwich (tomatoes, onions, peppers, pickles, lettuce, more oil) was wrapped up in a foil packer and set on top of meat. Ya just opened the packet and flopped all those goodies on sandwich.

                                                                                                                            SOOOO, one guy had his son (maybe 8-10 yo). He flips his "to travel" stuff right onto the back of the FUR COAT of the woman who's sitting in front of him!! She was oblivious, and "adults" just lifted it off and back into roll!! Can only imagine heer wondering laters... WHY do I keep smelling HOAGIES!?!

                                                                                                                            1. greygarious RE: Mermazon Dec 28, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                              Much has changed since this thread's start 7 yrs ago. According to a recent Boston Globe article, the move is on to offer various snacks and meals, ordered from the theater kitchen via smartphone app, and delivered to the theatergoer's wide-body recliner seat. It's as though the owners of multiplexes watched Wall-E and got the message backwards! I was rather appalled when I went to a local cineplex lately and saw those recliners. Fortunately it was a suspenseful movie, and a matinee, so there was no snoring. That particular theater does not have waiter service - yet - so at least there wasn't a food court's collection of battling aromas. I don't see the appeal of eating a meal in the dark. The next thing people will need to smuggle into the movie is a bib.

                                                                                                                              I realize that theaters make profits on refreshments, not ticket sales, but have never understood the need to eat and drink while at the movies. Especially alcohol, which is hardly conducive to sitting quietly and being polite enough not to disturb other theatergoers. Ditto for concerts. I've had my fill of people who spend $75+ on a ticket, then spend the evening going back and forth with mega-cups of Bud. Spill your brewskies at home - not into my lap!

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                                                                                                                                Leepa RE: greygarious Dec 31, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                We have a theater here that serves meals in the theater. The food is very so-so and the servers distracting. But having beer and wine on the menu helps. Another theater here has a bar out at the refreshment area and you can take drinks into the theater with you. But you have to go outside for refills.

                                                                                                                              2. MsDiPesto RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                I smuggle cough drops into theatres so that in the event I have a tickle in my throat, I don't disturb the other paying patrons.

                                                                                                                                1. Crockett67 RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                  Wow you all are crazy what you bring in. I usually just abstain from eating or drinking while there.

                                                                                                                                  My SO doesn't like movies because of people chatting, moving around, getting up, texting, ect. But I have a feeling if I snuck in a small bottle of Jameson, he'd settled down just nicely.

                                                                                                                                  It has never entered my universe that you can sneak booze into theaters.

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                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: Crockett67 Dec 31, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                    The most outrageous thing we snuck in was shakers of Cosmos to the premiere of the Sex in the City movie. Granted it was a tiny theatre in a small town complete with a balcony. We were not alone in getting dressed up and drinking them!

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                                                                                                                                    laliz RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                    I don't eat at the movie but I always have a bottle or two of Diet Coke in my purse.

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                                                                                                                                      pedalfaster RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                      I see this is an old thread,but I'll play.

                                                                                                                                      We take food into the movie theater when we go simply because I cannot eat what is sold at the concession stand. I wonder how often this is the case?

                                                                                                                                      I take in Cheerios cereal in little plastic bags. For the "crunch". Trust me I would ***love*** to be able to buy the buttered theater popcorn, but my digestive system won't allow it.

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                                                                                                                                        jbsiegel RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                        You know what's ridiculous? Here we are...respectable (?) adults...and we're actually worried about having to sneak stuff into a theater? (And yes...I am too!) It would seem that we should be able to bring whatever we want into the theater (with the exception of alcohol perhaps).

                                                                                                                                        For all the attorneys out there...can they legally stop me from taking food into the theater?

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                                                                                                                                          Chowrin RE: jbsiegel Dec 31, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                          Are you the type to bitch about a corkage fee?
                                                                                                                                          As far as I'm concerned, if you're willing to pay $3 per box of candy (and $4 per can of pop), you can bring in whatever you like. Well, that's why I'm not a businessman.

                                                                                                                                          Legally, its their private business. They can throw you out for whatever they like, or no reason at all.

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                                                                                                                                            jbsiegel RE: Chowrin Dec 31, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                            Nope...no complaining about corkage fee. Although, a restaurant that charged me to slice a birthday cake annoyed me a bit!

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                                                                                                                                              ShowUsYourRack RE: jbsiegel Dec 31, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              Damn! I just might throw some of that Cake right back at them...lol!

                                                                                                                                              Where were you eating at? Was it like Chuck E Cheese's or a Chinese Restaurant or something? Chuck E Cheese's can be a wild ride (no pun intended) for celebrating a kid's birthday...lol.

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                                                                                                                                                jbsiegel RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 1, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                Nope...a nice restaurant! Guess they wanted to sell me **their** cake, but I actually wanted to make my own and bring it. I enjoy baking cakes....

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                                                                                                                                            Leepa RE: jbsiegel Dec 31, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                            Many years ago, my sister and her family were going to the movies and the theater manager took away my niece's sippy cup. He said she could buy her something at the refreshment stand. Even though she couldn't drink anything they sold due to a citric acid allergy. So, I guess they can - even though they didn't offer anything she could drink. *rolls eyes*

                                                                                                                                          3. weezieduzzit RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                            A big bottle of water, beef jerky and nuts. I don't like soda or junk food/ sweets. I wouldn't be opposed to buying things there if they had things I like but they never do.

                                                                                                                                            1. ShowUsYourRack RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                              I take in whatever I got! If I'm gonna pay big on the ticket then I'm gonna save big on the food and/or drink(s). I haven't been to a Movie in a while though, so... How's about a Ball Game?

                                                                                                                                              1. PotatoHouse RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                Probably couldn't get away with it nowdays, but I remember my mom and I stopping at Taco Bell on our way to the movies and chowing down on tacos and burritos while watching the film. These days I stop at Walmart and pick up Bottle Caps and plain M&Ms (I love mixing M&Ms with popcorn!).

                                                                                                                                                1. ShowUsYourRack RE: Mermazon Dec 31, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                  There's all kinds of things that people sneak into the Movies quite often. As long as they're not dangerous, offensive or smelly, I think it should be alright. Alcohol is also not recommended bringing into there because it could be dangerous afterwards, ya see? Somebody getting out of the Movies after drinking less than an hour ago could be fatal to those outside unfortunately. If I owned a Theatre, I'd allow in Snacks/Food, but no Drinks. You're rarely fooled by the Candy one might bring in, yet any Drink could be "juiced", no pun intended. Keep the Theatres safe now kids...lol!

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                                                                                                                                                    MonMauler RE: Mermazon Jan 1, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                    A flask of whisky. I probably haven't watched a movie, in the theatre or at home, without liquor in over a decade.

                                                                                                                                                    1. brandywiner RE: Mermazon Jan 1, 2014 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                      At the risk of playing the curmudgeon, is it really so hard to go 2.5, even 3 hours at a movie without snacks (contraband or otherwise)? Eating beforehand renders all this skullduggery unnecessary. (And people like me, who are there for the movie, don't have to listen to cans and bottles rolling on the theater floor...)

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                                                                                                                                                        jbsiegel RE: brandywiner Jan 1, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Funny...as a kid, my parents NEVER bought food in movies, so neither did I. Seems that now, it's impossible to go that long without food and/or drink. I've even been sucked in. I don't normally eat, but definitely need a drink.

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                                                                                                                                                          ShowUsYourRack RE: jbsiegel Jan 1, 2014 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                          It just sounds so sweet to, no pun intended, have some sweets in there with you.

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                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: brandywiner Jan 1, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                          if the sound of food bothers you then just watch movies in your own home. Food and drinks are the standard in theaters and the #1 way for a theatre to remain profitable. Most theaters make very little if any profit from the movie/ticket price itself. In order to make $$ they need to sell the frills-food and drinks.

                                                                                                                                                          The same as a restaurant not wanting people who fill up on the bread basket, drink nothing but water and get a salad the average theatre owner doesn't want people just there for the movie.

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                                                                                                                                                            brandywiner RE: foodieX2 Jan 2, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Please don't put words in my mouth. The only "food sound" I referenced was discarded cans and bottles rolling on the floor. I couldn't care less about other people's popcorn, drinks, or whatever. And, since this thread is about sneaking food into movies, I don't think theater owners revenue streams are of much concern to most of the above posters.

                                                                                                                                                            As to your "suggestion": NO! Watching at home is a pale substitue for watching a movie in a theater. It's a way of catching up on movies I've missed, but that's it.

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                                                                                                                                                              ShowUsYourRack RE: brandywiner Jan 3, 2014 01:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Watching Movies at home is great if you've got a lot of good Movie channels, but it is nice getting out to check out new Movies if you don't have many of those channels at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                PotatoHouse RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 8, 2014 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I don't do movie channels, I buy DVDs. Why should I have to wait to watch a specific movie on their schedule instead of mine?

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                                                                                                                                                                  ShowUsYourRack RE: PotatoHouse Jan 8, 2014 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't mean that you could just "watch" your Movies depending on what's on your T.V., so you could also watch purchased Movies on your T.V. instead of or what's already available on it. Watch what ya want…lol!

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                                                                                                                                                          LeoLioness RE: Mermazon Jan 7, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Bottle of wine, corkscrew and plastic cups from home.

                                                                                                                                                          1. viperlush RE: Mermazon Jan 7, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Not much. We normally have a quick breakfast and go to the first or second show of the day because of the cheap(er) tickets. BF will sometimes stop at McDonalds for a coffee and I always travel with a bottle of water and a couple granola bars in my bag. Post movie we hit up Chinatown for some dim sum or hot pot.

                                                                                                                                                            1. emglow101 RE: Mermazon Jan 7, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                              When I was in my twenties we would sneek beers in.A bottle would always get kicked over. You could hear clang as it rolled on the concrete down to the lower aisle.

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                                                                                                                                                                ShowUsYourRack RE: emglow101 Jan 8, 2014 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Sounds like fun.

                                                                                                                                                              2. rexfullerupperville RE: Mermazon Jan 8, 2014 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                My wife and I sneak cold beer in a diet coke can and fries

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                                                                                                                                                                  ShowUsYourRack RE: rexfullerupperville Jan 9, 2014 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Man, that sounds tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                  adventuresinbaking RE: Mermazon Jan 9, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Cheesecake and beers for a friend's birthday. I wish I had found those little bottles of sparkling wine, that would be fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                    ShowUsYourRack RE: adventuresinbaking Jan 11, 2014 01:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Well, it would sound like a nice idea to start off someone's Party there.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. melpy RE: Mermazon Jan 15, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Water. The prices are ridiculous.
                                                                                                                                                                    I have an obsession with buttered popcorn. Real or pumped oil doesn't matter. I can barely stop eating it. Can't be overdone though. I will be purchasing this always.

                                                                                                                                                                    I would sneek in candy if I cared that much.

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                                                                                                                                                                      LEsherick2007 RE: Mermazon Feb 8, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I always take a big mouth water bottle and fill it with ice and then I can fill with water from the fountain inside the theater so it won't make a mess in my purse I might even sneak in a small bottle or can of diet coke so when I'm done with the water. I have more to drink. But I always buy a small popcorn and if thier is a dollar store close to the theater or. I think ahead. I buy some whopper or any brand malted milk balls or even better the robins eggs during Easter you can buy and. I love to eat them with the popcorn they go in with the popcorn to.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Leslie RE: Mermazon Feb 15, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I went to see Philomena a few weeks ago and someone definitely brought some fried chicken in with them.

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