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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker View Post
    Went to see film last year. Paid about £32 for me and 3 kids. I would not even dream of getting popcorn and drink at over £8.
    I smuggle in couple of bags of popcorn and bottle of pepsi at £1 each.
    I do know of a cinema where the customers' bags are searched.
    They seem far more easy about bringing your own food here, i've been to see films with mates who have taken their McDonalds meals in with nobody batting an eyelid.
    I'll often take a bag of maltesers as they're cheaper in the supermarket and then tip them into my popcorn to eat during the film. Annoyingly you can only get salted popcorn in the movies here, in the UK i liked having a mix of salt and sweet to help stop turning your mouth into a cat's anus afterwards.

    Perhaps it's a culture thing? As a lot of restaurants here also have BYO Booze, you buy your food there but bring your own beer/wine etc and they put it in a fridge for you when you arrive, you just ask for more of your own grog when needed. I think that's also to avoid them having to purchase a proper liquor license though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker View Post
    What is illegal about bringing your own sweets or soft drinks?
    Many years ago when my wife went to the cinema with children (one was an infant) she was searched and popcorn, chocolate and drinks were confiscated. My wife became distressed and shouted at the security guard when he'd even taken the child's milk bottle. He swiftly gave the bottle back.
    I think that is a question that you should ask cinema staff - mind you, if I had owned a café or a restaurant and the public would come in and eat food purchased elsewhere, I would not be very happy about it. Do dinner ladies in school ban kids from bringing in packed lunches?

    I was staying in a hotel in Newcastle over a decade ago, and I was surprised that one of the "guests" had brought along a box of his own breakfast cereal with him when it came to going downstairs for breakfast, and no one seemed to notice. On the other hand, based on the same lines, when I stay in Premier Inn hotels, I always take along my own bubble bath and sponge when I have a bath because I am used to using them at home - the soap used irritates my skin quite a bit.

    There is nothing illegal about bringing in sweets, drinks or anything like that into a cinema, but from the cinema's perspective, for every person who brings in their own food and drink, one person would not need to purchase the items from the shop - one can understand why they get upset about it. On the other hand, these have incidents have actually happened in the past:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/7947789.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/d...re/4149216.stm
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    Thinking about it, I suppose that the bring in sweets to the cinema has comparisons with when I bring takeaways into my Premier Inn hotel room when I stay there (I wonder what the cleaners think when they see empty Big Mac cartons in the wastepaper bin?) I don't want to the owners to assume that it is sticking two fingers up to the hotel's own food, but at the end of the day, people do it as a matter of convenience, and literally at the end of the day when I return to my hotel room, I am often too tired and hungry to go to the restaurant downstairs - I prefer to put my feet up and eat something while watching the TV. It is all down to personal convenience.
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    I've heard that cinemas don't make all that money from showing films so charge a lot for snacksto make up for this.

    As for food in hotels, me & my wife smuggled some Nandos into a hotel room after being unimpressed by the quality of the food the night before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I've heard that cinemas don't make all that money from showing films so charge a lot for snacksto make up for this.

    As for food in hotels, me & my wife smuggled some Nandos into a hotel room after being unimpressed by the quality of the food the night before!
    So how can Odeon cinemas get away with charging £12.45 for entry whilst Vue charge £7.99, I always imagined the film distributors were charging the same rates to each cinema chain but maybe that isn't the case .
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    It must cost them a bit of money to buy in projector reels of current A-list films to show in which they probably only have them for a couple of weeks at the most, so one cannot be surprised that the cinemas have to recoup the cost via the sale of tickets, as well as things like food and drink. I assume that it costs the cinema a lot more to show a film with Hollywood actors rather than one of those old Saturday morning CFF films for obvious reasons - the more famous, the more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Let's face it: would you sit in McDonald's and eat food purchased from KFC?
    I see that all the time and it's usually the staff who are the worst offenders. 😛

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    It must cost them a bit of money to buy in projector reels of current A-list films to show in which they probably only have them for a couple of weeks at the most, so one cannot be surprised that the cinemas have to recoup the cost via the sale of tickets, as well as things like food and drink. I assume that it costs the cinema a lot more to show a film with Hollywood actors rather than one of those old Saturday morning CFF films for obvious reasons - the more famous, the more expensive.
    Don't think reels of projector film have been used in a while George, all digital these days and not even requiring manual operation...just push a button, fact is a multiplex cinema could plausibly be run by the guy serving the popcorn,no projectionist ,no ushers and nobody floggin Kia-ora down the aisles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Don't think reels of projector film have been used in a while George, all digital these days and not even requiring manual operation...just push a button, fact is a multiplex cinema could plausibly be run by the guy serving the popcorn,no projectionist ,no ushers and nobody floggin Kia-ora down the aisles.

    Yes, I did mean the modern equivalent of projector reels, but I am very much a traditionalist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Yes, I did mean the modern equivalent of projector reels, but I am very much a traditionalist.
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