Do you have a favorite movie theater? Reader's Digest finds out some behind-the scenes secrets that a movie employee may not tell you.
Why does popcorn smell so good?
The popcorn has chemicals in it to make its aroma fill the theater.
"Extreme Digital" is actually lower quality than IMAX digital.
They use it because it's easier to maintain.
For the first month or two of a screening, money from ticket sales goes to the movie studios.
Theaters rely on concession stands to make money. That's why items are overpriced. Popcorn costs almost nothing to make.
They know the ways that kids sneak in.
They just don't always care enough to kick them out.
The only foods the employees trust are the popcorn, drinks and boxed candy.
They wouldn't eat the pretzels, hot dogs or nachos.
Chances are, if you complain to the manager, and he or she sides with you, they are putting on a show to calm you down.
The manager might pretend to yell at the worker for a minute, but then pat him or her on the back the moment you’re out of sight.
Combination deals don't save you money at some theaters.
You would pay the same price if you bought the items separately.
Think you're saving calories by ordering a small popcorn?
An employee told Reader's Digest that the "small" could have been a medium last month.
Stop getting angry if your food isn't ready.
Microwaves can't cook frozen pizza in 30 minutes.
No, they can't give you extra cups.
Everything is inventoried at the end of the night.
Yep, sometimes, they sweep excess food under the seats.
Movies often end every few minutes. Sometimes, three or more screenings end at the same time. They don’t always have time to clean everything up.
Yes, movies start late. But they almost always end on time. Otherwise, the ushers wouldn't know when to clean up.
Theaters tell you to come in early so you have time to watch commercials and previews.
Popcorn keeps for a day or two. Many customers confuse warm with fresh.
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