What movie theater employees won't tell you

Beware of the concession counter

Published On: Jan 11 2012 04:50:47 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 13 2012 07:10:36 AM EST
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You might love going to the movies, but chances are you're not going to love what Reader's Digest says theater employees will never tell you.
1. The popcorn smells good because it has chemicals in it to make the aroma fill the theater.
2. Snacks cost so much because that's what the theater relies on to make money. For the first month or two of screening, money from ticket sales goes to the movie studios.  That's why concessions are overpriced.
3. Ushers know all the methods people use to sneak in.  They just don't care enough to kick them out.
4. Extreme Digital is actually a lower quality than IMAX digital. 
5. Your suspicions are correct. Sometimes ushers sweep the excess food under the seats.  Movies often end every few minutes and there's no time for a complete clean up.
6. Movies may start late, but always end on time. That's why the ushers know when to start theater clean up.
7. The only foods employees trust are the popcorn, drinks and boxed candy.  They won't eat the pretzels, hot dogs or nachos.
8. Chances are if you complain to the manager and he sides with you, he's just putting on a show. The manager might pretend to yell at the employee, but he'll pat that employee on the back the moment you're out of sight.
9. Combination deals don't save you money at some theaters. You will pay the same price if you purchased the items separately.
10. Think you're saving calories by ordering a small popcorn?  That "small" popcorn may have been a medium last month.
11. Don't get angry if your food isn't ready immediately. Even microwaves can't cook frozen pizzas in 30 seconds.
12. No, the concession stand can't give you extra cups. Everything is inventoried at the end of the night.

13. Popcorn will keep for a day.  Many customers confuse warm with fresh.