Saturday, September 05, 2009
I volunteer at the local art theatre about once a month. Volunteers don't get paid, but they get to see free movies and also get free concession foods.
In my job as a ticket taker I estimate that about 75 % of the people who come to the theatre will buy something at the concession stand. They don't automatically walk in to get their seat, but get in line at the "food shop" before they sit down to see the show.
I have read that most theatres make more money on the concessions and junk food than they do on the movies. Judging from the size of the waistlines and the size of the buckets they lug to their seats I would have to agree with that.
The theater I volunteer at doesn't have hot dogs, nachos or really messy foods that can spill on the seats , but it does offer many varieties of candy, including a local gournet variety, drinks (sodas, water, coffee and teas) as well as the ever popular popcorn. If the popcorn doesn't have enought fat from being cooked in oil, there is a hot butter dispenser (read: artery clogger) to help our patrons fufill their wish for an early death.
I am perhaps the cheapest volunteer the theatre has; I take a bottle of water to my seat with me, passing up the candy and popcorn. I go to the movies to see a show not to eat.
Do you consider that the food has to go with the show for a total experience? What do you like to eat at the movies?