13 Things. Compiled by me. <3.. I honestly don't give a when people sneak in. Some times, when I catch them, I just wave my hand for them to keep going while I look out. Why? Because I don't g Movie Theaters
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User avatar #42 - BlockinYoAss (12/12/2012) [-]
I honestly don't give a **** when people sneak in. Some times, when I catch them, I just wave my hand for them to keep going while I look out. Why? Because I don't get paid enough to give a **** . Hell, I even give out free stuff to kids.

And when it's time to clean up, me and a few other guys bring in leaf blowers and blow everything in the aisle so it can be vacuumed up.
#45 to #42 - jaquepowers (12/12/2012) [-]
You are literally everything that is right with the world. Will you marry me?
User avatar #48 to #45 - kanatana (12/12/2012) [-]
What if you're the same gender??
#49 to #48 - zmanz (12/12/2012) [-]
You some kinda homophobian?
#54 - punmeister (12/12/2012) [-]
I work at a movie theater, and would like to shed a little light on some of these points:   
   
1. This is false. The reason the popcorn smells good is because it's made fresh. The steam from the popping rises and circulates in the ventilation.   
2. What the hell is "extreme digital?"   
3. This is true, all of the theater's profit is through concessions.   
4. If I see someone walking into a theater without even trying to hide their outside food/drinks, I stop them. I'm not losing my job over some 			*******		 who is gonna drip Cold Stone ice cream all over the floor for me to clean up later. At least TRY to be sneaky.   
5. This obviously varies from theater to theater, but as far as mine goes the pretzels are actually fine, the hot dogs are disgusting, and the nachos are old as hell.   
6. Managers will do almost anything to keep a customer happy. As employees, we're supposed to refer any angry assholes to the manager's desk. We don't get any pats on the back, though.   
7. At our theater, the combos generally save you anywhere from 50-75 cents.   
8. We did eliminate the "small" popcorn size at our theater, mainly because no one was 			*******		 buying them.   
9. The only food that are not ready to serve at our theater are pizzas, which are always made to order. They're also a pain in the ass to make and serve, since customers are always irate that it takes ten minutes. What kind of pizza is ready instantly, dumbass?   
10. This is true. We keep careful count of all our cups & bags.   
11. Cleaning people's trash up after a movie makes you hate humanity after a while. 			*******		 pay four dollars for a hot dog and then leave most of it on the floor.   
12. Our advertised showtimes are when the trailers start, and there's generally about 10-15 minutes of them. It's actually nice for people who show up late.   
13. We almost always serve fresh popcorn, but on busy days we have to resort to day-old popcorn. People can almost never tell the difference, even though I personally think it smells like ass.
I work at a movie theater, and would like to shed a little light on some of these points:

1. This is false. The reason the popcorn smells good is because it's made fresh. The steam from the popping rises and circulates in the ventilation.
2. What the hell is "extreme digital?"
3. This is true, all of the theater's profit is through concessions.
4. If I see someone walking into a theater without even trying to hide their outside food/drinks, I stop them. I'm not losing my job over some ******* who is gonna drip Cold Stone ice cream all over the floor for me to clean up later. At least TRY to be sneaky.
5. This obviously varies from theater to theater, but as far as mine goes the pretzels are actually fine, the hot dogs are disgusting, and the nachos are old as hell.
6. Managers will do almost anything to keep a customer happy. As employees, we're supposed to refer any angry assholes to the manager's desk. We don't get any pats on the back, though.
7. At our theater, the combos generally save you anywhere from 50-75 cents.
8. We did eliminate the "small" popcorn size at our theater, mainly because no one was ******* buying them.
9. The only food that are not ready to serve at our theater are pizzas, which are always made to order. They're also a pain in the ass to make and serve, since customers are always irate that it takes ten minutes. What kind of pizza is ready instantly, dumbass?
10. This is true. We keep careful count of all our cups & bags.
11. Cleaning people's trash up after a movie makes you hate humanity after a while. ******* pay four dollars for a hot dog and then leave most of it on the floor.
12. Our advertised showtimes are when the trailers start, and there's generally about 10-15 minutes of them. It's actually nice for people who show up late.
13. We almost always serve fresh popcorn, but on busy days we have to resort to day-old popcorn. People can almost never tell the difference, even though I personally think it smells like ass.
User avatar #60 to #54 - bionicsheep (12/12/2012) [-]
I also work at a theater, and I second that motion, except our combos dont necessarily save you money, but they do reduce the price of our candies. And the large drinks and popcorns come with free refills
User avatar #109 to #54 - somer (12/12/2012) [-]
I think number 4 wasn't referring to food but to actually sneaking into a movie.
#163 to #54 - rennat (12/12/2012) [-]
I work at a theater up in Canada.    
1. The reason our popcorn smells the way it does is because the oil that we use has something called flavacol in it. It just smells nice, doesn't add anything to the popcorn really.   
2. Seriously, what the hell is "Extreme Digital"?   
3. Our theater sells the most concession food of any theater in Western Canada based on the size of city were in and we rely almost exclusively on the concession for profits as well.   
4. Our theater lets people take whatever outside food in they want, within reason.    
5. For food, we make the nachos by hand every day that we get from a shipment every three days, so they aren't that bad at ours. The hot dogs are Schneiders, I don't like them but, whatever, personal preference, and we don't sell any pretzels or pizza. But we do make our own cotton candy with a machine in the lobby.   
6. Our managers are pretty fantastic, we laugh about all the angry customers at the end of the day.   
7. On our biggest combo you save $2.35, I just got home from work.   
8. We've had the same sizes for 5 years now, no change yet.   
9. No pizza, so.....   
10. We do a full inventory every week and a RTU inventory every night.   
11. Having a 44 oz. cup of urine spill on you while cleaning a theater makes you want to put a complimentary cobra under each seat.   
12. All our show times link up to a digital timer, if the movie is going to start late, the showtimes automatically adjust, but that has to be done manually. Otherwise, same thing at our theater.   
13. We have two massive poppers going all day. We never run out unless some jackass forgets to fill the thing, then we have angry customers yelling at us. Pro tip: Never get between a pregnant lady and her popcorn.    
   
GIF unrelated, by the way...
I work at a theater up in Canada.
1. The reason our popcorn smells the way it does is because the oil that we use has something called flavacol in it. It just smells nice, doesn't add anything to the popcorn really.
2. Seriously, what the hell is "Extreme Digital"?
3. Our theater sells the most concession food of any theater in Western Canada based on the size of city were in and we rely almost exclusively on the concession for profits as well.
4. Our theater lets people take whatever outside food in they want, within reason.
5. For food, we make the nachos by hand every day that we get from a shipment every three days, so they aren't that bad at ours. The hot dogs are Schneiders, I don't like them but, whatever, personal preference, and we don't sell any pretzels or pizza. But we do make our own cotton candy with a machine in the lobby.
6. Our managers are pretty fantastic, we laugh about all the angry customers at the end of the day.
7. On our biggest combo you save $2.35, I just got home from work.
8. We've had the same sizes for 5 years now, no change yet.
9. No pizza, so.....
10. We do a full inventory every week and a RTU inventory every night.
11. Having a 44 oz. cup of urine spill on you while cleaning a theater makes you want to put a complimentary cobra under each seat.
12. All our show times link up to a digital timer, if the movie is going to start late, the showtimes automatically adjust, but that has to be done manually. Otherwise, same thing at our theater.
13. We have two massive poppers going all day. We never run out unless some jackass forgets to fill the thing, then we have angry customers yelling at us. Pro tip: Never get between a pregnant lady and her popcorn.

GIF unrelated, by the way...
#190 to #54 - bluedwarf (12/12/2012) [-]
Here have this
User avatar #56 to #54 - albiwankenobi (12/12/2012) [-]
As someone who has worked as a projectionist at a locally owned movie theater for 2 years, all of your points are accurate except for the "no pat on the back".

Guess it depends which theater you work at, though.
#89 to #54 - juanjaguar (12/12/2012) [-]
Dude I have worked for the same movie theater company for nearly 5 years. Punmeister is 100% correct. Also, not to be a racist asshole, but I 			*******		 can't stand black people that complain at the movies. They always try to get food and tickets for 			*******		 free ALL THE TIME. I always just cut to the chase and send them on their way because if I don't I get a million questions on why movies are $11 and popcorn is $8, and why their 12 year old kid can't watch a rated R horror movie at midnight, and why they can't bring in their family meal of KFC in the theater, true story BTW. I live in Vegas and man people here are the most self entitled 			****		 bags on Earth. I had a guy bitch at me for popcorn that he bought for $8. He said the price was ridiculous and bitched me out to my manager. My manager, 			*******		 awesome guy, told him that's the way the world is. So after this asshole goes into his movie I got moved to clean theaters for the last hour of my shift. I cleaned the theater after the movie ended and that 			*******		 guy did not eat the popcorn he bought. I mean WHAT. THE. 			****		. This dick head complained about the price and then just picked at the food and left 99% of it in the theater. MFW
Dude I have worked for the same movie theater company for nearly 5 years. Punmeister is 100% correct. Also, not to be a racist asshole, but I ******* can't stand black people that complain at the movies. They always try to get food and tickets for ******* free ALL THE TIME. I always just cut to the chase and send them on their way because if I don't I get a million questions on why movies are $11 and popcorn is $8, and why their 12 year old kid can't watch a rated R horror movie at midnight, and why they can't bring in their family meal of KFC in the theater, true story BTW. I live in Vegas and man people here are the most self entitled **** bags on Earth. I had a guy bitch at me for popcorn that he bought for $8. He said the price was ridiculous and bitched me out to my manager. My manager, ******* awesome guy, told him that's the way the world is. So after this asshole goes into his movie I got moved to clean theaters for the last hour of my shift. I cleaned the theater after the movie ended and that ******* guy did not eat the popcorn he bought. I mean WHAT. THE. **** . This dick head complained about the price and then just picked at the food and left 99% of it in the theater. MFW
User avatar #199 to #89 - lasmamoe (12/12/2012) [-]
"Not to be racist, but I cant stand black people that complain at the movies"

Not to be a douche, but are white people complaining at the movies perfectly fine, or what did you mean?
+1
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#99 to #54 - stale (12/12/2012) [-]
I too work at a movie theater,
Absolutely one of the worst jobs I have ever had in a sense. Long hours, I normally work from 3 to 3 am, when movies are long, and we have to put up with some of the biggest ass-hats possible.
We have a lady that will come in every Saturday night and watch a movie. This lady, nothing against those of larger size, weighs at least 600 pounds, and waddles her fat ass into the main lobby. As she enters the door, remember she comes in EVERY Saturday, she complains that her fat ass is nearly to big to fit in through the door. She then knocks over the line poles as her ass wiggles out of control like a loose lawnmower trailer, of course she complains about this as well. The movie theater I work in is in a small town, where all the people truly have to do is go to the movies, we don't even have a mall or bowling alley. With this being the only thing to do, the lines are quite large... She then complains about how her ankles cannot withstand the mammoth of a woman that she is. Now, onto concessions. This woman orders a bag of cotton candy, a DIET Dr.Pepper (You know, so she can eat everything else while watching her figure), and two bags of large popcorn (all larges are refillable) The popcorn she then requests, have at least a cup full of butter poured over the middle, and then another cup full on the top...(the cup is just a rough estimate, but most likely close) The popcorn at this point is so wet that it looks like Cream corn made by Paula Deen.
Once her fat ass has made it up the ramp into the theater, she then takes up 2 and a half seats. We get complaints from customers about her breathing heavily throughout the movie, which I then must confront her about. Also, did I mention that due to the body heat of people within the theater, she sweats so much that the theater smells like Sausage until Monday matinee?

I know this is long, sorry, had to share.
Moral of the story, Theater work sucks, go do something else kids.
User avatar #58 to #54 - penispenisthree (12/12/2012) [-]
You don't work at a Regal Fox Cinema do you? Because I have for two years, and every last thing here was true at Regal aside from the cup counts and the popcorn one, we never did leave popcorn over night, instead some of us nicer employees took the closing time popcorn bagged it up and gave it to the homeless guys the lived in the park nearby before we went home, They always dug it out of the dumpster anyhow, so we thought it'd be nice to save them the rummage through the garbage.
#66 - curbed (12/12/2012) [-]
The theater around where I live has a pretty cool manager. One day me and my friend went to see a scary movie for her birthday. There were a ton of ****** teenagers in the theater that just wouldn't shut the **** up. I know that people talking during the movie is one of her biggest pet peeves so I told her to wait while I get the manager, hoping they would kick the little **** heads out. When I confronted the manager about this problem he told me he wouldn't be able to kick practically half the theater out for being noisy and that the only reason they were in that movie was because they couldn't get into the R rated movies and offered a free ticket to use later. I explained to him that it was her birthday and she really wanted to see that particular movie after the great night we had previously. He told me to wait a second and disappeared for a few minutes. I waited patiently and when he returned he pulled me to the side and asked me if we needed to go anywhere any time soon. I told him no. He told me if I could wait for another movie to get out, which was going to end in about 10 minutes, he would get me in that theater to watch that movie in an empty theater. I told him I would go and tell her about it. I went back into the theater and told her she had to come with me right now. She was confused but followed. When I got her out of the theater I told her we were going to get a private screening. The guy followed through and we slipped in right after the other movie let out. She had one of the best birthdays she had ever had because of that kind action the manager did, it was really awesome and we had a great time screaming our asses off at the scary parts then cracking up in that private screening.
#107 to #78 - curbed (12/12/2012) [-]
Yeah, it was a night to remember, that's for sure.
#83 - lametitan ONLINE (12/12/2012) [-]
Most theater employees are mostly aware when people are sneaking in food the only reasons why they never really stop anyone is cause either they don't get paid well or they are just sick of their job to the point where they just stop caring.   
   
The only ones that will stop you however are those that just started working there or managers
Most theater employees are mostly aware when people are sneaking in food the only reasons why they never really stop anyone is cause either they don't get paid well or they are just sick of their job to the point where they just stop caring.

The only ones that will stop you however are those that just started working there or managers
#113 to #83 - ofc (12/12/2012) [-]
I think it was just sneaking into other theaters but I see where you're coming from.
I think it was just sneaking into other theaters but I see where you're coming from.
#5 - whiteyswag (12/11/2012) [-]
MFW this post
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User avatar #67 - jajathezombie (12/12/2012) [-]
#6 is true for pretty much every customer service job. I work at a restaurant and I can't tell you how many times a customer has asked to speak to my manager, spoke with him, and as soon as she left he went on about how much of a bitch she was. And I say "she" because whenever someone wants to speak to a manager, it's a ratchet ass black woman. Every. Single. Time.
#68 to #67 - zmanz (12/12/2012) [-]
bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha oh man you made my day. Thank you. <3
User avatar #31 - lucidria (12/12/2012) [-]
I work at the town's movie theater cleaning up (almost) every day after the last/before the first showings and I can only agree with some of those; concession-related things I don't know as I don't do that.
A few things:
Because I work there, I get free popcorn and pop, but because cups and buckets are inventoried, I get it in plastic bowls and coffee cups which are actually a LOT bigger than the regular cups/buckets.
The theater I work at also runs a movie/game rental place right next door that sells big plastic tubes of popcorn that's just the leftovers from last night. I can just walk in and be like "Hey Mike, can I grab a tube of popcorn?" "Sure, here you go." I also get free movie and game rentals for as long as I want.
You can't really sneak into our theater because the only doors are at the front and right outside each theater, and those don't have handles on the outside, they're locked unless you push on the bar, and when they're open more than an inch, there is a buzzer that goes off under the concession stand.
While the admittance fee at our theater is extremely cheap compared to other places ($3-6 depending on age, time, and whether it's 2D or 3D (and we JUST got 3D a month ago.)), our concession prices are ridiculous. I mean 3 bucks for a bottle of water? ******** . You could ask for a cup to fill from the non-functional drinking fountain or fill it in the bathroom, but you'll only get one of the really small cups since they're not inventoried.
Every movie has the exact time it will end right next to the (shiny new) projectors. If it says it will be done at 11:25, it will be done exactly at 11:25.

Misc. things I've learned from working there:
Customers are assholes and will spill EVERYTHING.
Wiping a pop spill with napkins? Don't do it. **** you.
Women's bathrooms are dirtier than men's.
Cleaning at 3 AM is fun; you get to wave at the cops. Just bring an MP3 player or something or else you'll start hallucinating Slender Man. Seriously.
User avatar #40 to #31 - belladonnaheart (12/12/2012) [-]
Cleaning a women's restroom sucks hard core...
People are so rude sometimes too. If I greet you with "How are you?" It's because I'm trying to be nice and actually want to know. Don't blow it off and immediately say "Gimme a large combo."
Oh and upselling? We have to do it. Mystery Shoppers come twice a month and if you happen to not upsale then you get a bad mystery shopper and a write up.
User avatar #38 to #31 - snapplecap (12/12/2012) [-]
Damn $3-6 for a movie?! At my theater it is $11.50 for 2D and $13.50 for 3D!
Otherwise very interesting.
#102 - IamSofaKingdom (12/12/2012) [-]
Most of these are common sense. I got all excited about random facts...
#32 - blackandgold (12/12/2012) [-]
despite all that, now i want me some popcorn.
pic unrelated.
User avatar #41 to #32 - baconrider (12/12/2012) [-]
I am intrigued by that Swedish boy.
User avatar #218 to #41 - blackandgold (12/12/2012) [-]
his name is yohio.
User avatar #219 to #218 - baconrider (12/12/2012) [-]
Thank you.
User avatar #220 to #219 - blackandgold (12/12/2012) [-]
no problem.
#134 - saxplaya (12/12/2012) [-]
Our large popcorn tubs are 75 cents more than the medium bags. Tubs come with a &quot;free refill&quot;. They are actually the same size. I found this out when a customer changed their mind and ordered a large instead of a medium and I poured the medium into the large.
Our large popcorn tubs are 75 cents more than the medium bags. Tubs come with a "free refill". They are actually the same size. I found this out when a customer changed their mind and ordered a large instead of a medium and I poured the medium into the large.
User avatar #106 - szymonf (12/12/2012) [-]
11 hurt my head.
User avatar #143 - lopaa (12/12/2012) [-]
If the hot dogs taste good i don't give a **** what goes in them
#166 to #143 - anon (12/12/2012) [-]
my pee pee
#124 - anon (12/12/2012) [-]
Ive worked for a 16-screen theater for 5 years (during school breaks). All of this is true EXCEPT FOR:

1 (They arent chemicals, it is an additive for scent, but also lightly seasons the corn as well)

2 (wtf is "extreme digital"? But there is a difference, mainly in size, between true IMAX and sponsored IMAX screens.)

6 (This could happen in any servicing business. But customers are usually more pissy here cause they just spent $60 on their family.)

7(coughAMCcough. true for some theaters. just do the math)

9 (again "some theaters" . mine has an actual oven for pretzels and pizza. But our nacho machine is no better than some little league concession stands.)

13 ("a day or two" old popcorn is a health violation in our state)

User avatar #140 to #124 - saxplaya (12/12/2012) [-]
Cinemark now has high definition theaters called "XD theaters". That stands for Extreme Digital. The projector pumps out a resolution of 4K (four times 1080p) and a 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound system that shakes your leather rocking seats. Our XD theaters screen is 2 feet larger than an IMAX screen. But I mean, at that size, nobody would ever notice. And true dat to the customers and the day old popcorn.
#87 - freshairjordans (12/12/2012) [-]
sounds like somebody is salty that they don't work for a movie theater any more
User avatar #76 - kuraithevision (12/12/2012) [-]
I think a lot of places have managers like that. The manager has enough time to get to know the person at work to be able to sympathize with him or her. So even when customers think the manager's have their side, they don't. They're just quickly given what they demand so they can shut up and walk away.
User avatar #69 - neogrungist (12/12/2012) [-]
I work at a movie theater, and for the most part you can trust the nachos. . . at least earlier in the day before the chips get stale. Also, the popcorn is thrown out every night and fresh popcorn is popped every morning. . . except for the flavored popcorn which is saved for several days. Oh and if you throw a bitch fit over some stupid little thing then it's not just movie theater managers that are going to call you an idiot after leave.
#158 - psychopilot (12/12/2012) [-]
Sometimes multiple movies and at once and they just...
User avatar #167 to #158 - ewowo (12/12/2012) [-]
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#156 - executorchunk (12/12/2012) [-]
Huh, interesting post. I thought theater's got a commission for ticket sales though but the lack of extra cash probably explains why most theaters are **** holes and most of them close.

Up until last year I didn't go to a movie for almost five your six years. Overpriced, come out on blu ray too fast. Still do, but I make more money now so I don't mind seeing a movie once in a while. This year had some nice flicks though... including The Avengers with Scarlett Johannson's amazing ass on a huge IMAX screen.
User avatar #138 - lolsaxylol ONLINE (12/12/2012) [-]
I worked at a Marcus cinema for a year. I agree with all of this.
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