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(Some Theatergoer)   Why do we eat popcorn at the movies? Apart from setting up that great Mickey Rourke gag in "Diner," of course   (triviagenius.com) divider line
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2021-06-23 4:27:52 PM  
And apparently you're some kind of pervert if you use the Child size box
 
2021-06-23 4:39:37 PM  
I'm no expert but the fact that 1/2 cup corn kernals fills an entire big bowl when popped probably has something to do with it.
 
2021-06-23 4:41:02 PM  
Because it is cheap.

Next up, why is bread free at restaurants, and sodas get free refills at fast food joints.
 
2021-06-23 4:41:07 PM  
TL;DR

Food was initially banned in the theater, but once theater owners saw how much of a killing the street popcorn vendors were making when they set up right outside the theater, they eventually decided that they wanted a piece of the cob pie.
 
2021-06-23 4:44:30 PM  
i was in Ireland years ago and it being a sunday, the litle town we were in, unbeknownst to us, the whole town shut down and like, 4pm.  the only things open were pubs, a few restaurants, and the movie theater.  we had fark else to do, so we figured, "welp, i guess we can go watch a movie."

expecting popcorn but no.  they had a full bar and candy bars but no popcorn.  i found that kinda odd but hey, that's how they get down.
 
2021-06-23 4:46:37 PM  
All I can say is, I love popcorn and can't go to a movie without it.
 
2021-06-23 4:50:43 PM  
Cheap and easy to clean-up.
 
2021-06-23 4:56:41 PM  
That wouldn't be a "great gag" if you had to sign your headline submissions.
 
2021-06-23 4:59:17 PM  
They've done this bit on Good Eats and Food: Fact or Fiction. The better story is pre-jet plane travel, flat out gourmet restaurant spreads.
 
2021-06-23 5:07:57 PM  

Heamer: TL;DR

Food was initially banned in the theater, but once theater owners saw how much of a killing the street popcorn vendors were making when they set up right outside the theater, they eventually decided that they wanted a piece of the cob pie.


Not to judge but, TL;DR? The article is about 300 words long, you have a short attention span
 
2021-06-23 5:11:54 PM  

fasahd: Not to judge but, TL;DR? The article is about 300 words long, you have a short attention span


Assuming that you're talking about the people I summed up the article for, and not directly to me, then I agree completely.
 
2021-06-23 5:12:49 PM  
But what about beverages?

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2021-06-23 5:14:28 PM  
Because they sell it at movie theaters.
 
2021-06-23 5:25:48 PM  
the popcorn is just the substrate for that yummie feed-grade lubricant it's doused in.
 
2021-06-23 5:29:24 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was in Ireland years ago and it being a sunday, the litle town we were in, unbeknownst to us, the whole town shut down and like, 4pm.  the only things open were pubs, a few restaurants, and the movie theater.  we had fark else to do, so we figured, "welp, i guess we can go watch a movie."

expecting popcorn but no.  they had a full bar and candy bars but no popcorn.  i found that kinda odd but hey, that's how they get down.


I grew up in Germany.  Sounds familiar.  The food carts running up and down the isles were like full on pub and grills.  Also, adjoining leather recliners in the late '80s / early '90s instead of theater seating?  Oh, shiat got real on a number of teenaged dates.
 
2021-06-23 5:32:26 PM  

majestic: Cheap and easy to clean-up.


That's because if you drop on the floor in the theaters the rats drag it off pretty quickly.
 
2021-06-23 5:49:47 PM  
oblig   nsfw

Albatross! (Monty Python, Live at the Hollywood Bowl)
Youtube wrqW_BZu5Xk
 
2021-06-23 5:55:41 PM  

majestic: Cheap and easy to clean-up.


to make, and make a profit

cheap=high profit margin
 
2021-06-23 6:00:48 PM  

petec: majestic: Cheap and easy to clean-up.

to make, and make a profit

cheap=high profit margin


theaters also pay a cut to the distributor for the movies, concession sales all go to the theater
 
2021-06-23 6:24:46 PM  

petec: petec: majestic: Cheap and easy to clean-up.

to make, and make a profit

cheap=high profit margin

theaters also pay a cut to the distributor for the movies, concession sales all go to the theater


This is why the prices on soda and popcorn are so high-the theaters, at least a few years ago (things were changing even before the pandemic) had to pay the distributor as much as 90% of ticket sales.  Without the concession stand money, they'd get to keep barely a couple hundred bucks for a sold out showing, and that's before rent/insurance/electricity/salaries/ta​xes and all other costs.
 
2021-06-23 6:30:08 PM  
Because eating radishes is too loud.
 
2021-06-23 6:30:28 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: Next up, why is bread free at restaurants,



as A.Bourdain would ask "do you really think they throw away the uneaten bread from the complimentary bread basket?"

that bread might have more miles on it than one of those wienies on a roller at 7/11
 
2021-06-23 6:39:55 PM  
Well in India people sneak in full meals
 
2021-06-23 6:48:49 PM  
Silent movies were only popular with the literate? That assertion leaves me doubting the entire article. Has the author actually watched any silent movies?

Oh, and assuming that popcorn was invented by American carnies is cultural laziness of the finest kind.  Pre-Columbians were quite familiar with popcorn.
 
2021-06-23 7:07:34 PM  

bottom-dragger: AppleOptionEsc: Next up, why is bread free at restaurants,


as A.Bourdain would ask "do you really think they throw away the uneaten bread from the complimentary bread basket?"

that bread might have more miles on it than one of those wienies on a roller at 7/11


Once food touches the customer's table, yes it has to be thrown out, otherwise health code violation.

What Chef was referring to was the leftovers that didn't make it to table service, what would be commonly referred to as "day old" or even "stale".  That bread gets turned into croutons or topping (such as for onion soup), or even bread crumbs.  There is nothing wrong with the practice.
 
2021-06-23 7:14:28 PM  
Once food touches the customer's table, yes it has to be thrown out, otherwise health code violation.

What Chef was referring to was the leftovers that didn't make it to table service, what would be commonly referred to as "day old" or even "stale".  That bread gets turned into croutons or topping (such as for onion soup), or even bread crumbs.  There is nothing wrong with the practice.



read his book for comprehension, that is not what he was referring to. And we all know there are no health code violations in the food service industry
 
2021-06-23 7:16:25 PM  

Fano: Well in India people sneak in full meals


my wife tells a story of in college, going to a movie with her best friend, who smuggled in a large pizza, stashed in her backpack.  she was holding the backpack horizontally (obv so the pizza would stay intact) and the ticket kid, "what's up with your backpack?"

"oh, it has a huge hole in it, if i don't carry it like this stuff falls out."

"welp, ok, enjoy the show!"  (and apparently didn't smell the pizza).

my wife still laughs at the memory.
 
2021-06-23 7:29:10 PM  

aaronx: Silent movies were only popular with the literate? That assertion leaves me doubting the entire article. Has the author actually watched any silent movies?

Oh, and assuming that popcorn was invented by American carnies is cultural laziness of the finest kind.  Pre-Columbians were quite familiar with popcorn.


They called it "maize".
 
2021-06-23 7:44:18 PM  
STEVEN WRIGHT - COMPLETE Works - stereo HQ - (pt.2 of 5)
Youtube 22Gh4lZ4bi4
 
2021-06-23 8:07:17 PM  
DNRTFA...  But I'm assuming it has something to do with; you can eat it for 2 hours and not fill up.

Of course the downside is that it's salty, which makes you thirsty, which makes you pee, RIGHT at the best part of the movie.

That is why I bring things like Raisinets to the movies.
 
2021-06-23 8:41:40 PM  
Because it costs about 3 cents to make a quarter ton of popcorn, which is sold to movie people for 18 bucks a bucket.
 
2021-06-23 8:43:46 PM  

rickythepenguin: Fano: Well in India people sneak in full meals

my wife tells a story of in college, going to a movie with her best friend, who smuggled in a large pizza, stashed in her backpack.  she was holding the backpack horizontally (obv so the pizza would stay intact) and the ticket kid, "what's up with your backpack?"

"oh, it has a huge hole in it, if i don't carry it like this stuff falls out."

"welp, ok, enjoy the show!"  (and apparently didn't smell the pizza).

my wife still laughs at the memory.


We carried a pizza in without hiding it in a backpack.  The beer was in the backpack.
 
2021-06-23 8:49:15 PM  

durbnpoisn: DNRTFA...  But I'm assuming it has something to do with; you can eat it for 2 hours and not fill up.

Of course the downside is that it's salty, which makes you thirsty, which makes you pee, RIGHT at the best part of the movie.

That is why I bring things like Raisinets to the movies.


Rotisserie chickens are more filling and tasty. Raisinets are awesome in that you can fling them cross theater with ease.

Pro tip; they leave a chocolatey stain if you keep the box under your armpit before launching via sneaky tosses or mechanical methods.

(Don't do any of this)
 
2021-06-23 9:22:40 PM  

kevljo: Once food touches the customer's table, yes it has to be thrown out, otherwise health code violation.


And yet, once my sister had some waitressing time under her belt, when the fam went to dinner she would immediately tear each and every bread/roll in half, such that 'nothing in the basket could be reused.'

I guess she must have been CRAZY.

/I mean, she did end up dying from brain cancer, so... you do the math ;)
 
2021-06-23 10:49:37 PM  
Because the seeds sell for a dollar a pound and pop into a garbage bags worth of popcorn which you sell for $10 per box, and salt the bejeezus out of it so people will also pay $10 for a quart of sugar water.
 
2021-06-23 11:18:56 PM  
If you're not bringing a half roasted chicken, baked potato with sour cream, and garlic spinach green into the theater, you're doing movies wrong.
 
2021-06-23 11:39:10 PM  
In South Korea they sell smoked squid as a snack at movie theaters. God, the smell was awful. I suppose it was mouthwatering to the Koreans.
 
2021-06-24 12:04:47 AM  
Ever wonder how popcorn got discovered in the first place? We know it was discovered in North America by native tribes, but how? They grow or find a variety of maize that's waay too hard to eat, and what, somebody throws it on the campfire as fuel for the fire? Can you imagine the first time that happened? Good thing they hadn't encountered guns yet, or that would've been terrifying.
 
2021-06-24 12:28:36 AM  

Billy Liar: And apparently you're some kind of pervert if you use the Child size box


/ and have a small penis
 
2021-06-24 3:38:46 AM  
oblig.

Grosse Pointe Blank - Final Shootout Scene
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2021-06-24 3:39:38 AM  
also oblig.
jfc/ffs do I really have to do everything 'round-hyeah

Real Genius (8/8) Movie CLIP - Jerry's House of Popcorn (1985) HD
Youtube rthHSISkM7A
 
2021-06-24 3:43:12 AM  

Fano: Well in India people sneak in full meals


in India, films were already 3-4 hours long, well before the US abandoned The Hitchcock Rule.

plus it's the only way for a lot of the population to inexpensively luxuriate in air-conditioning, so I can't really blame them.
 
2021-06-24 3:48:45 AM  

fluffy_pope: the popcorn is just the substrate for that yummie feed-grade lubricant it's doused in.


durbnpoisn: DNRTFA...  But I'm assuming it has something to do with; you can eat it for 2 hours and not fill up.

Of course the downside is that it's salty, which makes you thirsty, which makes you pee, RIGHT at the best part of the movie.

That is why I bring things like Raisinets to the movies.


raisinets, milkduds, nonpareils, butterfinger-BBs, ...they all work equally-well!

(also the reservation-only-recliners AMC theatre near us has a farking Dollar Tree in the same plaza parking lot. and the lubricant-fountains there are self-serve, and well quite far away from the snacks counter, id est: abuse at will. and beer taps in the lobby. I am honestly amazeballs I did not die from all these synergistic factors, back in the before-times...)

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/swim, my pretties!
 
2021-06-24 3:56:41 AM  

bababa: In South Korea they sell smoked squid as a snack at movie theaters. God, the smell was awful. I suppose it was mouthwatering to the Koreans.


I d'nnae, I would farking kill for that stuff.

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as it is, me I have to bring my own damn squibs. or, technically, it's more usually tilefish in a mendacious burlesque.

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/not sure if I'd ever pump that bag full of piping hot fake-butter, but huh it might be worth a try...
 
2021-06-24 7:22:06 AM  
So that the movie can be ruined for people who have to hear your mindless chewing and smell your disgusting popcorn breath.
 
2021-06-24 9:09:02 AM  

duckpoopy: So that the movie can be ruined for people who have to hear your mindless chewing and smell your disgusting popcorn breath.


Yes and I hope you enjoy it.
 
2021-06-24 9:15:28 AM  

duckpoopy: So that the movie can be ruined for people who have to hear your mindless chewing and smell your disgusting popcorn breath.


even in the before-times I despised the theatre. why? because
- we got a ginormous teevee t'home
- I have a metric fark-tonne of beer and vodak at home
- we got puh-lenty of snacks at home
and, most importantly?
- people, I hate them.
- people? they are the worst.

now, the wife loves going to the movies. and so once that whole reservation-only ginormous-recliner-seating thing caught on? man, I'ma bring in a warm comfy blanket, smuggle a liter or two of beer, ton of snacks from dollar tree, depress the chair far as it'll go, and just cozy up to my-ownself. wait, did my wife just pay 15 dollars for me to have a pleasant 2-hour nap? eh so be it!

and the really nice thing? even in the before-times, those kinds of theatre would never be more than half-full, and the seats are already so farking far apart on top of that. so you'd never hear the morans, smell the morans, see the morans.

/I sound old and cranky
//because I am one
///*looks down at belt for onion-adjustment*
 
2021-06-24 10:22:03 AM  

tintar: duckpoopy: So that the movie can be ruined for people who have to hear your mindless chewing and smell your disgusting popcorn breath.

even in the before-times I despised the theatre. why? because
- we got a ginormous teevee t'home
- I have a metric fark-tonne of beer and vodak at home
- we got puh-lenty of snacks at home
and, most importantly?
- people, I hate them.
- people? they are the worst.

now, the wife loves going to the movies. and so once that whole reservation-only ginormous-recliner-seating thing caught on? man, I'ma bring in a warm comfy blanket, smuggle a liter or two of beer, ton of snacks from dollar tree, depress the chair far as it'll go, and just cozy up to my-ownself. wait, did my wife just pay 15 dollars for me to have a pleasant 2-hour nap? eh so be it!

and the really nice thing? even in the before-times, those kinds of theatre would never be more than half-full, and the seats are already so farking far apart on top of that. so you'd never hear the morans, smell the morans, see the morans.

/I sound old and cranky
//because I am one
///*looks down at belt for onion-adjustment*


The theater is indeed a different experience than watching at home.  Bigger screen.  Bigger sound.  But only certain movies need to be seen that way.  For instance, I saw all the Star Wars movies in the theater.  But I would not watch The Bridges of Madison County in the theater.  Well, that's probably the worst example ever, because I wouldn't watch it anyway.  But the point is, there is nothing about a movie like that that requires big screen, big sound.

So almost all movies, I would rather watch at home.  I can eat and drink what I want.  I can pause it.
 
2021-06-24 12:17:14 PM  
I dont eat popcorn at the movies, because movie theater popcorn is gross.
 
2021-06-24 12:21:42 PM  

durbnpoisn: tintar: duckpoopy: So that the movie can be ruined for people who have to hear your mindless chewing and smell your disgusting popcorn breath.

even in the before-times I despised the theatre. why? because
- we got a ginormous teevee t'home
- I have a metric fark-tonne of beer and vodak at home
- we got puh-lenty of snacks at home
and, most importantly?
- people, I hate them.
- people? they are the worst.

now, the wife loves going to the movies. and so once that whole reservation-only ginormous-recliner-seating thing caught on? man, I'ma bring in a warm comfy blanket, smuggle a liter or two of beer, ton of snacks from dollar tree, depress the chair far as it'll go, and just cozy up to my-ownself. wait, did my wife just pay 15 dollars for me to have a pleasant 2-hour nap? eh so be it!

and the really nice thing? even in the before-times, those kinds of theatre would never be more than half-full, and the seats are already so farking far apart on top of that. so you'd never hear the morans, smell the morans, see the morans.

/I sound old and cranky
//because I am one
///*looks down at belt for onion-adjustment*

The theater is indeed a different experience than watching at home.  Bigger screen.  Bigger sound.  But only certain movies need to be seen that way.  For instance, I saw all the Star Wars movies in the theater.  But I would not watch The Bridges of Madison County in the theater.  Well, that's probably the worst example ever, because I wouldn't watch it anyway.  But the point is, there is nothing about a movie like that that requires big screen, big sound.

So almost all movies, I would rather watch at home.  I can eat and drink what I want.  I can pause it.


Well, instead of BoMC, I'd use the example of a comedy. I don't need surround sound to get jokes and gags, but action movies on a big screen might be worth it.
 
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