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Swearing off theatre popcorn!

Friday night I went to see the movie “Rock of Ages” with a good friend of mine. It won’t win the Oscar but it was a fun enough movie with some great music. Russell Brand, Malin Akerman and Tom Cruise were hilarious in their roles. No real plot though.The last time I tried to use my own containers (at another Cineplex Odeon location) I was turned away. After writing them an e-mail, the kids broke our Simpsons bucket. We replaced it about a week ago with a medium CFL Cineplex Odeon bucket. It’s funny that they have not offered large size buckets this time. Large buckets can be refilled on the day of purchase. The bucket is medium so it isn’t refillable. People cannot get their free refills but it doesn’t mean they can’t bring it in to be filled. So this was an opportunity to see if my e-mail has had any impact yet. The boy working did fill it for me but seemed confused on how he could fill my Starbucks cup. He said that I would have to fill it myself. The fountains were behind the counter so I don’t know how that was supposed to work. I just gave up and told him not to worry about it. Instead I filled my bottle with water in the bathroom. I also snuck in some bulk candy to complete my combo.The popcorn, with added butter, cost almost $9 after taxes. What a rip-off! This popcorn fiasco has made me swear off purchased snacks from Cineplex Odeon theatres. A local second-run theatre a few blocks away is so much more affordable. I took my oldest son there a few months ago and for $20 we got seats and snacks. Way better! So next time you see me in a main-stream first-run theatre, imagine what is in my purse. It probably will be hiding a water bottle, some candy and maybe a little snack.

Is that so wrong of me?


“A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


8 thoughts on “Swearing off theatre popcorn!

  1. This sounds perfectly reasonable to me. We rarely go to mainstream cinemas these days but when the girls were young we always took drinks and snacks from home or a pack of sweets purchased at the supermarket. To quote my daughter, “You get twice as much for half the price”!

    Our cinema trips are usually a showing at the local film society with the option of a meal (main and dessert for about $22) which is catered by a local restaurant prior to the screening. Sometimes we do this for a treat and sometimes we have dinner before we go.

    Posted by Fairy | June 24, 2012, 12:39 am
  2. When I was a little girl my grandmother used to take me to movies at least once a month, she would bake for days before hand and package everything up with a couple cans of soda and home made popcorn. That was before the days when you weren’t allowed to bring anything in.

    I understand the reason behind banning foods brought from outside as the cinemas make little off the actual ticket price, but I non longer go to theatres as I just don’t enjoy the experience any longer.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 24, 2012, 3:55 pm
  3. I think with prices now days everyone is doing that. We used to do it as kids because mom always complained the candy and popcorn prices were just outrageous, even then. Good for you for standing up for yourself!

    Posted by Jennifer | July 6, 2012, 1:03 pm
  4. Hi! I noticed you mentioned Bellingham in one of your posts…Just across the border in Cloverdale, BC there is a single screen, family owned theatre that encourages patrons to bring in their own containers for popcorn and drinks! Check out the Clova sometime! It would take 20 minutes or so from Bellingham.
    You may recognize it from the show Smallville as well!
    http://www.theclova.com/answers <—– This link shows the BYOC information for The Clova.

    Posted by Meike | December 30, 2012, 4:06 pm

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