Generally some beef jerky, or something crazy from the Asian market like candy that has no English on it and a picture of a smiling nondescript critter. It’s a complete gamble. Sometimes it’s really good, other times it’s durian.
Raisinettes, popcorn and Coke was my favorite as a kid.
Nowadays… Our theater serves beer, wine, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and other stuff & they deliver to your recliner (yes, every chair electrically reclines and has a small table). I like their bratwurst and beer.
a bunch of years ago, a friend and i sneaked in a large pizza, and a six pack. we sat in the back, and i remember we knocked over a couple of empty bottles, and heard them roll all the way down…if i remember correctly, the movie was either “smokey bites the dust” or “corvette summer” so yeah…i just dated myself…
As I chose the last option and am now obligated at gunpoint to answer, there was no all of the above option is why. I like popcorn, not so much candy but swedish fish sour patch are a favorite, or stuff off the taco bell $1 menu smuggled in which technically doubles as a full meal.
I haven’t been to the movies in probably 6-7 years now though.
@rtjhnstn … ew… bed bugs in milwaukee!!! thank god i only go to the outlier movie theaters in waukesha county then. ack… bed bugs! yukko! i’m starting to really hate being around people now more than ever.
My husband insists whatever I sneak in can’t crinkle. Like nothing you buy at the counter crinkles. I usually take a sleeve of Oreos. Which I know crinkle, but I’ve gotten good at extracting the cookies with minimal crinkling. Or sometimes a baggie of M&Ms or something like that. The kids like sour stuff. So they get things like gummy worms.
Whatever the version of red licorice whips they sell, and use one of them as a straw for a “small” 7up/sprite/whatever. One time we snuck in two bags of leftovers from an family-style indian restaurant and our section smelled like tandoori and curry and the people behind us complained because they said it made them too hungry to watch the movie.
@enville Yeah, I’m also in the “don’t eat in the theater camp.”
I’d rather just focus on the movie. I don’t get to go too often anymore, though, due to having young children.
I am also easily annoyed by other people in the theater. At least they’ve gotten better about telling people not to text during the movie, though.
I particularly avoid drinking anything during the movie. I usually intentionally avoid drinking anything if I’m going to a movie because I don’t want having to pee to be a distraction.
Back before we had the kiddo, we would go to the movies fairly often and would bring in wraps or burritos. We did this often enough that my “big purse” was dubbed “the burrito bag”. With the kiddo, who is now 9, we might smuggle in drinks and candy, but we are also pretty likely to just buy popcorn and drinks there.
@unksol Tickets are $12, but every seat reclines & the place is very clean at our place. I’ll pay more $ for a few hours of comfort. Also, you can go online and reserve seating ahead of the movie.
We go to the movies maybe 3 or 4 times a year, so spending extra to enjoy some good food and a beer is worth it for us.
The only popcorn I can recall fondly or even look forward to was at The Red Vic in the upper Haight in SF in the 80’s. It introduced me to the joys of good popcorn and topping with brewers yeast along with real butter and garlic salt. And comfy couch seating as opposed to the crappy cramped seating in regular theatres…
My 29 yr old son mentioned he recently introduced his gf to the “crazy bay area” foodie foibles of yeast on popcorn during his last visit.
First live music/cafe/laundromat Brainwash in SF. I thought it was a great idea, but by then I was a new mom living and trapped in Oakland. Then a friend from FL told me about movie theaters that served booze and food. Oh, how I wished to be an unattached adult worthy to indulge in such things. Not only out of my budget, but out of reach.
Nowadays, I’m cultivating my geezerhood and avoiding crowds. With even more tech to help me stay separated from human interaction, I can please myself in my personal cave.
Tuesdays are “free 22 oz. popcorn with the purchase of a drink” days at the 2 closest movie theaters (as well as $5 ticket days). If I’m only watching 1 movie that day I’ll just get a small drink and the free popcorn, but if I’m going to watch a couple of movies I’ll get a large Icee (free refill between movies and then again after the 2nd movie is over) and the free popcorn.
I also smuggle in bottles of pop or tea, as well as various snacks including baby carrots.
I buy the refillable cups at the two closest movie chains, so a soda costs only $2.50 or $3.50. I used to get the refillable popcorn buckets as well, but no longer. If I feel like I’m going to want a snack I take some individually wrapped cheese or a snack baggie of Whisps, pickles or olives. But that’s pretty rare, usually it’s just the soda these days. One nice thing about the refillable cups is I can bring them in and fill them at the water fountain if I don’t want caffeine, and there’s no hassle of “outside drink”.