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Movie Snacks

Movie Snacks

Date: Mar 10 2010

Themes: Food, Hobbies

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to

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A cheap movie date can easily end up costing an arm and a leg if you make a stop at the concession stand before the show. Theaters make more money off of expensive tubs of popcorn and jumbo sized drinks and candy than they do selling actual movie tickets. But even though snacks at movies are expensive, they are also a fun part of the experience of going out to see a movie. For many people, a trip to the movies just isn’t the same without greasy popcorn, an ice-cold soda, and a jumbo sized box of candy.

Beren has been seeing a lot of movies lately. Find out her secret to enjoying movie snacks for cheap.

Dialog

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Beren

Beren

Dale

Dale

Dale:  Alright, so you go to movies, right?

Beren:  I do go to movies.

Dale:  Do you pass the concession stand?

Beren:  I used to, but everything’s overpriced. Like everything’s jumbo sized, but you pay for the jumbo size. It’s like six dollars for a small, which isn’t that small, but does anyone need that much soda? Really?

Dale:  You know, there’s been jokes about it through TV shows and all these little sitcoms and skits, that when you go to the movie theater you’re just paying overpriced…Do you think it’s reasonable, have people just accepted it already?

Beren:  Maybe, I don’t know. I think here, there’s been kind of a backlash on overpriced concessions. I mean, you can drink a reasonably priced beer and get reasonably priced food at some theaters in town.

Dale:  Oh really?

Beren:  Well, I think it balances out because the movies are a little less expensive. I mean it’s second-run theaters, but…

Dale:  Is that the cheapest of…the cheap idea that you were…?

Beren:  No, the new thing that I’ve done now that I’ve been going to movies more often is get the kid’s meal. You get just enough popcorn, just enough soda, and a little bag of candy, for about five or six dollars.

Dale:  Now that’s a good deal.

Beren:  It’s a good deal. And you know, movie theater employees, typically teenagers, they’re not gonna not sell it to you because you’re not a kid.

Dale:  Wow.

 

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Discussion

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Beren used to like getting snacks at movies, but they have become so expensive that she doesn’t stop at the concession stand as much anymore. She also doesn’t like how large all the sizes are. Even if you get a lot of popcorn for your money, it’s usually more than you really want or need.

There are a couple of different ways to avoid paying an arm and a leg for snacks at movies. Most cities have second-run movie theaters, where you can pay less to see movies that aren’t brand new. Often snacks at second-run theaters are cheaper, too.

Beren has also found that she can buy a kid’s meal. In a kid’s meal, you get a smaller amount of popcorn, candy, and soda for a cheaper price. Dale agrees that the kid’s meal is a good deal.

What snacks do you like to have at the movies? Are movie snacks overpriced in your country? Do you still get them, even if they cost you an arm and a leg?

 

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mamuda89

mamuda89

Niger

HI

12:55 PM Oct 07 2013 |

areand

areand

Philippines

lol, i used to do midnight snacks with “mango shake” while whatching movies


i super love it :)


06:39 PM Apr 17 2012 |

Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

People didn’t use to eat at the cinemas in my country, this stupid tradition came from the USA. It brings more money to theatre, but I say stupid because I go to the cinema to watch and enjoy the film not to eat. Chewing sounds irritate me so much. Do u really feel comfortable watching  film with all this noise?Undecided


11:50 PM Jul 29 2011 |

Smaira

Singapore

nice 1…huh

10:03 PM Jun 24 2011 |

Monaya

Monaya

Saudi Arabia

I like popcorn andcola when i see movie , the snackes it makes fun .

ammm in my country there is no cinema , i watch movies in my home ^

i don't spent any money ^

Thank you for this subject o.o

Best of luck 

05:30 AM Oct 10 2010 |

Grazyna Krauze

Poland

In my country movies snacks don't cost an arm anda leg. If I hadn't been on diet Iwould have eaten movies snacks without limitation.

07:56 AM Jul 13 2010 |

Grazyna Krauze

Poland

In my country movies snacks don't cost an arm anda leg. If I hadn't been on diet Iwould have eaten movies snacks without limitation.

07:56 AM Jul 13 2010 |

Grazyna Krauze

Poland

In my country movies snacks don't cost an arm anda leg. If I hadn't been on diet Iwould have eaten movies snacks without limitation.

07:55 AM Jul 13 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Oh really! the cinemark movie group is an example…I love cinemark movies but it are very expensive as its snacks…I like to eat combo that has a super popcorn and big soda but are really expensive…Today what we can do to cheapen our ride to the movies is try to get a student card so we can pay only half entrance to thge theather,it is an alternative ;)

I remember when going to the movies was cheap as well as snacks,it was a great phase :)

01:09 PM Apr 07 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

mm , well , here in mexico , to tell u the true , u can get in with little meal in u back pack as in ( snaks, sandwich, pop corn ) u do it bcs like dale say the teather's ticket price is cheaper than the snaks , so the people do it , hide the snacks jejeejjej.

04:49 PM Mar 16 2010 |

little-teenager

Italy

I do not know what to do!!!!   :(

03:46 AM Mar 16 2010 |

summer0101

summer0101

China

i love movie,but i dont often go to the theater,because a movie date never cheap.there are no cheap ticket and no cheap snakes,and the most important thing is if i do with a girl,i must buy double.oh,my god, what a fucking day.so,i amnot go to the cinema very often.

06:35 AM Mar 11 2010 |

Gabi Mendes

Brazil

I love go to cinema, almost twice a month. Sometimes I buy a small popcorn and a soda too. I like the smell of them, it's nice and becomes the section more cool! But I prefer go out to eat something better like a sandwich, after the movie.

05:34 PM Mar 10 2010 |

DGO

DGO

Mexico

I like to eat pop corn, hotdogs, soda, etc. these things are very expensive in my country, too, I found the solution, it is very easy!!, you need to hide the snacks in a bag or something, jajaja..Laughing

04:55 PM Mar 10 2010 |

pamela4

pamela4

Dominican Republic

I love go to the movie, when I go I always buy the large popcorn and soda and sometimes candy.

01:59 PM Mar 10 2010 |

siberian tigger

Mexico

Hello friends

I love watching horror and action movies, but also I enjoy to eat candies and drink soda, both are delicious. In addition, movies and snakcs are related to each other.

Bless you 

11:21 AM Mar 10 2010 |

ale.LOL

ale.LOL

Mexico

i've never been second-run theater.. i wanna go

who's with me? ((=

11:12 AM Mar 10 2010 |

moon lady

moon lady

Saudi Arabia

I wish I can go to the cinema. maybe in the future

10:42 AM Mar 10 2010 |

Crystal Eyes

Saudi Arabia

I wanna try the feeling ..Of being a watcher to a movie on the cinema ..it looks very exciting thing

09:20 AM Mar 10 2010 |

khaye-cee

khaye-cee

Philippines

when my sister and i watch movie in cinemas we never stop at the conssesion stand :) hehe

07:59 AM Mar 10 2010 |

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