Movie Theater Employee

Movie Theater Employee

PeopleOrderPopcorn

Boston Area, MA

Female, 21

I work at a movie theater. I work the concessions but I've worked long enough to know a little something-something about ushering and cashiers. And a little bit of what managers do. Ask me anything!

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Last Answer on October 23, 2014

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Is it true that bedbugs are becoming a huge problem at movie theaters?

Asked by emily about 12 years ago

Ah, I remember when my theater was hit with a bedbug scandal. Truth is it's not a problem. If a theater has bedbugs and an inspector finds them, the WHOLE THEATER would shut down and have to be fumigated. You will probably never see any bedbugs at theaters. In our case, it ends up that the bedbugs rumor was spread my a disgruntled coworker who was recently fired. There were no bedbugs. However, we do have a fruit fly problem seasonally. Its not an infestation by a long shot. They mostly hang around trash barrels and are kind of annoying.

Can you bring in outside drinks to a movie? They used to be strict about that and actually go through your bag, but I feel like I haven't been hassled about it in years.

Asked by mila about 12 years ago

I think that's about right. We did use to care but now we don't even have the sign that tells people not to bring food anymore. A new manager might be adamant about it but gives up soon after. I think we only mind when you bring in something ridiculous like a shopping cart like this only lady did. I brought a box of pizza once. But I don't suggest you do that :)

If you could commandeer the projector and show any 5 movies you want, what would they be?

Asked by 2121 about 12 years ago

Hmm. That's a tough one.. if I was to pick my favorites: 1. Everything is Illuminated 2. The Princess Bride 3.Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 4: Shutter Island 5: Howl's Moving Castle if I was looking to make my employees hate me and fill my theater with people, I'd pick movies that have developed a legion of fans. 1. Harry Potter series 2. Twilight series 3. Hunger Games 4. High School Musical (ew) 5. The Dark Knight

To get into a rated R movie can I just show the ticket worker my birth certificate?

Asked by TreShon Rouse almost 11 years ago

So then, how will they know it's yours? If you're going to do that, you might as well get a state id.

In short, no.

is it safe to say that most movie theater employees wind up seeing the majority of movies in their theaters? Could you be the next Siskel or Ebert? :)

Asked by N(an)C17 over 11 years ago

At first, we do. Whenever someone first starts, they will see LITERALLY EVERY MOVIE that comes out. After a while, the novelty wears off and we start watching them less & less often. There was a point where I didn't see one for months. The employees would watch them as much as they did before they were hired or even less so. Only a handful of my coworkers watch movies enough to talk about them regularly.

What percent of a theater's revenue comes from concessions versus tickets? How about PROFIT?

Asked by DimDime over 11 years ago

Ok, I wasn't able to get percentages. Basically, a HUGE chunk of the revenue comes from concessions. That's where we make our money. A little comes from ticket sales. How much of the ticket sale profit we get depends on the movie company (for example, Paramount gives more than the other companies) but the average is about 10%. Some money comes from local businesses advertising at the theater.

But like I said, a big slice of the pie comes from concessions. This article might shed some light on why and might give you a better idea of how much : http://goo.gl/u19Ow

This thread is awesome, thank you for doing it! Why aren't there more healthy snack options at the concession stands?

Asked by Mellie about 12 years ago

Thanks :) I'm just surprised this is the only food related but not money related question. The truth is because no one will buy it. The theater I work at use to sell packaged fruits & veggies with dip. But no one really bought them and they spoiled very quickly. So we discontinued them.