Movie Theater Employee

Movie Theater Employee


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 6 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.

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 6 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.

Have you seen any good fights break out in the audience when someone wouldn't shut up or was talking on their cell phone during the movie?

Asked by brassy monkey about 6 years ago

Absolutely. There have been times when we've needed to call police and an ambulance. Fights happen for all kinds of dumb reasons. Cutting in line, being obnoxious during the show and even because someone took their seat! Just las week, this teen was jumped by other teens and they all ran out before anything could be done.

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

Asked by TreShon Rouse almost 5 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.

How much does it cost to rent out a whole theater for a private event like a kids' birthday party?

Asked by Ray Zuhnets almost 6 years ago

It's possible to rent out a whole theater but the price depends on the size of the theater. However, the cost needs to make up for the losses the cinema would have had as if they cancelled the showing. In other words, say a theater seats 300 people so you'd have to pay for all those 300 seats (about $3300) and I don't know think they charge you for other stuff. So we rarely get someone renting a theater unless it was a company renting it for it's employees. We do have birthday party rooms but it's just what they are: rooms with decor targeted towards a younger audience. It's $18/ child and it doesn't include food.

Besides popcorn, what's the best-selling theater snack? I'm guessing Raisinets...

Asked by mmm... over 5 years ago

Other than drinks (Pepsi/coke) icees would be the next popular item. In terms of candy, Buncha Crunch is immensely popular. Sour patch kids are also very popular and because we sell 2 kinds of the stuff, it sells more than any other candy.

Has your theater changed its security policies in any way, given the recent Dark Knight tragedy?

Asked by Sam almost 6 years ago

I've gotten this question a lot. Truthfully, I hadn't noticed an increased number in security at all. Many patrons decided not to go to the movies anyway; it was a really slow weekend for us. I think a lot of people decided not to go because of the shooting, regard less of the number of security. I will say that the city requires the theater to have actual police present in the theater during the weekends because it's always busier. Weekdays have regular security.