Fifth Tip: Concessions. I usually arrive at the movie theater about 20 to 30 minutes before showtime to allow for long concession lines. And trust me you’ll need it if you go during the weekend. Lines are gonna get crazy long. I should know since I used to work for a movie theater. Oh and if you’re going to a Marvel movie, let me warn you. Go an hour ahead if you are going opening weekend. God, I worked both the Avengers opening and the Iron Man 3 weekend. That shit was crazy and packed. There were lines just to get into the theater to find seat, like before the movie before it even finish. It’s a mad house in there. So long story short, go early for popcorn and soda. Oh and get a large. You’ll be staying there most of the day, so get all the popcorn you can get. If you want to spring for a drink, get a large, since both get unlimited refills the day you buy it.
Hint: Buy candy at the grocery store. Even some drinks if you want. Everything is as expensive as fuck at the movie theaters. What normally cost $1 is going to cost you $4.
Sixth Tip: Before you go into your theater, scope out the place and figure out which theater has which movie. You need to know where to go once your movie is over. Also check to see it they have an usher checking tickets. At the one I go to, if it’s slow, they only have one at the very front, but when it’s gets busy, they split it up and have someone checking tickets for each wing of theaters. If that happens to you, you’re plans are going to changed because it’s harder to theater hop when the movie you want is in the other wing and they’re checking theaters. This is why you should have list movies and different options to see.
Seventh Tip: Do not be obnoxious when theater hopping. Like seriously, don’t be screaming to your friend that you found it. Act normal and be just a little more serious than you normally are. You don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Walk into the theater, take your seat and enjoy the wait till the lights dim. If you have assigned seating, well I’d advise you to wait until the movie starts to find a seat. People tend to continue to roll in during the trailers but they should all be there once the movie starts.
Hint: Most shifts don’t end until six, so if you’re getting popcorn in between showtimes, go to another concession worker. Also don’t make eye contact with those ushers who are waiting to clean the movie theater. You don’t want them to remember your face the next time they clean your theater. Unless they’re hot, then go ahead, blind them with your flirtatiousness. Once it passes six though, you’re home free. They’ll mostly be all new people.
Eight Tip: Enjoy the movie and relax. Try to eat something, but it’s not a big deal if you don’t. I’ve realized I’m not that hungry once I get sick of popcorn. Just keep a drink with you though, you will get thirsty.
Hint: Do not take in pizza or something that will stink up the place. You are trying not to draw attention to yourself, not get everyone to glare at you. Another tip, is to get your money’s worth. I always get a refill on that soda and drink before every movie, even if I don’t finish it. I also get another refill before I go home. You spent your hard earned money on that popcorn and drink. So get as much out of it as you did on that ticket.
So there it is, my guide to theater hopping. Enjoy your next trip to the movie theaters and don’t get robbed blind.