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Ashley Reign
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Ever wonder why movie popcorn smells so irresistible but costs a fortune? Always wanted to know why the theater floors sometimes feel like a sticky mess even though you passed the cleaning crew on the way in? If so, then you're in luck because we’ve got the inside scoop on all the movie theater secrets you’ve always wanted to know about but weren’t quite sure who to ask.

We set out to discover all the behind the scenes facts from movie theater employees, who have low down on their jobs - the good, the bad, and the dirty. Below you’ll find out the answers to questions like whether individual theaters control the movies they play, why the snacks are outrageously priced yet sometimes poor quality, and tips to keep everyone in the snack line from secretly kinda hating you. 

We’ll also delve into the deeper, unexplored dangers of being a cinema employee, and lots of other secrets that come with movies at the theater. That’s right - here you’ll discover some of the few things that can actually get you arrested while in a theater and the dark truth about what some moms leave behind after kid’s movies. Never fear however, because we’ll also reveal some of the cool perks of working at the movies and give you a few tips on the best ways to get on your friendly movie manager’s good side.

So get ready to take a back stage look at these interesting movie theater secrets and vote for the most helpful and revealing.
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Most Movie Theaters Make More Money From Concessions Than From Ticket Sales


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While it may seem crazy, movie theaters don't make a huge amount of money off of the movies themselves, at least for the first month or two that they play. During that time, most of the profits from ticket sales goes to the studio that distributed the movie. The theater only starts to take in a bigger chunk of the proceeds when the film has been out for around three months or so. This is why some of them continue to play popular movies, even after they've been out for months.
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You're Better off Splurging on Dinner Than Snacking During the Show


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Need a good excuse to hit the steakhouse if it means avoiding the popcorn line? An ounce of movie theater popcorn costs more than an ounce of filet mignon. You're welcome!
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You'll Straight up Get Arrested for Trying to Record a Movie


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While movie theater employees are generally pretty chill about most things, there are a few big no-nos, piracy being chief among them. This is one of the few instances where the theater will actually call the cops and quite possibly have you arrested. The MPAA even gives them a $500 reward for foiling the attempts of anyone trying to record a movie.
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Noise Levels in Theaters Can Border on the Dangerous


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According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, the noise levels in certain theaters can be loud enough to risk contributing to hearing loss, especially in theaters playing action movies. Some of these films, they say, can leave your ears feeling as stunned as if they'd just sat through a super loud rock concert.