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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 Should Have Your Order Ready When it's Your Turn at the Concession Stand

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Even if it means lingering as you check out the concession stand offerings, do us all a favor and don't join the line until you've decided what you want. It slows things down considerably when you're still trying to decide what to order at the counter or ask a million questions. Not only that, many times the people behind you may take it out on the employees behind the counter by yelling at them for being too slow, which is no fun for anyone. 
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The Theater Cleaning Schedule Doesn't Always Allow for the Most Thorough Job

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Many movie theater employees will be the first to admit that sometimes, the cleaning schedule doesn't allow for a completely thorough cleaning. When several movies end around the same time, they're sometimes stuck with only a few minutes to clean multiple theaters before the next show begins.
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It's a Lot Easier on the Cleanup Crew if You Put Your Trash on Top of, Rather Than Under, Your Seat

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Of course, you could always throw out your own trash yourself... but if you're going to leave it for the cleaning crew, there's still a way to help them out a lot. It's much easier for them to toss it into a trash bag if you leave it stacked and on top of your seat than if you leave it on the floor where it's often kicked under a seat or all over the aisle.