Secrets 36 Movie Theater Secrets They Don't Want You to Know  

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. If there are any movies you're anticipating, remember these facts when you head to the theater to see them. Not only could this information save you time, money, and hassles, you may make the lives of theater works just a little bit easier. 

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An Alarming Amount of Moms Leave Dirty Diapers Under the Seats

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Apparently some moms are so into getting their money's worth out of kid's movies that they aren't even up for taking their little ones to the bathroom for a diaper change. More than one movie theater manager has confessed to finding a diaper with a full load left under a seat in a theater playing a kid's film.
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Many Movie Theater Employees Don't Mind if You Wanna Make it a Double Feature

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If you want to sneak into a second movie after the one you paid to see finishes, a surprising number of theater managers confess they don't really care as long as you aren't obvious about it. Try to keep a low profile and select a second show that you're certain won't be sold out, as it could turn into a big problem if you leave someone who bought a ticket without a seat. If you get caught by a manager who proves an exception to the rule and seems angry, just apologize and say you were looking for a friend who said they were going to see the second movie. 
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Managers Will Sometimes Give You a Free Movie Pass if You Have to Share a Theater with a Screaming Kid

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If you have a horrible experience watching a movie due to a screaming baby, rowdy teenagers, or excessive P.D.A., it may be worth letting the manager know. Many managers will give you a pass to see another movie, especially if you're nice and polite about it.
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In Korea, Dried Cuttlefish Is Often Served with Popcorn

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Unfortunately, we were unable to find any cuttlefish combos being offered in American theaters to date. Bust out the purses ladies, you're just gonna have to smuggle in your own.
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