12 Movie Theater Secrets You Probably Haven't Thought About

Ever wonder about movie theater secrets such as why the popcorn always smells 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 a collection of cool behind the scenes secrets from movie theater employees themselves. Below you'll find out the answers to questions like whether individual theaters control the movies they play, why the snacks are outrageously priced, and tips to keep everyone in the snack line from secretly kinda hating you. 

We'll also delve into the unexplored dangers of being a cinema employee, as well as secrets behind movies at the theater and how they're managed. You'll also get the low down on which unadvisable actions can actually get you arrested while in a theater and the dark truth about what some moms leave behind after kids' movies. You'll also learn about some of the cool perks of working at the movies and score a few tips on the best ways to get on your friendly movie manager's good side.

So get ready to take a backstage look at these interesting movie theater secrets and be sure to vote for the most helpful and/or 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, and money, they'll also give you the chance to make the lives of theater workers just a little bit easier. 

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    An Alarming Amount Of Moms Leave Dirty Diapers Under the Seats

    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. Instead, they just throw dirty diapers under the movie seat.

    Please don't do this.

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    In Korea, Dried Cuttlefish Is Often Served With Popcorn

    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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    Popcorn Skyrocketed To Its Current Popularity During WWII

    Ever wonder why we so closely associate popcorn with watching movies? It was actually a tradition ingrained into our culture during WWII - when sugar rations made candy hard to come by. Although popcorn had always been around, and was actually sold in movie theaters before you could even see feature films, it was cemented as a go-to movie snack during the conflict.

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    Theater Employees Used To Play Xbox On The Big Screen After Hours

    Although it's apparently a lot harder to set up these days, due to evolving movie theater technology, cinema employers reportedly have used their off time to play X-Box. Playing Halo on the big screen is probably just as rad as it sounds.

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    Movie Seats Didn't Have Cup Holders Until 1981

    Innovation has always been a funny thing. Leave it to the nation that figured out how to put a man on the Moon before we thought of putting wheels on suitcases. The US also introduced air-conditioned cinemas nearly 60 years before movie theaters that offered cup holders. (That's right, AC in theaters is a 1920s thing. The more you know.)

    The first cup holders didn't make it into cinemas until AMC Theaters introduced them in 1981. What, I have to just hold this soda?!

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    Americans Eat 14 Billion Quarts Of Popcorn Every Year 

    According to Popcorn.com and the Popcorn Institute (yes, that's a thing, too) - Americans chow down on approximately 14 billion quarts of popcorn per year. That's about 43 quarters per person each year.

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