Do you want your sandwich now, or do you want to wait until the lights go down?

I used to say that one of my favorite things about Mike was that when we went to the movies, we went to the movies. We got there early for good seats, we bought popcorn and soda. He and I have never gone to the movies a whole lot, but when we did, for something big, we really enjoyed ourselves.

These days, though, our finances are not what they were and ticket prices have gone up, so when we go to the movies, it’s usually a matinee, and we usually don’t buy food. Instead, we have mastered the art of sneaking food into the movies. Of course it’s not hard, of course everyone does it, but it’s still extremely satisfying to eat a homemade sandwich in the movie theater, to pop open your soda just as the lights go down (so everybody hears it), or even, in Mike’s case, to open your hard lemonade. I first learned of the glory of sneaking in food back when I was in college. My family went to the movies very rarely, and we often brought things in, but I remember my dad being more of the, “I am carrying this food in and I don’t care who knows it” type. There was not a whole lot of sneaking. In college, though, I remember meeting my friends at the movie theater and then realizing that everyone had snuck in something different: homemade cookies, twizzlers, chex mix. A veritable feast.

For the past two movies, Mike and I have done a lot of planning, and have used our winter coats to our advantage, as well as my “sneaking food into the movie theater” purse. For Pride and Prejudice, Mike had pistachios and a bottle of water, while I had M&Ms and a Coke Zero. But we stepped it up for Harry Potter: a sandwich for each of us, water for him, Coke Zero for me, and various assorted candies. All of which was cheaper than one bottle of water would have cost at the theater. I’m beginning to think I’ll never go back to my old ways. hehe.

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12 Comments

  1. Mike snuck a Harde Lemonade into the theater? Holy cow. I have a new hero.

    Posted 11/20/2005 at | Permalink
  2. we were searched before we went into see Episode III. They checked for “recording devices and food.”

    Posted 11/20/2005 at | Permalink
  3. Once you start a life of crime, you never go back.

    Posted 11/20/2005 at | Permalink
  4. Hehe. I especially love sneaking food into the dollar theatre. ALL THIS FOR UNDER $5!!!!!! Awesome.

    Posted 11/20/2005 at | Permalink
  5. I didn’t know that Mike liked pistachios. Rock on with the pistachios, man. 🙂

    [Otherwise … ditto what Jeff said.]

    GFM <– doesn’t sneak stuff into movies, but also doesn’t generally eat stuff in the theater, either … :shrug:

    Posted 11/21/2005 at | Permalink
  6. we were searched before we went into see Episode III. They checked for “recording devices and food.”

    Hey, Brian … considering that Best Buy thinks you’re a shoplifter, I’m not surprised that they searched you. You’re clearly just a shady character.

    GFM <– “Your mom’s a tracer!”

    Posted 11/21/2005 at | Permalink
  7. Kari

    I think it was Comp USA, not Best Buy. Right?

    Posted 11/21/2005 at | Permalink
  8. ditto jeff and geof. haha.

    at the theatre i went to friday, its connected to a mall where there’s a dollar store. my friends and i thought a movie theatre employee should monitor the store. everyone in there was buying candy. homemade stuff would be pretty fun. 🙂

    Posted 11/21/2005 at | Permalink
  9. yeah, Geof….COMP USA….get it straight.

    😛

    Posted 11/21/2005 at | Permalink
  10. alisa

    Im with Jeff – sneaking in Hard Lemonaide!! So going to the movies with you two.

    Posted 11/22/2005 at | Permalink
  11. Don’t stick out your tongue at me, young man! I’ll give you detent … awww, crap.

    Posted 11/22/2005 at | Permalink
  12. Last time I went to the movies (it’s a very rare occurence), we snuck in a box of Wheat Thins and an avacado and cheese…and knife to cut the avocado and cheese. We pretty much made our meal while we watched the movie. Oh, and we brough candy.

    Posted 11/23/2005 at | Permalink

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