Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cinemonics 101: Movie Snacks for Tightwads

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 6:15 AM

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Scene intern Caroline Hallemann contributed this post.

As if $20 for two adult movie tickets wasn't enough to make you consider NetFlix, $17 for a medium popcorn and two medium drinks could make you kick the movie habit altogether.

But with a quick course in cinema economics--Cinemonics?--you can have your movie snack and eat it too.

Of course, there's always the American Gangster approach to film snacks, i.e. smuggling, but for those of you who like to play by the rules, here are a few ideas for skimming the fat off your concessions bill:

  1. Buy one drink and ask for an extra cup. With almost a liter of liquid in a medium Coke, you can quench your party's thirst with one drink and a small upcharge for extra cups.
  2. Apply for a loyalty card. These free promotions, while a little gimmicky, track how often you visit the theater and award you coupons on concessions and tickets every so often.
  3. Order a kid's meal. Regal Cinemas offer a small combo of popcorn, fruit snacks and drink for $5.75. It's not on the menu though, so you have to ask.

Unfortunately, if you have a hankering for concession-stand egg rolls and are short on cash, I've got nothing for you. But to be honest, after a round of those you're going to need more than money-saving advice.

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