You may think that this blog post must be about the delicious popcorn and snacks that I make at home and smuggle into the theater to avoid buying packaged disposable stuff when we go to the movies...
But it's not.
It's really about a question: Why the heck do we feel the need to always eat snacks in the movie theater?
Do you feel that way?
I realized tonight that in a way I do feel that way.
Buy your ticket, buy a drink, buy some popcorn... enjoy your snacks while you watch our film. I know this goes way back and that it was really just a way to get more money out of us, but how do we change it? It seems like you can't bring anything with you into a theater and that you have to buy everything that you need there.
So I thought about this tonight when the woman at the movie theater counter ask me if we needed any drinks or snacks with our tickets (our town is small enough that you just buy your tickets at the snack counter). "No thank you" I told her and she nodded. But then I felt guilty - almost like she nodded like that because she knew that I had a huge stainless steel water bottle and bag of homemade popcorn in my bag. Because, if I'm not going to buy anything, I must already have it with me. Because who goes to see Harry Potter with their kids and doesn't eat snacks?
I sat in the theater listening to everyone else crunching away on delicious smelling popcorn, but I wasn't hungry. I kind of wanted popcorn, but... not really. A little ways into the movie I asked my kids if they wanted popcorn and they said "not really, right now". This was brilliant! They weren't hungry either, so they didn't want to eat a snack. In fact, we only took one sip from the water bottle during that whole long movie before it was over. Who would believe it?
I was thinking about whether or not I snack when I watch a movie at home. Sometimes, if I'm up for a snack. But not always. Sometimes I just sit down on my couch, put my feet up and watch a movie. And maybe take a sip of water if I feel the need for it.
So I ask you: Do you need to give in to all aspects of movie theater marketing to lure you in and spend even more money on overpriced snacks that you probably don't even need? What if you went, just once, to a movie and only bought a ticket? What if you even ignored the snack that you smuggled in inside your bag or pocket?
I know it's totally crazy, but what if we all just didn't have to eat when we went to the movies??
I urge you to give it a shot. The freedom from feeling the need to buy is amazing in itself. But when you realize that you don't even need a substitute to buying something, that you can simply go without... that's really an amazing thing.