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Secrets Movie Theaters Don’t Want Us To Know About


– [Man] We all love a trip to the movies, but do you know what really goes on behind the velvet curtain? While you’re watching the new blockbuster you’re missing so much else. When the lights go down, they
hide a myriad of dark secrets that the people in
charge of movie theaters do not want you know. Luckily we’re here to expose them. Here’s our top 10. – Amazing! – [Man] Number 10. You may be sick. We go to the movies to relax, to escape from our daily
lives for a couple of hours. What we don’t go to the
movies for is to be sick. But that’s exactly what can
happen if you see a film in 3D. When we watch an immersive 3D film, your eyes send messages to
your brain that you are moving. However, your inner ear which contains fluid to sense movement, does not send these messages to your brain because you’re actually sitting still. Many people find these mixed messages between our brains, eyes and
ears make them feel nauseous. Me, I get sick having to pay
extra for those silly glasses. Lots of people have been known to faint while watching horror films. At the 2016 Toronto
International Film Festival, the premiere of cannibal-themed
horror movie Raw caused several viewers to
pass out in the aisles. One unlucky viewer hit
his head on the way down requiring medical attention. Finally, don’t make things
worse by turning up drunk. An Oregon man went to see
Rouge One after a few beers. He fell asleep and when he woke up the theater had closed for the night leaving him locked inside. He had to dial 911 to find
someone to set him free. The force wasn’t with him that night. Number nine. Audiovisual lies. I doubt you’ve ever brought
earplugs to a theater but maybe you should think about it. While the industry
standard volume for movies is 85 decibels, theaters turn their volumes
up as high as 130 decibels. The same volume a jet taking off. Experts in the US recommend
never listening to anything higher than 90. But there are no laws telling theaters not to crank up the volume. So this practice will probably continue. Now onto what you see. If your local theater advertises that they show their
movies in extreme digital, don’t be too impressed. Extreme digital is just a fancy name for a standard movie
digital projection system. Theaters use this instead of
the more high-end IMAX systems because it’s cheaper
and easier to maintain. That’s not to say IMAX is
always that great either. The standard size for an IMAX screen is 72-feet wide by 52-feet tall. But not all theaters have
the room to accommodate a screen of this size. It doesn’t stop them
saying they’re IMAX though. For example, the IMAX
screen at the AMC Empire in New York’s Times Square
is only 58-feet by 28-feet. Not much more than half the standard size. Do your research before you go to find out whether you’ll be watching
in IMAX or LIEMAX. Number eight. You won’t save money buying snack combos. Gorging yourself on snacks
is one of the best parts of going to the movies. However, you need to make sure
if you’re buying one of those snack combos at the concession stand you’re not being taken for a ride. For example, the number
four combo at this theater only saves you 12 cents over buying your hotdog, nachos
and large drink separately. Combos give the customer an illusion that they’re actually saving money. Encouraging them to buy more food than they actually want to eat. You’re actually spending
more than you would normally to get nothing more than a
nice cardboard snack holder. Next time you’re thinking of
getting a combo at the movies do some mental math first. Number seven. The staff like to have fun. When they finish selling you
some ridiculous 3D glasses or sweeping up your dropped popcorn, movie theater staff like
to let off some steam. Most of the time, theater
employees are allowed to see whatever movies they like for free. In fact, it’s encouraged
because they’ll be better at answering customer’s questions if they’ve actually seen the film. Things aren’t as fun as
they used to be however. A few years ago, after
the theaters closed, lucky employees could rig their
Playstations and Xboxes up to an available big screen
for some supersize gaming. Apparently playing Call
of Duty on a cinema screen with super surround sound
is as fun as you think. Unfortunately as movie
technology has evolved this can’t be done anymore. Spoilsports. If you know someone who works in theater maybe you can go and let
off some steam with them. Most theaters allow their
employees to give out a free tickets to their
friends every so often. Just don’t ask too many questions. Number six. Your theater isn’t clean. Theaters make their money by packing their shows full of people. As a result, they don’t
allow much time between shows to clean the auditorium. Sometimes cleaners only have a few minutes to do their thing before
the next show starts and several shows start
and end at the same time. So all they’ll do is give
the theater a simple sweep. No vacuuming, no carpet cleaning. They have to wait until
the end of the day. That’s what gives your
local theater’s carpet that sticky quality you know and love. If you want to help the poor
overworked theater cleaner you could take your trash home with you. If that’s too difficult for you, try leaving your trash on top of your seat rather than on the floor under it. It makes it easier for
the cleaners to see it. If you’re one of those people that likes to take their
baby to see the movies, please go to the bathroom
to change their diaper rather than doing it in the aisle. Theater cleaners do not
like finding a fully-loaded baby diaper under the seats
after the latest Disney film. Number five. You might see some
previews that shock you. One of the most annoying things
about visiting the theater is when you turn up at the time shown online or on the ticket but the movie doesn’t start
until half-an-hour later. This is done on purpose so the
theaters can sell you snacks and make money from
showing you advertising. More about that later. Theaters also like to
use this time to show you movie previews letting you know what’s on tempting you to come back. The previews are supposed to match the movie that you’re seeing. So if you’re seeing a Disney movie, the previews will show you similar stuff. However, in 2016 viewers
in a California theater patiently waiting to see Finding Dory, were unfortunately
confronted with previews for R-rated Seth Rogen
comedy Sausage Party. Complete with rude jokes and swearing. You think that’s bad? In 2013 in Florida, families
waiting to see Frozen were treated to a preview for the sexually-explicit
thriller Nymphomaniac. The theater manager’s
face was frozen in horror. Number four. Popcorn is expensive. We’ve already established that
movie snacks are expensive. But did you know that like-for-like, movie popcorn costs more
than the finest filet steak? Multiplying out the cost of a small bag, a kilo of popcorn at a Cineworld
in the UK cost 65 pounds. A kilo of dry aged wing rib of prime aberdeen angus beef, 57 pounds. Unfortunately, you literally
can’t help buying it because it smells so darn good. Popcorn makers use artificial
smells like coconut oil and canola oil to create
that heavenly aroma. Popcorn tastes good even
if it’s not as fresh as you might think. Popcorn stays fresh for about two days but it’s not unheard of for
theaters to make a large batch and make it last a week. The thing is, selling snacks
is one of the only ways theaters can make money these days. For the first one or two months that a theater shows a movie, all the revenue from ticket sales goes straight to the movie studio. Theaters only start to make
money when a movie has been on for more than three months. If we we’re paying over
the odds for our popcorn the theaters might not be able to survive. Number three. You’ll be shown lots of ads. As we mentioned before, another
way theaters can make money is to show you ads before the movie. That’s probably why the time
theaters spend showing you has gotten longer and
longer over the years. The time between
switching on the projector and actually showing the movie
is about half-an-hour now and audiences are getting angry about it. However, the revenue movie
advertising increases about 10% every year. So don’t expect it to stop anytime soon. On average, a 30-second movie theater ad cost 1,345 pounds per screen per month. No wonder theaters like to
pack in as many as possible. If you don’t want to see ads,
there is a way around it. The start time published
online may not be accurate but the end time always is. If you can find out the end
time and the length of the movie you can do some math and
work out what time to arrive. Good luck. Number two. Get the best seat in the house. Not all seats in the
theater are created equal. When auditoriums are being
designed and maintained the audio technicians
usually sit in the seat two-thirds of the way back bang in the center when they’re
calibrating the equipment. If you can bag that seat you’ll be assured of the optimism movie-going experience. If you like the sound a bit softer though you can sit towards the wall. Incidentally, once you’ve bagged
the best seat in the house and placed your large overpriced
soda in your cup-holder, consider for a second what
people did before 1981. That was the year the
cup-holder was invented. Did they place their
soda between their legs freezing their thighs to the bone? Or did they place their
drinks on the floor leaving themselves open to spillages? It’s a dilemma and no mistake. Before I reveal the number one
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on some amazing knowledge that could have filled your brain. Now let’s get back to it. Number one. You’ll be subject to subliminal selling. We know that theaters need to sell you as many snacks as they can. But you also need to know that they’ll stop at nothing to do it. Like a shopping mall or supermarket, a movie theater is designed to extract as much money out of you as possible. They’re set up so you can’t
get to the movie auditorium without passing the concession stand. If you’ve got kids with you,
they’re bound to see the images of their favorite movie characters
on the buckets of popcorn artfully displayed all
around the building. During the extra long advert section, bumpers before the movie tell you when there’s just enough time to nip to the lobby for a treat. Perhaps the sneakiest subliminal method is that some theaters have special vents leading into the auditorium. They hook these vents up to the exhaust of the popcorn machines pumping chemically-enhanced heavenly popcorn vapor
into the auditorium. The audience can feel
themselves getting hungrier just sitting there. Who in their right mind
could resist buying a bucket of popcorn after that? Have you noticed any of
these movie theater tricks? Do you know any hacks to get around them? Or maybe you’ve played
Xbox in a movie theater. Either way, leave us a
comment to let me know down in the comment section down below. Thanks for watching. (soft electronic beat)

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  • 10. Don't do 3d if you're prone to getting sick. I don't wanna clean vomit.
    9. We have a problem with loud movies and I've talked to management about it. We have Liemax, not IMAX.
    8. No you will not. You save one cent getting the combo vs buying it separate. We trick you into thinking you're getting a deal.
    7. It's true. We also love throwing shade about customers.
    6. Them seats ain't clean. Neither is the floors.
    5. We always start movies 10-15 minutes later than it says.
    4. It's expensive but it's that way because we don't get ticket money. WE NEVER REUSE POPCORN.
    3. IDK
    2. Just above center in the middle
    1. This is true.

  • Let’s go down to the lobby, let’s go down to the lobby, let’s go down to the lobby, to get ourselves a treat

    The chocolate and tasty treats the popcorn is never beat so let’s go down to the lobby, let’s go down to the lobby, let’s go down to the lobby, to get ourselves a treat

  • On cheap night for 35 dallors we see 2 movies and get a large popcorn that be four movies tickets cause i go with my mom

  • The biggest hack is not to go at all. I like to stay at home, get naked and jo while watching the movies on the internet. If I try that in a movie theater the manager doesn't like it.

  • Don't do at theaters:
    -Buy cheap 3d glasses
    -Buy any food from theater
    DO AT THEATERS:
    -take your own food
    – take the previous 3d glasses that you kept last time
    -buy a ticket

  • +BE AMAZED; TERRIFIC – YOU WRITE YOUR NAME IN ALL CAPS 😣😡 WHENEVER I HEAR THAT AWFUL SOUTHERN AMERICAN 'Y'AWL'-SPEECH, I GET PHYSICALLY ILL; ANOTHER SOUTHERN YAHOO😳😩'

  • Uhh… when I went 2 see detective pika, a John wick ad just appeared and seriously, some kids screamed XDDD HHAHAHAHHA

  • Good thing is that I smuggle my snacks that I brought from home into the cinema so that's one way to not be broke

  • Movie Goers here In My Country are NOT allowed 2 Bring Outside Snacks Even You Bought it @ There Own Supermart..which is SM ..What You Said about The Hidden Techniques it is True../ Watching From The Philippines ..

  • The guy who past out and got locked inside, you know that there is someone who cleans up before they close the workers just left him there passed out 😂

  • My mom works as a manager at the Cinemark movie theater and these are the things that Cinemark DOESN'T do

    They clean and the prices are cheap and they don't allow drunk people and they also have the freshest popcorn because they send their employees every day with left over popcorn and they make it fresh every day ; all the other movie theaters DON'T

  • 7 and 6 is true. Especially 6. Im a little left and right. I had to clean, i was 'that dude', that 'lone dude' who had to clean theater room, usually the first person in the theater and the first one in the building when it opens in the dead morning. I still dont know if i done good or not, not sure if my manager lied to me about it looking good, or didnt want to feel bad. My regional lied saying i dont clean up aisle covers, so i was a little upset enough i wanted to quit(i do those everyday for more than a year). Did it for more than a year, one theater room a day. My manager sometimes would come in enthusiatic about it. There is usually drink spills under the back side. Its hard cleaning the cupholders, they usually have soda gunk on it. Its frustrating, doing them everyday, each seat by seat. Usually cleaned up the corners and dusting, etc, i still remember cleaning side of the seats. Yeah. I still remember seeing myself clean the soda gunk, with rough fingers and ridding the gunk with a the tip of a key(for those tight corners)and a wet rag, all alone on that auditorium, watching myself in 3rd person point of view..
    Just imagine. Doing this. Everyday. For a year and a half.

  • Pleaase.

    I make $2 jiffy pop in the parking lot and stuff it in a bag inside my purse.

    Im a dude, but nowadays, i can pretend im a transformer if i want to. Thats my purse, I dont know you.

  • My ex girlfriend worked at a movie house and eatery. the one on 620 in Austin ,we played black ops on the biggest screen in Texas.

  • You need to mention the country you are talking about. Not all countries are by far as you describe. Never had such long adds and never thought it could happen. I'd sue them for as much wage loss if it happened. I suggest people think of doing it, especially those, who work from home or/and longer hours than just 40 hours a week and can earn more thanks to that.

  • In Finland we have little game before the movie you can join it by downloading the app then you can log in and you are on the screen you can win tickets and discounts. After that there is more ads

  • If the snacks are too expensive, shove some of your own snacks into your pants or shirt because your pockets may be too small and easy to see if there is something in them.

  • You toss your trash in the trashcan on the way out of the theater. You don't leave it in your seat………

  • here's a hack:
    I'm too poor to afford theater food
    all I get is a drink

    as for 3D though, I'm afraid there's nothing I can recommend except to say, git gud
    I get the 3D experience whenever I can unless it's through analglyph
    I don't get motion sickness or headaches because I know exactly what's going on and know how to control myself appropriately
    3D is fun when you know you're viewing it and understand you're in a virtual space that won't affect you irl
    (eg: playing VR and you realize you're sitting in a chair holding W on your kbd to go forward)

    it's not AR where there'd be gyroscopes in your headset to detect your motion

  • People be like I'm a hard worker waaaaaaaaa I clean the whole cinema like stfu there are a lot of people who would like to take your stupid spot you know there are a lot of hard workers out there so stfu you no hard worker your not getting paid for nothing

  • Yea, heres a hack: before the movie, go to grocery store, buy bag of candy and bottled drink. Hide in pocket, and enjoy $4 worth of snacks during movie instead of $24 worth of snacks. Problem -> solution

  • I have to sit on the top of rows because I use my phone because of mental stuff to not disturb people and I actually don't like popcorn

  • This is why i pay to watch a movie, and watch 2. They don't care, they know if you stay longer you'll spend money eating and thats where they get theirs, why do you think parents drop their kids off and they just hang out there all day

  • #11?… You CAN bring your own food to a theatre. Most places won’t give you any flack unless they have clearly posted signs prohibiting outside food. I did precisely this when I went to see Detective Pikachu.

  • Before 1981, we put our drinks on the floor and were very, very careful not to kick it over. Of course sometimes, someone behind you would knock over their drink and it would spill down under all the seats in front of them…and all over everything you had sitting on the floor. Memories!! 😛😂

  • I hate the fact that previews are so long. I want to show up half an hour later, or if we want to get good seats, I just sit there and play on my phone til I can't anymore. Yeah, they should turn down the sound a bit. I don't think 90 decibals would be too bad. But I think there should be a law that states that they can't go over 90. People aren't hard of getting but they can end up that way. I know they do that for the experience and you go there to hear the movie sound in surround like you do, but I think that they should figure out the level that most people can take max and not go over that…legally. I'm not a wimp. I can take some decibals, and I know the sound is supposed to be loud, but how about loud and comfortable at the same time?

  • And also, if they weren't so caught up on selling you so much snacks, and the price were lower, they'd probably sell an unimaginable amount, because some people go without eating before they go there or go there out of spontaneity and like to buy the snacks because alsmot everybody does that at movie theaters. But the price is getting so high that I can't buy anything whether I want to or not because I don't have money. And we usually eat before we go so we won't be hungry. I'm not giving up grocery money to go to the theater for 1 night. You need $50 or more where I live. And that includes the price of the movie. But of they weren't so money hungry, they could design a price that's comfortable and it would make it's ownmoney. They wouldn't be ripped off eitherway. But I'm learning that businesses are starting to "use their conscience" and while they don't like it, I do.

  • Idc about any of this as long I’m not near anyone loud a crying baby and someone blocking my view other then that I love a good movie with buttery popcorn 🍿

  • We put our drinks and snacks on floor. Yes knocked down plenty and is the main reason we just left our garbage. Please don’t put on seats cause I really don’t wanna sit in spillage,butter,nacho cheese

  • Coconut oil is not an "artificial smell", nor is Canola oil… 6:21 lol. The first is actually quite expensive and considered a delicacy to some.

  • For the guy who fell asleep. Don't they clean the theater after each showing? Guess they decided to cut a corner that night.

  • I must be insane because I never cared for popcorn unless they came with strange favors like cheese or lime additions.

  • The easiest way to save money is to sneak in your own snacks. They don't check anything on your person. Also, if you don't wanna spend the $8 for the soda pop. Grab a cup out of the trash and claim you dropped it. You'll get a free soda pop. If it's a busy night they're not gonna remember if they've served you or not.

  • if i got locked in id try find some food and then go sleep. even eat popcorn off the floor if i was that hungry……

  • When we go to the Cinema, THEY CHECK YOUR BAGS for any sweets and drinks you brought elsewhere and will not let you take them in with you. So even when its hot I go in wearing my big coat. My pockets are full of sweets and drink cartoons. They have not yet checked my coat 🙂

  • Just by a popcorn at the stor first and put it in your bag or something. This works perfectly and i am saving a toon of mony like this. I can for example bye 8 full-size popcorn at the store for 1 "big" popcorn at the movie.

  • Why would you leave your trash in the theater at all? That's what the trash cans in the halls/lobby are for ! no you shouldn't "…leave your trash on the seat…" like this lame video (thumbs down for that statement) suggests. Be a human and throw away your trash !

  • number 6 might actually be true. I've been to at least four different theaters and when I go to them, the seats are always
    sticky and popcorn and candy is spilled on the floor. But I don't think any of the other things are true.

  • He said Optimism seat…I was like what the heck. The word is Optimal, not optimism you dummy. People narrating these videos!

  • The one thing about the sound level in theaters vs. what experts recommend depends on your distance from the theater. Most people listen to music with headphones, which puts the audio very close to the ears, so 90 dB close to the ears is probably more harmful than 130 dB coming from a nearby speaker as some of the noise level will be lost as it's not as well contained as a headphone or in-ear earphone would be.

  • You know what, I don't even care, I will literally pull out my calculator, take out some paper and pen and take a good 5 minutes calculating the price for some food at the movies. I don't care if I look dumb or cheep, Let's see who's the dumb one when you spend $20 on a bag of popcorn I can buy for $1.50 at Walmart 🤷🏾‍♀️👀

  • One day I went to the movies my family and during the movie the lights turned on for a bit so I was telling my siblings next to me then… THEY IGNORED ME but then the lights turned off AND ON AGAIN can you explain

  • The real world is interesting enough without spewing a bunch of lies. Most of these aren't just wrong, they are obviously wrong; it's like you guys don't even care if we know you're full of it. My personal favorite was the one about the sound system – 130dB is, as you say, as loud as a jet engine. According to this article, it is also substantially louder than the human pain threshold https://www.chem.purdue.edu/chemsafety/Training/PPETrain/dblevels.htm
    Think for a second about what that would mean if movies were that loud in real life. Next time you're going to pull a number right out of your butt, do what I did and take literally 2 minutes to Google…then go home and rethink your life choices, maybe see if you can figure out where it all went sideways on you 🤨😉

  • Anyone else notice that theaters also over carbinate your drinks wich makes you get up to use the restroom missing part of the movie. My guess is they do this so hopefully you'll come back to watch it again cause you missed parts.

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