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Davian93
08-11-2008, 10:02 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080810/od_afp/entertainmentbritainfilmfoodoffbeat_080810011308

How weird is that?

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 10:13 AM
You know, when I'm at the theaters, I can't eat anything while I'm watching the movie. I don't know why, it's just like, physically impossible for me to do so.

That is strange though...

Gilshalos Sedai
08-11-2008, 10:14 AM
Snobs.

caladanbrood
08-11-2008, 10:16 AM
We have? Awesome, I'm gonna go there now! Popcorn is insanely annoying, not to mention overly expensive.

Cary Sedai
08-11-2008, 12:11 PM
I love popcorn! :D

I don't really feel one way or the other about the ban, though. Some people love it, some hate it. I am curious to see exactly how well it works out for them, though.

StrangePackage
08-11-2008, 09:21 PM
Fascists!

Movies without popcorn!?

What's next, no drinking in bars?

Brita
08-11-2008, 09:51 PM
Reading this has given me an undeniable craving for popcorn- I'm going to throw a bag in the microwave right now!

(the UK must be much further on the healthy lifestyle road than North America, I can't imagine our theatres removing popcorn)

Realnow
08-11-2008, 10:03 PM
I wouldn't go to a theatre without having popcorn to munch on, to me its part of the experience and helps pass the time during some longer films.

Birgitte
08-11-2008, 11:18 PM
... What the hell? The dude is talking about popcorn like it's the equivalent of cigarettes. I mean, I can understand not liking popcorn (RS doesn't), but seriously, it isn't like it's harmful. And "cultural idea of it"? lol... POPCORN IS DESTROYING THE CULTURE OF MOVIE THEATERS EVERYWHERE!

Okay, I'll give them that you can't get away from the smell. I just have never personally met anyone who couldn't stand the smell of popcorn. Even if they didn't eat it, they liked smelling it.

hehehe... Anyone else find it ironic that he's acting so snobbish and owns a cinema called Everyman?

Ozymandias
08-11-2008, 11:44 PM
(the UK must be much further on the healthy lifestyle road than North America, I can't imagine our theatres removing popcorn)


Its not healthy lifestyle, Brita, is fascism. I don't live in the UK, but this is outrageous. This is someone telling me what I can and cannot eat. If this guy is banning it based on the logistical problem of cleaning it up, thats one thing, but to say they're further on the "healthy lifestyle" road is beyond ridiculous.

I should be able to choose what I eat, even if that makes me obese. No government or moralizing asshole has the right to tell me popcorn is bad for me, and therefore I cannot have it. Its like this stupid trans-fat ban in California. People aren't fat because they eat Oreo's and popcorn, they're fat because they CHOOSE to eat Oreo's and popcorn. Its a rejection of our culture (or at least my culture, American) to take away choice based on what a select group of people think is good and bad for everyone; thats the very definition of fascism.

As my form of protest to this scumbag, I am going to go to the IMAX theater to see Batman, and eat 6 pounds of popcorn and put as much salt and butter on it as I can find. If I end up in the gym for the next 3 weeks because of it, so be it. Its my choice to be a pig, and I don't want that taken away from me

Uno
08-12-2008, 12:12 AM
I don't know what it is with Theorylanders and junk food...a couple of weeks ago, giving away free sodas to annoying drive-through customers was akin to Chamberlain appeasing Hitler, and now some cinema owner banning popcorn is the very definition of fascism..

Ozymandias
08-12-2008, 02:53 AM
I don't know what it is with Theorylanders and junk food...a couple of weeks ago, giving away free sodas to annoying drive-through customers was akin to Chamberlain appeasing Hitler, and now some cinema owner banning popcorn is the very definition of fascism..

Its not the banning of popcorn that upsets me, its taking away a choice that upsets me.

My high school history teacher always told me that to find the essence of capitalism, all you had to do was look down the breakfast cereal aisle in the supermarket. I think thats a pretty fair statement. Capitalism (and because of its connection to capitalism, democracy) is based on my right to choose my product in an open marketplace. Its a short step from banning popcorn to banning soft drinks, or candy, or any sort of food or beverage in a theater. Likewise, its a short step from banning trans-fat to banning anything other than vegetables and other rabbit food.

I want the choice to be unhealthy. I don't need the government or a bunch of left wing nuts preaching to me about what I can and cannot eat.

GonzoTheGreat
08-12-2008, 05:06 AM
Its not the banning of popcorn that upsets me, its taking away a choice that upsets me.
So you are saying that the theater owner has no choice in it; if he refuses to sell popcorn he's a fascist?

I would say that he is totally free to sell or not to sell whatever snacks he wants to try to peddle to his customers.
I want the choice to be unhealthy. I don't need the government or a bunch of left wing nuts preaching to me about what I can and cannot eat.
If a theater doesn't offer the precise type of snack that you're feeling peckish for, do you make a scene? Do you then really start screaming about fascism?

Come to think of it, a lot of movie theaters (maybe all of them) in the Netherlands (and the UK, though I've been in far fewer there) have a "only bought here" policy regarding snacks. That means that even if they sell popcorn, you can't buy a bag in a local supermarket and eat that while watching the movie. I think that's wrong, though I would not go so far as to call it fascist.
How about you, Ozymandias? Have you ever protested such a rule, and if not, why not? It could of course be because those rules do not exist in your country, in which case I'd be a bit jealous of that.

Terez
08-12-2008, 05:11 AM
No need to be jealous over that bit, Gonzo...our movie theaters don't let you bring in outside food or drink. But that's what purses are for. Now you can be jealous. :D

I don't know what it is with Theorylanders and junk food...a couple of weeks ago, giving away free sodas to annoying drive-through customers was akin to Chamberlain appeasing Hitler, and now some cinema owner banning popcorn is the very definition of fascism..
Don't forget the commies trying to ban fast food in LA. :p

Davian93
08-12-2008, 08:25 AM
You may take our popcorn...BUT YOU'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 08:59 AM
I wouldn't call it fascism, since it's not government sponsored. I call it food snobbery.


And what kind of freak doesn't like the smell of popcorn? I can totally understand that nasty oil crap they call "butter flavored topping" (which is not butter flavored and rarely makes it to anything other than the first layer of popcorn) being phased out, but banning popcorn entirely??? Now, if it's too messy, or is currently cost prohibitive due to ethanol, like everything else made of corn at the moment, I totally understand.

But for health reasons? Dumb.

caladanbrood
08-12-2008, 10:21 AM
Its not healthy lifestyle, Brita, is fascism. I don't live in the UK, but this is outrageous. This is someone telling me what I can and cannot eat. If this guy is banning it based on the logistical problem of cleaning it up, thats one thing, but to say they're further on the "healthy lifestyle" road is beyond ridiculous.

I should be able to choose what I eat, even if that makes me obese. No government or moralizing asshole has the right to tell me popcorn is bad for me, and therefore I cannot have it. Its like this stupid trans-fat ban in California. People aren't fat because they eat Oreo's and popcorn, they're fat because they CHOOSE to eat Oreo's and popcorn. Its a rejection of our culture (or at least my culture, American) to take away choice based on what a select group of people think is good and bad for everyone; thats the very definition of fascism.

As my form of protest to this scumbag, I am going to go to the IMAX theater to see Batman, and eat 6 pounds of popcorn and put as much salt and butter on it as I can find. If I end up in the gym for the next 3 weeks because of it, so be it. Its my choice to be a pig, and I don't want that taken away from me

This is probably the funniest post I've ever read on this forum :D

Scumbag facist cinema owners!!

Does no one else get pissed off at the noise people make eating popcorn? Rustling about bags, crunching etc etc... it distracts too much from the film, if it's a quiet one, I reckon.

Davian93
08-12-2008, 11:33 AM
I get pissed off by little kids in R movies, people that constantly get up 20 times a movie to go to the WC, get food, etc, and talking/cellphones.

Because of this we go to movies during the week and usually go to later shows to avoid the most annoying people. Its far less crowded and far more enjoyable that way.;)

P.S. I know I know, alot of things annoy me.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 11:39 AM
We drive an hour to the Alamo Drafthouse. No kids without a parent, and no babies.

Crispin's Crispian
08-12-2008, 11:39 AM
P.S. I know I know, alot of things annoy me.

One time I was at an R-rated movie and this lady walked by wearing a Hillary Clinton t-shirt and pushing a shopping cart with her 10 year-old boy sitting inside it talking on a cell phone.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 11:43 AM
Muttley, that was... I nearly spit water all over my plasma screen monitor at work.

Brita
08-12-2008, 11:54 AM
One time I was at an R-rated movie and this lady walked by wearing a Hillary Clinton t-shirt and pushing a shopping cart with her 10 year-old boy sitting inside it talking on a cell phone.

ROFLMAO!

Was she calling her son "Precious Snowflake"?

Crispin's Crispian
08-12-2008, 11:55 AM
ROFLMAO!

Was she calling her son "Precious Snowflake"?
Damn!! I knew I missed something!

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 12:01 PM
I wasn't drinking water that time, thankfully.

Davian93
08-12-2008, 12:07 PM
ROTFLMAO!!!

I notice that someone has been keeping a tally at least.

~gasping for air~


EDIT: I think the funniest part was that I thought you had honesty seen that happen for a moment...then I realized you were kidding.

DahLliA
08-12-2008, 07:04 PM
give us popcorn or give us death! *shakes pitchfork and sword in the air*

seriously though. popcorn is part of the movie experience...

GonzoTheGreat
08-13-2008, 04:41 AM
Is popcorn also a necessary part of European arthouse cinema?
I mean, it does seem that this is a somewhat specialised group, and that may play a role in the audience they draw.

Terez
08-13-2008, 05:43 AM
I think the funniest part was that I thought you had honesty seen that happen for a moment...then I realized you were kidding. I thought he was serious. But then, I'm from Mississippi. What I thought when I read it was, "Hmm, I didn't know people did stuff like that in Oregon too."

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2008, 08:28 AM
Oh, good, I wasn't the only one to think that for half a second.


Though the shopping cart was a giveaway.

Terez
08-13-2008, 08:33 AM
Have you ever been to Mississippi?

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2008, 08:41 AM
I am happy to say I have not. Which is why the shopping cart was a giveaway. The theater people here wrestle anyone with those to the ground and take them away before letting them in the theater.

caladanbrood
08-13-2008, 11:22 AM
We don't allow shopping carts in our cinemas, because we're fascist bastards :D

Crispin's Crispian
08-13-2008, 11:51 AM
Why in hell would anyone want to bring a shopping cart into a theater? Surely it's less comfortable than the seats.

Terez
08-13-2008, 11:55 AM
Some people have kids that will never stop screaming if you try to make them get out of the shopping cart.

And people use shopping carts for all sorts of stuff in MS...

Davian93
08-13-2008, 11:56 AM
Did I mention how annoying I think people that put their 10 year old in a shopping cart are?

Ozymandias
08-14-2008, 02:34 AM
So you are saying that the theater owner has no choice in it; if he refuses to sell popcorn he's a fascist?

I would say that he is totally free to sell or not to sell whatever snacks he wants to try to peddle to his customers.

If a theater doesn't offer the precise type of snack that you're feeling peckish for, do you make a scene? Do you then really start screaming about fascism?

Come to think of it, a lot of movie theaters (maybe all of them) in the Netherlands (and the UK, though I've been in far fewer there) have a "only bought here" policy regarding snacks. That means that even if they sell popcorn, you can't buy a bag in a local supermarket and eat that while watching the movie. I think that's wrong, though I would not go so far as to call it fascist.
How about you, Ozymandias? Have you ever protested such a rule, and if not, why not? It could of course be because those rules do not exist in your country, in which case I'd be a bit jealous of that.

I don't know where the rest of you live, but I bring my own drinks or perhaps swedish fish into theaters all the time.

And Gonzo, I said that if its a problem in picking up the popcorn, then thats totally different. Its his choice as proprietor. But it smacks of a conspiracy to begin banning popcorn at all.

There is a difference between them not serving fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and popcorn. Popcorn is part of the moviegoing experience, at this point. And it reminds me too much of the trans-fat ban in california (which pisses me off a whole lot more).

I don't mind the "only-bought-here" mentality. There is a difference between saying "this is what we offer, choose" and "you can't have this". Its small, but an important distinction. Besides, in many ways, you can say that the profits from the popcorn go to paying staff to clean up the mess it leaves. If your bringing in popcorn from outside, your denying the theater valuable revenue while still bringing in the associated maintenance costs.

caladanbrood
08-14-2008, 03:43 PM
Damn fascist conspiracies!!

Explain to me maybe, to what end this fascist conspiracy?