It's a kid thing to do and kids have better ways to steal movies these days.
I was told by a friend that is a security guard at a movie theater that people rarely sneak into movies anymore. I found this hard to believe because as a teenager, we did everything we could to not pay for a movie ticket. I don't go out of my way to sneak in the back door or side door of a theater any more, i'd rather just buy the ticket. But if the timing is right when I get out of the first movie, i might sneak into another movie.
It's a kid thing to do and kids have better ways to steal movies these days.
I tried once at AMC when I was younger and we got caught. Figured they just watched the cameras like hawks and never tried again. Sometimes I'll watch multiple movies on one ticket though (I see everything, huge movie buff). A nephew of mine just got a job at an AMC and he said they really look for that shit though.
I used to sneak into movies when I was in 1st and 2nd grade. My friends and I would scrounge up enough money for a single ticket by finding lose change, turning in cans, getting this one soda machine to payout change for free ect. Then we would send one kid to buy the ticket for this one theater that had fire exits that lead to the back of the building but had no alarm set on the doors. We'd all wait there and then pile into the movie once the lights went down. We'd scoot out just as the credits started to roll. Sometimes we would get in through that door and then head down the hall to whatever movie we wanted to see.
We did this a bunch of times and I can't recall ever getting caught, just stopped doing it after a while. Maybe the teens working the booth and watching the the theaters didn't give a shit. Anyways, thinking back, it's actually pretty weird to think about a bunch of little kids working together like that with no adult supervision. Where the hell were our parents?
i sneak into movies still. its easy as fuck and it doesnt matter what theater i go to. the key is not going to the evening showings, start out early at around 1pm and that way you can finish your sneakings by 7pm when the security starts giving a fuck about their job. maybe its a kid thing, but now that movie tickets for even the early showings are at around 10 bucks, i say fuck that shit. im seeing more than one flick.
I did this as a teenager all the time. We used to sneak into a cheap theater regularly but they didn't give a fuck. We did a couple times at AMC too because we figured out all the service/maintenance access hallways of how to get into the movie theater through the mall. I see movies so rarely now that I'll always pay. I only see movies that I'm really looking forward to. I think Django Unchained will be the first movie I've seen in theaters since Avatar. I might be missing one, but I know it's been at least two years since I've been to the theater.
I've never sneaked in , nor have I ever seen evidence of anyone else doing it. I had no idea this was such a thing.
I've never snuck into a theatre but probably would've as a kid if going to the movies was more popular with me and my friends.
i used to watch 2 movies on one ticket when i was younger, but now I am old as fuck and just want to go home, my legs are all tired and shit
one things that different now, I hate buying movie popcorn/soda and bring in my own bottle of water (24 pack for $5 FUCK YEAH) and sometimes a small bag of candy
They don't check tickets at my theatre. At all.
I wish I did this when my friend had me go to Total Recall at Downtown Disney. Ticket was fucking 17 dollars. Movie was acceptable, and spending time with my friend was worth it, but jesus that's overpriced. On the way in, I joked that a large popcorn was 9 dollars... but I was right, and it was, but free refill, whoop-de-doo.
As a kid, I never lived within walking distance of a theater, so there really was no way to get away from my parents and even try to sneak in a theater, and now that I'm old, I just don't like movie theaters that much anymore. Hell, I don't like people all that much anymore, and movie theaters are packed with them. Watching them at home, either torrented or redbox or netflix, atleast I can pause when I want to, get up, stretch, hit the bathroom, and come back without missing a thing.
I used to sneak in to the Nokia Ultra cinemas when I lived in Bangkok. The cinema costs $35-40 per ticket but the seats are incredibly comfy. I used to walk through the back entrance and pretend not to speak English if I was ever stopped. Saw about 15 or 16 movies there. I miss the place.
I don't bother sneaking in to cinemas now that I'm back in England. I'm more than happy to pay £5/$7.50 to see a film.
my biggest issue with movie food is that there is FUCK ALL I actually want
Nachos and Salsa? ugh, I don't like the taste and they sell them in tiny plastic boats you simply can't avoid making a salsa mess at some point
Popcorn? I can't stomach that stuff, it has literally no taste. It's like chewing card board. I pass on free ones
ice cream - that's fine, but only lasts for a few minutes.
The other thing is horribly overpriced tiny portions of prepacked bulkware, such as 100g of potato chips for €3 - when that kind of money buys me two 250g bags at the supermarket (the huge popcorn buckets are actually reasonably priced) - you can't share that bag, because it will barely last for one person through the previews.
Yeah I almost never buy food at the theatre. If I want food I'll sneak it in.
I think I saw two movies on one ticket once when I was younger. Actually I'm pretty sure it was my moms idea. I never have since because I don't think I could sit through two movies in a row. I definitely sneak in my own food. Oh, and flavored vodka to mix with the blue raspberry slushies.
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One time I went to an R rated movie with my brother. He was 18 and I was 22, but he had forgotten his ID. If I had been 23 I would have been allowed to vouch him in, but they wouldn't let him in. I returned both of our tickets and then we snuck in. That was more of a moral thing, though.
I got caught once sneaking into a movie that was sold out when I was 16 or so, so we went to see the movie we bought tickets for.
These days, even if I want to see two movies in a row I walk out and buy another ticket.
I've never actually snuck into a theater without paying at all, but I've movie-hopped dozens of times, maybe even a hundred in my life (I'm old). I actually convinced a coworker and his brother to do it with me last year for Haywire and Underworld 3. We all agreed it was a good thing we didn't pay for Haywire.
I don't do it as much now simply because I go to the movies a lot less, but I've still done it within the past 6 months or so I think. It is harder and harder to time it with movies you want to see though too, as it seems every fucking movie is spaced out 3 hours apart now, even if the movie is only 90 minutes, so no matter what you end up wandering around the theater/arcade/bathrooms for an hour or so unless you get lucky with showings AND pre-plan your hop. And of course if it is one of those theaters that takes the ticket right at the door to your actual movie, not at the front door like most of them, then you're kind of screwed, but you should know that ahead of time.
I've never even come close to being caught that I'm aware of, and it is easy as fuck. You just blend in, don't draw attention to yourself, and act like you belong there. My coworker and his brother looked like fucking criminals they were so nervous, and I was surprised they didn't get us busted.
My friends and I would sneak copious amounts of booze into the theatre in our teen years.
if there isn't someone stationed at each auditorium, the easiest way to sneak into a movie is to simply ask the ticket taker if you can use the restroom.
i was banned from a theatre in my hometown for trying to sneak into black hawk down using an orange county ticket. they actually called the cops on me.
Yeah I movie hopped tons. Never actually snuck into the theater without buying a movie ticket. although it looks easy to do as nobody watches shit at the exits. my friends and I also had a game of sneakng stuff in the theater. We once snuck in a case of beer in a backpack for the midnight showing of phantom menace, it was the highlight of the night. Another time a
friend and I snuck in 2 full chinese takeout entrees and a 12 of beer to see the fugitive
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An old theater in Vegas that closed down LONG ago had a weird setup, the ticket taker was at the start of a long hall, then the rooms spidered out. Like 5-6 theaters in a room 50 yards away from any officials. It was stupid easy to do it in there, did it a few times. The problem is timing, which made theater hopping pretty fucking stupid. Not going to end a movie then sit in another one waiting for an hour.
Aside from the copious amounts of alcohol that most of us have probably snuck in, back in high school we all worked at Taco Bell, so the amount of free Taco Bell smuggled into the movie theater has to be astronomical. Crazy bread from Little Caesar's was another big favorite. Got an entire large pizza in once, but it was winter (heavy jackets) and the guy was pretty big anyway so you would have had a hard time telling what wasn't him. Still taped the box up though to make sure it didn't slide out and end up all over the floor.
You all were a bunch of hooligans.
I haven't every really snuck in, but I do smuggle in large amounts of beer/alcohol every time I go now, which is like maybe once every two years. I hate movie theaters. Between teens on their phones and parents whose night out isn't going to get spoiled just because they couldn't find a baby sitter for their 6 month old, there is never not a fuck head in the theater ruining it for everyone.
Damn. I must be dumb. I've never thought to bring a couple of beers into a movie. I'm going to do this next week when I watch the Hobbit. I'll report back on the awesomeness.
the summer the matrix was out, lived in the south and my apt had bad ac, so every sat i would go to the noon showing of what ever was new, then something random, and would always end up watching the matrix last. It was a really nice place, but just didn't care during the day, but around 7pm they would start checking on tickets and stuff.
The theater looked closed when I bought tickets to the Dark Knight Rises matinee. All ticket windows had been shut and only snack counter registers were open. There was only two employees running this entire megaplex and both were using the snack area to sell seats. No tickets were checked and there was no security.
It's a wonder they don't have homeless people moving in.
Its not hard to sneak into movies. Ive never done it, and I threw out a kid I caught doing it myself once. I'm not a movie theater employee, just grabbed him and pulled him out with me as I left.
Last movie I went too I was holding a ticket for someone and told them to call me when they got there. Instead he met me inside and was like yo where's my ticket. Nobody bothered to even ask him on the way in at any point (lol).
Never snuck into a movie or even gotten a ticket for something else and moved to whatever was originally sold out, but I smuggle in candy all the time. My old boss had cancer back in the 80's and he had this giant duffel bag full of meds and assorted junk that he'd use to smuggle in KFC and booze. When the theater crew saw the bag he'd just show them all the meds and the IV line in his chest say "cancer."
The AMC I used to go to somewhat regularly in northern Kentucky had no policy on food. You were allowed to bring in whatever you wanted. I think you still can.
I worked at a movie theatre back in the 90's while in high school. It was a smaller 7 screen, and where we took tickets you could see all the entrances. We also had our own silent alarm / light that would alert us when any of the emergency exits were opened. Our owner was cheap and made us be very strict to watch for people movie hopping, sneaking in, or bringing in their own food/drink. Any food or drink we saw we'd collect and tell people to pick it up after their show. Backpacks? Leave them with us and pick them up at the end.
The weirdest food related thing I ever saw was a pizza box on the floor that someone had left. It was the "bigfoot" pizza from Little Caesers, which for those who don't remember it is about the size of Pizza Huts current "big dinner box". I have no idea how that got snuck in.
I once had two gentleman walk in with satchels, and when I asked them to leave them at the counter they told me "No, they're our guns." And then they pulled out FBI credentials. I have no idea why they were going to a movie at 11 on a Friday, I never asked.
I've left a shitfuck terrible movie and walked across the hall to see something else a few times. For some reason I thought Leatherheads looked alright so I went to see that. Halfway in I just left and saw something else that I can't remember. I also left something I can't remember to see 88 Minutes. That film was also quite bad. And I always take food/drinks/candy in with me. I've never had anyone stop me outside of a single time the downs syndrome ticket taker (really) called me out over a McDonald's coffee cup that had water in it. He let me slide because it was only water.
Only did this once, and it was accidental. Girlfriend and I were meeting another mutual friend for Avengers; he calls us while we're in the lobby. We're about to pay for tickets but he tells me he got us seats, which we interpret as he bought us tickets. I was surprised (Since he usually never does this) and told my friend, and the guy at the ticket counter waves us through since he heard my half of the conversation.
We buy our refreshments, and start heading towards the theatre, when we receive a text from our friend and realize on the way that he simply saved us seats, not bought our tickets.
Did not feel bad at all; Avengers was a kick ass movie but movies are so expensive. I always think, especially with new movies people would be more observant but I really guess not. I was always sort of tempted to see if it would work again, but I'm sort of too old to want to attempt it; if I got caught that would be terribly embarrassing.
I guess the sad thing about this thread is that I realize that I don't go to the movies much anymore. When I was a teenager, we'd go see a movie every other week at the very least. I'd see movies even if I wasn't really interested in seeing the movie. Now I'll only go to the theatre if it's a movie that I reeeeaaally want to see. A new Tarantino flick or something based on a book I read is pretty much the only way I'll consider seeing it in the theatre, and even then I'll usually wait until it's well past opening night.
So when I do go, I don't mind paying for the superaspensive VIP theatre tickets. This is usually a "date night" with the mrs.
I just did it once, because I went to "In the Cut" with Meg Ryan and that was such a god damn horrible movie I didn't feel that I had gotten my money's worth so I walked across the hall to watch another movie. Unfortunately that one was Scary Movie part 4 or 5 or something which was almost as bad as In the Cut. Pretty sad when you see two movies on one ticket and still leave the theater feeling like you got ripped off.
I've movie hopped many times, but my favorite memory was way (way) back in the day when Return of the Jedi was just released. The old Cinema 4 where we lived never cleared out the movie theaters after the movie was over, so you could buy a ticket and just stay in the theater basically until it closed, moving about freely. Three Saturdays in a row me and three friends got dropped off there in the morning, bought a ...Jedi ticket for two dollars (shit was cheap 30 years ago) and watched it over and over until dinner time and one of our mothers would pick us up. I know I easily saw that movie twenty times during that original run.
One of the coolest times was when I was about 22 and my buddy managed a theater. Movies would premiere on a Friday but on Thursday night at midnight all the employees would invite friends and family and we'd dry run the flick. Beer, food, bring your own cup for the soda fountain, the works. On Friday at work everyone around me talking about the movie that I had seen last night, was pretty awesome. A few times the movie brain wrapped and my buddy turned into the fucking Flash and had that shit fixed in 5 minutes, watched him do it a few times was like watching a surgeon on meth.
Much like Ryan said, no, because I'm not 12.
Even if I wanted to the theater in go to has ushers at every single greatest theater door asking for tickets. If they catch you trying to get into a movie you haven't paid for they call the cops and prosecute you to the fullest extent.
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I used to do this as a kid, not anymore though. As a kid, whenever it was really hot, we'd go up and see a movie. Now we'd buy our first ticket, but then we'd just stay in the theater all day and watch all the movies. I've done that once or twice when I was older--just slip into another movie after seeing mine. But those were lazy college days when I was taking a break from studying. I haven't done it since I graduated.
I have only just walked in maybe once or twice, small town theater at the time, no security
I have seen multiple movies on one ticket a shitload though, used to plan that stuff well in advance to in order too see what synced up the best. I rarely see anything in theaters anymore though
you dont need to even sync up movies beforehand. just walk into the theater, see which side has the movies you want to see and then go buy your ticket and go. if your first movie gets done before the other one starts. just pop into a random movie and watch that until its time to go to your next movie. if you are worried about being obvious about going from movie to movie. just head over to the mens room and wash your hands, then go to your next movie. as i said earlier, make sure you only do all this early in the day because after 7pm they start actually watching.
snuck into some theatres when i was a teenager. would be pretty awkward/cheap asking a date to sneak into a movie with me nowadays.
If I want to see a movie bad enough, I pay for it.
If I don't want to see a movie bad enough to buy a ticket for it, I don't want to even see it bad enough to leave the house
And of course if the movie is good enough I buy the bluray anyway even if I saw it in theaters (Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, and Dredd pre-order just off the top of my head).
The last time I sneaked into a movie without at least paying for one first I was twelve years old, and the movie was Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. My friend and I went to the rear exit to check a theater door (the kind without handles on the outside), just kind of joking around that if it was open we'd sneak in.
Well, it WAS open a crack! We pulled it open with our fingers (scared to death, lol), snuck in and crawled on our hands and knees, under seats and everything, over gum and popcorn, etc.
We emerged in like the 5th row or something, and holy shit was it ever worth it. I tell ya what, that movie fucking ROCKED in the theater at the time, haha.
The theater I go to does reserved seating for everything. Good luck sneaking into anything there without someone calling you on it when you are in their seat =p
I never have snuck into a movie, back in my teen years ( when I might have been of that sort of mindset ) I lived in a large country town, which had one cinema that had one screen only, one of those old school 'big old hall' places. And as we'd all been going there since we were kids, with the same staff working, there was never a thought given to sneaking, ticket sharing.
So now grown up, I wouldn't consider it, anyway I know of video rental places ( we still call them that ) which have a cheap day, $2 for anything, new release Blu-Ray for $2. It's close enough to cinema image and sound quality. Enjoy it at your own pace, things are out on DVD Blu-Ray quick enough these days.
I still do enjoy the complete cinema experience so make a point of seeing stuff worth seeing at the cinema. So this:
Still sneak into movies as a mid 20's something. First movie I snuck into was "The Substitute" couldn't get tix because it was R. So throughout my early adolescence I'd get pg movie tix and sneak into R rated movies. As an adult, it's just habitualized to see 2 movies in a row. Movie theaters don't make money off of ticket sales, just concessions. Buying a fuckload of popcorn and soda I feel absolves me of guilt. Furthermore, if you're an adult and worried about getting caught, wear business casual or a tie. Staff/ushers will respect you and give you the benefit of the doubt.
My friend and I concocted this plan to save some bucks when were like 16 or 17. We smoked a generous amount of marijuana in the movie theatre parking lot, and I had him go buy 1 ticket to come around the back and let me in through the door. He opens the door that I'm outside waiting at, I swoop in and we start heading to the theatre our movie was in. We are blazed out of our minds, and I swear about 10-15 seconds passed before we see 3 guys in suits walking toward us. I was so fucking frightened at this point due to the reefer, I had no idea what they'd do. They just walked up to us and told us we had to buy another ticket though... But really? 3 suits?
A friend and I sneaked into one of the Bourne movies once. When we went in, the lobby was absolutely packed, and there was no one checking tickets, so we just walked in. Wasn't actually much sneaking involved I suppose.
i was in the cinema yesterday. they didn't check tickets. so i sneaked in without paying.
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