Curiosities of the Cinema

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It is always better to watch the movie premiere (in spanish: estrenos de cine) on the big screen rather than at home. This is one of the reasons why we all love going to the movies. However, what would your reaction be if you knew that the movie theater staff members saw you during your visit? Cinemas hide a lot of things from us, and sometimes their employees tell incredible stories.

1. Most of the profit is not made from ticket sales.

It may seem strange, but movie premieres and total screening days make more money selling popcorn and soda than selling tickets. They have to pay a lot of money to the film studios in the first two months of distribution. After these two months, all profits belong to the cinema. That's why some films are still played half a year after they are released.

2. There is a lot of piracy.

Piracy is bad, but many people go to the movies on opening day just to record a new movie. Movie theater employees try to avoid this and turn away violators.

In the United States, the Film Association of America encourages this approach. Film staff members who manage to prevent movie theft get a $500 award.

3. A young audience can watch adult movies.

Many movie theaters try to avoid these situations, but it happens regularly.

The trick to sneaking in as a minor is to buy a ticket when two movies start simultaneously, and one of them is not rated R. Movie theater staff don't always check where you go after you pass the ticket window.

4. Spectators cry, cry, and run into the aisles.

What was your strongest and strangest emotional reaction to a movie? Maybe you were crying because you felt touched at a certain point. Or maybe you quickly pulled your face away from the screen because you saw something repulsive or frightening.

In theaters, many people can't always keep their feelings to themselves and that's normal. For example, a film about cannibals called Raw seemed to be too hard to watch for a couple of visitors at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. People fainted and one of them hit his head hard during the fall. The film staff can tell many such stories. They always have a first aid kit on hand.

5. Creative Ways to Sneak Into Food

You may not like the popcorn or other snacks sold in the movie theaters, but it is strictly forbidden to bring your own food to the movies.

However, many people try to violate this rule. During the career of any movie employee, they see this rule being broken. Sometimes security cameras capture these moments, like what happened here. A couple put a truckload of food in a baby's car seat and went to see a movie. The girl in the photo above put some pasta in airtight bags and took them to the movies.

6. Many people avoid 3D movies.

The golden age of 3D is coming to an end, but not only because tickets to these movies cost more and glasses are often scratched.

There is one more reason to choose 2D over 3D. When you put on your glasses, your eyes tell your brain that you are moving. There is the illusion of being inside a movie and it drives your visual analyzer crazy. Your middle ear responsible for stability tells your brain that it is not moving because it is actually sitting still. This causes physical discomfort that many of us feel when watching 3D movies.

7. If there is something wrong with the image, the projection booth worker will not help.

Although a movie projector should be programmed during the day, no one is sitting in the booth when watching a movie. Digital devices can do everything on their own, and there are more automatic processes in a movie theater than in the previous century.

Note that if there are any problems with a projector (image is blurry, not centered, etc.), you will need to stand up and notify a staff member in the lobby. There is no use yelling at the guy in the projection booth because there is no one there!

8. Movie theaters are full of garbage on weekend nights.

A short break between two movie shows is not enough time for movie theater staff to thoroughly clean up a theater. That's why floors can get sticky and you can find gum under your seat.

If you love cleaning so much, try to visit the movie theater in the morning and avoid going there on Friday and Saturday nights when many other people go to the movies.

9. People often fight in the movies.

A conflict can occur anywhere, including a movie theater. There seems to be nothing to argue about and no one would use force to defend a movie they love. However, someone who loves to fight will always find a reason to do so. Maybe someone took someone else's parking spot, talked on the phone during the movie, or someone is chewing too hard. By the way, there are many videos of such fights on the Internet.

10. You are being watched!

In every theater, there are cameras pointed at the seats. Not only is this a safety measure, but it helps prevent fights or movie piracy. Thanks to security cameras, movie theater staff can detect and expel couples who go too far in their "love seats. Keep this in mind if you decide to watch a movie from the back row and be prepared to receive a little more attention.


The world of cinema has many things to tell and being aware of the latest cinema news (in spanish: novedades de cine) is the ideal way to know everything about it.

If you are very interested in cinema and its curiosities and premieres look for a film news page (in spanish: página de noticias de cine) is what you should do.

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