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19 Secrets Cinema Workers Will Never Tell You

The popcorn tastes stale because it is stale.

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1. We pop a ton of popcorn on quiet nights, put them in trashbags in the back room, and then warm it up and sell it five days later.


2. We pose with all the standees when everyone is gone, but then judge teenagers who come in and do the same thing.

Tahlia Pritchard

3. We always say we're unavailable for nights when a huge movie is being released, because we know how busy it'll be.


4. When cleaning cinemas, we just push the trash under the seats for someone else to clean the next time around.

Channel 4

5. We always give our friends comp tickets.


6. We spend our breaks sitting in the cinema watching movies or trailers.

Channel 4

7. We spend a lot of time lying and saying that movies are good even if they're trash.

8. We "drop" choc-tops so we can label them as damaged, and then eat them.


9. There's also a high chance we've poured you a drink knowing that the post mix (syrup) is just about to run out.


Sorry if the flavour was a little shit.

10. We see you sneaking "outside" food in, and we really don't care.

Universal Pictures

11. We also see you going into another cinema after your movie finishes. We DGAF.

Columbia Pictures

12. Oh and yes, teenagers buying tickets to a kids film, then sneaking into R-rated movies. We see you too.


Again, we DGAF. Unless you were rude when purchasing tickets, then we'll take it upon ourselves to kick you out.

13. If you're rude, we'll probably find a way to make you pay extra for your ticket. Or put you in a really bad seat.


14. We definitely judge you for your bad taste in films.


And yes, we do remember if you see it more than once.

15. There's a high chance we'll ignore the phone if you call.

Dimension Films

Check the times online. Or listen to the automated recording.

16. We know that our tickets are overpriced. Please don't tell us again. We don't make the rules.


17. When you ask for an adult ticket for yourself, and then jokingly request a child's ticket for your girlfriend, YOU ARE NOT BEING FUNNY.

Folha de S.Paulo

We hear this joke at least five times a shift.

18. We have a very low tolerance for people who get to the counter and forget what movie they're seeing.

"Yes hello can I get two tickets for the movie at 6:30."


19. And school holidays are the absolute worst.

DreamWorks Pictures

This is why every worker's face looks super angry at the time.