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David Guest
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 - posted November 06, 2013 05:34 PM      Profile for David Guest   Email David Guest   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
at the northwest film fair there will be hot freshly made toffee coated popcorn served all day .there will be a small charge for this what film convention has ever offered this where the public can eat popcorn in the cinema while watching the film shows hosted by don sykes and bob Nichols any one who knows that this has been done I would like to know

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Mark Mander
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I don't think it's ever been a problem at the film conventions,both me and my son ate popcorn at Ealing a couple of years ago whilst watching the shows,Mark.

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Maurice Leakey
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I once worked in a brand new Odeon Multiplex. The designers provided little storage space for the sales kiosk, and as our projection room was 100' long (five cinemas) management thought we were an ideal space to store the large bags of popcorn.

I can still smell that awful smell from twenty years ago.

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Dominique De Bast
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Eating popcorn during a film projection is a bad anglo-saxon habit that has saddly replaced the iced chocolates that were sold some years ago in Belgium and France (and maybe also in other non anglo-saxon countries that didn't had that "tadition").

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Michael O'Regan
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Sorry to be an ol' spoilsport but I think that food and drink should be left outside the cinema/screening room. There's nothing more irritating than the sound of bag-rustling, drink slurping, crisp-crunching, etc.
I remember the NFT once having a "no food and drink" policy in their theatres. I wonder if it's still the case.

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Mark Mander
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We did it very quietly and rustle free!!

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Michael O'Regan
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quote:
We did it very quietly and rustle free!!
I'm sure you did, Mark.
[Big Grin]

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Robert Crewdson
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Did anyone hear that song 'Popcorn Sack', by Spike Jones and his City Slickers? I think it's from the 40s. The viewers can't hear the movie (Edward G. Robinson impersonation), because of someone eating popcorn.

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Dominique De Bast
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Here, you are, Robert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqHJtzli-s

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Robert Crewdson
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Thanks Dominique, did you recognise the other impersonations? Charles Boyer and Al Jolson.

I am afraid I annoyed someone in a theatre a few years ago by eating peanuts; surprised they could hear the rattle of the bag above the orchestra.

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Graham Ritchie
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I think at a convention level, surely people could avoid the need to stuffing there faces making munch munch noises, while the films are being shown....I would ban it.

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Paul Adsett
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I agree, the stench and sound of popcorn munching is very objectionable for me. I shudder when I am in a movie theater and a family of four walks in and sits right behind me, each with a gallon bucket of popcorn! That's one reason I always head to the back row on the, now rare, times that I go out to the movies. Even more disgusting than the smell of the stuff is the greasy mess that popcorn munchers leave on the floor when they leave the theater. Obviously they have the attitude that they paid to get in so the theater has the job of cleaning up their foul mess.
Needless to say, popcorn is totally banned from my home cinema, and I wish the multiplexes would do the same thing.

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Graham Ritchie
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During the school holidays "daytime" the cinema used to be packed out with kids and of course "popcorn and drinks" was the big seller, although that's where we made our money....it did stink even after extensive cleaning.

What I would often do, just before the 6 0'Clock evening sessions would start, had "about half an hour screening break" I would open all the cinema emergency exists to the street "all doors" and give the place a good airing...and plenty of it.

The art house cinemas here don't sell popcorn for them, that's a big no no....

We used to get complaints of folk eating potato crisps [Eek!] crunch crunch... boy they can be noisy. Imagine sitting next to someone, the scene is getting tense, the music builds then.....crunch crunch [Frown] ...lot to be said for home cinemas [Smile]

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Thanks for the information, I didn't recognize them (I know, shame on me...). Graham, the worse thing now in the videmas is the mobile phone that people use during the screening. Even if they don't always talk (but it happens !), they read their text messages or want to know the time. And of course, you have the benefit of that distracting light.

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Yanis Tzortzis
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....I second the previous opinions-given the small size of the screening room,I think munching would be annoying...

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Mike Peckham
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quote:
....I second the previous opinions-given the small size of the screening room,I think munching would be annoying...


Which might explain why Pop Corn hasn't been on the menu at any previous conventions...

Mike [Cool]

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Maurice Leakey
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So, I am not the only person who hates the smell of popcorn.

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Paul Adsett
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A couple of years ago I gave a Christmas film show for kids at a local church hall. My daughter had a cool idea - "lets rent a real movie theater popcorn machine". Which we did, and it was a great hit. At the end of the show, when the kids walked out, the mess on the floor was unbelievable. We spent an hour vacuuming the floor. Never again!
My wife once set fire to a bag of popcorn in the microwave (keyed in 3 hours instead of 3 minutes!) and it stunk up the whole house for a couple of weeks. [Eek!]
I hate the stuff.

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David Guest
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next time take a dyson

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Over-rated and over priced vacuum. There are better ones at less price- see Consumers Reports.

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Michael O'Regan
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You're right there, Paul. I have never understood the idea of spending that kind of money on a house cleaning tool.
There's a lot of "Keeping up with the Joneses" involved in their apparent popularity, I reckon.

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David Guest
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if you cant afford a dyson buy a brush

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Adrian Winchester
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I wouldn't be too hard on popcorn in a relaxed setting that doesn't involve feature films - I presented a film show for a group last week who felt it was natural to then offer popcorn to the audience. What I really dislike at conventions is people who talk during the shows - it's particularly frustrating when you are viewing a rare item that you might never see again! There used to be a couple of guys at Tadley who always sat in the same area and never seemed to shut up for more than 30 seconds. I really should have said "Why do you attend these shows if they don't hold your interest?"

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We use a Delonghi.....boy does that have a lot of suck [Smile]

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Paul Adsett
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How did we get from Film Conventions to vacuum cleaners! [Big Grin]

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