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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Movie Theatres and Obesity

Why the heck don't these people who sue McDonald's and other fast food places for selling food portions that are too big -- why haven't they gone after the theatre industry? Have you they not seen the size of the cokes, the popcorn, and the candy in there? I mean, we're talking popcorn that's sold in buckets! Literally -- buckets.

And Supersized Cokes? Gimme a break, those sodas at the theatre are sold by the swimming pool -- not next to the swimming pool, but that's the unit of measurement. As in, "I'll have a medium pool of Sprite and a cord of popcorn."

Then there's that candy. How much candy can one person eat? "I'll have a couple miles' worth of Twizzlers, please."

And then the worker behind the counter hits you with, "Would you like to your popcorn swimming in artificial butter? And you can have an Olympic-sized pool of Sprite for just $1 more than the $18 you're paying for the three lifetimes' worth of sugar and/or carbs you've ordered so far."

And finally, though I have fundamental objections and will work to undermine such invasive and wrong-headed laws --- surely there's gotta be some laws that Spitzer and others could use to sue the theatres for marking up these goods so grossly. I mean, $10 for one serving each of soda, popcorn and candy? That ain't normal.

Heck, on that topic, aren't the actions of all the theatres which set the prices for movies at the same level illegal too? (Another invasive and wrong-headed law, btw, but a law nonetheless.)

Oh, what a can of worms (gummi, of course -- my favorite sugar candy) this post has turned out to be.


Blogger -RM said...

i totally agree...just b/c the price is cheap I don't want a fuckin' tub of soda. Even the small sizes are big. Actually, thinking about it, there is no small anymore...they start off @ medium and end w/ truckload.

8/10/2005 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think the average person in this country is a fat fucking slob?

8/10/2005 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? One need not buy any of that crap. I never buy any of that junk; instead have a good meal before the movie. Movie theaters actually make no money on movies themselves but primarily from the food they sell. Years ago I asked Regal Cinemas why they had started the super sizes and they told me the customers liked it. I have similarly asked many restaurants why they serve such huge portions, two/ three times the normal required protein for steaks etc. and again the response was the customers like it because they feel they are getting a good deal. French food is extremely rich in fat what with use of butter and thick sauces etc, but if you go to France you don't see very many fat French people, partly because the portions served in Europe are not big but that is what the society there prefers. Why can't we here just boycott all the crap and I am sure in a true capitilistic fashion the industry will oblige with smaller sizes. Demand and supply, baby. But until the majority continue to reach out for the Super sizes, when given the choice, not much is going to change. I work out at a 24 hour fitness and they have a wall of soda and other high caffeine/ carb/calorie products instead of healthy juice bar. When asked why, the response was everyone wants coke, caffienated liquid sugar candy vs. a veggie drink or a protein shake. So why blame MacDonalds, movie theateres, restaurants etc. when individuals cannot exhibit some self discipline and control their own greed? Frankly, with so many people starving in other parts of the world it is shameful and embarrasing that our country has a problem with gluttony.

8/10/2005 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, as an add on to the previous log, Cody..there is no rule that says that you have to eat the entire pack of candy during that movie; you can always take it home and eat it over the next few weeks/month. No one is forcing you to chow down the entire pack of Gummies, as yummy as it sounds (NOT!). With all that preservative and other chemical crap in it, it will probably stay fresh for weeks, even through a nuclear blast! :)

8/10/2005 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Anonymous -- I'm not endorsing suing Mickey D's or movie theatre chains for selling this stuff. I'm simply asking why McD's getting sued but movie theatres aren't.

8/11/2005 05:50:00 AM  
Blogger jason said...

well mcd's have bigger pockets and they are hugely *no pun intended* recognized as a junk food provider. Oh your going to bet they will go after them eventually. Cody what do you think of congressman proposal of having a fat tax on candies and sugar product. LOL you know that if it ever happens there will be reverse lawsuits on discrimnation, and waste even more millions on useless lawsuits :D

8/12/2005 02:30:00 AM  
Blogger Quant Trader said...

One of the things I miss about living in Portland, OR were "Theater Pubs". I don't know if you have them in NY. We definately don't have them here in San Diego. These were generally old-fashioned play-houses and movie-theators from the 1930's (but there also was an old-fashioned school house)that had been restored by micro-brewery owners. Sometimes every other row of seats was taken out and turned into tables.

They show second-run movies right before the movie is about to come out on DVD, and serve pub food at normal pub prices, with micro-brewed beer at the typical Portland price of 3 bucks a pint. Admission to see the movie was 3 bucks as well.

One of the best things about Theator Pubs is that you have to be over 21 to get in. It's so nice to see movies in a theator where everyone watching is an adult.

Almost every section of town in Portland has one of these, and there is usually a line to get in...I'm surprised no one has taken this idea nation-wide. They obviously make a lot of money.

8/12/2005 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger muckdog said...

That's a dandy, Cody. Keep in mind you do get free refills on the large bucket size of popcorn, too. I made it through about 3/4ers of a mile worth of Twizzlers during Mr and Mrs Smith.

8/12/2005 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quant trader, why haven't you capitalized on the idea? Having recently moved to San Diego from NYC, I have to say I have never seen a duller town and I have lived all over in this country as well as London and Paris. Cody may disagree, but I have to say there is no city like NYC in the USA. It has the BEST of everything restaurants, theater, museums, opera, ballet, sports teams (I might get some disagreement there) etc and has unbelievable energy. One gets spoiled living there. San Diego is extremely dull, empty, with zero cultural activities and terrible sports teams compared to NYC, heck I am thinking of moving to Portland, Oregon; I hear it is a nice city. If only I were not deterred by the high suicide stats in Seattle and Oregon! By the way, Cody keeps talking about wonderous technology, I thought it was strange reading QT's post, since I live in SD too and am a trader as well!! Small world.

8/13/2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger neverending rainbows said...

yes I strongly agree with you. It all costs sooo much too.. for just a chocolate bar it's like 3 dollers.. Then a bottle of coke is $1.75. The money is outragious then your going off buying the fucking theatre tickit which costs a ton of money... The snacks are a lot more expensive then the ticket itself. Damn overpriced junk.

8/14/2005 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I gotta stick up for San Diego. Maybe it's not NYC, but it's a pretty nice place. There are several thriving theatres in town, including La Jolla Playhouse (where Cody's friend Neil killed in Rent) and the Old Globe. Balboa Park has many great museums, and while the Padres and Chargers seem to suck consistently, time is usually pleasantly spent in Qualcomm Stadium or Petco Park, especially if you go to the Gaslamp Quarter downtown afterwards. Of course our trump cards are the nation's best weather and one of the prettiest natural settings in the world. Honestly, if you have a problem with being bored in San Diego, that says more about you than it does the city.

Jason B

8/15/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a huge difference between just nice and the BEST!!!! No matter how you try to package it, SD is a third rate town, even Chicago and Seattle rank far superior in terms of culture and restaurants. You said it... the sports team SUCK, big time, if you want to justify their existance, so be it. I have been to the Gaslamp and the very mediocre restaurants there, not to mention the very cheesy ambience. There are a couple of good restaurants worthwhile in La Jolla but what is a couple compared to hundreds of good ones in NYC? The choices are endless in NYC. Need I mention that among the World's top restarants, the majority in this country are in NYC (most being overseas in London, Paris etc). La Jolla Playhouse offers very limited selection and that is being generous. As far as museums, I happen to be an artist as well, having gone to art schools in NYC, Paris and the museums here are childs' play. In the entire year I have been here, I have not seen one worthwhile exhibit and I have seen them all. The side walk art fairs in Little Italy are a joke. A second year art student at New York's Art Students League has a better portfolio than majority of the local artists here. What is that compared to some of the best exhibits I have seen at the Met, Moma and the Guggenheim (other than Paris and Italy), works of masters!! The galleries in Soho with local artists are top notch. There are also free concerts in Central Park where you get big stars like Simon & Garfunkel give their comeback concert among many others than can hardly fit in this post. How can you compare hearing the best from the NY Philharmonic and the Met Opera, free of charge, under starry summer skies? That is just one of the limitless choices available in NYC. Key words LIMITLESS, BEST not limited, count on one hand so so choices... fill the evening, pass the time type. Weather in the entire last year I have been here had been rainy until two months ago. That is no different from any part of the country where you get four to five months of great weather and the rest of the time it either snows, rains, there are hurricanes or it is hot and humid. As far as the beaches, Naples Florida and Miami South Beach are far superior beaches to any here. In Naples, Florida the public beaches are pristine, the sand white, the water is WARM and there is pleanty of parking as opposed to here. Florida has far more months of good weather (even after excluding the hot and humid months) than San Diego and you don't need a cardigan there, ever! Besides there is more to life than just good weather and hanging out at the beach, brain dead. Yeah, my post says a lot about me....and yours reveals a lot about your acceptance and enjoyment of mediocrity. Also, I have actually lived (not short visits) in different parts of this country from California, the Midwest (even in small towns like Racine, WI), the East Coast,the South and overseas as well in Paris and London, and have real basis of factual and not just emotional comparision. Last comment, I am not the only one who feels this way, there are several people here from the East coast and they all remark about the lack of culture, sports and good restaurants. Obviously, just mediocre nice in life is good enough for some people, for others only the Best will do. The only major con about NYC is that it is too crowded and has problems related with being crowded. But I guess it is crowded for a reason and there is a reason why everyone flocks to it. I constantly hear from people here in SD how they visited NYC and loved it but could not afford it. But for people who can afford it, like me, there is no reason to wallow in mediocrity. Oh by the way, no need for you to suggest that I move out of SD, it is already on my list of priorities. Who wants to be around people who think weather is what life is all about? Your comment, about weather being all important, in itself reveals a lot about people living in SD. DULL, DULL, DULL!!!! LAST POST.

8/16/2005 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to add one last comment to my last post and this is truely my LAST POST...I cannot resist pointing out that if anyone wants a great example of the people of SD, the talent and intellect or lack thereof, there is no finer showcase than the mayoral elections here. What a joke! Talk about Dumb and Dumber! Also note the widening federal probes in its finances and lowered debt ratings by all credit rating agencies. Only in SD folks!!! Finest city indeed, which by the way is a self proclamation claimed by the people here and not conferred by any credible source. Pathetic indeed!!! At least have the guts to admit the limitations and acknowledge that other cities have far superior offerings. Give me Chicago with sub zero temperatures any time or Seattle with its rain!! Over and out.

8/16/2005 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem. Okay, you prefer NYC and you're moving back. Well and good. Unfortunately, there will be a lot fewer of you on the road back to glorious NYC than there will be New Yorkers on their way to live and work in sorry little San Diego, for some reason. Thanks for proving out the worldwide stereotype that New Yorkers are arrogant, obnoxious blowhards. You've represented your city well.

8/16/2005 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listing facts does not equate to arrogance. Also, appreciating and recognizing some of the best and memorable things is not arrogance. Furthermore, I have mentioned other cities as being culturally superior as well . I would be happy to make a favorable comparision of Chicago or Seattle vs. San Diego. As I said, I have lived in many places and am not as emotional as you are about one particular place. Merely pointing out the facts. It does not surprise me that the facts are hard for you to swallow. As far as everyone moving to SD, I don't see a mass exodus out of NYC. Demand and supply is why the city remains the most expensive in the country! I would like to see any statistics proving masses of people moving out of NYC to SD. I wish you good luck and many sunny days!!!

8/16/2005 01:40:00 PM  
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