# Thread: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

1. ## admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

"The total cost of seing a movie at a theater can be represented by the expression a+r where a is the cost of admission and r is the cost
of refreshments."

What does it mean by admission and refreshment for a movie? I understand one pay the admission (fee) when entering the theather but refreshments is confusing. Would you like to explain it?

Source: Algebra 1 by McDougal Littell

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2. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

People very often buy something to eat and/or drink (refreshments) during a visit to the theatre. The writer is suggesting that the total cost of a theatre visits includes the costs of both the ticket and the refreshments.

3. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by Piscean
People very often buy something to eat and/or drink (refreshments) during a visit to the theatre. The writer is suggesting that the total cost of a theatre visits includes the costs of both the ticket and the refreshments.
But can people eat or drink something while watching a movie? And can a movie be played in a theater saloon or it should be a cinema saloon?

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4. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by hhtt21
But can people eat or drink something while watching a movie? And can a movie be played in a theater saloon or it should be a cinema saloon?
It's a theater in AmE and a cinema in BrE. Leave out "saloon", which isn't part of the name.

American movie theaters encourage their patrons to buy overpriced snacks and drinks from their concessions stands and to consume them in the theater.

5. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

In fact, the business model relies on the purchase of overpriced snacks. If no one bought snacks, the ticket prices would have to rise.

Watching a movie in a theater without a big bucket of popcorn is practically unthinkable.

6. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by hhtt21
But can people eat or drink something while watching a movie?
Yes — it's encouraged, for the reasons explained above.

What the audience can do while watching a film in a cinema is very different from what they can do in a concert hall, opera house or watching Macbeth in a theatre.

7. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

There are even a limited number (although that number is slowly growing) where you can purchase alcoholic drinks at the movie theater and drink them during the movie.

I've never been to one that sells alcohol, but if they jack the prices of beer as much as they do the other concessions, I doubt I could afford to buy theater beer anyway.

The price of concessions is one reason many people try to smuggle in drinks and snacks, which of course the theater doesn't want you doing.

8. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by GoesStation
It's a theater in AmE and a cinema in BrE.
What is a theater, which people play a game lively and without a screen, called in U.S? Is it drama?

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9. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
Yes — it's encouraged, for the reasons explained above.

What the audience can do while watching a film in a cinema is very different from what they can do in a concert hall, opera house or watching Macbeth in a theatre.
Do the sounds occuring when eating or drinking something not annoy others? These sounds might prevent people listen to the voices coming from the movie.

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10. ## Re: admission and refreshment [in seeing a movie in a theater]

Originally Posted by Skrej
There are even a limited number (although that number is slowly growing) where you can purchase alcoholic drinks at the movie theater and drink them during the movie.

I've never been to one that sells alcohol, but if they jack the prices of beer as much as they do the other concessions, I doubt I could afford to buy theater beer anyway.

The price of concessions is one reason many people try to smuggle in drinks and snacks, which of course the theater doesn't want you doing.
I went to such a place once. They actually have a table in front of the seats and also serve bar food (burgers, wings, etc.) as well as beer. Like dinner theater, but with a movie. You order the food you want on the way in, and they bring it out to you shortly before the movie starts. Prices were on par with any sports bar type place, but of course you paid for admission as well.

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