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

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#### hhtt21

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"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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#### hhtt21

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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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#### GoesStation

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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.

#### SoothingDave

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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.

#### Rover_KE

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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.

#### Skrej

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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.

#### hhtt21

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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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#### hhtt21

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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.

Thank you.

#### SoothingDave

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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.

#### SoothingDave

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What is a theater, which people play a game lively and without a screen, called in U.S? Is it drama?

Thank you.

It's not a game, it's called a "play" when people act out scenes on a stage in front of an audience.

Those also take place in a theater. At one time a theater (at least in small towns) had both a stage and a screen, and was used for both purposes.

Nowadays, theaters for showing movies are typically distinct from theaters for live plays.

#### hhtt21

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It's not a game, it's called a "play" when people act out scenes on a stage in front of an audience.

Those also take place in a theater. At one time a theater (at least in small towns) had both a stage and a screen, and was used for both purposes.

Nowadays, theaters for showing movies are typically distinct from theaters for live plays.

Because we probably cannot say "play a play" I used "play a game" but how can we say it correctly?

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#### GoesStation

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What is a theater, which people play a game lively and without a screen, called in U.S? Is it drama?

The place where actors present a play on a stage is also called a theater in AmE. We often say movie theater for a cinema. A few extra words can clarify that we're talking about live theater when that's the subject.

#### GoesStation

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Because we probably we cannot say "play a play" I used "play a game" but how can we say it correctly?

You can say that actors perform a play.

#### SoothingDave

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Because we probably we cannot say "play a play" I used "play a game" but how can we say it correctly?

People "put on" a play. Or "perform" a play. Or "present" a play.

#### Skrej

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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.

Thank you.

I suppose it could. Of course, if you're eating and drinking as well, you're less likely to notice the sounds of others doing the same thing.

In my experience, it's usually not the actual eating that's noisy (unless they're unusually loud eaters), but food packaging/wrapper/bag which is noisy.

It seems like there's always at least one person who makes enough noise opening his candy bar to wake the dead.

#### hhtt21

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What if only less than 10% percent of audience eating and drinking and if those noisy ones scattered around the others and were annoying others?

There might occur hard arguments, even would culminate in a serious fight.

Thank you.

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