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  # 2333519 9-Oct-2019 18:26
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Lots of things about going to movies in theatres.

Starting with the markup of popcorn is literally over 12X. This has been a fact for decades.

I now show up at movies 12 minutes late, because commercials now run at least 14 minutes at my local Reading Cinema, in a somewhat rundown suburban location.

Then every financier has to slap the moniker at the beginning of the movie, and of course the inevitable Dolby plug. Last movie I went to this was 2 minutes.

The ending credits which, I kid you not, had a credit for fruit vendor.

Then the final slap in the face, a "secret" 30 second segment at the very tail end, to make sure fanboys sit through the credits.

Is it any wonder streaming services are clobbering movie theatres?

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  # 2333520 9-Oct-2019 18:28
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Popcorn is way too salty. In my youth you could specify how much salt and butter you wanted. Now everything is prefabricated.

 

 





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  # 2333531 9-Oct-2019 19:56
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mudguard:

 

That's the problem I have with low strength beers, I like things like Panhead's Supercharger, Emerson's Bird Dog etc, but low alcohol beers like Steiny Lite and Amstel light almost have no taste. I tend to just have a Coke if I'm thirsty and have to drive, or nurse a low strength one for the evening. 

 

 

I agree about the low alcohol beers, I'd rather drink water.

 

Not sure about strong beers though, my threshold seems to be about 5%, over that the alcohol has an off taste IMO (yet I like wine @ 12-14%).

 

In the late '70s, the local near where I was working was the Mt Wellington Trust Tavern.  NZB started delivering "Lion Super" (5% IIRC) on tap.  Regulars were used to knocking back after work a couple or maybe 3 of jugs of Lion Red at 3%.  This was about the same time that the breweries decided that for the safety of their patrons to switch from glass jugs to plastic.


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  # 2333537 9-Oct-2019 20:28
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Rikkitic:

Popcorn is way too salty. In my youth you could specify how much salt and butter you wanted. Now everything is prefabricated.


 



I went to the cinema in California last year with my nephew.

Popcorn was plain. Help yourself to melted butter and salt from the bench as you wish.





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  # 2333538 9-Oct-2019 20:31
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Fred99:

mudguard:


That's the problem I have with low strength beers, I like things like Panhead's Supercharger, Emerson's Bird Dog etc, but low alcohol beers like Steiny Lite and Amstel light almost have no taste. I tend to just have a Coke if I'm thirsty and have to drive, or nurse a low strength one for the evening. 



I agree about the low alcohol beers, I'd rather drink water.


Not sure about strong beers though, my threshold seems to be about 5%, over that the alcohol has an off taste IMO (yet I like wine @ 12-14%).


In the late '70s, the local near where I was working was the Mt Wellington Trust Tavern.  NZB started delivering "Lion Super" (5% IIRC) on tap.  Regulars were used to knocking back after work a couple or maybe 3 of jugs of Lion Red at 3%.  This was about the same time that the breweries decided that for the safety of their patrons to switch from glass jugs to plastic.



We used to visit a pub that had draft Theakstons Old Peculiar on hand pump.5.6%.

Two pints of that and I was anyone's!






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  # 2333566 9-Oct-2019 21:25
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Geektastic:

 

I went to the cinema in California last year with my nephew.

Popcorn was plain. Help yourself to melted butter and salt from the bench as you wish.

 

California is a long way to go for popcorn. Here it seems to be one size fits all.

 

 





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  # 2333576 9-Oct-2019 21:58
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Rikkitic:

 

Geektastic:

 

I went to the cinema in California last year with my nephew.

Popcorn was plain. Help yourself to melted butter and salt from the bench as you wish.

 

California is a long way to go for popcorn. Here it seems to be one size fits all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 11 hours. Save it for when a couple of good movies are being released...!






 
 
 
 


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  # 2333605 10-Oct-2019 02:19
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The germs that are making me cough all the time at the moment. Those are small, but really annoy me.


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  # 2333606 10-Oct-2019 02:22
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Geektastic:

I went to the cinema in California last year with my nephew.

Popcorn was plain. Help yourself to melted butter and salt from the bench as you wish.

 

There is a reason there is more choice there: About 10 x the population of NZ live in California.


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  # 2333647 10-Oct-2019 08:42
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Finally getting up out of the dentist's chair at 7:45pm after first laying back in it at just after 5 for what was meant to be a routine extraction.  My head hurts, my jaw hurts and the tooth that isn't even there anymore hurts.





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  # 2333686 10-Oct-2019 09:33
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jarledb:

Geektastic:

I went to the cinema in California last year with my nephew.

Popcorn was plain. Help yourself to melted butter and salt from the bench as you wish.


There is a reason there is more choice there: About 10 x the population of NZ live in California.



I'm unsure why there would be a link between population and whether you can self serve butter and salt on popcorn....





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  # 2333689 10-Oct-2019 09:34
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floydbloke:

 

Finally getting up out of the dentist's chair at 7:45pm after first laying back in it at just after 5 for what was meant to be a routine extraction.  My head hurts, my jaw hurts and the tooth that isn't even there anymore hurts.

 

 

And then the agony in your bank account starts...


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  # 2333710 10-Oct-2019 09:59
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kingdragonfly: Lots of things about going to movies in theatres.

 

I stopped going to movie theatres a few years ago because of all of the reasons you listed. I just watch at home now and enjoy no ads, cheap popcorn made the way I like it, and being able to pause the movie if I need to go to the bathroom.


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  # 2333783 10-Oct-2019 10:32
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BlueShift:

 

floydbloke:

 

Finally getting up out of the dentist's chair at 7:45pm after first laying back in it at just after 5 for what was meant to be a routine extraction.  My head hurts, my jaw hurts and the tooth that isn't even there anymore hurts.

 

 

And then the agony in your bank account starts...

 

 

This did cross my mind several times as I was lying there and the hours ticked by. I was actually pleasantly surprised, I got charged $350.  Not sure they made any money on this gig given it was the dentist and his assistance working on me for a good part of 3 hours..   The receptionist was also still there when I left at 20:00.





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  # 2335773 11-Oct-2019 20:16
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Spotify!

 

 

 

What did you do to my made for you daily playlists.

 

 

 

They were all nicely curated based on the genre's I listen to most

 

Playlist 1:  Australasian indie artists

 

Playlist 2:  International indie artists

 

Playlist 3:  Heavy guitar blues

 

Playlist 4:  Alternative pop

 

Playlist 5:  Acoustic folk

 

 

 

Wake up this morning and on the drive to work they're all mixed up like jumbled mess. Absolutely no sense to them now.

 

 

 

Why?


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