Do you eat your movie snacks during trailers?

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A trip to the cinema is an interesting study of the human condition. Where else are you going sit in complete silence at spitting distance from dozens of strangers for two hours? (These days it’s more like three hours.) Spend enough time at the Image Lounge and you’ll notice that moviegoers are very picky about their snacking habits. Some swear by the concession stand pretzel bites; others sneak in all holidays. Still others survive entirely on the mighty ICEE.

But the real controversy is less about the snack selection and more about snacks Hourly. Do you sit down and immediately start eating your popcorn? Dig into your red vines in this strange, Maria Menounos–narrated space before the start of the trailers? Or do you exercise some sort of monastic restraint, only digging into your concessions once the title sequence rolls across the screen? We have thoughts.

Eat these treats as soon as you find your place

Going to the cinema is above all about having fun. Although we all complain about the price of admission these days, the $15 ticket the price means you have made an investment in the next three hours of your life, and so you should live those hours to the fullest. That includes snacks like you’re on a mini vacation, as far as I’m concerned. So go ahead, eat that popcorn and open those boxes of candy as soon as you find your seat.

There are practical reasons for this. On the one hand, it’s better do all that rustling cellophane before the film begins so as not to miss crucial plot points while trying to open a stubborn bag of Sour Patch Watermelons. And you’ll want to check that your popcorn is dressed with exactly as much butter and salt as you wish, so you have time to run back in the hall and make changes if necessary.

But beyond that, I dig in my treats immediately because I actually you don’t mind if the candy or popcorn doesn’t last throughout the movie. I I don’t want to snack during the emotional climax of the film’s third act, anyway. These foods taste better associated with the most promising part of the film, when we are introduced to the world of the story (animated London) and have not yet identified our antagonists (anyone who harms Paddington). —Marnie Shure, Editor-in-Chief

No popcorn until the start of the film, out of respect for Pop corn

I worked in a movie theater for a while after college and definitely consumed more popcorn than was medically recommended. I worked dinner shifts, so popcorn became one of my basic food groups. After a while, what was once a special occasion food became an everyday staple, totally losing its meaning – almost like when you say the word “lamp” 20 times and it loses its meaning.

Now, long after my last shift in the screening room, I’m mindful of my popcorn intake. It feels like a special treat again, and I want to make sure it stays that way. With that, I don’t usually let myself have a bite to eat until the trailers are over. This is the effect of Christmas Day; the idea that if I wait to enjoy the treat, it will be even better. Plus, I’m a messy eater. My neighbors don’t need to see me eat this sweet corn until the lights go out. —Lillian Stone, Editor

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