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Should noisy snacks be banned from the cinema?

Imelda Staunton has recently expressed her views on cinemagoers who consume crunchy snacks whilst watching a film at the cinema.

The 64-year-old actress doesn’t want anyone to ruin her movie-watching experience so will always warn fellow cinemagoers not to even think about opening their delicious packs of crunchy snacks.

She told Radio Times: “A bloke came in with a big packet of Doritos and I just said to him, ‘What are you doing? You can’t eat those. You either eat them now before the film or afterwards.'”

“I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing,” she said. “I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”

Imelda has even gone so far as to criticise the venues who sell crunchy food and use plastic cups to add to unnecessary noise.

What are your views? Do you find the consumption of crunchy snacks distracting? Do you consider rustling packaging if you buy a cinema snack? Do you eat your snacks quickly during the adverts and trailers to avoid disturbing others? Or is munching your way through a movie part of your cinema experience?

Should noisy snacks be banned from the cinema?

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Jeaniewigs
4 days ago
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I have to admit I love a nice cappuccino while I’m watching a good film I promise I don’t slurp though hahaha.
Saltyseas
29th Feb 2020
1
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If people want to eat food whilst at the cinema that is their right. If I want to watch a film without disruption or the constant rustling of crisp packets or toffee papers then that is my right.
Clearly then their has to be a compromise and this compromise should be generated by the people who are causing the problem.
The cinema companies charge to watch a film, the cinema companies sell snacks, sweet and drinks.
It should be the cinema owners who solve this problem by putting a ban on noisy wrapping materials. Such things as brown paper bags, wrapper less sweets etc. It should be the cinema owners who put in place a method of policing this.

Ironic that we are all exposed to that advert about turning off mobile phones.. which may disturb our viewing for a brief amount of time. Yet we have to suffer the rustling of bags and sweet wrappers all the way through the film.....
Fibee22
28th Feb 2020
2
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You go to the cinema for probably no more than a couple of hours and sit very close to other people, why is there a necessity to eat food. They also leave their rubbish all over the place. People seem to eat everywhere they go.
crazyknitter996
28th Feb 2020
3
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Though the noisy eating is a pain. For me it's the personal chatter and laughter that does my head in. You are at the cinema - watch the film! Don't get me started on the mobile lol!
Old soldier
23rd Feb 2020
3
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My views simple really I'm a tradionalist I believe we need to go back to old values
Lionel
24th Feb 2020
2
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Well said. I agree, but, like a bowl of fruit, once the rot or corruption has set in there just ain't nothing to stop it. There's no way I know we may halt this decline in traditional values.
Ian123
21st Feb 2020
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Times have changed, possibly in some instances not for the better.
Long gone has the practice of not making a noise in the cinema,
Chatter,rustling or chomping, anything goes.
Grin and bear it.
The woman who challenges people about it must go in select cinemas.
She would get short shift from the cinema goers in most areas.
me included.
if i open a packet of sweets i wait until the music or sound is louder.
Bald123
21st Feb 2020
2
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I hate it when people are muttering and speaking in cinemas. It is so rude. I have had to make loud sssssh noises many times. As for people munching and opening sweets etc it is very very annoying.
Surfer Pete
21st Feb 2020
1
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Noisy snacks will never be banned because that's how the cinemas make their money from overpriced snacks .... almost all of them annoyingly noisy.

Popcorn has the biggest mark up of any commodity and you can pay more for a box of that stuff than the price of the ticket!

I favour a nice quiet cold ready mixed G&T with my cinema experience plus it helps the snooze if the film is rubbish.
Lionel
20th Feb 2020
2
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Perhaps I'm not the best person to answer this having only been to the cinema three times in 50 years.

But I do remember being on a hot date in the late sixties, coming up for air and gasping at a lung full of cigar smoke. Disgusting. Took my mind right off what was going on.

The film was The Sand Pebbles. Saw it thirty years later on video.
Yagala
20th Feb 2020
1
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I am totally against any kind of eating or drinking during any movie. There is total no need for anybody to have something to eat or drink while watching a movie. Do it before or after but not during viewing.
Len33
20th Feb 2020
3
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It's not the fault of the cinema/theatre goer, it's the fault of the
greedy management that encourage people to be ripped off
to buy this stuff.
It's just the same when travelling by air.
The airline owners can't wait to get people on board so they
can flog them as much booze as they can at an absolutely ridiculous price. Then they wonder why there's 'air rage,'
Airlines encourage problems so they (the airlines) should be prosecuted for it.
LizDot
19th Feb 2020
2
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They should definitely be banned. I recently had to sit next to a man who proceeded to eat his way through a huge tub of popcorn which ruined the first half of ‘Little Women’ for me at the lovely Odyssey cinema in St Albans. The constant crunch, arm movement and smell were so annoying.
IainM62
19th Feb 2020
3
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Not only in cinemas but now a very common problem in theatres. It just spoils it for everyone around the culprits.
LindaMarsh
19th Feb 2020
2
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Not just noise food but cooked food that smells awful as well.

Sat next to someone eating tacos and drinking a large coke -not a nice experience and then they just dumped the rubbish on the floor - disgusting
AnneF72
19th Feb 2020
2
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I meant to tick Yes! Snacks shouldn’t be allowed and I think surely people can go a couple of hours without eating.
HelenM896
19th Feb 2020
1
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My husband used to do Marketing for 20th Century Fox. He asked a cinema Manager why they allowed (any) food into the cinema, and was told cinemas make more profit from the food & drink than from the seat tickets.
jacacc1210
19th Feb 2020
3
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We avoid the cinema and theatre now because of these arrogant people who insist on rustling the bag of crisps, popcorn or opening chocolate bars, then they start to suck on straws making annoying noises that spoil a film or theatre production for so many people. It is sad that the cinema's and theatres don't think to try and reduce noise by putting food in less noisy wrappers or drinks in something not as noisy or just ban them from inside the theatre altogether.
My husband has a brain injury and part of his injuries is that he is noise sensitive and this totally spoils what should be an enjoyable experience for him and others. We now tend to download movies from the internet and watch them at home in our own personal space where it is quiet, not only that it saves money and hassle of driving and parking up. Sadly we don't get to the theatre as often as I would like to because of people eating or talking during a performance and they just don't seem to care about other peoples enjoyment or the money they have spent to watch a movie or a theatre production.
Retiredyorkie
19th Feb 2020
1
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Its years since I have been too the cinema

After reading everyone's comments I don't think I will bother giving it a try,
LynnM35
19th Feb 2020
2
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There's nothing worse than sitting next to, in front of or behind noisy munchers when you go to the cinema or theatre. People just don't think before choosing which sweets or snacks to buy.
Venues should ban noisy snacks during performances. Even the rustle of sweets being unwrapped is irritating and scrunching - well that's a whole different level!!
Cullomptmum
19th Feb 2020
1
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None of these comments compare to the older lady in the Cinema wearing overpowering, vile smelling perfume when I took my mum-in-law to see Andre Rieu at the cinema. It spoilt the whole experience continually getting wafts of her fragrance.
Think on ladies not all of us like your perfume. Don't wear it in enclosed spaces!
myfairlady
19th Feb 2020
1
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i am applauded at the way everyone is encouraged to eat at every moment of the day.. the last time i went to see a movie i was struck by 2 things.. first was the lack of water.. in the toilets there was no cold tap so we where forced to buy bottled water.. and secondly the state of the seating.. after 100's of bums over the years many i guess overweight from all that eating, the seats were just so uncomfortable.. hence i shall not be returning..
Billythequiche
19th Feb 2020
4
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As an amendment to my previous comment, I would also have separate areas for eating and just drinking in pubs and clubs, plus make it very illegal for children to sit on stools at the bar.
Do I now qualify as a "grumpy old git"?
Lionel
1st Mar 2020
1
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Well, if you don't qualify Billy you're sure putting in the effort!

It's as well we'll probably never meet over a pint. The next day a whole new world order would be in place, recognisable only to the 70's or over.
Billythequiche
19th Feb 2020
5
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There should be an isolated area for :
Noisy snacks
Smelly snacks
Commentators
Mobile users
Unruly children
Gossips
Those with weapons grade body odour.
Oh dear, there aren't many left over here. Amusing but a sense of proportion is needed. Most of us will remember squinting through a haze of smoke, from cramped seats with not enough fall in the cinema to see past the person in front. I would. be happy to see a device that blanked out WiFi except in the lobby.
It is different in the live theatre, any disturbance is an appalling lack of manners. I would ban anything except water, and that in a silent container.
Margaret Hart
19th Feb 2020
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There’s nothing worse s thyre coming to an important part of a speech than someone. crunching. ‘loudly and so spoiling the affect - often on purpose?
Soodee52
19th Feb 2020
3
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Not just the crunchy ones. It’s the smelly ones, particularly the nachos with cheese. I love them but the smell, in a cinema, is unpleasant and overpowering.
Yodama
19th Feb 2020
3
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Awww, come on have a heart...Does that mean I can't have my Butterkist treat anymore.

It's not just the noise in cinema's it's the pong.
A lady a few seats from me was having the whole hamburger and onions experience.
Overwhelming onion aroma put me right off my Butterkist.
Kes
19th Feb 2020
4
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I’m with Imelda. One of the reasons I’ve stopped going to the cinema. The films don’t last that long, an hour and a half / two hours. Surely people can survive for at least that length of time without the need to shovel food down their gullet nonstop. Go to a cafe or restaurant etc beforehand, or afterwards. Money grabbing cinema owners are also to blame.
MrsPat
19th Feb 2020
3
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I always enjoy chocolate sultanas while watching a film but I am very conscious of ripping the packet open and rustling about
Wilf
19th Feb 2020
5
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I went to see the excellent film 1917 last week and the whole cinema was a cacophony of rustling and munching-bit like a farmyard with animals chewing the cud!!!. By halfway through the farm animals had run out of snacks so we had a peaceful 2nd half of the film .
MaureenS23
19th Feb 2020
3
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When I went to the cinema yesterday, we were asked to switch off mobile phones and not to talk, to immerse ourselves in the film without distractions. Unfortunately no mention of not rattling crisp packets and popcorn throughout the film!
swaneldo
19th Feb 2020
4
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Cinema trips are to many a rare treat and it is inevitably spoilt by people using their phones; bellowing at each other; and making as much noise as they eat as possible. If you want to chat, make a racket, then wait until the DVD comes out and watch it at home and do what you want. Tickets for the cinema / theatre aren't cheap and lots save up for ages to be able to go somewhere which isn't home orientated as a luxury treat which they look forward to.

I've given up on forking out for cinema and theatre tickets due to the whole thing being spoilt by inconsiderate behaviour. Why go to the cinema if you're going to be busy yacking / using your phone?
cathychaos
19th Feb 2020
8
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I think sometimes people forget that watching in a cinema/theatre is not being at " home " . So they act as though they are at home, moving about texting, eating etc.
I have been to both cinema and theatre viewings where I have had to ask people, politely, to switch off phones, to quieten their voices, and or stop sending running commentaries of their phones to their friends. Yes, people might say I am being fussy, but I have attended events to enjoy them and for me that is being able to concentrate and live the experience. Please remember that a theatre/cinema visit is not a private viewing, but a audience experience. Thank you
Gardenmad
19th Feb 2020
5
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Hardly worth debating, is it? Noisy or any other eats and drinks will never get banned because the cinema chains themselves want to continue profiting from selling them. Simples!!
Wilf
19th Feb 2020
2
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Its a good point and also most of the sweets/snacks in there cost a fortune. I used to take the kids and the snacks cost more than the film????

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