For whatever reason, I’ve had a long held belief that Cinemas in general were allowed to charge ridiculous prices for their food and drink because, by agreement with some entity/authority, they were not allowed to prohibit patrons from attending with their own food and drinks (Except for hot products as these warranted an OH&S risk).
With many cinemas occupying space in shopping centres it’s been a convenience for my family and I beforehand to go to the local Woollies and get some snacks for the movie. I’ve personally never been hassled about this but I’ve heard stories from those that have.
Last night I booked some online tickets from Event Cinemas for an outing on Saturday and I’ve noticed for the first time a very clear line on the booking confirmation that says;
“Please Note: No external food or drink items are alowed in our cinemas. Consumption prior to entry is required.”
I’m wondering if my beliefs were erroneous or if there is truly a right of the business to prohibit entry to patrons carrying externally purchased food and drink. Now as it happens, one of my guests on Saturday is a severely disabled young man who can only drink water from a special water bottle. It would be a very brave teenager indeed who would dare suggest he couldn’t bring his water bottle in with him but I wonder if they legitimately can prohibit entry to others ?