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How to Sneak Into a Movie
Before you can hop into a movie you first have to get into the theater, here are a few way on how to sneak into a movie. If you have any additional ways of getting into a theater without getting caught please let me know and I will add them to the list. However you get into a theater I can not stress enough that you do not sneak through the back there are cameras and alarms, it’s not impossible to get by theses but it is a lot easier to sneak through the front door. Movie employees will not usually ask to see your ticket unless you are suspicious or they are checking everyone’s ticket for a special engagement, stay away from screens where they are checking tickets if you don’t have a ticket for that showing.
Keep in mind that at most theaters, the shift will change around 5:00 so if you go just before then the new shift will not recognize you, so you will be free to hop to another movie (Thanks to Dave and Big Rob for that tip).
How to Sneak Into a Movie – Options
Pay for a ticket This is by far the easiest and most reliable way to get into a theater, simply pay for a ticket and you’re in.
Use the rest room There are some theaters where they will let you use the restroom because there are no other restrooms in the area, just go in while it’s really busy and when you come out, go down the hall and into a movie . If it is busy enough then you should be able to go un-noticed.
Use the phone This is the same principal as the restroom, you just need to time it right, if about 4 movies are letting in at the same time the should be enough diversion that you can slip past the workers without a problem.
Buying popcorn This one is a bit of a stretch, you can ask the door person if you can go in to by some popcorn. We all know that movie popcorn is the best so they will usually let you do this but unless it’s really busy then you can’t get lost in the crowd.
Have a friend bring you a ticket stub If you are in a group of say five then you can get away with only buying three tickets. Three people buy tickets and go sit down, two of those people stay and the third takes all three ticket stubs and gives two to the fourth and fifth people, keeping the third stub for himself. This will work best when there are 2 or more entrances to a theater so the same door guy doesn’t see you going in and out. Note: This works because you only need a ticket stub for a current movie to enter a theater. also Chris says “the whole buy a ticket and slipped it between 2 people does not really work. in my facility as well as many others, the two halves of the ticket are different. i train my floor man to only take one side.”
Ask for a stub While I don’t suggest this next technique I have seen it done. You ask people in the movie for ticket stubs and then take them out to your friends. I can’t honestly suggest that you try this because there is no way to tell who you are asking for a stub, it could be an off duty theater employee and that would end your hopping real quick.
How to Sneak Into a Movie – Backdoor
Sneaking in the back door or through a theater exit Listen carefully to this one, THERE ARE CAMERAS at the back doors and ALARMS on the theater exits. It is far easier to sneak in the front then it is through the back. DO NOT SNEAK THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.
Follow a wondering child from Reed Little kids have a tendency to wander around and run past people at the door, it’s only natural for a parent to run after them. If the child runs out of view from the person at the door then you should be home free. This one could work but it is sometimes hard to get kids to wander where you want them. Note: Please use children that you personally know (your own, a younger sibling, the neighborhood kid), do not go bribing strange children with candy to do this for you or someone will think you are trying to poison then or abduct them and you could get put in jail. If you try this I will find you and kick you in the groin so don’t do it.
Get a free ticket Jameson If you live in a big city, find out where and how to get all the free passes to screenings you can. If that movie is like some hot or whatever, no problem — because once you’re in, just go into whatever you want. This is an excellent way to get into a movie theater. Listen to special radio announcements and the local news segment on the morning news.
How to Sneak Into a Movie – Old Stubs
Old ticket stubs Chad Just use your old stubs. It really works quite well, especially when they are the line is long and they are letting in several patrons. Keep this in mind. When you are a 15-18 year old theater worker and being paid a little above minimum wage to tear tickets, you could care less about people sneaking in–I know that I did. Usually, just flashing a stub is enough to get you in. If it’s real busy too, just hold up your stub outside of the line and step over the rope. The pimply-faced kid tearing tickets isn’t going to stop to grab your stub and double-check it. This really depends on two things. One is the guy checking to stubs a jerk? If it was I then I would probably check the stub because that’s how I got my jollies. Two is it really busy? If it’s super busy then they can’t really run after you because more people are coming though the door with tickets and you are in.
Another trick with old stubs Kit Theaters with more than one floor often will post workers to make sure that you belong on that floor. (If a 25 plex has theaters 20-25 on the 3rd floor, you will need to show a stub for one of those theaters to get on the 3rd floor). If your first movie was on the first floor and the next one you want to see is say, on the second, just whip out a stub from the last time you bought a ticket for the movie on the second floor. Put your thumb over the date and name of the old movie, and just let them see that you have an appropriate number. I have not had any experiences with multiple story multiplexes so I can’t say if this would work but if you make sure that you cover up the date and that the movie is still playing on that level things should be cool.
Credit card receipt Kit With the new credit card machines in theaters, another way to sneak in without paying is possible. The machines print out a receipt that is the same size of a ticket, and perforated in the middle just like a ticket. Go to the flick with a friend, buy one ticket and put the credit card receipt underneath it. Hand them to the ticket taker at the same time. I doubt they will look at the underneath “ticket” because it feels exactly the same. Ask where the nearest bathroom is when you hand it to them, and that will distract them. This also works best when a lot of people are entering the theater. The key here is the distraction. By taking the ushers mind off of what they are doing you increase the chance of this trick working. This one all really depends on how much the usher is paying attention but it would probably work most of the time, especially when it is busy. On the same note you can buy a child’s ticket and get in for half price (Trish)
How to Sneak Into a Movie – Job App Technique
Apply for a job Ian Another great way to sneak in is to ask to apply for a job at the theater! You will always be taken to the manager’s office, where you’ll be asked to fill out an application. The usher always walks away, and the manager doesn’t pay you any attention, so after you apply, you are in the theater, free to sneak into the movies! This method works best if you’re in high school, about the age of the average worker at a movie theater. While this will get you in the theater it probably isn’t a good idea. As a general rule of thumb you should wait till you have the job before you start stealing from your employer. Don’t do this if you are serious about working at the theater, this practice is unprofessional to say the least.
Getting a refund Studman If you ask for a refund within the first 15 or so minutes most theaters will refund your money, you can use this to see movies for free. You and a buddy go to see a movie and have him save your seat while you take both ticket stubs to get a refund. On the way there “befriend” the doorman so he or she will remember you, you might say that you have to set your car alarm or something like that. Go to the box office and get a refund. Visit your good buddy the doorman and slip back into your theater. This tip was trimmed for clarity, if I messed up let me know studman. Anyway this is a pretty solid plan to see movies for free, you just have to be a people person and be friendly, other than that you shouldn’t have a problem.
How to Sneak Into a Movie – Getting Caught, Yikes!
OK you get caught, don’t panic, and remember it’s just the movie theater not Fort Knox. If you get caught sneaking into most theaters they will just kick you out, some may have harsher penalties, which you should look into before you go hopping. If you get caught there isn’t too much you can do, just remember you did get caught doing something you shouldn’t have been doing, be polite, and don’t argue because you have no good argument. Below are a couple of things that you could try to make things a little easier on everyone involved in you getting caught.
Say that you lost your ticket (Doesn’t work)In the two years that I worked at the theater the most common thing that hoppers used as an excuse was that they had lost their stub. I’ll tell you right now that this does not work, all movie theater employees have heard it before, it is useless.
Flirting If you happen to get caught by a member of the opposite sex you could always try to flirt your way out of the situation, it’s a long shot but heck you are already caught so it couldn’t hurt to try.
Be honest This will not get you into the movie but things will be resolved quickly. Just admit that you hopped into the theater, they will escort you out and have you leave (most likely). Try something like “Yes I did sneak in” That’s it then just get up and leave. Don’t cause any problems just be quiet and leave. This is highly recommended as you are stuck so you might as well make the situation as pleasant as possible.
Bribing Aaron (noych)If you get caught, and have no other options except admit guilt, then I can suggest one last effort to stay in and see the movie. Since most theater ushers are poorly paid high school students use the thing that motivates them to kick you out. Ask them if they would like to escort you to the movie for a crisp 5-dollar bill. This is cheaper than an 8 dollar ticket, gets you into the movie, and is 5 dollars the usher is making for “overlooking” one person.This will either work quite well or get you kicked out for trying to bribe the usher, it just depends on the usher that you run into. It is an option if you are desperate to see the movie.
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