[quote]The theaters must let people bring from the outside the types of food and beverages that are sold by the cinemas, such as soft drinks, coffee, popcorns, hotdogs, etc., the GIO said.
Businesses, however, can make their own lists to ban strongly-flavored food such as durian, betel nuts, stinky tofu, fried chicken, Taiwanese chicken nuggets, alcohol or “noisy” food such as watermelon seeds. [/quote]
Hmm, I wonder if alcohol will be on the banned list? Would be great to be able to bring an ice cold sixpack into the movie theater
Well I understand the rationale. I don’t want to buy the (sweet) popcorn or the stupid hot dog they sell. And instead of coke I’d rather sippity sip on a pearl tea. It’s a good thing but no noon or 6.30 PM shows for me. Don’t want to sit next to piantang eaters.
I guess I’m the only one who sees this as an unreasonable infringement on private property holders’ rights. Shouldn’t the property holder have the right to stipulate what food can or cannot be consumed by guests on their premises? I hate overpriced popcorn as much as the next guy, but theaters are private businesses and as such should have the right to set reasonable rules on their own properties.
A better analogy might be one of those cheap airlines or a pub. They both (can) serve food also, but it’s not their primary business.
I agree that it’s a stupid law. Obviously food is overpriced at a cinema, but it’s part of the revenue stream and keeps the tickets lower. The cinemas will need to increase ticket prices, although in practice, everyone already brings food in.