9 Things Movie Theatre Employees Always Hear In The Box Office

9 Things Movie Theatre Employees Always Hear In The Box Office

Be prepared the next time you go to the movies

I have been working at a movie theatre for about a year and a half off and on as a seasonal employee. I love my job, it's fun and exciting, but after awhile you hear the same questions and remarks that get old after awhile in the box office.

1. "What movies do you have out?"

Are you serious? How do you just come to the movie theatre and not know what you want to see? Look around at the boards with the list of movies. It's like elementary school, the answers are around the room.

2. "What are children ages?"

At the theatre I work at, there is a huge sign that has every price and any ticket information you need, all you have to do is read! A 14 year old may be your child and one in the real world, but in movie theatre world, they are an adult.

3. "Ticket prices are expensive!"

Yes, it's 2015, movie tickets are expensive. Either see the movie now or wait a few months until it's on DVD or Netflix and watch it then.

4. "Why do you need to see my ID?"

Because it's a rated R movie. Unless you want us to allow young teenagers in the movie without supervision and ruin your movie experience, then just show us your ID. Think of it as a VIP access to a movie.

5. "I'm the parent, so I say they can see this movie if I'm buying their ticket"

Sorry doesn't work like that. If it's G to PG-13, that is fine, but if it's R then you need to see it with them. Does anyone read the signs set up all around the box office?

6. "Have you seen this movie?"

Usually the answer is no, then the famous statement, "You work at a movie theatre though." My response, "Exactly, I WORK." I don't always get to come in and see free movies whenever I want to, it's a job like any other, so the job comes first.

7. "Where's the manager?"

You would like to talk to a manager to have them tell you exactly what I told you? Go right ahead. Maybe because they have a title to their position, they will have a different answer. Nope, try again.The managers will simply tell you what we just told you.

8. "What are the movie times?"

How do you just decide to come to a movie without any idea of the times? Again, the answers are around the building or online, just a few clicks away. Look them up, or call in ahead of time and ask so you don't waste our time at the box office. Just don't get mad that there happens to be zero movies playing when you come in. Not our fault!

9. "What do you mean it's sold out?"

I mean, there are no more tickets available. New releases are bound to have sold out shows, so order your tickets online in advance then come in early to print them out or just come in and purchase them a day or two ahead of time. Don't get mad that you didn't plan this out then when you get there, the next four showings are sold out. Not our fault, we just sell the tickets.

The next time you go to the movie theatre, know that, yes, the tickets are pricey, but see if there is a discount day, or any other discounts offered. Use some common sense when purchasing tickets, attend a showing that not as many people would come. Usually between 5-8 o'clock at night, it will be busier than 9 or 10 o'clock at night. Box office employees are there to help, but we need cooperation from you too.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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