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A PIL was filed in the Bombay High Court a couple of months ago about the high cost of food items served by cinema halls and also the fact that they prohibit outside food and beverages thereby restricting the choice of cinema goers who want to re-live the moments they have in their homes by devouring greasy food, slurping on all kinds of safe beverages. The fact that the high court went ahead to instruct cinema halls to open their doors for ‘outside’ food and beverages is in itself shocking and contending that cinema food and beverages are exorbitant is unintelligible.
There is a logic and an unwritten rule as to why cinema halls take this step- if everyone starts bringing their home food to the cinema, the experience would go for a toss- instead of enjoying movies, people would be tripping over another, the hall would be filled with the rather obnoxious aroma of home food, unintentionally spilling over on their neighbors. As to the high cost, if it pinches one's pocket, there is the option not to buy; if one is in a mall- there are dozens of restaurants apart from the cinema restaurants to choose from - then the best option is to have one’s lunch or dinner at home and save the money for some other activity. We don’t hesitate while paying a certain amount for the cinema experience or even being a spendthrift on certain occasions without another thought, then the same logic should apply here. We then should not watch the certain movie at that time, instead wait for 3 months and watch it on cable and online platforms at home and spill as much as we want.
The halls are cramped without much space between aisles and seats, and bringing in bags would make it difficult for people to cross as this would cause inconvenience and a nuisance. These halls in order to accommodate more people keep on adding seats without any thought for security, the stairs are too steep to climb and narrow and often slippery without any railings. Cost of food and beverages is last thing that should bother us. Cinema halls are not picnic spots, outside food won't solve the challenge of exorbitant items; One can take the example of the Airport- there one is too not allowed to carry some items into the airport including drinks and one does comply without objections; no one objects or even bothers about the cost while eating at airport restaurants then the same logic should apply to cinemas or one can take the ubiquitous choice of being on a fast for those 2.5 to 3 hours.