I don’t usually go to plays, but in recent weeks I’ve been invited to two of them, both in smaller theatres in a relaxed West Coast town. Both theatres had signs that said they welcomed people bringing food and drinks into the show. Is this usual for theatres? (I went to Broadway shows when I was younger, and my parents never let me eat, but I remember listening to the sounds of other people opening their food packets and chewing.)If so, I’m not sure that the open-food policy is a good one. I know that you can’t eat or drink at the symphony, because the sounds would interfere with the music, but the actors in these plays were performing live with (mostly) unamplified sound as well. These were such small venues that I could hear people around me open their food and smell the alcohol of whatever drink the lady next to me had purchased. Then again, I’m sure the venues make lots of money off people purchasing their expensive drinks and snacks, money that allows them to stay open in the first place. What do you think? 0314-13
My first thought was,”Dinner theater”. The last one I went to was at Warm Beach Camp during Christmas four and a half years ago. Second thought was, “Raleighwood Grill” which is a movie theater which serves full dinners, appetizers and drinks during the showing of the movie. Obviously the management of the theaters you have visited have no problem with clients bringing in food and drinks so if this bothers you, the onus is on you to vote with your feet and go elsewhere to enjoy a live theatrical event.