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Taking your own food and drink into the cinema - what are the rules?

Cinemas tend to have different policies on bringing your own blockbuster snacks

We're in the full swing of summer blockbuster season with the likes of Spiderman: Homecoming, Dunkirk , Valerian, and the Emoji Movie hitting the silver screen.

Going to the local multiplex is a great way to keep the kids entertained during the holidays and as a weekend treat.

The movie-going experience is nothing to many without popcorn, sweets and your favourite soft drink.

Most cinemas have enormous lobbies selling a host of confectionery, hot dogs, nachos and ice cream.

However, heading to the cinema is not as cheap as it used to be, and the price of the cinema's food offering is far from a bargain.

For this reason, we know there are many out there who attempt to sneak their own food into the auditorium.

So, with the help of our friends at Gazette Live , we've taken a look at what the main cinema chains in west London say about bringing your own snacks to enjoy during screenings.

Vue

Pick N Mix at the Vue(Image: Evening Gazette)

The chain has 87 screens across the UK, including one in Westfiled .

In the frequently asked questions section of its website, it only mentions that outside hot food and alcohol cannot be brought in to a showing.

Cineworld

Cineworld(Image: Handout)

There are many Cineworlds across west London, including Power Road, Chiswick , Wembley, and Fulham.

Their staff would have no objection to anybody bringing in their own snacks - as long as they are not hot.

On its website it states: “Cineworld have a strict no hot food or alcohol policy.

“We reserve the right to refuse customers entry into the screens with hot food or alcohol bought outside the premises. All our cinemas display the necessary signage, advising customers of this policy.

“As a food operator we offer a wide range of drinks and snacks to satisfy our customers but also protect our cinema furnishings and customers clothing.

“Not all movie-goers are considerate of others in their snack choices and we have needed to set clearer guidelines on what is appropriate.”

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