`Why does that popcorn cost so much?'
Fun article from CNNMoney about the economics of running a movie theater. (It's a few years old - stumbled across it today.)
- Studios pay theaters to show trailers. But they pay for them after the fact, based on the number of people in the theater who saw them.
- Concession suppliers may put $25,000 to $50,000 toward the building of a new screen, if the theater will give them a long-term contract and split profits made on snacks.