Q: Is it ethical to take food into the movies?
A: Oh boy, now you're getting personal.
I admit to sneaking in a snack or two, but when I heard someone say: "That rule is just arbitrary, it's business imposing rules on you." I thought they missed the point.
The point is that it's a business... trying to stay in business.
They need to make money. And to be competitive with ticket prices, they charge higher food prices.
If you like the convenience of nearby theaters and don't want them to close, then support them, not subvert them.
And know that you are supporting all those who work there as well, providing jobs and income for their families.
You can always go out and eat afterward.
In fact, get a group and discuss the film over a meal . It's a lot more fun than quietly sipping a can of cola hidden in your jacket with a straw. (I know, I've tried it!)
The idea here is to care for the employees, owners and the people around you as you think Jesus might care for them. (Even if they are charging exorbitant prices. Which is a another whole column.)