Newspaper article China Post

Cinemas Use 'Distractions' to Bypass Food Regulations: Official

Newspaper article China Post

Cinemas Use 'Distractions' to Bypass Food Regulations: Official

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The China Post news staff--Several movie theaters have made unreasonable rules to restrict people from bringing food into theaters, said the Chairman of the Taipei Law and Regulation Commission (LRC) Yeh Ching-yuan ([...]) yesterday. If proven theaters may face a maximum fine of NT$1.5 million (US$50,000), stated Yeh.

The law prescribes that movie theaters cannot restrict people from bringing food inside unless the food distracts other movie-goers. Many theaters were found to bypass the law by classifying a long list of food items as "distracting," said Yeh.

One cinema made crepes a prohibited item to bring into the theater, which is unreasonable according to Yeh.

The Ambassador Theatres ([...]) prohibit bringing crunchy dry noodles, potato chips and tea eggs into the theaters, stating that these food items are smelly and eating them makes noise. The Taipei Department of Information and Tourism said that these reasons are not justifiable. …

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