Dr Oz: How Clean Is Your Movie Theater?
There’s a good chance you’ve either been to the movie theater recently and are planning to go in the future. That’s exactly why Dr Oz and health inspector Peter DeLucia wanted to find out just how clean a movie theater really is. Peter swabbed various spots at the cinema including the escalator outside, the concession stand, and ticket touch-screens.
Peter first suggested to viewers that they order freshly popped popcorn, because there’s no telling how long popcorn has been sitting in the bags they try to serve you first. When it comes to buying candy, look for boxes that aren’t bent or ripped, and bags that are sealed tight. Frayed boxes and chewed bags can be a sign of rodents. If you order hot food, it should be at least 140 degrees.
Dr Oz: Germs & Bacteria At The Movie Theater
Peter joined Dr Oz and was happy to report that the touch screen he swabbed at the theater had no bacteria on it. He was quick to point out, however, that he didn’t check for viruses. Especially during cold and flu season, you should be aware that viruses could be lurking in commonly touched areas. When Peter bought a hot dog, he was pleased to see that the one he bought was about 170 degrees. You’re best bet in terms of condiments, is reaching for the prepackaged, single-serve packets, because they’re likely to be cleaner than a bottle that everyone touches.
When asking for fresh popped popcorn, be sure that you actually see it popping. Don’t just take the worker’s word for it. It’s also essential that you clean your hands, because Peter revealed that the escalator was the dirtiest thing he swabbed.
Back to the candy, he also recommended that you always check the expiration date, just to be sure they’re not trying to get rid of old candy. And as for the soda, Peter said everyone is better off buying bottled soda. A lot of times workers will fill a cup with ice by digging directly into the ice with the couple, which means their hands are coming into contact with the ice, transferring germs and bacteria.
Dr Oz: Gross Movie Theaters
Once you’ve grabbed your ticket and your snacks, it’s time to enter the theater. So how do you select a seat? If you’ve always just walked into the theater and selected a seat based on how good of a view you’d have, things are about to change! Peter explained that because theaters are typically so dark, it can be hard to see exactly what you’re coming into contact with. But a lot of times you can certainly hear the sounds created as you step on popcorn or onto the sticky floor from spilled soda.
If you come into contact with a sticky, crunchy floor, Peter said it’s a sign the theater isn’t cleaned often enough. When it comes to choosing a seat, you may get lucky and find out that at least appears to be clear of any messes, but Peter wanted to find out what germs and bacteria you couldn’t see. He swabbed all over a theater seat to find out the truth.
Dr Oz: How To Avoid Cinema Germs
He told Dr Oz that there were so many yeast colonies in the cup holder “you could make bread.” The Health Department is mandated to check the concession stand, but the theater is a whole other story! When it comes to finding a seat, you should find one in which you’ll be comfortable. A good idea would be to avoid putting your purse or jacket on the floor. If you’re going to use the cup holder, use napkins.
He pointed out that when you sit to watch a movie, it’s your pants and the back of your shirt touching the seat. When you go home, you then transfer those germs to every surface your clothes then come into contact with. That’s why Peter recommended that you take your clothes off as soon as you get home.