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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Egg rolls at the movies?

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I was at the Meridian the other day, somewhat against my better judgment; it’s one of my least favorite theaters in town, because of the lousy sightlines. And, while paying for my $5 medium Diet Coke (which, for the record, was big enough to bathe a cat in), I saw something alarming at the snack counter: a sign advertising “hot, fresh” egg rolls. I wasn’t brave enough to order them — they might well be hot, but unless somebody whipped them up behind the popcorn machine, fresh they aren’t — but they got me thinking. Movie-counter snacks at multiplexes have been consistent in their offerings for my entire moviegoing life: popcorn, soda, candy, pretzels, ice cream, the odd desiccated-looking hot dog, maybe some nasty-looking nachos topped with what looks like yellow shaving cream. Some theaters offer nicer versions of these kinds of items (at appropriately higher prices), but essentially this is what moviegoing food is, and shall be. It’s one thing if a theater wants to specialize in offering special kinds of food (like the upcoming Cinebarre theater in Mountlake Terrace), but really, who was crying out for egg rolls at the multiplexes? Do you really want to burn your tongue on a hot, stale egg roll while staring at “Wolverine”? A criteria for movie food: It needs to be something that doesn’t sound unreasonable when combined with popcorn.
Anyone out there tried a multiplex egg roll? What do you eat at the movies? Me, I like popcorn without butter and plenty of salt. The best movie popcorn in the region, I think, is at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend, but in town the Harvard Exit’s is pretty tasty.

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