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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

April 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Will you eat the new, “healthy” movie snacks?

So, while I was busy being distracted by the possibility that my favorite-show-if-you-don’t-count-the-AWOL-“Mad Men,” “30 Rock,” might end after next season (Alec Baldwin, for the record, now seems to be saying that he spoke out of turn — i.e. he’s leaving the show after next season, but it isn’t necessarily ending — so everybody can calm down), some healthy snacks snuck into the multiplexes. Specifically, I’m speaking of Pacific Place, at which I saw three evening screenings in a row this week (the glamorous life of a movie critic, right?), and which now suddenly has some new shelving in the concession area, with new snack options. Because I tend to move through the lobby in a fog, I didn’t notice these at first, but a kind person shared with me her Almonds with Italian Seasoning and Parmesan, one of the new options, and while they were undeniably tasty I don’t see them replacing popcorn anytime soon. (Besides, they needed salt. Which I guess is the point.)
AMC, the chain which runs Pacific Place, is primarily pushing its new Smart MovieSnacks bundle, which includes fruit chips, a trail-mix bar, some weird prepackaged popcorn that looks like tortilla chips, and a bottle of water (for which the caffeine-needy can substitute Diet Coke). Hmm. Now, I am in general a fairly law-abiding soul, but it seems to me that if you really want to eat a trail-mix bar at the movies, you can buy one at the grocery store and hide it in your purse or pocket, rather than pay an inflated price for one at the concession counter. (Bringing in your own Slushie is harder.) And it’s kind of amusing that, on the same page on the website that they’re advertising the new healthy snacks, AMC is pushing their special deal of a same-day free refill on a large soda and/or large popcorn. If you can drink a large soda and have room for more, and can actually sit through the movie after doing so, my hat is off to you.
So, what’s your movie-snack strategy? Will you try the new “healthy” options, or bring your own? Is it all just too expensive? Do you think the current fuss about nutritional content at the concession counter is a little silly? (Does anyone think movie food is good for them?) Have you tried Cinerama’s reasonably priced snacks (and very good, though somewhat fluffy, popcorn)? Here’s a poll:

What’s your movie snack strategy?online survey

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