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Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton Urges Movie Theaters to Offer Healthy Snacks

Would You Buy Healthy Snacks at the Movies If They Were Available?

Popcorn, Jubees, and Icees may soon be sharing space with fruit, veggies, and whole grains at your local movie theater. An article at MSNBC reports that the head of Sony Pictures wants movie theaters to address America's obesity problem by selling healthier snacks. "I don't mean close the window for popcorn, soda and candy," said Sony CEO Michael Lynton at the annual ShoWest convention for theater owners. "Audiences love them and should always be able to buy them at your theaters."

Lynton shared that in a Sony-conducted survey of 26 movie theaters, two-thirds of respondents would buy healthy snacks over junk food if they had the option. Some foods respondents would like to see are fruit cups, vegetables with dip, yogurt, granola bars, baked chips, and unbuttered, air-popped popcorn.

How about you . . .

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
How bout some SUSHI... SASHIMI... and CRUDITE?!
AMP AMP 7 years
I'd love the option for healthier popcorn!
Allytta Allytta 7 years
of course, i don't buy anything at the movies not only because it's so overpriced, but also because it's something i'd never eat at home. except for icecream :)
nourhayaty nourhayaty 7 years
i can't resist popcorn at the movies!!!I'm in med school and i always have very busy schedule, i even study on weekend!so basically i go to movies maybe once every 2 months,so i think its okay to have some popcorn plus i buy the smallest size available,
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't snack at the movies...seriously, how hard is it to go 2 hours without eating? I usually chew gum or sneak a diet soda or water in my purse. If they did have healthy snacks that didn't cost $10 apiece, I'd probably think about buying them. I do think that theaters definitely need to start offering air-popped popcorn for people to eat though. It'd be a nice option for people who want popcorn but who don't want to eat the stuff drowned in butter and oil.
dani19 dani19 7 years
that would make my life! i always feel so grossed out by looking at all the unhealthy food they provide there, but if they could offer veggies or fruits or even simple granola bar that werent high in sugar and sodium that would be so great.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I also am detered by the price. If they can charge 8 dollars for something cheap like popcorn, what can they charge for nuts and veggie chips?
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
We go to the movies maybe once a year. I don't think I'd pay three times as much for the same snacks I have at home, but I doubt I'll ever find out.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
I don't like munching on anything when I'm at the movies so no. I guess a lot of people would benefit if there are healthier choices, but I'd rather snack elsewhere. Also, I would assume that the prices will be quite"up there."
FitSoccerGirl FitSoccerGirl 7 years
I really don't eat when I am at the movie theater, because it is so overpriced, and I hate feeling like I've been ripped off. If I do want a snack, I usually bring in some trail mix or a granola bar, along with a water. I would like to see healthy varieties of snacks at concession stands, along with reasonable prices! But, I guess that might be asking a little too much at this time, lol!
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Unless you are going to the movies every other day, I don't see the big deal in eating a big bag of buttery, salty popcorn yumminess. Its not that big of a deal.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Either way, they would be ridiculously expensive. I don't buy snacks at the movies, I sneak in my own :)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I think that the option to bring in healthier snacks is great - I'm all for it! However, I don't know how well they'll do. The healthier and fresher the food is the more expensive it tends to get and movie theater snacks are already expensive. I'd rather smuggle in my own little baggie of olives, light popcorn or fresh fruit if I'm going to be snacking during the movie. I already do that, even if I do indulge in chocolatey treats - it's a good way to save money!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
i bring my own healthy foods in. theaters charge too much for their sweet snacks.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
If they didn't charge an arm and a leg, maybe I would consider it. But, I have to say, the sound of someone chomping into a crispy apple or the like might get just as annoying as the rustling of a Doritos bag.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
they cost to much
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i wont but snacks at the movies
michlny michlny 7 years
I love that (corporate) America is finally waking up to our unhealthy habits and doing something to change them!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I would purchase them if they weren't 40 dollars :) I always tuck good snacks and sodas in my big purse for my honey and I :). Hey, I'm still paying for the movie, I feel like I'm allowed to bring my own snacks..
Ajh Ajh 7 years
I put yes, but I'd rather see more healthy drink options than snacks. I'm tired of sneaking in unsweetened tea, and the local theater only offers soda and bottled water. I don't snack in movie theaters.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I don't buy snacks at the theater because they're so crazy expensive! I'd imagine healthy snacks would be even more. No thanks, I'll eat when I get home.
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 7 years
they would definitely profit from adding healthier snacks- i would never eat anything from the snack stand. It's sad to see kids load up on that stuff, too.
northen123 northen123 7 years
I've stopped eating food at the cinema because all they sell is candy and popcorn. So if I could get some celery or carrot sticks then it would be perfect! My dad makes air-popped popcorn at home, too, so that would be a bonus.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I go to the movies about once every three months. If I want to chow down a small popcorn while I'm there, I'm cool with that. I have enough healthy snacks at home, and if I'm paying marked up prices I'd rather have something that I can't find in my own cupboard.
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