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Make Way for More Movie Theater Food

I actually don't enjoy going to the movies much anymore - there's always the talkers, the cellphone chatters, the crinkly food people and now there will be the overwhelming smell of steak taquitos. And instead of having someone spill their cherry-coke on me, they will have the opportunity to spill their self-created cherry-lime-vanilla-coke on me instead. At least that's what the folks on the ShoWest exhibition floor are promoting.

At ShoWest, which is the movie industry's largest exhibition and trade show, several companies were promoting new movie snacking inventions. For example FuNacho was there talking up single-serve nachos, Ruiz Foods had bite-sized taquitos, and Vivian St. Louis had a Flavor Fusion machine that comes with 16 different flavors and 8 flavor shots. So yes, you can make that cherry-lime-vanilla-coke you've always dreamed about.

Also on hand were companies touting new flavors of ice cream, larger serving sizes for candy (what, we need larger?) and piping-hot bags of popcorn. No word on when any of these babies hit the theaters, and as interesting as it sounds, I'm actually a little nervous about it. Do we really need all those food choices? What's next Mongolian BBQ in the lobby?

Source: CNET

What do you guys think? More food at the movie theaters, good thing or bad?

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
more heart attacks! lol
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
I'm with DesignRchic, etc. in that more is good if they mix in some healthy snacks. However, I think it should stay snacks, not be meals. OH, and I want to try those sodas!!!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I agree that drinks need to be expanded- I usually go to a movie theather that serves all sorts of food (its ok) and wine and beer. Sometimes the smell of all the food makes me feel a little sick, but I still thins its worth it because the movie theather doesn't allow anyone under 18 in (due to the alcohol being served)... which makes it so much more pleasant. Nothing's worse than babies or groups of teens that won's shut up.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
I'm with ya cravinsugar. I don't go often. Once every couple months when a movie is realllll good and will look great on the big screen and when I do...I MUST have popcorn.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
who cares? it's still gonna cost me my first-born child and my left arm. are these new innovations cheap or...FREE with the purchase of the $1 million movie ticket I just bought?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
We used to go to a moviehouse that served pizza and beer and a few other things, and you sat at tables instead of those movie chair aisles. We loved it!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I usually sneak in my own candy or food and, if it's a huge theater, try to find a space for myself (at least it works when you're seeing a movie that doesn't have a ton of people there). I think the people are more polite and less obnoxious at the smaller movie houses though. But I still sneak in my food there too :-)
Haris_Pilton Haris_Pilton 10 years
I wish they would offer some more healthy snacks. Some more natural and real food. I wish they didn't have junk food there at all, but I guess others love it! I'm all for them adding stuff that is healthy and natural. I wish you could get salads from the movie theatre. One of the theatres in my city sold salads when they first opened, but I guess not many wanted it because it is no longer on the menu and junk food has replaced it!
kendallina kendallina 10 years
There's a theater nearby that serves up cafe lattes and ice cream, which is a little weird. I think more food options would just invite more garbage in the complexes. When I go to the theater, which is rare, I get a Diet drink and sometimes candy. I would probably get popcorn if it wasn't so greasy there. Also, it's so expensive to go to the movies these days, so I try to keep my snacks to a minimum. Lickety split - I totally agree with you about smelling a nasty sandwich that someone has brought in. So gross!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
well im thinking if people want to be inconsiderate, they are gonna be that no matter what food is served. a person who's conscious of the other ppl around wouldnt want to eat noisy/smelly food right? but i guess the theatre is also trying to "up" their service by offering a wider range of food
miss915 miss915 10 years
i love goobers!!!!
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
depends on the food. when someone sneaks a smelly sandwich into the movie it pisses me off. i don't want to be thinking about your onions when i'm watching a film. but the food is usually SO gross at theaters! the grease on the popcorn makes me ill and those hotdogs? seriously, how hungry do you have to be before you order a hotdog at the theater? i love the idea of beer and wine :) i told a ticket taker they should sell that over christmas and he said "lady, you have no idea", haha.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i worked at a movie theater just out of high school so to this day i cannot stand the sight, taste or smell of popcorn.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
I would actually love to have a restaurant/movie theatre combo in my area. I know there are a few around ( ive seen them on the food channel or travel channel , cant remember ) but no where near me. As for a regular movie theatre snacks seem best its easier to eat in the dark , without all the fuss.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
September Lights, As mentioned above, i only go to the movies about twice a month. so, to be honest, i don't want healthy. I want popcorn. but, i know plenty of people who take healthy snacks in their purse. I don't think this is wrong since the theater doesn't offer them...but, i think a lot of people are like me. if they actually get to go to the movies, they want the popcorn and other junk food. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
i think movie theaters should have healthy alternatives.( other than 5$ bottled water ) why is it only junk food being served in theaters?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Hmmm. I'm on the fence. I'd like healthier snacks, but I'm sure that won't happen. At the same time, I wouldn't want the theater room smelling like a restaurant. Movies are good for snacks, not meals. IDK, it wouldn't bother me too much since I usually eat before I get to the movie anyways.
Wicked Wicked 10 years
Yeah, if you want to eat BBQ go to a restaurant beforehand (or after).
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Generally, I think no. Movie theaters aren't restaurants (except for the ones that are, and based on my experience, they aren't worth it). However, my independent theater has a fancy coffee station and they serve wine and beer, which is actually incredibly enjoyable during a movie. So I guess drinks yes, meals no.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I only go to the movies about twice a month. So, when i go, i get popcorn and soda. sometimes raisenettes since I HAVE to mix them with my popcorn..or i used to have boyf is helping me break the extra calories away from my diet. but, whatev. if people want to eat taquitos i don't care. as long as i can get my popcorn and non-caffenated soda, I am happy. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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