Movie Theaters Lie: Large Popcorn Equals Three Big Macs

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Not so cute and innocent once you know him inside and out.
I long ago stopped eating the offerings at movie theater concession stands. So long ago that I can't remember when I started loading up at Walgreen's and sneaking in healthier, fresher, and better-priced snacks. The reason I began doing this is because eating movie theater popcorn can kill you.

Sure, it might not kill you instantly, but there is a reason movie theater companies don't want you to know the calorie count of their concession items, such as popcorn, hot dogs, and so forth. This is why movie theater companies are battling the FDA over the government's current proposal to force theaters to disclose the calorie content of their food.

You know why they don't want you to know the amount of calories in their food? Because you might not purchase that large buttered popcorn when you find out it has the caloric equivalent of almost three Big Macs from McDonald's. Throw in a hot dog, soda, and some candy, and in that one, impulsive, and ridiculously priced meal, you might have just consumed a weekend's worth of calories.

Mind you, the National Association of Theater Owners is balking at being forced to reveal the calorie content of theater food -- not the nutritional content, which the feds aren't even discussing (although they really, really should). Not revealing the nutritional content means movie theater concession stands can continue to serve hot dogs made from assorted goat parts and lemur droppings. So they really shouldn't be that upset.

But let's not forget that these are the same theater companies that several years ago started marketing this poison directly to kids via convenient, attractively packaged, and fun-size combos: a soda, candy, and, of course, death corn.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times this morning, popcorn is a cash cow for movie theater companies. David Ownby, the CFO of Regal Entertainment Group, recently waxed poetic at an investors meeting: "We sell a bucket of popcorn for about $6. Our cost in that $6 bucket of popcorn is about 15 cents or 20 cents. So if that cost doubles, it doesn't really hurt me that much."

It sure hurts us, though. Thanks, dickhead.

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CA_Jim
CA_Jim

Hey, why don't you gimme a heads-up first before you use my image in your article? I mean, big thanks for giving me credit but it would've been nice if you would've, you know, said something. I don't mean to be a jackass, just to ask for a little common curtesy.

Sincerely,CA_Jimhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/n...

mclovinmyburgers
mclovinmyburgers

listen, cigarettes cause cancer, we all know that and it's still a multi-million dollar business.mc donalds had to at the very least make their caloric value available.. and i still love my double cheese burgers.people are going to eat whatever the fuck they want to eat, but the info should be readily available,even if it is at the theater. these assholes are still going to make their money because in the end we're all fatties inside.now go fetch me my popcorn with extra lard there, chubs.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

I concur. I ain't saying ban popcorn, I'm saying that its content should be disclosed (just like it is on all foods in this country). Each of us can decided for ourselves whether we want to continue eating it or not. :)

Aliasemail94
Aliasemail94

Agreed with hoby. Consumers make their call. The govt doesn't belong. Stupid people make stupid choices. Screw them. In regards to the cost. High...yes, but that's the theaters main income. Theaters don't make dick off ticket sales. Roughly 60-85% of the ticket goes to the studio.....Disney and Sony are the worst.

BlameCanada
BlameCanada

Good article. Post the facts you fucknosed corporate movie house bastards. We don't give a shit, we'll still eat it, and then you can make triple when you sell diet popcorn

Mickey T
Mickey T

So how do you really know what it is that movie theaters are doing, or are you just assuming that they believe we are all stupid and don't know about calories and nutrition? Or could it possibly be that the cost of acquiring and posting the information can be a burden on businesses? Movie patrons have many options available. Movie theaters prefer that you don't bring your own food in, but many do it, so big deal. Do you know how much it costs to run a film and without concessions they would not be able to pay their workers? People are responsible for themselves, and if they don't teach their kids, then don't blame it on the theater. Regulations like this can put theaters out of business, then where will you go? Stay home and quit trying to think you know what someone else is thinking.

JEG
JEG

People are responsible for themselves you write, does that explain the LARGE amount of the population who is obese? So it might help these folks to have readily available information to make an informed decision on what their intake is.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

No one is saying that they shouldn't sell concession items. Do you really think that they need to make 1600% profit on a bag of popcorn to remain in business?

JEG
JEG

Any moron that will pay $26.00 for a tub of popcorm, soda and candy deserves to have their arteries clogged.

Hoby
Hoby

Another sensationalist rant...consumers need to be accountable for their choices...I'm an educated person...I exercise a lot...I love movie popcorn.. the calorie police don't need to take the fun out of everything...

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

How can you be educated when information is being withheld?

Hoby
Hoby

that information is available in numerous places including the internet....just typed "movie popcorn calories" in to google and look what I found

http://www.livestrong.com/thed...

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

I'm not going to respond to your cheap shots, because you're obviously a moron who does not have the ability to understand subtext, irony, sarcasm, or satire, but I will defend people's right to know what they are putting in their mouths.

You really need to step outside yourself. People shouldn't have to go to the public library (wtf?) to research how many calories are in a tub of popcorn, you idiot. Have you thought about people who may not be as educated or as mobile? And where the hell in the public library are you going to find a BOOK that states the ACTUAL, CURRENT calorie content in theater popcorn? Are you kidding me? What is your problem with products listing their calorie content? Talk about wanting to start drama. Get a life.

P.S. I already met my daily quota for dealing with insipid morons, so if you reply to this I won't make your tedious day more exciting by responding to your doltish and half-baked comment. Btw, by your own admission you read my articles. Thanks! LMAO.

P.P.S. You're a joke. Lmfao.

Hoby
Hoby

I said the internet is one of many places...try the public library? Your articles usually make me laugh because they are so ridiculous, sensationalist, biased, and poorly researched. For a long time I assumed that "Ily Goyanes" was another writer at the New Times that wanted to have fun with readers and made "Ily" up as a guise to create drama on the blogs. However, your comments show that you might actually exist since you don't play up the drama but get defensive...Ily lives!

Stop playing the victim...I'll buy the popcorn!

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Wow, you are so smart. Are you aware of the fact that not everyone has internet or knows how to use it? Should they be denied access to information?

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