Most of us, when we got to the movies, want some kind of snack. At the movie theater concession stands, popcorn is king. Everyone associates buttery popcorn with the cinema. It’s become the standard movie snack, and most people will shell out as much as they did on tickets to buy popcorn and a drink. I’ve always wondered, though, why popcorn?
Popcorn is quite possible the absolute worst possible snack to eat during a movie. First of all, it’s completely unhealthy. Plain, air-popped popcorn isn’t bad, but the buttery, salty stuff that you buy at the theater is full of fat, calories, and sodium. Movie theater popcorn might even be worse for you than just buying that bag of candy. Popcorn from popular theater chain AMC, for example, has 664 calories and 31 grams of fat per serving! (1)
Not only is theater popcorn bad for your body, it’s bad for your wallet, too. It’s outrageous how much you can pay for snacks at the movie theater. In the supermarket, you can buy a whole box of microwave popcorn for a couple of bucks. In the theater, you can easily pay $5 for a tub of popcorn. (2) Buying popcorn can make your movie-going experience way more expensive.
There’s another reason, though, why popcorn is such a bad movie food. It’s antisocial. That may seem extreme to say, but we all know it’s true. How often have you been sitting in a movie theater, enjoying the movie, and right at the crucial moment someone crunches down on their popcorn. It has to be one of the noisiest foods on earth, and yet it’s popular in a setting where we’re supposed to be quiet. Nothing can ruin an emotional movie moment faster than an audience with popcorn.
Not only is it noisy, popcorn is messy too. I remember sitting in the cinema one time, watching a period drama, and little pieces of popcorn kept raining down around me. The jokers in the row behind us were tossing the popcorn into the air and trying to catch it, scattering popcorn everywhere in the process. It completely spoiled the movie experience. Popcorn falls on the floor where it crunches under foot. It makes peoples’ hands greasy, and smears salty buttery goo on the armrests. It is the messiest snack food I can think of.
Popcorn is an absolutely horrible movie theater snack. I think it’s possibly the worst movie food ever. So next time you go enjoy the cinema, be kind to your waistline, wallet, and other viewers, and buy something other than popcorn.
(1) “AMC Movie Theater Popcorn”, Live Strong
(2) “Why Popcorn Costs so Much at the Movies”, by Deepak, Associated Content