Popcorn and Other Snack Favorites at Cinema

By Renzo Guevara
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Movies are great. One of the best things the human race invented. You want to know what’s equally great, if not better? Food. You can’t tell me you don’t like food. Add the both of those together, you got yourself one heck of an experience.

‘Pop’ Culture

Let’s address the elephant in the theater here, ever wonder why popcorn is the staple food offering in the cinemas? If you find one that doesn’t sell popcorn, no you didn’t. Don’t fight me on this.

Depression made popcorn.

Oh, I’m actually serious. Popcorn was the cheapest food cinemas could offer during the Great Depression. Plus, it was (and still is) so much easier to munch on. Ever tried eating a full meal there? It’s dark, it’s loud, and as soon as the lights come back on, your pants look like a massacre took place on it.

It was an easy to make snack that can generate a lot of profit, and was extremely versatile as well. Nacho’s are delicious, but you have to dip them. Chips are nice, but they’re noisy. Hotdogs are always a great idea, but they’re only good for a couple of bites. Popcorn is where it’s at. You can put almost any flavor on it, it barely makes a sound, and it’s easy to clean up. Just pop that sucker in.

Food Genre

There’s no question at this point that popcorn is the best snack in the cinemas. And if I may add, butter flavor will always be S tier and no, you can’t contest that. But, there are also a lot more food options out there. More food, more happiness, right?

Well, it depends.

If there is one advice I can give to anyone, it’s that you should probably never watch a horror film when you’re hungry. If you’re wondering why, come back to me the next time blood splatters on screen and you’ll need to finish that spaghetti. Or better yet, why would you even eat spaghetti in the cinemas?

Your appetite can be affected by what you see. If you see someone vomit in the movie, chances are, you wouldn’t want to eat some oatmeal.

On a lighter note, I definitely don’t recommend drinking a lot during a comedy. Unless you want to give the person sitting in front of you a free impromptu shower then by all means, go ahead.

Pee breaks suck. Unless the movie itself sucks then it’s basically an escape. When you’re laughing out loud at a comedy, there’s a high chance that you’ll want to pee. So it’s either you miss out on some scenes or you wear a diaper.

Lights, camera, aaand I’m hungry.

Whatever the case may be, we all have our preferences when it comes to our cinema snacks. A personal honorable mention for me would be candy. Popcorn with candy is actually great. Highly recommend it.

All the food I mentioned to avoid? I ate all of them in the theaters as well at some point. Some experiences may or may not have been true. And yes, oatmeal as a movie snack is very random, I know.

A film is an experience worth having and food is something that can elevate any situation. Great movie? Food compliments it. Horrible movie? At least you’re eating something.

Pretty cool, right?