This picture is me at Avatar, which was quite possibly the last movie I saw in the theater. Nonetheless, talk of a proposed popcorn bucket shrinkage troubles me.
This may be because I have trouble going into a movie theater without eating popcorn. Just ask my friend Danny who, as a loyal Weight Watcher, brings carrot sticks into the theater. I also have trouble turning down the upgrade in size for 25 cents. Who would say no to more buttery popcorn for the amount that it costs to park for 6 minutes in San Francisco?
So the fact that there’s talk amongst members of the New York City Board of Health to ban extra-large popcorn buckets at movie theaters, the way they’re working on limiting sugary sodas, is of concern to me. And not for all of the so-called ‘nanny state’ reasons, but because one of my favorite snacks is stale popcorn. Yes, day-old movie popcorn just works for me.
If this law were to be enacted in NYC, and then spread west, I’d be losing the experience of un-crinkling the brightly colored bag the next morning and just having one or two popped kernels…which turns into an empty crumpled up brightly colored bag.
The people I spoke to at the Century Theaters on Ethan Way in Sacramento today feel the same way. Listen below.