5 Most Vegan-Friendly Movie Theaters Named in Time for National Popcorn Day

PETA Lists Top Establishments That Show a Reel Commitment to Meeting Moviegoers' Hunger for Plant-Based Fare

For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2016

Catie Cryar 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – The perfect place to celebrate National Popcorn Day today is at the movies—and as movie theaters work harder than ever to meet the growing demand for vegan foods, PETA applauds the top five vegan-friendly movie theaters in the U.S., all of which offer far more than the usual “accidentally vegan” snacks such as popcorn, pretzels, soda, and Sour Patch Kids candies.

Taking the number one spot is Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida, thanks to its delicious menu packed with everything from vegan pepperoni pizza to barbecue tofu bánh mì. At second place in PETA’s roundup is The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, California. Central Cinema in Seattle follows in third place, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, nabbed fourth place. FilmScene in Iowa City, Iowa, rounds out the top five, with an honorable mention going to Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

“PETA’s list shows that the vegan scene is hopping—including at local movie houses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Forget what’s on the screen, because the real stars at these theaters are the hearty veggie burgers, spicy tofu wraps, delicious dairy-free shakes, and other fantastic plant-based fare that everyone can enjoy.”

Each theater will receive a framed certificate from PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.”

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