Alamo Drafthouse Ranked Among Top Five Vegan-Friendly Movie Theaters in U.S

In Run-Up to the Oscars, PETA Picks Top Theaters That Show a Reel Commitment to Meeting Moviegoers' Hunger for Plant-Based Fare

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Austin, Texas – As moviegoers flock to cinemas in advance of the 88th Academy Awards, PETA is recognizing 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. And taking the number four spot is Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, thanks to its delicious menu packed with everything from a Mexican tofu quinoa bowl to crispy buffalo cauliflower—and more.

“PETA’s list shows that the vegan scene is hopping, including at local movie houses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “When it comes to vegan fare at the Alamo Drafthouse, the hardest thing is deciding whether to accompany the spicy Asian tofu wrap with the roasted garlic hummus or the seasonal vegan pizza.”

Other vegan options on the Alamo Drafthouse’s menu include spaghetti squash marinara (hold the cheese!) and a veggie burger topped with avocado and fresh veggies. While the Alamo Drafthouse was founded in Austin, it has expanded its innovative programming, events, and food throughout Texas and to Virginia, New York, Colorado, and beyond.

Taking the number one spot in PETA’s roundup is Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida, followed by The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, California, at number two. Central Cinema in Seattle comes in third place, and FilmScene in Iowa City, Iowa, rounds out the top five, with an honorable mention going to Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

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

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