Asheville Cinema Ranks Among the Most 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 25, 2016

David Perle, 202-483-7382

Asheville, N.C. – 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 way more than the usual “accidentally vegan” snacks such as popcorn, pretzels, soda, and Sour Patch Kids candies. An honorable mention goes to Asheville Brewing Co., where the movie-themed snacks include vegan treats like Men in Black Beans & Rice, Cheech & Chong’s Chips & Salsa, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Salad—a bed of fresh fruits and veggies topped with tofu.

“PETA’s list shows that the vegan scene is hopping—including at some great local movie houses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “When it comes to vegan fare at Asheville Brewing Co., the hardest thing is deciding whether to chow down on the Brewhaus Hummus or save some room for a Mad Mushroom Pizza topped with delicious dairy-free cheese.”

The number one theater in PETA’s roundup is Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida, thanks to its delicious menu packed with everything from vegan pepperoni pizza to barbecue tofu bánh mì. Taking the number two spot 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.

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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