Iowa City’s FilmScene Among 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 22, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Iowa City, Iowa – 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. Rounding out the top five is Iowa City’s FilmScene, thanks to its tasty menu packed with enticing items including “cheesy” vegan popcorn and vegan burritos.

“PETA’s list shows that the vegan scene is hopping—including at some great local movie houses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “FilmScene’s vegan fare makes it easier than ever to sit down for a movie with a delicious, cruelty-free snack.”

Other vegan options on FilmScene’s extensive menu include vegan mini sweet dessert pastries and a tasty vegan trail mix.

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, in second place. Central Cinema in Seattle follows in third place, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, nabbed fourth place. An honorable mention goes 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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