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 21, 2016
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Jacksonville, Fla. – 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. Taking the number one spot is Jacksonville’s Sun-Ray Cinema, thanks to its delicious menu packed with everything from vegan pepperoni pizza to barbecue tofu bánh mì.
“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 Sun-Ray Cinema, the hardest thing is deciding whether to follow the ‘cheesy’ nachos with a vegan blondie or a ‘cream’-filled snack cake.”
Other vegan options on Sun-Ray’s extensive menu include meat-free sausage and dairy-free “riNOTta” pizza toppings, veggie dogs, and three flavors of vegan shakes. Sun-Ray Cinema has always been progressive: This historic single-screen theater, opened in 1927, was the first movie theater in Florida to be equipped to show “talkies.”
Taking the number two spot 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.
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.”