Seattle’s Central Cinema 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 27, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Seattle – 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 like popcorn, pretzels, soda, and Sour Patch Kids candies. And taking the number three spot is Seattle’s Central Cinema, thanks to its delicious menu packed with everything from vegan pigs in a blanket to veggie pizzas topped with dairy-free cheese.

“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 Central Cinema, the hardest thing is deciding whether to snack on ‘cheesy’ vegan popcorn or save your appetite for a Field Roast veggie burger.”

Other vegan options on Central Cinema’s extensive menu include chili lime peanuts, pickled fruits and veggies, and a fresh kale salad. In addition to its enticing menu, Central Cinema offers unique programming, including foreign, classic, and independent films; trivia nights; and even Seahawks Sunday brunch.

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. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, nabbed fourth 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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