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How to approach local non chain cinema owner about adding healthy options to concession stand?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Anyone have any idea's about how to approach local non-chain cinema owner about adding healthy choices to his menu? Any Idea's on what to recommend? Food for thought.

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CYND59 9/13/2013 9:16AM

    Just ask if they ever thought about offering some healthy options. My son and I went to a theatre in Lakeland, Florida and it had salads and fruit. I wish more of them would go that way.

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BILBY4 9/12/2013 9:40AM

    Abduct him. Make him watch the original Star Wars three times in a single day. After that he will be screaming for his momma and will accede to your dietary requests.

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NELLJONES 9/12/2013 8:09AM

    I never eat anything at the movies so I don't care what they do or don't have. Movies didn't used to serve food at all, popcorn was sold by vendors outside the door. Movie owners moved the popcorn indoors to MAKE MORE MONEY, and I'm not giving them one cent more than the cost of the picture, which is high enough as it is.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/12/2013 12:25AM

    You could ask. Not asking is a definite no. Asking gives them a chance to say yes, but I wouldn't bet the house on it.

Cinemas make the bulk of their profits from the snack counter. They make almost nothing from the movies. So they are not likely to "waste" shelf space for apples and oranges or even for granola bars. People won't buy them. And asking them to allow you to bring your own food in cuts into their margin.

Your best bet is to bring your goodies in stuffed into your purse or pockets. It's breaking their rules, sure, but it could save your diet efforts.

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    Thanks for all of your ideas! yeah I want to con't to support the local cinema without sneaking food in. He is not a BIG CHAIN like the other cinema that have TONS of corporate sponsorship.

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MAGNOLIA416 9/11/2013 9:39PM

    Some of the theatres where I live have vegan and gluten-free treats. They're sweet but lower in fat and chemicals than cinema popcorn.

You could also sneak in your own snacks, I actually do that sometimes. Raisins, a vegan muffin, raw dark chocolate.

I love movies too!

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FANNISHMOM 9/11/2013 9:04PM

    If you can find out the owner or the manager's name you can write them (it gives you the opportunity to work on your argument). I would recommend pointing out not only adults who are health conscious for themselves, but parents would appreciate some healthier options. He/She could get in raisins, string cheese, trail mix, dried fruit, or those yogurt tubes. If they currently have nachos, you could suggest small changes like chips and salsa rather than high fat, cheesy nachos. Good luck.

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EDDYMEESE 9/11/2013 8:56PM

    Just go there and ask what he thinks...tell him how much you love the his cinema but think it's time for some local, healthy options. How about fruit bowls or sorbet or trail mix (hey, it is PDX, lol)? Maybe veggie, gluten-free pizza? I don't is the theatre so I feel like any "healthy" options still need to be maybe not perfect like a salad but at least "mostly healthy" like a light, thin-crust pizza with veggies or fruit bowls or light sorbet, etc...

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