If You Eat Popcorn At The Movies, You Might Not Want To Read this.

United States
April 3, 2007 8:22pm CST
Apologies to anyone who's currently reading another MyLot poster's question, "Do You Eat Popcorn At The Movies?" Because I feel it is my duty to inform you of the regular and secretive practices of major movie houses during the manufacture and storage of their "prize winning" popcorn. Have you ever gone to the movies and found that the popcorn was stale? Experienced a strange after-taste? Wondered what was in that "hot butter"? Here's the answer why: Most movie theatres that pop their own popcorn often pop one or two days a week. That nice fresh popcorn goes into big yellow plastic bags, and gets stored in their back room. Usually it gets used up during the week, but sometimes it can sit for up to three weeks. Most theatres keep the popcorn machine going, though - just to make that wonderful smell that leads you to but some. But don't be fooled! That popcorn in the bin under the counter is the old popcorn - the stuff from the back room. It's probably stale. Solution? Ask for some from the bin under the popper. You'll get fresh popcorn every time. On to the slight aftertaste: Those big bins under the counter get cleaned every night, with common glass cleaner. I've never seen a place use a food-grade spray. It's just icky blue glass cleaner. They also use it on their hot dog warmer. So the next time you get popcorn from the bin, think of all those nice hot glass cleaner vapors that have been soaking through it! Solution: Ask for the popcorn in the bin directly under the popper. What's in that hot butter? OIL. Oil, and oh, some BHA and BHT, and some butter flavor. It's just plain gross. Sure it tastes good. Meanwhile, you're doing nothing but adding some cholesterol to your diet and lubing your insides. Key: Always ask for the fresh popcorn that's just come out of the popper. Don't get the oil, unless you're totally hooked on it. I know this was thoroughly disgusting, but it's all true. I worked in the movie theatre of a major chain (not mentioning the name - could be a lawsuit there!) of theatres that I know all of you go to. So watch what you put in your mouth, and have a happy movie!
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@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks for warning everyone about that! It's pretty gross, but good to know! lol Fortunately, I don't go to movie theaters that often, and I usually don't buy many snacks, or else I just get candy or something. I'm sort of relieved about that after reading this post, haha. Anyway, thanks for the information!
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
How disgusting. :) I haven´t had movie theatre popcorn in eons, but the last time I did it was in a little community theater where they took the popcorn right from the popper, so it was definitely fresh. Who knows about the butter, although it tastes so yummy, I don´t particularly mind. I will be watching out if I ever go to the movies again, though!
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• United States
4 Apr 07
what movie theatre do you go to that they don't serve fresh popcorn?? Whenever I'm there, I see it popping fresh behind the counter. It's a treat!! Just like a trip to the movies. Love hot FRESH popcorn w/ some chocolate covered raisins!! YUMMY!
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Well I haven't been to the movies in years, can't afford it for one but there are other reasons. When I did go though the ones I went to I actually saw them pop the popcorn and I did get fresh, right from the bin. The butter I don't know I think that depends on the chain. Some of them the butter tastes like real butter while others I agree taste like oil with flavoring. I'm sure there are chains though that skimp and skimp big. It's just how some are. Probably depends on the manager at the place also and how much profit he is trying to make.
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I've often suspected that they usually have stale popcorn, a trick to get the freshest is wait until you smell it or can hear it being popped and ask for that. I appreciate the "warning". I never get the "butter", I have always known it's only oil, I would never even let my children get butter on their popcorn for that very reason. It is disgusting, but something we should all know, if we can ever afford to go to the movies. Thanks again.
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