Have you ever wondered why every time you go to the movies there is a wonderful smell to greet you? that smell is no coincidence.
Smell has been proven to be one of our best tools for attributing certain types of emotions. and in this case, it’s amplifying within you that if the movies smell good, you’ll keep coming back. But what exactly is that smell? they are the world famous movie popcorn.
Of course, smelling this amazing, it must be too good to be 100% sinless. forks. movie popcorn has some of the highest calories per serving of any snack out there. Which is probably why you’ve come to this page wondering how many calories you’re putting into your body when you enjoy buttery goodness.
There are many different types of popcorn served around the world, so we’ll try to include as many as possible.
If you’re interested, there’s a brief description of exactly what popcorn is and why it’s so popular in movie theaters. We managed to find data on theaters in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and a few others.
Some of the specific theaters we’ve found calories for include amc, cineplex, cinemark, odeon, carmike, hoyts, village cinemas, regal, and vue.
here is the table with the calories of movie popcorn for each movie theater:
village cinema popcorn
cinema vue popcorn
Please note that all movie theater popcorn calories listed above are the standard salted + buttered variations. salt-free and extra ingredients can add more or less calories depending on what it is.
Nutrition information for popcorn was obtained from a variety of sources. where possible, they were purchased directly from the theater’s website through their nutrition guide. If the theater did not provide its own guide, the information was found through user submissions on calorie counting sites like myfitnesspal and caloking.
For those theaters that have provided them, you can download the full guide below:
- cinemark nutrition – download pdf
- cineplex nutrition – download pdf
- odeon nutrition – download pdf
- vue nutrition – download pdf
what is popcorn?
Obviously, you all know what popcorn is, but maybe not exactly what it is…
Popcorn is a specific type of corn that has been raised by humans for the sole purpose of being included in the delicious snacks we all love. Mexico was the first country to have the first domestic corn more than 9,000 years ago. however, it was only until the 19th century before it soon took over the world.
During the 1800s, beads were broken by hand and sold under names such as pearls and matchless (meaning unmatched). These hand-popped corn were sold on the East Coast of the United States.
It was only in 1848 that the term popcorn was coined by John Russel Bartlett in his dictionary of Americanisms. you can read the book here. turn to page 257 to find “popcorn”.
Charles Cretor has been credited with creating the first official steam popcorn maker in the 1890s. They were originally used to roast nuts, but Charles saw an opportunity to pop kernels in them too.
Fast forward to the 20th century, popcorn was beginning to take the world by storm. it was extremely popular during the great depression due to its low cost of 5 cents a bag.
1981 saw the first microwave popcorn patented by general mills.
As you know, from that moment on, popcorn has conquered the world. it’s an extremely popular snack with illinois even naming it the official state snack. In addition, it has become a staple snack in the cinema experience, but why?
why is popcorn popular in theaters?
To summarize, price was the main catalyst for the great popcorn boom in movie theaters.
extended the story a bit: when only silent movies were shown in theaters, it was extremely foolish to offer noisy, crunchy food to patrons and disturb those around you. they had absolutely no interest in serving popcorn.
It wasn’t until 1927 when movies started playing movies with sound that the number of people frequenting theaters went absolutely crazy. this boom generated many more visitors and also a much wider variety.
Going back to the Great Depression, many independent popcorn makers were going through tough times and were forced to innovate. They came up with an idea, but little did they know it would change the world forever.
they started selling popcorn at their stalls to people going to the movies. and they absolutely killed him.
Popcorn kernels were incredibly cheap to buy, lasted for years, and just about anyone could buy the finished product for as little as 5 cents.
Unfortunately, movie theaters eventually caught on. With many of them falling on hard times due to the depression, many saw an opportunity to keep their boats afloat on popcorn.
Those theaters that took the initiative and installed popcorn stands inside their own theaters, saw profits skyrocket. those who didn’t see them dive deep into the red.
Over time, theaters realized they could make a big profit from selling food/concession items inside the building itself and continued to do so.
popcorn has never left the theater since.
Americans consume more than 1.2 billion pounds (534 million kilograms) of popcorn each year, and growing.
We don’t expect it to stop any time soon. popcorn is now served all over the world, in movies and in supermarkets around the world. You’ll even find traditional popcorn stalls and new techniques being used in rural China.
Now that you know how many calories are being served in your favorite movie theater popcorn, you can portion out the exact amounts to meet your requirement without feeling guilty! or just splurge and gobble up a large box all to yourself.
Whatever the case may be, go ahead folks and enjoy the salty, buttery goodness!