Cineworld is one of the most popular cinema chains in the UK. At all of their locations, they have a well-stocked food stand with snacks, fizzy drinks, candy, desserts, and of course, their famous popcorn.
Here are the latest food and popcorn prices at Cineworld:
|Toffee Popcorn (200g)||£3.95|
|Regular Hot Dog||£4.95|
|Large Hot Dog||£5.65|
|+Extra Drip or Jalapenos||£0.80|
|Ice cream tubs||£2.99|
|Misc. ice creams||£1.50|
|Cakes and slices||£1.80|
|Small Soft Drink||£3.20|
|Regular Soft Drink||£3.65|
|Large Soft Drink||£4.10|
|Bottled Soft Drink||£2.60|
|Fruit Shoot (200ml)||£1.60|
|Regular Hot Chocolate||£2.30|
|Large Hot Chocolate||£2.80|
Traditionally, and as it’s still the case, movie theatres around the world make only a small portion of their total profits from ticket sales. Some management workers in some of the cinema chains have even come forward stating the distributors of the movies, often owned by the studios that produce the movies, massively drive up costs for the end-cinema, sometimes taking up to 90% of the ticket sales revenue.
This has practically forced cinemas to turn to another avenue for their profits. And they’ve chosen the concessions stand. Although it may only make up a small amount of the total revenue in terms of percentage, food sales can sometimes account for up to 40% of the cinema’s total profit.
Stuart Hanson, a film historian at De Montfort University in Leicester put it quite elegantly:
In fact, the real profit comes from getting people buying concessions. One of the great jokes in the industry is that popcorn is second only to cocaine or heroin in terms of profit.
In the end – they’re priced so high as well because some people are willing to pay the prices advertised. As long as people keep buying their popcorn, snacks, and drinks at current prices – there is no incentive for chains, including Cineworld, to lower their prices. Why should they?
Good news! Cineworld is more than happy for you to bring in your own food. Just one condition – you can’t bring in hot food or alcoholic beverages.
Their official terms of entry states:
2.2 Alcohol and Food Policy: Neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises. Only hot food bought on the premises may be consumed on the premises. Alcohol may only be purchased and consumed in Cineworld licensed bar areas or in licensed screens and licensing laws will be strictly enforced.
You can read more about it here.
Along with the high price, Cineworld’s popcorn comes with a high calorie cost as well. A small sweet popcorn (60g) is around 290 calories, with a large sweet popcorn (250g) coming with a huge 1180 calories.
What does that mean? If you want to enjoy a movie at one of their cinemas whilst staying relatively healthy in the food you consume, your best bet would be to stay away from the popcorn, or share a small one.
Here are a few more calories of some of their food:
|Large Sweet Popcorn||1180|
|Small Salted Popcorn||213|
|Large Salted Popcorn||811|
|Regular Bockwurst Hotdog||252|
|Large Bockwurst Hotdog||393|
|Chocolate Chip Muffin||404|
Click here to download the full list of nutritional information for all their food.
Good news! The Sweet Popcorn and the Salted Popcorn at Cineworld are both 100% vegan friendly – it’s been officially verified by Cineworld themselves. So dive right in all you popcorn-lovign vegans! You’re good to go.
Here’s Cineworld confirming both types of popcorn are vegan on Twitter:
Hey Mia, it’s certainly suitable for Vegans 😀
— Cineworld Cinemas (@cineworld) November 18, 2018
Hey Becca, our sweet popcorn is Vegan friendly!
— Cineworld Cinemas (@cineworld) May 6, 2018
Want to learn a little more about the allergen information of their food? Click here to download the official PDF.
Yep! Cineworld themselves offer a range of awesome deals and weekly promotions you can take advantage of to bring the price of their food and popcorn down a little.
At the moment (Nov-18) they have a fantastic 2 For offer. Grab a regular drink and a regular popcorn or hot dog or nachos for an awesome combo price! It varies slightly from cinema to cinema so I can’t tell you exactly how much it is. Expect it to be around £7.99 or so.
In addition to regular promotions, you can also get 10% off all popcorn, snacks, and drinks if you join Unlimited. For £17.90/month you get to see any film any time as many times as you like. Sounds good to me! After a year, your membership will automatically upgrade to Platinum and you’ll start getting a whopping 25% off all popcorn and food on their menu. Awesome!
Click here for full terms and conditions about Unlimited.
Cineworld is a relatively young cinema chain compared to some of the other behemoths around the world such as AMC or Odeon. The American, Steve Wiener, first established Cineworld in 1995 with the help of private equity. He recently stepped down from his position in 2013, after leading the company for a fantastic 18 years.
In late 2012, Cineworld bought Picturehouse Cinemas, which added another 21 locations to their chain of cinemas around the UK. More recently in December 2017, Cineworld bought Regal Cinemas, the second largest cinema chain in the US. This deal made Cineworld Group the second largest movie theatre chain in the world. This was quite a strategic deal which now grants Cineworld access to the largest box office market as well.
Innovation has been the aim of the game recently. New technologies such as 4DX, ScreenX, and SuperScreen (ceiling-high, wall-to-wall screens with dual 4K projectors) continuously bring back movie-goers to experience the latest and greatest cinema technology.
Additionally, they’ve recently made a move into the premium food selection segment with the introduction of their VIP Experience. At two locations, Sheffield and Renfrew Street in Glasgow, patrons can indulge themselves in luxurious seating, an exclusively licensed lounge, and access to a buffet of light food before the movie begins. Brilliant.
Here’s a little preview of what your VIP experience could look like:
Click here to learn a little more about VIP.
Want to get in touch with Cineworld? Feel free to send them a message on their social media:
Otherwise, you’re more than welcome to give them a call on 0330 333 4444. Alternatively, see if your question’s already been answered on their FAQs. Lastly, click here to use their cinema locator to find the closest cinema to you.
All in all, Cineworld has become a mammoth of a cinema chain after acquiring USA’s second-largest theatre company, Regal Cinemas. Hopefully, this extra buying power will allow them to score better deals on the popcorn so they can lower the prices a bit.
If you have any more questions about Cineworld or the prices of their food and popcorn, let me know in the comments below.
Enjoy your movie!