Vue is one of the most popular and largest cinema chains in the UK. You can buy hot food, popcorn, snacks, and drinks from their menu to snack on whilst watching the latest blockbusters. Find out how much the popcorn (and more) costs here.
Here are the latest prices for food and popcorn at Vue:
|Walkers Max Strong||£3.29|
|Jacob's Cracker Crisps||£3.29|
|Tango Ice Blast (regular)||£3.69|
|Tango Ice Blast (large)||£4.19|
|Soft Drink (small)||£2.99|
|Soft Drink (regular)||£3.49|
|Soft Drink (large)||£3.99|
|Coffee & Nibbles (12oz hot drink and McVities Nibbles)||£5.99|
|Kids Combo (12oz soft drink or water, popcorn, small candy)||£3.49|
|Snack It (reg. milkshake or 22oz soft drink, popcorn, small candy)||£4.99|
[ps2id id=’1′ target=”/]Why is the food so expensive?
Food, popcorn, and drinks have always been quite a bit more expensive than the grocery store because it’s the way movie theatres make the largest portion of their profits.
Generally, the margin on tickets sales themselves aren’t very high, and the movie studios who give the rights to the theatres to show the movie takes a big portion of the total ticket sales. As such, many theatres around the world (at least in Western countries), have maintained a high price for their food to keep their profits steady.
Zack Akai, a movie theatre employee, had the following to say on the subject:
The concessions are the price they are because enough of you people pay for them. Don’t whine that the medium popcorn costs $8 and then proceed to buy two of them. If enough of you stopped paying for overpriced concessions items, the theater chains would be forced to lower prices. But until you do, they’ll just keep going up.
They are a business after all – they need to make money some way. Ok – but if they’re so high and people always complain about them – shouldn’t they reduce the prices? That’s just the thing! People love to complain, but they still let their money do the talking.
If Vue wasn’t selling any popcorn, no drinks were being poured, and no hotdogs were being put together because of the high prices, they’d be forced to reduce them. But people still pay them, so Vue has no incentive to lower the cost.
In essence – the prices of popcorn are as high as they are because people still pay them. It’s that simple. Of course, you could always work the system like this guy:
[ps2id id=’2′ target=”/]Can you take your own food in?
Fantastic news! If you’ve had enough of the high popcorn prices, Vue allows you to take in food from outside stores. The only condition is that the food isn’t hot and if it’s a beverage, it must be non-alcoholic.
They’ve confirmed you can bring in outside food on both Twitter and Facebook. Here’s a screenshot from their Facebook account:
And on Twitter, they’ve replied a few times to similar questions:
Hot drinks can pose health and safety risks. It’s a condition of alcohol licensing that we don’t allow guests to bring their own.
— Vue (@vuecinemas) September 8, 2017
@LieseStanley Hi Liese, did you know you can take your own sweets and drinks to Vue? The only things not allowed are alcohol and hot food.
— Vue (@vuecinemas) February 8, 2014
So go forth! Stop over at Aldi or Tesco beforehand, stock up on some candy, sweets, and drinks, and walk on into Vue without buying their popcorn if that’s what you want to do.
[ps2id id=’3′ target=”/]Are there any coupons or discounts available?
I’ve done more than a bit of looking into this one, and I couldn’t find a single coupon for their popcorn! I know – crazy. There are plenty of regular deals for tickets and such, but none for any of their food. Sorry!
However, there is one way I found that you can possibly get some popcorn, but not for a discount. For FREE instead!
Vue currently has a 5-10 minute survey for any of their previous customers. If you fill it out and buy a drink the next time you watch a movie with them, you’ll get a free popcorn as well 🙂 Not bad!
Click here to head their feedback page and start the survey.
[ps2id id=’4′ target=”/]What’s the most popular item on the menu?
Despite the complaints of the high prices from many of those voicing their opinions online, their popcorn is still the most popular item on their menu. It’s been a traditional movie theatre snack for the past 100 years after it became popularised due to its cheap cost during the Great Depression.
Today, the snack fad has spread all across the world, with cinema chains in every corner of the globe serving up the buttery goodness to patrons. And they’ve all spent a lot of time perfecting the art of popping the perfect popcorn and flavouring it in more ways than one.
Now to some, popcorn may be a little dry on its own, which is why soft drinks are the next go-to for movie-goers. At Vue in particular, the Tango Ice Blasts is an absolute fan favourite. It’s light, it’s smooth, it’s frothy, and it’s delicious. What more could you want?
Ok, you’ve heard what some of their most popular food is – do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments.
[ps2id id=’5′ target=”/]How many calories are in the popcorn? Is it vegan?
Food and popcorn at Vue may taste delicious, but it comes at a high calorie cost. One of their small popcorns (46oz) comes in at 233 calories. Go two sizes up to a large popcorn, and you’ll consume 767 calories along with your movie.
There’s a reason why movie popcorn should be a treat you enjoy every once in a while – it’s not really that good for you. That’s the same for many of their other snacks as well.
Here’s a list with some of their popular food and the calories in it:
|Regular Nachos (Cheese & Peppers)||428|
|Large Nachos (Cheese & Peppers)||729|
|Regular Yankee Hotdog||480|
|Large Yankee Hotdog||590|
|Regular Brooklyn Hotdog||532|
|Large Brooklyn Hotdog||642|
Click here to download the full nutritional information.
As you can see, a lot of their food comes with quite a high calorie count. It’s always good to know what you’re eating.
Wondering whether anything on their menu is vegan? Here’s a list of a few of the vegan certified (by Vue) food items on their menu:
Sorry to say – but their popcorn is the only thing Vue has that’s officially vegan! But the good news is you’re more than welcome to bring in your own food 🙂
Click here to download the full allergen information.
[ps2id id=’6′ target=”/]A bit about Vue
Vue’s one of the youngest, but still one of the largest, cinema chains in the UK. Only because they were formally SBC International Cinemas! It all changed when Warner Village Cinemas bought SBC in 2003 and decided a rebrand was in order. And so, Vue was introduced not only to the UK market, but also to customers in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, and a number of other European countries.
One of Vue’s classic promotional videos they aired:
As of 2018, Vue is showing movies across all of its 1,989 cinema screens, at more than 220 locations around the world. Recently, Vue sold for £935 million in one of the biggest cinema chain deals in history. It was sold to OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management. Hopefully, they know what they’re doing because that’s a lot of money!
Vue is yet to introduce a subscription style membership for customers where they can pay a single price and see a certain amount of movies each month. It’s proved quite popular with Odeon and their Limitless membership, so I think it’s only a matter of time before Vue jump on board as well.
[ps2id id=’7′ target=”/]Conclusion
All in all, yes, now that you’ve found out how much their popcorn costs, you may be a bit more inclined to say no next time you head in. It’ll be tough though as the smell of fresh popcorn is a hard temptation to resist.
Although, with Vue openly allowing all customers to bring in food (nothing hot or alcoholic), why not bring in your own snacks to enjoy at the movies?
If you have any more questions about Vue or their food prices, let me know in the comments.