Movie Theatre Popcorn

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 4:30am
lrg23's picture
Joined: 01/18/2007 - 09:00

I am PA and was wondering if movie theatre popcorn was a safe snack.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 6:02am
cam's picture
Joined: 11/16/2006 - 09:00

For whatever it's worth, I have only asked about the oil used at one theater, and they said it was coconut oil. Our allergist said our son should avoid coconut (he is severely PA, and slightly positive to a couple tree nuts, so we avoid all nuts). We were actually just told to avoid coconut yesterday, and I didn't even think at the time to ask whether that includes coconut oil...

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 7:00am
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

My pa son eats popcorn at our local movie theatre all the time without problems. The oil they use is canola oil. I think each theatre is different so you need to ask at each theatre you go to and every time you go. However, school sporting event popcorn is out because they use peanut oil...not very good for a "peanut aware" school system.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 7:38am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

We call the theatre ahead of time to find out what oil they use (usually it has been canola). My son has been eating theatre popcorn for about 4-5 years.
Cam: just curious as to why your allergist recommends avoiding it is a fruit not a nut. Not questioning the allergists advice, just wondering.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 9:06am
safetyfirst's picture
Joined: 09/21/2005 - 09:00

Make sure you ask. Every theatre(Gm Goodrich)all use Peanut oil. We try to go to a local very small theatre in a small town near us that uses coconut oil. DS has eaten that kind several times with no problem. I am refering to the ones in Lafayette and West Lafayette Indiana using peanut oil.We still go to the ones with peanut oil but I take wipes to wipe down his seat and we refrain from buying snacks while there.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 11:19am
cam's picture
Joined: 11/16/2006 - 09:00

kelly01 - I actually don't completely understand the coconut avoidance either. We were just told yesterday, and I was really pushing it with my two pages of typed questions, and didn't get to ask more about that. I'm going to post something in the main discussion area because it's confusing to me.

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 10:24am
JacksonsMom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

Our local theatre uses canola oil, but I still have a wierd feeling about letting DS eat the popcorn. I think the idea of so many hands digging into the huge vat of popcorn to scoop out bags freaks me out. They sell goobers and pb cups, so I worry a little about the employees having residue on their hands.
I still bring his own bag from home (smuggle it in my purse [img][/img]
Maybe I'm too paranoid, but for now this works for us .

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 12:10pm
ceross's picture
Joined: 01/27/2004 - 09:00

We've safely had the popcorn at a couple of our local theaters. We always check to see what oil is used (usually palm or canola oil) and do not get the buttery topping.

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 2:11pm
3xy1PAinNH's picture
Joined: 08/07/2006 - 09:00

CHECK FIRST! The first time I brought my PA ds to a movie it was a new theatre (cinemagic) and they use peanut oil! I was just getting ready to ask the clerk, and I saw a big sign. I was nervous the whole time we were there.

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 3:16am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Most CHAIN theaters (major chain) are the same, whatever it is, and its not USUALLY peanut oil.
When I ran my movie theater, we switched from oil X to canola (10+ yrs ago)...
One theater I went to DID pop it in peanut oil (but stated it...)
One theater I went to DID use REAL butter for topping.
Dont know NOW what's used, but I bet the MAJOR chains use a non-peanut oil.
Ask first, yes. And not just the oil, but the salt they add (OURS was YELLOW, and PROBABLY dairy-added...) and topping as well.
[b]* Beyond Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 5:12am
amy2's picture
Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

this summer at our local pool, they have a popcorn machine. I asked them what kind of oil they used. She got out this plastic package that they insert in the machine. It had allergy labeling on it for peanut. We do not do movie popcorn. My son has had it be4, but had some unexplainable coughing afterwards. At the time, the movie theatre said it was canola oil. I am just wandering now if they use the same type of packaging the pool did....If you are going to use the movie corn, I would ask to actually see what it is they are using, and read for yourself. Hope this helps, Amy

Posted on: Sat, 01/20/2007 - 1:33am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

I know one theater near us pops the corn in peanut oil. Some PA people are OK eating peanut oil, but we avoid anything with peanut, including the oil. We don't go to that movie theater because of the peanut oil. Out of 5 theaters I have asked, only one uses peanut oil.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 4:03am
sillyfeline's picture
Joined: 03/28/2001 - 09:00

If you pop the corn in canola oil at home (in a regular pot), it's just as good, sometimes better because it's so fresh.

Posted on: Sun, 04/15/2007 - 2:56am
shayesmom's picture
Joined: 03/26/2007 - 09:00

You have to call each theater individually (or go there) and ask exactly what oil is used for the popcorn and what topping is used if you want to indulge in that too. It is never safe to assume. Of the 3 theaters that we frequent, all have safe popcorn for PA/TNA (and dairy and egg) dd! She loves getting the little snack-pack for kids. It's about the only thing that she can have like a normal 7-yr-old, poor thing!

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