My daughter has peanut allergys and wants to go to the movies?!?!

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2008 - 8:46am
nonutsforsophie's picture
Joined: 03/07/2008 - 15:33

My 4 year old daughter has a peanut allergy and really wants to go to the movie theater but i am scared because the popcorn is made in peanut popping oil. I am just wondering if that is ok or not, I have had people tell me that people with peanut allergy are not allergic to the oil it is something else in the peanut. I hope someone can help!!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2008 - 9:21am
mom2sam's picture
Joined: 03/04/2008 - 19:58

call the movie theater & ask. b/c i think they use coconut oil. but every theatre is different. let us know ;)

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2008 - 4:56am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

You also need to be aware that people will be eating peanut products in the theater and there could be peanut protein in the air.
I have a friend who took her 4 year old peanut allergic son to a movie theater for the very first time.
She wiped down the seats and brought his own treats.
Unfortunately, he had an analyphatic reaction and an ambulance was called. They believe it was from the peanut protein floating around in the air.
I am a PA adult and will not go to a theater...we just rent movies and watch them at home.

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2008 - 2:54pm
nonutsforus's picture
Joined: 03/28/2002 - 09:00

wow-I am shocked at the responses on this issue - my dd is almost 9 and we go to the movies all the time and we usually get the popcorn (i just ask to look at the ingredients on the bag)and i never wipe the seats. we do usually try to go to the early show though and there aren't usually a whole lot of people there.
maybe we have just been lucky.

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2008 - 5:41am
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

We go to the movies every once in a while. We've never had a problem.

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2008 - 5:29pm
OriJuice's picture
Joined: 03/04/2008 - 10:50

Simple, get dinner beforehand; therefore she will not be hungry and then go to the movie, buy drinks or alternative snacks and don't worry about the popcorn.
I have never heard of peanut popping oil, but it would be under my assumption it is something you don't want to get into.

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2008 - 11:13am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I have taken my son. They use Coconut oil for the pop corn. I wipe the seat down and the arm rests ( they are gross anyway). We have had no issues. I would cal the theater.

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2008 - 2:40am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

We go all of the time. The two theathers that we go to do not pop in peanut oil and claim that they never have.
Just curious to those that do not attend...where do you live? We are in the midwest (Chicago) and peanut oil is not used very often here as it is not a local ingrediant. Also, I have never seen peanuts sold as a snack at the movies.

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2008 - 5:39am
kandebuttahfly's picture
Joined: 12/27/2007 - 17:08

just wondering, since many said its coconut oil... do you guys with TNA kids allow them to eat that? i havent gotten a gist of how many TNA kids are allergic to coconut as well (mine is) so would that make it a dealbreaker for you guys?
and as for peanuts not being sold as a snack - think goobers, snickers, peanut m&ms, etc.

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2008 - 7:40pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

my son has always gone to the movies, (most places really) , we bring our own snacks , and drinks.
in the earlydays I used to put my coat on his seat and arm rests, just in case, but now that he is 12 , that sort of thing is no longer required.

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2008 - 1:22am
pfmom2's picture
Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

Unfortunately, we don't go. Like the one poster said, we just mostly buy or rent movies. My child is very sensitive and had anaphylaxis to contact. Our area does not have drive-ins anymore, how I wish there were the good old drive-in theaters.



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