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March 12, 2022

Moviegoer sues theatre over high price of concession snacks

A disgruntled movie lover is standing up for cinema-goers everywhere by filing a class action in an attempt to reduce snack costs in theatres. 

Michigan resident Joshua Thompson, who admits he used to take his own snacks with him until the practice was banned a couple of years ago, has simply had enough.

His beef is that he paid $8 for a drink and a bag of chocolate-covered peanuts at the concession stand, nearly three times the amount of a local store. So he sued.

Thompson's lawyer told the Detroit Free Press: "He got tired of being taken advantage of. It's hard to justify prices that are three and four times higher than anywhere else."

The suit, which seems a tad frivoulous, is looking for refunds for customers who were overcharged and a civil penalty against the AMC chain.

Good luck with that. Theatres are really restaurants that happens to show movies. Particularly now with ticket sales down, theatre owners rely on concesssions to drive profits with snacks accounting for as much as 80% of the total take, according to some estimates.   

But, judging from the sounds of pop cans opening as the lights dim, lots of people are fighting back in their own way -- including this bunch who like to sneak in Chinese food. Or those that like chalupas.

Are snack prices too high in Canadian theatres? Do you bring in your own food? Is there a limit?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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