How Much Does Popcorn Cost at the Movie Theater?

Buying popcorn at the theater is almost a given. Unfortunately, the cost of the popcorn has doubled since 1929, when its price was extraordinarily affordable and every person could buy huge quantities without investing a lot of money. As the time went by, the pre-inflation price increased and the overall price of the popcorn became higher than ever.

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How much does popcorn cost at the movie theater?

Movie Theater ChainCost
AMC- Small: $6 to $7
- Medium: $7 to $8
- Large: $8 to $9
Carmike- Small: $6
- Medium: $7.75
- Large: $8.50
Cinemark- Small: $5
- Medium: $6
- Large: $7
Cineplex- Small: $5 to $6
- Medium: $6 to $7
- Large: $7
Harkins- Small: $5
- Medium: $6.50
- Large: $7.25
Regal- Small: $6
- Medium: $7
- Large: $8

NOTE:  These are just averages and can vary by a dollar or so at your location.

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Average Reported Cost: $6.25

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. CEC Theatres (Marshall,  Minnesota) paid $ and said:

    I don’t really know how much it is it has been a long time since we have gone there but around $4.75 and 5.25 and drinks are 4.75

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. CEC Theatres (Marshall,  Minnesota) paid $ and said:

    if you get the large you get free refills on anything that you bought during that day and on Tuesday’s have $5.00 movies and if you buy a large popcorn you get a free little cup of popcorn.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Fishehatsion paid $10 and said: said:

    10 containers

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. AMC (Inver Grove Heights,  Minnesota) paid $15 and said:

    Large popcorn tub + x-large drink 15.29 + 1.09 tax = 16.38
    1 adult 10.29 + 1 senior 8.79 = 20.45
    $36.83
    4:20pm show time

    Was it worth it? Yes

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