LIVONIA (CBS Detroit) Reclining in a theater seat with a 64-ounce vat of Coke and matching popcorn will set a movie buff back these days — way back — and one local man doesn’t want to take it anymore.

Joshua Thompson of Livonia filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging his local AMC Theater gouges customers. He told the Detroit Free Press he hopes his lawsuit, based on anti-price-gouging laid out in the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, forces theaters statewide to slash prices.

Most local theaters charge $10-$13 for the large popcorn and pop combo, theater boxes of candy range from $3 to $5 each.

The suit seeks refunds for customers who can prove they were overcharged and a civil penalty against theater chains.

So what do you think, should movie theaters be forced to lower snack prices?

Comments (6)
  1. Don Preston says:

    Cheaper popcorn = more expensive movie tickets. Take your pick. It’s nobody’s business but their own what they charge for a box of popcorn.

  2. Geoff G says:

    That’s what I was going to say. If you can manage to sit through a movie without eating the overpriced snacks, then you have received a discount on the movie, paid for by the people who buy overpriced snacks. They’re subsidizing your entertainment – what could be better?

  3. Earl Blair says:

    Movie theatres have to split 90/10 with the major studios on new movies. The theatre’s only profit comes from concession sales. If the studios would lower their participation percentage to 80%, you’d see popcorn prices drop without resorting to litigation.

  4. Patti says:

    I went to an AMC on Martin Luther King Day with a friend because we both had the day off, the $5.00 matinee was $7,50. I asked why it was more money and the girl said because it is a holiday! So punish people who go to movies on holidays!