Los Angeles—a.k.a. Hollywood, Tinseltown, and The Entertainment Capital of the World—is bustling to the brim with filmmakers, premieres, screenings, celebrities, and movie theaters. For vegans, going to the movie theater can sometimes be a frustrating reminder of the lack of vegan options in certain environments. Tired of sneaking in Larabars and Trader Joe’s snacks? Fear no more! We’re here to give you the inside scoop on vegan options at popular and unique LA movie theaters alike to ea
AMC, Cinemark, and Regal
Let’s start with the basics! These three national theater chains offer a few vegan snacks at their concession stand. First things first: popcorn! All three companies serve their popcorn cooked in coconut oil (AMC) or canola oil (Cinemark and Regal.) Depending on the location, some popcorn could be made with popcorn seasoning, but do not be afraid to ask for a fresh batch made without the seasoning. These theaters also offer plenty of drink and candy options to munch on throughout the previews because, let’s be honest, the snacks never make it to the beginning of the movie! Be on the lookout for Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, Dots, Jujubees, Skittles, Airheads, and other fruity snacks. The oh-so-nostalgic Slushies and Icees can be found as vegan-friendly as well as soft pretzels (request no seasoning or sauce) and fries (both confirmed vegan-friendly at AMC.) Always ask an employee to assure the items at the specific theater are vegan!
Glendale, North Hollywood, and Santa Monica locations
If you’re looking for something more filling and unique than just movie theater candy and popcorn, make your way to Laemmle’s Theaters. They just rolled out new menu items—Fry’s Rice Protein and Chia Nuggets, vegan hot dogs, and vegan sausage rolls. Grab an Alternative Baking Company vegan cookie, vegan snack pack, or puffed water lily seeds (a healthy Cheeto-like snack) while you’re there, and you’re bound to have a tasty experience!
The Landmark has a few locations in the Westwood area with great vegan options. They serve the classics like popcorn (in sunflower oil,) and other snacks including wasabi peas, mixed nuts, and various fruity candy. But the scream-worthy show-stopper is the Beyond Meat bratwurst (Landmark and Nuart locations.) For those with a sweet tooth, they offer Sweet & Sara rice crispy treats, Barnana chewy banana bites, and Alternative Baking Company cookies in oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip, chocolate chip, lemon poppyseed & peanut butter. If you’re free Saturday nights, make your way to the Nuart theater location for their interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Pasadena and Westwood
If you’re Team Impossible, try out iPic Theaters! This establishment offers an in-theater dining experience with a veggie cheeseburger using the Impossible patty, just order it with no cheese and no special sauce and you’re good to go! Other vegan items include veggie kabobs, fries, truffle fries (no parmesan,) and sweet potato fries. Sadly, their popcorn is made with butter, but it won’t be “Impossible” (wink wink!) to find a great vegan option here. Honorable mentions include the theater classics like Red Vines, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, and Swedish Fish.
The Montalbán Theater
If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, pay a visit to the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood for a movie, which plays on a huge projector with noise-cancelling headphones! Umami Burger attends, raising the roof with full-size and slider versions of the Impossible Burger that can be made vegan if ordered without the cheese. Popcorn, tater tots, fries, and fruity candy are some of their other vegan eats you can order. In the near future, they will add Snow Monkey—a vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and nut-free superfood ice cream as well as Kevita kombucha to their menu. If they keep expanding their vegan options at this rate, the sky’s the limit!!
Cinerama Dome by Arclight Cinemas
The Cinerama Dome by Arclight Cinemas is a charming theater in the heart of Hollywood that offers vegan popcorn and a vegan snack selection. They also have items other spots don’t like a hummus trio with warm pita bread and some grab-and-go options. But the real reason we included this theater is because it is right next door to Veggie Grill! Run over to the best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant of 2017 as voted by the VegOut Los Angeles followers, and grab a satisfying pre- or post-show meal!
IMAX Theater Universal Citywalk
For the sharpest viewing experience, try out the IMAX Theater at Universal CityWalk! In addition to their reclining chairs and crystal clear images, they also have some great vegan finds. You can munch on their fries, chips and salsa, popcorn, cinnamon sugar or salted pretzel bites, applesauce, fruit smoothies, and assorted pre-packaged snacks. If that won’t do it for you, pop over to one of the restaurants in the CityWalk like Blaze Pizza, Voodoo Donuts, Jamba juice, and Taco Bell for other great vegan options!
Downtown LA – Coming Soon!
This one might be too much of a tease as it isn’t even open yet, but hear us out. It will be well worth the wait. Alamo Drafthouse is a national movie theater company where you can enjoy a full-service restaurant and bar from the comfort of your own reclining movie theater seat. Yes, you heard it right! A server takes your order and fills all your food and drink needs while you watch your favorite cinematic masterpiece. The menu for Los Angeles is not available yet, but some vegan menu items from other locations include buffalo fried cauliflower, avocado toast, curry chickpea salad, vegan pizza, quinoa bowls, and the fan favorite—Beyond Meat burger. The word “Drafthouse” in their title is no joke either! Enjoy a full bar with cocktails, beer on tap, and plenty more!! This is the perfect one-stop shop for food, drinks, and entertainment, coming to the Bloc at DTLA mid-2019!