When Regal Cinemas Reopen “Temporarily” No FREE Refills for Large Popcorn and Soda

You might have heard me gasp when I realized that one of the safety requirements when Regal Cinemas — IF — reopens on August 21 as planned is that they will not be offering refills on large popcorn and soda.

They also will require electronic ticket purchasing. In the past there has been a 50 cent “convenience fee” for that payment method. A little curious if that will be waived or still in tact.

Bolding below is mine.

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be posted at entrances. Vending machines and water fountains will not be available for use. When it comes to concessions, the menu will be limited, and self-service condiment stations will be closed. Refills on large drinks and popcorn will be temporarily suspended, and every other register will be closed.

Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer – ABC13 Houston

Now you might be thinking: big deal, who needs that much popcorn? Consider this, if you’re paying $15 for large popcorn and soda — and that’s what it cost roughly before the pandemic, the free refill essentially cut the price in half. When we watched multiple movies, we’d buy the large and get the free refill for the second movie. Now, it sounds like we will either be foregoing popcorn on the second film or dropping another 15+ bones, if that’s the cost when they reopen.

Wonder if the cost of the popcorn and soda will be reduced?

As previously reported (see: Regal Cinemas Switching From Coca Cola to Pepsi Products in Spring 2020 Causes Some Soda Fan Unrest), the soda brand has changed from Coca Cola in Regal to Pepsi. Not sure how many will still care about this brand change (we don’t).

Just having theaters open to go watch any movies will be good news. Still not very comfident they will reopen as scheduled.

10 thoughts on “When Regal Cinemas Reopen “Temporarily” No FREE Refills for Large Popcorn and Soda

  1. What! You have got to be kidding?! Before I jumped to AMC I I was a die hard Regal fan; going after work on a weekly basis. Like you I would do the refills not only for the double feature but sometimes as a road snack for the long bus ride home. This is going to be interesting. Also Coke is king here in Atlanta so not sure if Regal will do Pepsi .

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    1. I heard it was company-wide, but maybe they will be regional. Interesting to learn that Coca Cola is king in Atlanta. Do they have a main bottling plant there or something?


  2. We travel about 1 1/2 hours to go to Regal here (the local theater has issues). I don’t know that I’m ready to be in a confined space with other people who are eating and drinking just yet, although New Hampshire’s numbers are really great. Maybe for Wonder Woman

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  3. Personally for me..Regal has by far the worst popcorn of any theater chain so I wouldn’t be buying one..and changing from Coke to Pepsi is big as well. Pepsi gives better deals because no one wants it. I mean think of it like this.. has anyone every ordered a Jack & Pepsi..good god NO.. It’s Jack & Coke for a reason..because Coke reigns supreme. hahahahaha Luckily we only have one Regal that I would rarely go to except for a media screening here & there.because it’s not in a convenient location. but AMC & Landmark reign supreme for me. Landmark having the best popcorn in the land because they use real butter. can’t be beat. šŸ˜‰

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