Which cinemas let you sneak food in?

4th August 2017

We’ve all done it. Nipped to the shops before we go to the cinema to save £3 on a bag of M&Ms and recoiled in horror at the till receipt when purchasing a bucket-sized drink and popcorn that needs to be held with both hands.

(And, the mark-up on that popcorn is… a whopping 1275%!)

Cinemas notoriously used to have a big problem with people taking their own food and drink in. But with attendee figures falling – (Netflix and chill anyone?), more are turning a blind eye to visitors saving a few quid and taking their own.

Which cinemas let you sneak food in?

Vue Cinema

According to the Vue Cinema on their website FAQs, it states that only ‘Hot food brought from outside of the cinema may not be consumed on the premises’ – no mention of cold food, grab the M&Ms!

Back in 2012, this was challenged on Twitter after a similar article, 10 charges that make consumers scratch their heads mentioned cinema prices, prompting a social media user to see if it was true:

With the Vue responding:


Vue weren’t the only cinema to be challenged on Twitter. Odeon also got asked if own food and drink was possible:

To which they responded:

(How would they get there otherwise?)


Cineworld also turn a blind eye to customers bringing in their own snacks, similar to Vue, their website states, “Cineworld have a strict no hot food or alcohol policy.”

Cineworld also state that clothing is a factor for their decision, “As a food operator we offer a wide range of drinks and snacks to satisfy our customers but also protect our cinema furnishings and customers clothing.”


Showcase cinema seem to be more relaxed when it comes to bringing own food and drink into the cinema. The Echo spoke to one of their staff who said, “You can bring your own food as long as it isn’t hot.”

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