Israeli MP Wants to Outlaw High Popcorn Prices

Published: April 1st 2010
in Culture » Movies

A large box of popcorn

An Israeli member of parliament wants to pass a law limiting the high prices of popcorn at movie theatres.


Carmel Shama of the Likud party said to Yediot Aharonoth, “We have to put an end to this. The public should not have to mortgage their houses for a snack and a soft drink.”


A large box of popcorn sells for about $5 in Israeli cinemas.


Shama plans to bring the “popcorn law” for a vote when parliament returns from its Passover break next week. He said he had support from both the government and opposition lawmakers, and the law could be extended to other public entertainment venues as well, such as sports stadiums.


However, Yaacov Cohen, the owner of one of Israel’s largest cinema chains, opposed this move, telling the newspaper that it was “populist” and would destroy the industry. He said theatre owners barely made profit from ticket sales and would have difficulty surviving if food prices were limited.

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