It's an age old question that has divided the masses on many an occasion. Whether you proudly present your goodies as you strut into your local cinema, or prefer to protect it like pirates booty in an oversized Parka, no one seems to know whether you can take your own food and drink into the cinema! I've been on a quest this morning to answer this question, and hopefully relieve some of the anxiety you may have on your next visit, because lets face it, no one likes spending a tenner on some popcorn and coke-water.N.B. This info has been independently sourced from various articles, social media posts, and official channels, but as some cinemas are franchised, you may want to check with your local establishment just in caseOdeon Cinemas
No official word on this, but after checking their social media, you CAN
bring in your food and drink, just no Alcohol or hot food permitted.Showcase Cinemas
Again, no official word on this, but social media suggests you CAN
bring in your food and drink, just no Alcohol or hot food permitted.Vue Cinemas
Official word is you CAN
bring in your food and drink, just no Alcohol or hot food permitted.Cineworld Cinemas
Cineworld has a strict no hot food or alcohol policy, and the website states “We reserve the right to refuse customers entry into the screens with hot food or alcohol bought outside the premises.” so you CAN
bring in your food and drink, just no Alcohol or hot food permitted.Omniplex Cinemas
Bad luck if this your local, as their website states 'As with most commercial businesses, restaurants, public houses and so on only food purchased on the premises is permitted to be consumed on the premises. Patrons may be asked to dispose of external food product before entering the premises' so you CANT
on this one.FACT Cinemas
Another no go, as their website states "Only food purchased at the cinema may be consumed within the cinema." so you CANT
on this one either.
So, in summary, most places are fine with you bringing your own food and drink in, just no alcohol or hot food is permitted. If you have any independent cinemas near you, they normally make a good profit on concessions, so you may want to help support them by buying your food there.