Popcorn Sales Slide at Little Rock Movie Theaters

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 12:00 am  

Chenal 9’s food and nonalcoholic drink sales rose 2.4 percent to $1.06 million in 2013.

Moviegoers weren’t buying as many tubs of popcorn and $5 drinks in Little Rock theaters last year.

The biggest drop in concession sales came from the Colonel Glenn 18, which was once known as the Rave Motion Pictures. It reported sales of $2.8 million in 2013, down 11.2 percent from the previous year, according to Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission data.

Still, Colonel Glenn’s 2013’s numbers would make it the 23rd highest-grossing restaurant in the city.

The only theater to see sales at the concession stand increase was the Chenal 9 Imax Theatre. Its food and nonalcoholic beverage sales rose 2.4 percent to $1.06 million in 2013.

The UA Breckenridge Stadium 12 saw customers buy $690,469 worth of items for the movies in 2013. That was down 6 percent from 2012’s number.

Riverdale 10 had $203,430 worth of sales during the first 11 months of 2013. It closed in December, if you recall. For all of 2012, though, Riverdale reported sales of $251,243.

As you know by now, the five-screen Market Street Cinema of Little Rock is moving into Riverdale’s location.

Market Street’s moviegoers enjoyed the independent and art films and spent $34,505 on food and nonalcoholic beverages in 2013. That was off 7.72 percent from the previous year.

We’ll see you at the movies.

 

 

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