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Seven dollars for popcorn. Four dollars for a pop. Five dollars for nachos with gluey cheese.

Going out to the movies can get pricey, especially if you’re buying snacks at the theatre.

Joshua Thompson believes it’s unreasonably expensive. The movie lover, from Livonia, Mich., has filed a class-action suit against his neighbourhood AMC theatre, aiming to make cinemas across the state lower their snack prices, according to The Detroit Free Press.

“He got tired of being taken advantage of,” his lawyer, Kerry Morgan, told the newspaper. “It’s hard to justify prices that are three and four times higher than anywhere else.”

In his lawsuit, Mr. Thompson says he previously brought his own snacks to the theatre until the cinema posted a sign prohibiting outside food. The Free Press says he paid $8 (all prices U.S.) for a Coke and a package of Goobers candy at the AMC in Livonia on Dec. 26. The same items cost him only $2.73 at a nearby store.

The lawsuit reportedly accuses AMC theatres of violating the state’s consumer protection act by charging grossly excessive prices. The suit demands that overcharged customers be refunded.

Consumer lawyers predict Mr. Thompson won’t win the suit. Nevertheless, moviegoers are siding with him.

One movie buff told the Free Press he buys snacks at the cinema only when he’s with a date. Others said they eat before going to the movies, while some admitted to smuggling food in.

Kristy Belanger, 20, told the newspaper she recently hid two bottles of Pepsi in her purse when she and her boyfriend went to the movies. Doing so allowed her to splurge on nachos for $4.74.

“I did it to save money, and I feel like I did,” she said.

What do you think of cinema concession prices? Do you ever smuggle food into the theatre?

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