Hebden Bridge Picture House, Claire Caulfield for Etsy
If you’ve never visited an indie cinema, you’re missing out. Miles away from spending £100 for four people on a big budget film, with people kicking the back of your seat – independent cinemas show far more interesting films from independent producers, and instead of big buckets of popcorn and coke, it’s more likely that you simply enjoy the film, then go for a drink and meal at the indie pub next door afterwards. Independent Cinema Office lists those closest to you.
If you don’t have an independent cinema near you, there’s a fairly easy way to start one. You just find someone (like the pub landlord) who holds the license to watch films and sell beer, then people can watch films, perhaps upstairs in a pub or restaurant. This happens a lot for transition towns, where people tend to always support local, rather than see money go out of their towns into shareholder pockets.
A Bucket of Vegan Popcorn
Popcorn is one of the world’s most popular snacks, although liable to get stuck in your teeth. Available in salty or sweet, it’s often eaten at the cinema, with a big cup of coke. Conventional brands tend to be covered in strange-tasting fake butter, and some have animal ingredients and/or palm oil. There are healthier brands on the market, or make your own. Popcorn is a choking hazard, so keep away from people and pets.
Popcorn is just puffed up corn kernels, which happens when heated in a popping pan or (horrors) microwave. The shell turns to steam as you heat the kernel, which gives the signature popping sound. Popcorn has been enjoyed for over 5000 years, though never as much as in the USA, where huge quantities are eaten.
- Maple Cinnamon Popcorn (Full of Plants) is fit for any cinema treat. Just 4 ingredients: corn kernels, coconut oil, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Matcha Lime Popcorn (Full of Plants) is something unique. Buy your matcha from Purechimp and profits help to rescue apes from zoos, circuses and vivisection labs.
- Vegan Popcorn (Simple Vegan Blog) is the ultimate basic recipe. It only needs corn kernels, oil and salt. You can add some cheesy nutritional yeast and garlic powder, if wished.