Best Movie Popcorn?

By Chris Murphy
I don’t care if I have just finished a huge meal, but when you walk into the movie theatre, I have this Pavlovian urge to get the largest popcorn possible. Movies and Popcorn go hand in hand. One of my and Becky’s all time fave movie popcorn experiences can be found at the Seattle Cinerama where they offer chocolate covered popcorn and you can get a 50/50 of regular salted and chocolate. Ermegerd. But locally, there is a truly hall of fame popcorn that you need to experience. The State Theatre is far and away the best local movie popcorn.

Not that the popcorn at Brenden or the others are not good; the State Popcorn is stellar. How can this be? Well they make small batch runs and the secret weapon is REAL butter. We are not talking real simulated buttery flavoring, but real melted butter and then nicely salted. The State not only serves up a run of great 1st run indie films and great classics, you get classic popcorn. Now here is the kicker, you can get a cocktail. The Statetini is one of our faves and a wide variety of wines and beers. This is the way to watch a movie. Classic 1934 theatres have never been so fun. Well, maybe they were, but the secrets stay in the back row where these belong. Don’t miss the original American Graffiti on June 1 and Grease Sing-a-long on June 8. Check out the showtimes at

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.