You can order gourmet popcorn from famous local chefs at a new luxury movie theater

The creative movie snacks are popping up monthly in the Seaport.

Pad thai, sticky bun, and ginger curry "fried chicken" popcorn. –Courtesy ShowPlace Icon Theatre

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Tired of movie theater popcorn that tastes worse than the stuff you could have popped at home? A recently opened luxury movie theater in Boston is hoping to change that.

The ShowPlace Icon Theatre, which opened in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood in February, announced in a press release Tuesday that it is teaming up with a group of local chefs to create a Chef Popcorn Menu, a monthly rotating specialty gourmet popcorn flavor.

The menu will get popping on April 1 with a recipe from Flour Bakery + Cafe owner and James Beard Award winner Joanne Chang. From April 1 to April 30, you can order Chang’s sticky bun popcorn with roasted pecans, based on Flour’s acclaimed sticky buns.


In May, Chang’s popcorn will be replaced by ginger curry “fried chicken” popcorn from Pabu Boston executive chef Benjamin Steigers, and in June the theater will sell pad thai popcorn with roasted peanuts from James Beard Award winner Ken Oringer (Toro, Coppa, Uni, Little Donkey).

Along with Chang, Steigers, and Oringer, ShowPlace Icon will feature gourmet popcorn flavors from Colin Lynch (Bar Mezzana), Dante de Magistris (Dante, il Casale), Jamie Bissonnette (Little Donkey, Coppa, Toro), Mary Dumont (Cultivar), Matt Jennings (Townsman), Michael Schlow (Tico, Doretta Taverna, Alta Strada), Tiffani Faison (Tiger Mama, Sweet Cheeks Q), Tim Cushman (O Ya, Hojoko), and Will Gilson (Puritan & Company).

The popcorn, which will cost $8.41 and will be served in a basket, isn’t the only fancy snack at the Icon. Along with 120 flavors of soda, the snack menu has items like bourbon bacon caramel corn, bacon popcorn, pretzel bites with queso, barbecue pork nachos, artisanal slices of flatbread pizza, and an avocado piadina wrap. The theater also has an 18-plus lounge in the lobby that offers table service, a full bar program, seven local beers, and dishes like the ponzu salmon BLT, bacon jam barbecue burger, and bang shrimp tacos.


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