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Family Activity: Pick up some real movie theater popcorn from an actual movie theater

Posted July 30, 2020 9:00 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2020 9:35 a.m. EDT

Popcorn pickup from the Rialto

— During this ongoing pandemic, I miss a lot of things. Big things like a world that's not gripped by a pandemic and economic uncertainty and a back-to-school season where the only big decision is what kind of backpack to get. And little things like settling into a comfortable movie theater, getting some popcorn and enjoying the latest flick. I miss movie theaters desperately, and I can't wait to get back inside one when it's safe.

But if you want a taste of the movie theater at your next at-home movie night, let me direct you over to Ambassador Entertainment, owner of the Rialto and Six Forks Cinema in Raleigh.

Ambassador is offering Popcorn Pickups each Friday and Saturday. You can pick up some popcorn and other treats and support a local business at the same time.

At the Rialto, 1620 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh's Five Points, you can get a 46-ounce popcorn for $4.50; an 86-ounce container for $5.75; or, if you REALLY love popcorn, a 30-gallon bag for $20 (which my friend did for fun!).

To order from the Rialto, you'll need to email theater manager Wesley Farrell at by noon on the day you plan to pick it up. Fresh popcorn will be ready for collection between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Be sure to let the theater know what time you plan on showing up, so your order is fresh.

At Six Forks Cinema, at 9500 Forum Dr., there's a bigger selection — child-size popcorn for $1.50, small for $4.50 and large for $5.75. ICEEs come in three sizes at $1.50, $4 or $5.

And a special kid's bundle, which includes a popcorn and mini candy, is $2.50 or, with an kid's ICEE, is $4.

Items are available at Six Forks from noon to 6:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. To order, call 919-846-3904 or stop by the box office between noon and 6:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

More information is on Ambassador Cinema's website. Farrell tells me that he plans to continue the popcorn sales until the theaters can reopen. A GoFundMe online fundraising campaign also has been launched to shore up the Rialto, a landmark in the Five Points area.

Last weekend, my younger daughter and I donned our masks and quickly picked up an 86-ounce container of freshly popped popcorn from the Rialto. It was a perfect addition to our family movie night.

Update: Carolina Theatre in Durham also is offering online ordering of its popcorn, candy, drinks and more.