http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article7064680.ece Sony chairman Michael Lynton calls for healthy alternative to popcorn in cinemas For many, a night out at the movies would not be complete without the sound of popcorn and chocolate wrappers from the stalls. One of the most powerful studio bosses in Hollywood, however, would like to see cinemas selling healthier snacks. Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures, says that audiences would be better off nibbling on granola bars, fruit salad, yogurt and vegetable crudités with dips. I can almost imagine the Romans eating popcorn and drinking Coke at the Colosseum 2,000 years ago, he told a convention of cinema owners in Las Vegas. But by bringing healthier snacks into your concession stands you would be helping our country meet an urgent public health need. The average cinema bucket of buttered popcorn has 76 grams (2.6oz) of fat the equivalent of six McDonalds cheeseburgers and 1,100 calories. Behind Mr Lyntons call is an awareness of obesity on both sides of the Atlantic. Last month Tim Smith, the chief executive of the Food Standards Agency in Britain, called for filmgoers to be told how many calories there are in the popcorn, ice cream and fizzy drinks that they buy in cinemas and for them to be available in smaller portions. However, Mr Lynton admitted that old habits might die hard. I dont think giant tubs of spinach or broccoli is a good idea. And nobody wants to eat cauliflower while watching Spider-Man, or drink a 40oz cup of prune juice, he said. He did not, he said, intend to close the window for popcorn, soda and candy but items such as baked crisps and unbuttered, air-popped popcorn, would enhance the choice. Im just talking about adding some healthier items to what you already sell. Deirdre Flynn, spokesman for the Popcorn Board, a non-profit organisation funded by US popcorn processors, said: If you ask most consumers what they consider the number one movie snack, they will tell you its popcorn. Popcorn and movies have gone hand in hand since the early 1900s. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, started by the former President Clinton, and the American Heart Association to fight childhood obesity offered to advise on nutritious menus.