Prop-corn: Ghostbusters fans haunting movie concession stands for authentic ghost traps


You’d expect to find soda, popcorn and candy at movie theater concession stands, but not authentic-looking movie props. 

However, in the wake of the much-memed Dune popcorn bucket’s appearance, two major theater chains are offering just that to promote Friday’s release of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. 

AMC Theatres is offering a nearly 1:1 scale version of the iconic ghost trap as seen in 1984’s Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, as well as 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife and, naturally, Frozen Empire.

For $39.99, moviegoers can get the trap filled with popcorn, and thanks to a fitted plastic shape — which is removable when you’re done eating — it can hold a bunch.

Not to be outdone, Regal Cinemas is also offering a ghost trap, sans the extra container — but boasting lights similar to the ones seen in the movies, and retailing for $24.95.

However, the items aren’t just snack conveyances for the millions of Ghostbusters fans out there — prop collectors are grabbing them for their collections and costumers are snapping them up, too, to complete their gear.

Drew Stewart is one of them: His East Tennessee-based Smoky Mountain Ghostbusters is just one of the groups nationwide that gear up for charity and promotional appearances. He even appears in costume in Regal’s in-theater ad for the prop-corn bucket. 

“I was immediately impressed,” he tells ABC Audio. “[A] popcorn bucket is almost a completely ‘functional’ trap [and] is something I never imagined a movie theater chain to do, let alone two of them!”

He adds, “Hopefully this  — along with the Dune bucket meme — ushers in a new era of collectible: the theater prop replica.”

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