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OFF BEAT: Man sues movie theater company for overpriced refreshments


A movie-going Michigan man is mad as hell and not going to pay concession prices anymore.

Joshua Thompson of Livonia, Mich., reportedly filed a class action lawsuit this week against American Multi-Cinema Inc. for excessive snack prices.

Mr. Thompson, who would bring his own beverages and snacks to the theater until AMC posted a sign disallowing outside concessions, filed the suit after paying $8 for a beverage and a package of candy in December—three times the amount he would pay for the same items at a local convenience store, the suit reportedly said.

“He got tired of being taken advantage of,” said Mr. Thompson’s attorney, Kerry Morgan of Pentiuk Couvreur & Kobiljak P.C., in a news report. “It’s hard to justify prices that are three and four times higher than anywhere else.”

AMC reportedly declined to comment on the suit.

The suit, which accused AMC theaters of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit and seeks refunds for overcharged patrons and a civil penalty against the Kansas City, Mo.-based theater group, according to media reports.