Popcorn Machines

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Whether you're looking to add charm to a personal game room or create extra revenue for a movie theater, a popcorn machine is a great accessory for entertainment areas. Movie theaters are the most common places we see popcorn machines. But they are available everywhere: at fairs, in small venues, and even in private residences.

Movie theaters and other venues commonly feature popcorn at their concession stands because of the ease of production and the cost-to-profit ratio. That is, popcorn kernels are inexpensive in mass quantities and can be sold at multiple times the cost of the kernels. Popcorn is easy to dispense, easy to eat and, some might even say, slightly addictive!

The Beginnings of the Popcorn Machine

The popcorn machine was invented in 1885 by an American named Charles Cretors. It was essentially a peanut roaster that popped popcorn in a kettle at the top of the machine. The original machines were horse-pulled wagons, introduced into local fairs and entertainment venues. Popcorn became increasingly popular in the early 1900s, not just because of the ease of production and the taste, but because poorer families were able to afford what was considered a "luxury" at its low price.

Although it is relatively easy to make fresh popcorn over the stove at home, the charm and ease of a popcorn machine may be appealing to those looking for a unique addition to a home theater or game room. They are available in many sizes, from small machines for home use to larger for public concession stands. Bulk supplies are also easy to obtain, often in the same places that one can purchase a popcorn machine.

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