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How Did Eating Popcorn Become A Custom At Movie Theaters?

It's inevitable that we can't watch a movie without a snack accompanying us. Whether you're enjoying a movie at home, or in a theater, you need your mouth busy munching something. Popcorns are the most basic and most preferred snack in the movie theaters. Ever wondered, how this custom began?

Read on to find out.

How Did Eating Popcorn Become A Custom At Movie Theaters?

How Did Eating Popcorn Become A Custom At Movie Theaters?

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1. 85% of total revenue is generated from popcorn in the movie theaters.

1. 85% of total revenue is generated from popcorn in the movie theaters.

2. Popcorn became popular in the 19th century. 

2. Popcorn became popular in the 19th century. 

It became analogous to the places where it was easily sold like in fairs and circuses.

3. It was easier for vendors to transport and sell popcorn.

3. It was easier for vendors to transport and sell popcorn.

4. The first steam popcorn-maker was invented in 1885.

4. The first steam popcorn-maker was invented in 1885.

5. In 1907, there were around 5,000 Nickelodeon theaters in the US.

5. In 1907, there were around 5,000 Nickelodeon theaters in the US.

They were a size of a storefront which showed moving pictures for five cents.

6. Now, as it was easy for vendors to transport and sell popcorn, they set up shop near these theaters.

6. Now, as it was easy for vendors to transport and sell popcorn, they set up shop near these theaters.

7. Food became an important part of movie experience till then. 

7. Food became an important part of movie experience till then. 

But, when huge classic movie theaters launched, food was, hence, forbidden in theatres.

8. You must have seen signs that say NO FOOD ALLOWED in the theaters. 

8. You must have seen signs that say NO FOOD ALLOWED in the theaters. 

Back then, they didn't sell food either. The theater owners believed that the food will turn the place messy. Also, popcorn and expensive carpets are not friends.

9. In the 30's, theater owners allowed vendors to establish their stalls inside or outside the theaters. 

9. In the 30's, theater owners allowed vendors to establish their stalls inside or outside the theaters. 

Also, eating popcorns made no noise & would cause no distractions.

10. As the vendors were allowed selling popcorn, it benefited the theater owners, too, as vendors need to pay a daily fee.

10. As the vendors were allowed selling popcorn, it benefited the theater owners, too, as vendors need to pay a daily fee.

11. One of the earliest popcorn vendors was Julia Braden. 

11. One of the earliest popcorn vendors was Julia Braden. 

She started her food-stall in Glenwood Theaters at Kansas city.

12. In the early 30's, she started earning quickly by expanding her business to four theaters. 

12. In the early 30's, she started earning quickly by expanding her business to four theaters. 

She earned about $14,400 annually. Also, it was the during the Great Depression, no one could earn like Julia. Many theaters also shut down because of it. But, some endured. All thanks to popcorn. This was how the custom was established.

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