The Great Depression Brought Popcorn To The Movies

Dead Alive Forget about the rib-ripping scene, in which we learn our insides look like a mudslide when pouring out of our body. The scariest part is at 1:25, when we discover that the living dead will dig for your gold. ‘Snot funny. Video: YouTube, movieclips 3. Chopping Mall How can you tell things are going to get weird in this 1986 film? The screaming, pants-less woman is not even the most questionable part of the clip. Who was that robo-mall cop thanking, anyway? Video: YouTube, bmoviereviews . 4. Troll 2 This 1990 horror-comedy B-movie is so hilariously bad, it has developed a cult following. This scene in particular is a classic, and needs no explanation as to why.


Watch the first forty-five seconds of this clip and it won’t make a difference how many fake spiders they wave around in the finale. You’re still (shamefacedly) scared. And you’ll never go to the circus again. 4. Tremors (1990) I’m not saying it scares you all the time. I’m just willing to bet that, after watching this movie, you spent a little time looking over the plan of your house and wondering if you could hop from one piece of furniture to the next without the graboids getting you. Ha! 3. The Entity (1983) S Remember being scared by Poltergeist? That’s fair. Poltergeist is a good horror film that makes the environment that surrounds us every day vaguely threatening.

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Looking for a cheap diversion, audiences flocked to the movies. And at 5 to 10 cents a bag, popcorn was a luxury that most people were able to afford. Popcorn kernels themselves were a cheap investment for purveyors, and a $10 bag could last for years. If those inside the theaters couldnt see the financial lure of popcorn, enterprising street vendors didnt miss a beat: they bought their own popping machines and sold popcorn outside the theaters to moviegoers before they entered the theater. As Smith explains, early movie theaters literally had signs hung outside their coatrooms, requesting that patrons check their popcorn with their coats. Popcorn, it seems, was the original clandestine movie snack. Beyond wanting to maintain appearances, early movie theaters werent built to accommodate the first popcorn machines; the theaters lacked proper ventilation. But as more and more customers came to the theater with popcorn in hand, owners couldnt ignore the financial appeal of selling the snack. So they leased lobby privileges to vendors, allowing them to sell their popcorn in the lobby of their theater (or more likely on a bit of street in front of the theater) for a daily fee. Vendors didnt complain about this arrangementselling popcorn outside the theater widened their business potential, as they could sell to both moviegoers and people on the street. Eventually, movie theater owners realized that if they cut out the middleman, their profits would skyrocket. For many theaters, the transition to selling snacks helped save them from the crippling Depression. In the mid-1930s, the movie theater business started to go under. But those that began serving popcorn and other snacks, Smith explains, survived. Take, for example, a Dallas movie theater chain that installed popcorn machines in 80 theaters , but refused to install machines in their five best theaters, which they considered too high class to sell popcorn. In two years, the theaters with popcorn saw their profits soar; the five theaters without popcorn watched their profits go into the red. Eventually, movie theater owners came to understand that concessions were their ticket to higher profits, and installed concession stands in their theaters.