Tampa Theatre raises $10K for new popcorn machine

The Tampa Theatre’s charm may be in its 88-year-old building, but its concession stand is keeping up with the times.
 
The theater announced Tuesday it had raised $10,000 it needed to replace a malfunctioning popcorn machine that recently caught fire mid-movie.
 
New popcorn machine
The Gold Medal model #2911E, pictured here, will double the theater's popcorn popping capacity
 
The campaign for a new popper is the first time the theater turned to online crowdfunding to raise money. The tool could be useful in the future for the right project, said Jill Witecki, theater spokeswoman.
 
The theater set a goal of raising the money in 90 days, but completed it in 10.
 
The theater drew 151 donors who gave in a range of amounts, Witecki said. Some donated $5, while a few gave in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.
 
The theater may use crowdfunding again, Witecki said, but not too soon.
 
“We’re going to make sure we don’t overstay our welcome,” she said.
 
The new popper should be delivered in six to eight weeks, but the cabinet behind the theater’s concession will need changes to fit the machine, according to Witecki. It should be popping corn by the holidays. 
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