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What Kind Of Popcorn Machines Go With The Most Expensive Home Theatre Set Up Ever?

Updated on September 16, 2009

Imagine you had all the money in the world to set up the perfect home theatre, but needed some ideas on where to start.  One option might be to try to model yourself after Jeremy Kipnis, the music producer, who spent $6 million on his home theatre set up.  However, even after getting a laboratory grade screen, an ultra high resolution digital projector, 30 amplifiers with 8 tower speakers, 10 tweeters and 16 subwoofers, you still wouldn’t be done.  No home theatre is complete without a popcorn machine to make real, movie theatre tasting popcorn (not that microwave, quick pop stuff). 

Even if your version of the Kipnis home theatre is a little less… ‘extravagant’, you still need that to have genuine popcorn to cement in the ‘theatre’ part of ‘home theatre’ and make it a real get-away for you and your family and or guests.  Because a movie without popcorn is like… unimaginable! 

Let’s face it, we’re a society that loves our popcorn.  It’s been ingrained in us as kids.  And when it comes to movies, it goes together like hot dogs and baseball.  Having a home theatre that doesn’t include movie house quality popcorn really leaves a big piece of the magic out of the experience.  Fortunately for people setting up a home theatre and wanting to really do it right, popcorn machines are readily available and you can find the right one to suit your personal needs.

When you are in the market for a popcorn machine there are a few things you’ll probably want to take into consideration.  One of the first points is size.  How much does size matter (when it comes to popcorn machines, that is)?  Some.

Popcorn machines come in various sizes designed to make just enough for a date night (enough for just two people to enjoy), enough for a family of 4 to make a big batch all at once, or even machines that can crank out enough for really large groups, if you find yourself frequently being the neighborhood kids’ theatre.  Of course, with a smaller machine you can crank out batch after batch if you need more, or you could use a large machine to make less than its full capacity, but ideally you probably want to know what your target production will be so you can be most efficient.  After all, you want to get to the movies and not constantly messing with the popcorn machine!

Another aspect to consider is whether you want a stove-top popcorn popper, or one with a self contained electric heating element.  As with all things, there are pros and cons to each.  For example, a stovetop set up will be easier to clean because you never have to worry about getting internal electronics wet and causing a short to the equipment or shocking yourself.  Of course there are cleaning tools that you can get for your electric popcorn machine that will make things easier on you than without them, possibly negating this issue.  Plus, an electric machine is obviously much more versatile as far as where you use it.  Maybe you want to bring it out to the living room so you can pop your popcorn while watching the movie.  You’ll be able to with an electric popcorn machine.  Or, if you wanted to take it outside for a picnic, you have that option also. 

In the end, no matter which kind of machine you get, you’ll be happy to be enjoying real, theatre style popcorn as you settle in with friends and family to enjoy your real and complete home theatre set up.  And if you want some interesting facts to help you justify your desire to get a popcorn machine, well I’m happy to serve them up to you!

Popcorn is a low fat, inexpensive snack that has a long history of being enjoyed by people around the world.  The oldest evidence of popcorn goes back about 2,000 years to New Mexico, where archeologists found remnants of it.  It was also enjoyed as a snack food a lot during the Great Depression as well as World War II.   Those were hard times.  We’ve all seen better days than what we’ve been experiencing recently, too.  So if popcorn was good enough back then and helped people enjoy themselves a bit more, it’s good enough for us now.  By all means, get your popcorn machine and enjoy yourself!


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    • Reed Talonario profile image

      Reed Talonario 8 years ago

      I like popcorn a lot, but there is something special about the tubs they sell at the movies. It might be the $6 they charge, but I think it's the grease! Nice hub.