The theatre isn't the only places you can enjoy some great popcorn. Making popcorn on a stove top is easy and tastes much better than the microwave stuff we have all become accustomed to.

If you were raised in Miami, I’m sure you have many memories which were created at the Coleman Theatre. The theater was home to many functions over the years, like the BF Goodrich Christmas Party, Virginia Lee’s Dance Recital, and other functions, but the main focus for my age group would be the movies. As a child, I used to walk to the Coleman on a Saturday afternoon with a quarter in my pocket, pay 15 cents to get into a “Tarzan” movie, and buy me a Nestles Crunch candy bar at the snack bar for a nickel. I would then still have a nickel left over to purchase an ice cream cone from the adjacent drug store after the movie.

Other memories of the Coleman include standing in line with my parents on a Saturday night in 1967 to see the movie Bonnie and Clyde. The line for the movie extended all the way back to the News-Record building that night; they even had to open up the balcony to accommodate the crowd and turn people away at the ticket booth to prevent overcapacity. But yet, the strangest thing I ever saw happen in the Theatre, involved a kid I went to school with.

Back in the day, the theatre used to have ushers. These guys were always dressed neatly and would carry a flashlight with them to help patrons to their seat and also tasked to keep order in the theatre. If you were to have them cast the beam of their flashlight at you, it was a signal for you to tone it down a little. I remember this particular day; the schoolmate of mine was getting the light shined on him quite frequently until the ushers decided he needed to be removed from the theatre. Well, I guess my schoolmate didn’t want to be removed because he took off running when the ushers came for him and ran up into the balcony where they surrounded him with no place to go. The next thing I remember was him jumping from the ledge of the balcony, landing in the aisle way, and then hiding amongst the movie goers. The guys with the flashlights were soon able to re-locate and apprehended him to be escorted out of the theatre.

Another friend of mine was once removed by these ushers and escorted to the Manager’s office where he was told by the Theatre Manager; that he was “Kicked out of the Coleman for life”. That was about 48 years ago, and they must have recanted, because I saw him a couple years ago at the Coleman during the All School Reunion?

Yet, my fondest memories of the Coleman are the smell of that great movie theatre popcorn?

The history of movie theatre popcorn goes all the way back to the “Depression Era” when theatre owners felt popcorn was a small luxury that the patrons would be able to afford. Then in 1938, an owner of several Midwest movie theatres started installing popcorn machines in all his theaters, and it has been a mainstay ever since. But the theatre isn’t the only places you can enjoy some great popcorn. Making popcorn on a stove top is easy and tastes much better than the microwave stuff we have all become accustomed to. I personally like a lot of butter flavor on my popcorn and substitute clarified butter with my oil occasionally to pop the corn in. I then add more melted butter to it after being popped. Whatever it may be to suit your taste buds, you should take some time to make some old-fashioned popcorn for your family at home, and introduce your children to the great taste of that old-fashioned popcorn cooked on the stove.


Old Fashioned Stove Top Popcorn

¼ cup oil or clarified butter ½ cup popcorn kernels Fine grain salt Large pot with lid

Old Fashioned Kettle Corn
(the Grandkids call this Silver Dollar City Popcorn)

¼ cup clarified butter ½ cup popcorn kernels 2 teaspoons sugar (or more to taste) Fine grain salt Large pot with lid


Heat oil or clarified butter in pan, add popcorn and add sugar evenly if making Kettle Corn. As soon as kernels start to pop, shake pot gently back and forth over the burner, lifting it up and shaking from time to time, until the popping slows. When the popping slows immediately dump popped corn in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and/or other toppings.