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Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016
Dining

Tampa Theatre seeks help to purchase new popcorn popper

Everybody loves popcorn. Nobody loves burned popcorn.

To keep that from happening, and to maybe prevent a historic building from burning down, the non-profit Tampa Theatre announced Thursday a crowd-funding effort to raise $10,000 to replace the current popper, which is more than 15 years old and in need of repair.

The theater said a fire from a malfunctioning oil pump cost $2,000 in repairs.

“When the popcorn machine catches on fire, it's time to get a new popper,” theater spokeswoman Jill Revelle Witecki said in a press release.

The model the theater wants as a replacement, a Gold Medal model called the Medallion that would double capacity by popping 52 ounces of corn at a time, costs about $10,000. As an added benefit, it comes with its own fire-supression system, which is nice.

To raise the money, the theater is using Power2Give.org, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County's new funding site.

Donors will receive popcorn-themed benefits, Witecki said. They include an invitation to a “Popcorn Party” and film screening, as well as free popcorn for a year for those making high-dollar donations (A fist-full of dollars, as it were).

Those who want to contribute can give through the Tampa Theatre's site as well: TampaTheatre.org/popcorn-problem. or search for projects across the Bay area at Power2Give.org.

jhouck@tampatrib.com

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