David Melson

Picturing the Past 201: The popcorn stand

Posted Monday, June 9, 2014, at 9:31 AM
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  • I remember when I was a kid coming to town on Saturday night, getting a haircut, and if I was good and sat still, could beg for a bag of popcorn. The best I recall it was a nickle for a bag and a dime for a box (boy that was a long time ago). I can still smell the sweet smell of the popcorn wafting across the square in the night air, would like to smell it once again!

    I don't know if Mrs. Delk still owned it, at the time, but I recall Howard Loudermilk worked there when he was in high school (early 50's).

    Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt bought it and ran it after Mr.Pruitt, who was a barber, had a stroke and could no longer follow his profession. Mrs. Pruitt would drive him to work everyday and he sat there popping and selling popcorn.

    -- Posted by wcartwright0451 on Mon, Jun 9, 2014, at 12:57 PM
  • I can only imagine how hot it would get in there. Did it operate only at night?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 9, 2014, at 8:16 PM
  • No, he operated it day and night. I think he had a fan and maybe later he even had a small air conditioner. He added candy bars and other goodies when he had it, I don't recall whether or not anything other than popcorn and maybe chewing gum was sold by the others.

    -- Posted by wcartwright0451 on Tue, Jun 10, 2014, at 11:46 AM
  • I remember the door being open and a fan drawing air through.I don't an AC was added until the late 60s.

    -- Posted by kings11 on Wed, Jun 11, 2014, at 3:13 PM
  • In reference to the question "Which one was Tune's?" The Tune family had the Princess until 1968 when it was bought by Fred Massey, who remodeled it ultimately changed the name to The Capri Theatre. Massey died in 1975 and The Capri was bought by a partnership of individuals that included Clyde Jacobs, Jr., who managed the business. Jacobs became the sole owner in the early 1990's and continued to operate it until he sold it to the present owners in 2003. The Bedford was operated by Crescent Amusement Company which had a chain of theaters in TN, KY and AL.

    -- Posted by cortnerkin on Fri, Jun 13, 2014, at 9:49 PM
  • I don't recall who owned the popcorn stand at the time in the 1950s but Howard Loudermilk and Fred Marsh were two people who worked there. A small paper bag of popcorn was five cents. A box set you back a dime.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Jun 15, 2014, at 3:28 PM
  • My grandmother took me to the Fair Store many times to purchase them brand new and (very stiff) Levi jeans for school. As I recall, she would treat me to a bag of that delicious smelling popcorn as well.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 9:03 AM
  • A couple of saturdays ago, my wife Nita and I were setting up my information booth in the Republican headquarters and Thomas Smith was popping and giving away popcorn. The smell as we walked around the square brought back great memories of being a kid on a saturday in the '60's. It was a great time

    -- Posted by Chuck Heflin on Mon, Jun 23, 2014, at 1:34 PM
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