Enjoying popcorn at the movie
Native Americans ate popcorn as food and were the first to try it
popped. It was not until 1914 that a farm boy from Iowa formed the
American Pop Corn Company and began to sell popcorn. Gradually, it
became a national fad. In the 1920s it was introduced into the movie
theaters. People wanted to eat it during the movie, but the theater
managers discouraged the practice since the crunching distracted the
other patrons. With the introduction of background music and sound for the movies, which
drowned out the crunching, coupled with the need for cash during the Depression, the theater
managers had a change of heart and permitted the establishment of lobby concessions.
Popcorn is now an established “must” for all theatergoers.
- pop = estourar - lobby = área com corredores em teatros,
- fad = mania, moda, tendência cinemas
- crunching = ruído da mastigação - drown out = amortecer, sufocar
- patron = cliente, freguês - couple with = unir, acoplar
- cash = dinheiro