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The popcorn machine saga at Vidler's in East Aurora

The 52 year old machine was on "death's door"
Posted at 7:00 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 19:01:47-04

It may be Western New York's most loved popcorn machine. It stands at Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora, and has for more than five decades. It was working perfectly until a few weeks ago when it just stopped. According to owner Don Vidler "we fixed it ourselves but it didn't last because it broke again"

The machine never really made popcorn, it just dispenses it. At at a mere ten cents a bag, generations have enjoyed the special treat. Don thought that the machine was finally broken for good so he put an "R.I.P." sign on it. Don says "it was rest in popcorn". He put that picture on Facebook and couldn't believe the responses. Through social media Don hooked up with Ozzie Williams of Coin-Op Amusements.

Ozzie is a master of repairing pinball machines, juke boxes, and fortunately for Vidler's, popcorn machines. In a couple days Don had the machine back in shape and so far so good. The popcorn machine has "been working perfectly" for three weeks is "as good as new" and the popcorn still only ten cents.