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The Story Behind Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company

People often ask us, “Is there really a Shirley at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co?” Well there certainly is, and you’d have to go back to our roots to get the full picture of Shirley and how we came to name our Popcorn Company after her.

Having a great "Theatre Style" taste isn't just a slogan at Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company, it's part of our heritage. Growing out of the extreme popularity for our hot buttered and freshly popped popcorn at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton, Ohio, it soon became evident to us that we were onto something. Many movie lovers around these parts often asked for more to take home, and wondered aloud why we didn't just sell the popcorn without a movie ticket! Soon they were keeping our cardboard tubs to bring back night after night for evening snacks. It was clear that our popcorn made from the finest ingredients needed to be set free beyond the boundaries of our theatre.

We still make our gourmet popcorn the same old fashioned way to make sure each mouthwatering handful is as fresh tasting and theatre-good as what you're served at our venues. And when it came time to name our popcorn company, there was little doubt that it was a perfect way to honor our most popular theatre employee, Shirley. Shirley began working at the Shannon Theatre in 1982, and for more than 25 years she was as recognizable as the stars on the screen. A little like visiting your favorite aunt, a trip to the Shannon meant a warm hello and friendly greeting from Shirley – and of course, a big bucket of that warm and tasty popcorn.

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