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Restore the Broadway Popcorn Cart

$445 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 10 months
Created July 5, 2018
Broadway Popcorn Cart
Do you remember sneaking popcorn into a movie at the old Metropolitan Theatre on Broad St? Or begging your parents for a 5¢ snack on Scarth St? If you do then you remember the Broadway Popcorn Wagon!


A “Popping” Good Story 
31069954_1530731753685946_r.jpeg One of the most unique pieces in the Civic Museum of Regina’s collection is the Broadway Popcorn Wagon. The handmade cart was purchased by John Alecxe in 1929. Alexce’s son Harry operated the cart at the corner of Lorne St and Victoria Ave, and would roll the cart out to holiday events and fairs. In the 1940’s the Broadway Popcorn Wagon supplied the Metropolitan, Broadway, and Capitol Theatres with popcorn for hungry movie-goers. The cart continued to operate at various locations throughout the city of Regina, all the way up until 1992.


A Community Project!
We want to restore the Broadway Popcorn Wagon! And we can’t do it without YOU!


Working Plan
Popcorn? Yes please! History? We’ve got it covered! Budget? That’s where YOU come in...

We need help in getting the popcorn cart up and running again. The cart needs to be refitted with a modern popcorn popper before we’re ready to turn the cart into a tiny, mobile museum!
31069954_1530731844945377_r.jpegDesign by Betta Shum

The money raised for this GoFundMe campaign will go directly to purchasing the necessary parts to make the popcorn cart operational. Anything we make over our goal will be used to pay for the rest of the project—painting, creating our display, maintenance and other operational costs. Our goal is to have the cart ready to roll out and pop up some corn by 2019.

Project Phases
Phase One - Restoration
Phase Two - Storytelling
Phase Three - Operation

Project Budget
Phase One - Restoration
$2500
Phase Two - Storytelling
$1500
Phase Three - Operation
$1000
 
Total     
$5000.00


Community Reach?
We estimate that between 60,000 to 100,000 people will experience the “pop-up” museum in the course of a year. This will create jobs for local students over the summer, as popcorn artists and museum interpreters. Not only will our popcorn cart bring a sense of fun to the cityscape while it functions as an interpreted museum space. A meeting place that bridges gaps and starts conversations.  After all, who doesn’t love popcorn?
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Special thanks to Jeff Sweet and Brian Pastuch from IBEW2038, Mark Frederick our restoration guy and John Toniello from Harlan's Food Services for their expertise in planning the mechanical retrofit.
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The restoration team came together to dismantle our newly purchased popcorn machine so that the mechanical pieces can be installed in the Wagon to meet current codes. The original popping apparatus was hanging wire basket over an open flame. How times have changed.
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We just purchased a new 2015 Cretors Trilogy corn popper from Harlan's Food Service. It has been in their Winnipeg showroom all this time. Our research has shown that it is the most compatible mechanically to integrate into the Broadway wagon. Thanks for the great deal Danny!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated to Restore the Broadway Popcorn Wagon so far! We are excited to be halfway through the restoration process. The wagon is looking spiffy (design by Betta Shum) and is ready to have a brand new popper installed. Please help us meet our goal and get the Broadway Popcorn Wagon back on the streets of Regina in 2019!

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$445 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 10 months
Created July 5, 2018
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