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1950s Stoner Univendor Theater Candy Vending Machine

October 5th, 2009 · 40 Comments

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Stoner Candy Vendor

This beautiful red candy machine is a 1950s Stoner Theater Candy Vendor that we restored. It is one of several that we restored over the years. They are the most rare of the Stoner candy vendors, with an illuminated front panel. They are capable of vending up to eight different types of candy and accept nickels, dimes and quarters. These vendors, with their upscale Art Deco styling, would have been positioned in the lobbies of nicer movie theaters.

Stoner Theater Candy Vendor Brochure

As you can see by the Univendor brochure, we took some creative license when restoring this machine, since they originally had a walnut finish. This model was even available as a 16-item vendor called the Dual De Luxe Theater Model that was able to hold 320 units of candy. If you go to the Retroplanet.com Museum, you’ll see two other Stoner Theater models we restored: one is blue and the other is maroon.

Univendor Theater Candy Machine

Red Stoner Univendor

Manufactured by:

Stoner Mfg. Corp.

Aurora, Illinois

This item is not for sale.
We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Candy & Cigarette Machines · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tim // Jan 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, at my place of employment i was given the good fortune of finding a home for our stoner machine it is the exact one as yours, the glass cracked on the front display and one ding, If you are interested please let me know.

  • 2 Alex // Feb 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I was looking for a website that might help me restore my old Stoner candy machine….any ideas that might have old parts?

  • 3 vintagevending // Feb 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    A previous comment could help you –
    i just found two stoner 180 candy vending machines that i would like to find a good home for. One is in very good, working order(needs cleaning, or restoration) and the other one has some rusting at the base, but could be restored, or as a great parts machine. please call with any questions. 518-708-1284. i can email photos. make an offer. a great find. i am ready to sell asap.

  • 4 Liz Cyran // Feb 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I am located in Mass. I have a Stoner Theatre which i woudl like to sell. All there, mechanics work, lock is broken and has some rust.
    413-967-9310 if interested.

  • 5 Rocky Pierson // Mar 15, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I have a 1957 Univendor 8 Row Theater Model Candy Machine in great condition. I really don’t have any use for it, I have the keys and everything works. If anyone can direct me to a website or know anyone interested in it e-mail me . Also does anyone know a APPROX. VALUE ?????? THANKS

  • 6 Jack Hill // May 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I just purchased a machine just like the one you have pictured here. I would like to restore it and get it working. I would like to find a repair manual for this machine or purchase a copy of a repair manual. Is there a chance you can help ? It would be greatly appreciated ! Thanks, Jack

  • 7 vintagevending // May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm


    I think I found what you’re looking for at https://www.sodadecals.com/proddetail.php?prod=UNIVENDOR-PARTSCATALOGUE

  • 8 Darren // Jul 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    what year is a 7 knob stoner? 6 for candy 7th far right for coin return, i can’t find a picture anywhere, thank’s, Darren nomad@taconic.net

  • 9 Terry // Nov 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Does anybody have a coin mechanism for a stoner jr.? I would like to buy one.

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  • 11 Eric Schuster // Dec 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I have candy machine looking to sell!!!!!!!!

  • 12 Eric Schuster // Dec 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Call me interested 701-301-0914

  • 13 Nicole // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I am interested in buying a Stoner Theater Candy Machine. Please call me if you have one that you would like to sell for a good price. 915-549-2165

  • 14 Ron // May 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I have an orignal stoner De Luxe Theatre model in mint condition for sale, it has all the orignal stuff even the keys are orignal and it’s in perfect working condition. If you are interested email me. it’s for sale.

  • 15 Renee // Jun 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Does the theater model come with both 8 and 6 candy slots?

  • 16 Tracy Young // Jul 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Looking to buy a stoner machine if you still have one.

  • 17 Tracy Young // Jul 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Contact me @ 318-792-5733 or 318-528-8691

  • 18 Renee // Sep 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I am looking to purchase an unrestored Stoner Theater to add to my collection of other antiques. If anyone has one to sell at a reasonable price, email me at r.ellis@cox.net. Thanks!

  • 19 Linda // Oct 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Found an old National vending machine while scaping metal in a tralier house yesterday and trying to find someone that may want it…just email and I will send pictures of the vending machine. Approx 5 feet tall

  • 20 Linda // Oct 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Email: linda@pecantreecottage.com
    for pictures of vintage old National Vending Machine has a mirr with the word “CANDY” across it…green aprox 5 feet tall….

  • 21 Kevin // Nov 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Linda send me pics, please

  • 22 Fred Squicciarini // Nov 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I have an unrestored Stoner for sale. Email if interested in pictures and discussing price.
    My email address is loxleymonster@gmail.com


  • 23 scott Malsack // Dec 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’m looking to sell my 1950’s stoner theater model candy machine 12 section w/mint selector. Asking $800 unrestored. If interested call Scott @ (209)239-0381. Can send pics

  • 24 John // Dec 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Hey i have two stoner machines that are rusted up the front all pieces are in good shape. be willin to sell both for low price. contact at 1-828-479-6454. ask for John or David

  • 25 Patrick Hamilton // Jan 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm


    I am looking to purchase a stoner machine. I would like to restore it and have it vending oddities in my shop! anyone who has had expereience doing this and would like to help a young/beginning tinkerer please shoot me an email!
    thank you

  • 26 Ray // Jan 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have a stoner 6 selection machine and was wondering about the year and value ?

  • 27 Brian // Feb 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have a few stoner can’t machines to sell. 6 pull, 8 pull, 11 pull. Theater model, junior. Email if interested.

  • 28 Mike // Feb 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Brian whats your email address? Where are you located?

  • 29 Collector // Apr 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Here is a link to other Stoner Theatre Candy Machines that have been completely restored.


  • 30 Doug // May 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Hello all. Looking in the Pacific Northwest area (Washington / Oregon) and possibly as far south as the Sacramento CA and surrounding areas.

  • 31 Emily Warner // Jun 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I have a 1950s univendor stoner candy vending machine to sell. It is unrestored…but in working condition except for the lock. Mirrored front. Contact at 213 884 7419.

  • 32 Ron // Jun 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I have a few stoner machines for sale. You can reach me at cokecolaman @ Comcast.net. I’m in the northwest

  • 33 Dean ONeil // Oct 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I have a vending machine for sale in Dixon IL. Please call 779-771-8605 Thanks

  • 34 Derek Anderson // Dec 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I am looking for a 50’s Stoner candy machine preferably 8 pull but would look at others. restorable or all ready restored. Michigan, N. Ohio, N. Indiana. Email me with pictures and Price. dcjanderson57@yahoo.com

  • 35 Eric L // Feb 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I have a 1950’s Univendor Junior 120 – Stoner Mfg Company 6 Slot Candy Machine 5¢ & 10¢ that needs restoration. There’s no rust so it would make a great project. Glass is not broken. Needs mirror, decals, repainting and one pull knob. I’m in Minneapolis. Drop me a line if anyone want to see a picture or is interested. lakesaver@gmail.com

  • 36 Scott W // Apr 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I have a Stoner Theatre Candy Machine with the dial. Everyone always says there are only a few of these but for the right price I may sell it. Been thinking of getting it restored but with kids you know how much things can be put off. s_weis@hotmail.com

  • 37 Bob G // Apr 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I have a stoner junior and am looking for a base, does anyone know of one for sale or a fabrication shop that can build one.

  • 38 J.D // Feb 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Bob G, Memory Lane Restorations , Hagerstown, Md. Curtis Kaufman, he has access to some quality sheetmetal shops and he restores many Stoner machines, very high quality. Good luck with yours.

  • 39 Lee W // Jan 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Looking to reproduce pull knobs for a Stoner from one of my good knobs. My idea is to make a mold of the bakelite portion of the knob. Has anyone tried this?

  • 40 Sonia // May 26, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I am looking for a Stoner machine that I can buy. I live in LA area. I can’t go over $500. I know it’s a long shot but email me if you have one. un restored is fine. thanks

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