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The Manley Aristocrat Popcorn Machine Manual

February 24th, 2009 · 11 Comments

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Manley Aristocrat Machine Manual

Manley Aristocrat Machine Manual

We have a copy of a Manley Aristocrat popcorn machine manual available for download at the Retroplanet.com PDF Library. The Manley Aristocrat is a classic 1940’s deco-style popcorn machine that was used extensively in movie theaters and anywhere else large amounts of fresh popcorn was sold. Also in this blog is a photo of an Aristocrat we restored many years ago. Look for a future blog on that restoration. Hope you find the manual helpful and interesting.

1940s Manley Popcorn Machine

1940s Manley Popcorn Machine

Restored Aristocrat Popcorn Machine

Restored Aristocrat Popcorn Machine

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

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Greg Muth // Aug 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the Manley manual. I have the little brother to the Aristocrat that I restored myself. I did quite a bit of research on the Manley popcorn company trying to get more information on my popper and even contacted the Kansas City library. They were very kind and sent a number of articles about Charles Manley, the owner of the company, but I was never able to determine the age of my machine. About the only clue I have is a decal on the fuse box that says: “Emerson Electric – building tanks for the world”. I assume it must have been built shortly after or durring WWII. Any leads you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks again for the post of the manual, I love the vintage photos.

  • 2 Leslie // Sep 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm


    Try this website for some more great Manley popcorn history

  • 3 Al Hughes // Feb 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I own an Aristocrat E15000 vending machine. I have had the internals repaired and would like to know if there is a market for this machine. It needs work as there is rust at the base but all the decals, dome, locks, dispensers and manufactures tag are complete.

  • 4 vintagevending // Mar 1, 2010 at 11:25 am


    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of your machine, but you could try ebay or Craig’s List. Sometimes items like this pop up, and they can give you a ballpark figure on the value of your machine. Keep in mind value depends on condition.
    If anyone else can help, please comment.

  • 5 Steven Wilson // Jan 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is developing an exhibit entitled “Abraham Lincoln at the Movies.” I noticed your pop corn machine and wondered I you or someone you know has a machine they could loan for this exhibit. We are on teh campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. 1-800-325-0900, ext. 6422.

    Thank you.

    Steven Wilson, Curator

  • 6 vintagevending // Jan 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Hello Stephen,
    Unfortunately we have no resources for loans of these machines.
    Sounds like a wonderful exhibit, wish we could have been of assistance

  • 7 Ron Keedy // Jan 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I have one working Manley and 2 parts machines. I also have a Cretors that has the glass bubble top where the corn dumps from the bottom.

  • 8 ron brown // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I have a restored manley just like the one pictured here. How do I find the value? Thank you.


  • 9 Kathy Freese // Aug 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    How may I obtain a copy of the B&W photo for use in our Holland Theatre program?

  • 10 vintagevending // Aug 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    We apologize but we no longer have these images on file.

  • 11 RUTH GAMERDINGER // May 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Have several old popcorn machines & parts collected by Dad– He past in 1999 at age 93.
    Non in working condition. Told me one buttered each kernel. For sale. Will get pictures for anyone interested.

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