This little popcorn machine is very cute and works pretty good. The few times I have used it I have come to the conclusion that it is good for 1 or 2 people per batch. I have only tried popping the amount of corn with the supplied measuring cup (1/4 cup) and it takes about 2 batches to make enough for a large bowl or a small sized 1.5oz bag. Before this popper I used a Whirlypop on the stove and because of the larger size, I am able to pop more per batch with the Whirlypop than I can with this popper and in less time. The plus side is that you can pop multiple batches ahead of time so you fill up the glass case and serve/scoop as needed, which I couldn't do with the Whirlypop. Also it has a nice little storage compartment to store popping supplies, although its also a little small. Overall I would definitely recommend going for a larger popper, at least 6oz kettle because you can always pop less per batch, but overloading is not recommended. The larger popper will stand at height easier to work with due to being taller, it will pop more corn per batch, and the storage will be larger for some of the taller items and will be easier to clean due to not being so confined.
I am going to attempt to bring this popper to a friends for a small party and see how it does keeping up to demand.
Now if you want true movie popcorn, you will need to use coconut oil, Flavacol or Paragon seasoning salt, which you put in the kettle with the oil, because salt wont stick to popped corn and you cant salt all of it. you only need about 1 tsp. of seasoning salt for this popper. Finally O'Dells Super Kist II butter flavor topping which is what theaters use. Just add the butter topping to a clear or yellow plastic mustard squeeze bottle and heat it up in a baby bottle warmer and you will have delicious warm buttery popcorn exactly like the theaters. Don't forget to use laminated popcorn bags to make it authentic and less bowls to clean