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markp commented about Mahoning Valley Cinema on Apr 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Might you be the same BruceCopio who worked for General Cinema years ago??

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markp commented about Broad Street Cinema on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. In 1995, I became the full time projectionist at the Middlebrook Galleria, a few miles down the road. These days I an a stagehand, having just celebrated 35 years in the IATSE local. And I am the house projectionist at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank since 2005. I always wanted to run my own theatre. Even had blueprints drawn up for a twin, but it never happened.

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markp commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

Thanks Ed Solero. It sounds similar to what Loews did to the Jersey in Jersey City N.J.

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markp commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

With all the damage you see in different photos, Im sorry to say it will just be way too much to restore this place. And a question, how did RKO triple this place? Under the balconies?

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I for one dont care (well I really do) who was responsible for saving the Kings Theatre. The point is that it was saved, and is back in business. You should be glad you have a company running it who knows what theyre doing. We here in Jersey have the Loews Jersey which needs a ton of work, and the Ritz in Elizabeth whose owner spent millions restoring it, and now it sits there doing nothing. We can only hope someone takes them over and they return to their former glory.

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markp commented about Imperial Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I was in this theatre about a year ago. My buddy is good friends with the owner. He took us to the back and upstairs and the auditorium walls and ceilling are intact. Also went up to what was a balcony and projection room.

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markp commented about Bala Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

The longer it sits, the worse the situation will get.

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markp commented about Multi-Media Arts Center on Apr 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I was in Montclair yesterday working at the Wellmont, and passed this place. As was just mentioned, it it definitely closed, and sadly looks ready for demolishon. The sad part is that the Royal up the street was in mint condition when it was torn down years ago and made into a parking lot.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Apr 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Already autotuned. Thanks.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

So sad to hear. I was a projectionist here from 1980 till 1983.

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markp commented about Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

John, I think National left one or two houses equipped with 35mm, just in case. I worked for an independant who did the same thing when he converted. And at the Count Basie where I am projectionist, we have a christie digital and our 2 simplex reel to reel projectors. I made sure they didnt remove then.

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Thanks so much Matt. And Mike, I would go in a heart beat, but I am loading out a religious show Sat till well after 8 pm.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Too bad Im working on the 18th or I would have made the 70 mile trek to the theatre to see The Graduate. It was the first movie I ever saw with my first girlfriend (who sadly passed at the young age of 40 in 2000) and was the very first movie I ran as a projectionist some 39 years ago.

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markp commented about State Theater on Mar 30, 2015 at 6:38 am

The heading above should be changed to reflect the correct number of screens. It was a quad when it closed. Not sure of when it was divided.

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 29, 2015 at 5:23 am

Did not know it was on. Missed it.

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markp commented about Glen Cove Theatres on Mar 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Wow, Im feeling a little blue. Decent size screen.

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markp commented about East Islip Theater on Mar 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

Nice old double feature, kids matinee on the weekend, 2 shows nightly. The good old days.

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markp commented about Pacific 4 on Mar 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Thanks. I remember running that film way back in 1982.

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markp commented about General Cinema Town East 6 on Mar 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Very interesting and sad history of the once great GCC.

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markp commented about Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 24, 2015 at 7:28 am

Having worked for National Amusements as a projectionist for 20 years, its sad to see this company as a shell of its former self.

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markp commented about State Theater on Mar 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Just passed the 44th anniversary of this theatre closing down forever (3/15/71)

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

I noticed the booth looked dark. No film on this show I guess. Im just thankful my wife got called to work the show since her Broadway show closed in January. This ol projectionist doesn’t have much to do these days. Would still love to see your magnificent booth someday. You guys keep up the good work.

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markp commented about Times Square Theatre on Mar 11, 2015 at 6:26 am

Lets hope for that. Went by it just last night.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 11, 2015 at 6:21 am

Went to the dress rehersal of the spring spectacular last night. It is in a word, “spectacular.” The costumes were awesome, the rain scene was incredible, and the statue of liberty, while I feel is a bit too large, was amazing as well. One downer was the video wall used for the 3D effect as well as other portions in the show, I could see some seams and some squares were brighter than others. (This coming from a former projectionist with over 37 years expeirience) And to be fair I was in the 2nd row from the stage. But otherwise, a job well done and a truely great show. Perhaps the start of a new annual tradition.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

I was thinking the same thing as mdvoskin. But in fairness, its still not as bad as the page for the amc rockaway 16. In fairness, movieguy is just passionate about the theatre and I cannot fault him for that.