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There was a story many years ago about this theatre, dont know how true it was, that when they played the first ever Sensurround movie, Earthquake, that some of the ceiling tiles actually fell out of the ceiling. I dont know if this happened, as I was only 15 at the time and heard people talking about it.
Wood theatres at one time had 6 theatres: Old Rahway (now Union County Performing Arts Center), Linden Twin (later 5), Lost Picture Show in Union, Strand in Summit, Verona Theatre and the Jersey (later Morristown Triplex). I worked at both Rahway and Linden many years ago.
mdvoskin, I am wondering, with all theatres being forced to convert to digital, will you still be able to purchase carbon rods, or will that too be a thing of the past, like 35mm is soon to be?
Oh how you hit the nail on the head moviebuff82. Give that man a cigar.
Only this time muviebuf, its much more expensive. At least the equipment they installed in the 50’s and 60’s lasted for all these years. This digital crap they’re putting in is outdated within a few months, and you either have to pay for upgrades, or buy new.
Just a question, but with all this talk of digital replacing film, and I know because its putting me out of a job by years end, I hear that eventually even these older movies will not be available on film, will the Jersey be getting a digital projector in due time? And another question, I love carbon arc, its what I started out on in the mid 70’s, but will rods still be available once the whole digital conversion takes place across the country?
Still waiting, still hoping this place can get into the hands of someone who can really bring it back to life. Concerts, Broadway shows, movies, opera. I know this place can do well. People said the same thing about New Brunswick and Newark, and look at the venues they now have.
Its too bad we will never see 70mm again, now that all movies (I cant call them FILMS if they are digital) are going digital. The last film I personally projected in 70mm was in 1989, “The Abyss”
Just curious, my dad worked in a Jerry Lewis Twin from 1972 thru 1985. The color scheme was Blue in Cinema 1, Red in Cinema 2. How did they do it in a 3 screen theatre? And did they use dual projection 6000' reel operation in all 3 booths?
Drove by the theatre yesterday on my way to the Count Basie Theatre. There is a “For Sale, 20+ acres” sign on the boarded up marquee. I guess thats truly the end for this theatre. Wouldnt a nice 4 screen drive-in look good over there? Just sayin.
Hi Vito. Mark P. here, or as I was known before the new CT, movie534. Hope you are well. My wife is going to be working the show again as wardrobe, and got a letter detailing the changes to the show. My guess would be they got a digital projector installed, but thats just a guess. She will find out more when she goes in on the 31st.
I’ve never been good at math, but 1172 and 1214 sure dont add up to 3327. Looking at that beautiful photo on the intro and reading the intro, a lot of seats must have been lost, presumably downstairs. I went to this theatre when I was in 2nd grade to see “Doctor Doolittle” I remember our school group was upstairs.
Actually DARCYDT, your going to find more and more problems like what you had yesterday in the future. Whereas in the past with film, a projectionist like myself (36 years) would have spare parts and be able to fix things in an hour or two. Where I work now in NJ we have 3 digitals so far and during the summer one was down for over a week. What went was called a “light engiene” and they go for mucho dollars. In my theatre it was $25,000.00 And it had to be ordered. And they said ours was already extinct, and the equipment is only 1.5 years old. This digital projection is not going to be good as the years go one. Ever changing technology and costs are going to make the AMC’s and Regals see the error of their ways.
Article in todays Star Ledger reported that the permit was issued on Monday, and hours later heavy equipment was there tearing it down. Very very sad indeed.
True Mike Rogers. But I dont think there were that many around yet in 1977. LOL.
Hey Justin, is this you, moviebuff82? On the old site it showed your name. And now mine shows up as MarkP instead of movie534 and I dont know how to change it back
Isnt there always something shady in these deals???
Im sorry my above comment was supposed to be directed towards LuisV. This is why one should never do these things when half asleep. Sorry.
Bob, my comment above was not in any way to disrespect the Roxy in New York. Yes that was a theatre like no other, except maybe Radio City. My point was, if you look at the interior shots of the Montauk (and others that passed before it), you see marble columns, wood trim, stained glass, brick and mortar, etc. You go into any of these so-called modern multiplexes today, and its all sheetrock and half the walls have holes in them. This, like others was a palace. And a question someone asked me yesterday was, WHY couldnt they have incorporated the theatre, or at least the auditorium into the new school?? You always need a place for assemblies, school plays etc.
This to me ranks right up there with the demolishon of the Roxy in New York all those years ago. From the photos I saw that were posted a while back this was not only a beautiful theatre with the marble columns but all the projection equipment, stage, everything was in mint condition. Nobody has any respect for the old anymore. We will pay for this folly someday. Just like the film companies who dont want to put movies on 35mm film anymore. This world of ours is heading in a very bad direction. This is just heartbreaking.
Yes good luck. And keep it 35mm.
I guess the future doesn’t look too good for a 35 year veteran FILM projectionist like me eh??? The future of movie going in the U.S.A……“visit your nearest AMC or Regal cinemas” Some choice.
And how I hope and pray vic1964 is correct. Oh how I hope.
I just heard that the recent convention that once was showest in Las Vegas, that the statement was made that by next year, 2012, studio will no longer be making 35mm prints. You either spend the money for digital or….I guess close your doors. They are in bed with the AMC’s and Regal’s and could care less about anyone else. So very sad.
To answer Russell’s question, yes GCC did own a pepsi bottler and in fact at one point in the 70’s it was the largest bottler in the country. I remember when they bought sunkist also. GCC’s downfall came when Dick Smith gave the reigns over to the other president, whose name I cant remember, Rossi I think, and thats when they got away from their core beliefs.