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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.
No Peter, only 3 are 35mm. The people in charge have asked me to try and hook them up with people (like you) who have the contact for getting all films. Right now they deal with Swank, and we know how their prints are. I suggested to them that we visit the Lafayette and Loews Jersey in an attempt to help us out. Believe me when I was there the past 2 days with the DVD’s it breaks my heart not to be running the Simplex XL’s sitting in the booth.
Definitly NOT demolished. A huge Fashion Bug store occupies the space. I just drove by it today.
The movie looked fantastic on screen tonight. I was proud to have projected it.
Just sad as it always is to read about the old Drive-ins.
LuisV, I couldnt agree with you more. Too many theatres were lost during the years 1960-1975 to senseless stupidity. Im glad the Kings is finally getting done, lets hope for the best for the rest. If you are ever in Jersey, see if you can get over to Elizabeth and check out the Ritz Theatre on Jersey St. Its one I was involved with helping to restore the projection room a few years back, till a car accident pulled me away for a while. When I returned all the people I knew were gone, and I havent been back in since. I know the owner spent a few years renovating it, and now its for sale for almost $4 million. I just wish all the great old theatres could have been saved insted of demolished as so many were.
Ra, Ra, Ra! Everyone in such a hurry to trash 35mm and put in that digital crap. Cant wait till all the electronic parts start breaking down. Oh and every other month when they have to keep upgrading. I for one will live and die by 35mm. Better yet, if it were still in use, 70 mm.
I worked here as a projectionist from 1992 thru 94.
I have read many of your comments elsewhere MikeRodgers. You and I are truely a blast from the past. Even after all these years I still miss this place. (and all the others I worked at)
Thinking about this place the other day. Something I remembered. The first 2 full time projectionists here were Abe Levine and Joe Gazi. They worked there from the time it opened till April 1989. That’s when myself, Mark Pusillo and my partner Ed Hawley came in and ran it till it closed 2 years later. In 30 years this theatre only had 2 sets of full time projectionists. Of course there were many like Jerry Kampo and my father Joe Pusillo, as well as Ed’s father Ted Hawley who did relief work. Had they lasted just 2 more years, they would have seen it from beginning to end. I know Mr. Gazi died in Oct 1989, but Mr Levine was there on closing night bidding it farewell.
I actually remember working there when those 2 movies were playing.
I remember going there in 1978 to see “American Hot Wax” I was a union projectionist and always got in for free cause I knew the guys who worked there. Loved it as a single screen, hated it as a twin.
Ah Lost Memory, that photo brings back memories. To clarify a few things to the above posts. Having worked here as one of the union projectionists from 1985 to 89 (as well as the Sayrewoods 80 to 89 and Amboys 85-05), I can tell you that Sayrewoods was all porn from 1973 on. This Cinema 9 theatre was porn from 1981 on. The Sayrewoods closed in 91 for the big highway reconstruction project. As for the Madison Twin Cinema, it opened in 1961 and was twinned in 75. It remained open till late 84 or early 85. All these theatre have listings here on CT.
Joe, your thinking of the Cinema 9 theatre that was a ½ mile up the road from Sayrewoods. I worked there too, and I remember the old storage room that was converted. It had 15 seats. They called it a video lounge. You are right about that one being Primetime now. Sayrewoods was demolished and a country buffet sits in its place.
Almost 31 years to the day it closed, a new furniture store has opened in its place, American Signature Furniture.
In 2 more days, it will be 40 years since the last movie was projected here by my father. And I agree with Harry Gribbon. Had the building just stood empty for maybe 3 to 5 years like he said, it probably would have been twinned or tripled and renovated, and lived on. As a child, I remember those long lines around the corner. This place fell victim like many of the theatres in this era. Hasty demolishon.
And also Al why theatres like Radio City will never show movies on a regular basis ever again. The AMC’s and Regals of the world, along with the studio’s and DVD technology have taken care of that.
Prior to Music Makers Group, this was a Walter Reade Theatre.
The original theatre was built as a twin in the early 70’s. The additional 4 were added in the mid 80’s.
News story on local tv channels today about armed robberies taking place in the parking lot the past few days.
I am curious, this being a twin, if it was similar to the one my father and I worked at in New Jersey. One theatre had a blue color scheme, the other one red. The concession stand split the lobby in half, so patrons could not cross over. There was a complete set of restrooms in each lobby. Each of ours seated 300. The one we worked at opened in 1972 and closed in 1984.
If it followed the pattern of other Jerry Lewis’s, including the one my father and I worked at in the 70’s, one auditorium would have been blue and the other red. Also the lobby may have been split by the concession stand, preventing patrons from crossing over. The one where we worked at opened in 1972 and closed in 1984.
While watching “Police Women of Cincinnati last night, there is a quick shot of the Imperial marquee in one of the scenes.
I agree CWalczak.
This is great news as far as I’m concerned. As a FILM projectionist for the past 35 years, I cant stand all this digital crap. We have 3 of them where I work, a 10 screen venue, and they’re nothing but trouble. Eats Xenon bulbs like crazy, constantly updating software, etc,. I agree with everyone else. 70mm would kick but on this digital stuff. And where I work, more amd more patrons dont want to see the movie in 3-D, let alone pay the extra surcharge. I laugh at AMC and Regal, who are just going all 3-D and rolling their old 35mm equipment straight into dumpsters. I predict they will regret the day they did this. But to them its nothing but money anyway, so what do they care. Both of them are the reason the industry is the way it is today.