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markp commented about AMC Loews Menlo Park 12 on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Went to see “Skyfall” last night. I must say the place has changed since it was first built, and I was installing the original screens there. My only complaint was how I could hear the movie from theatre 6 so well. (We were in theatre 5). There were 6 other people in the theatre. Of course we did go to the 5:00 show.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

acherepo, your description is exactly as my father use to descibe it. As I stated, he was the projectionist here for a number of years, till its closing in the mid 60’s. He then went on to work at the State in Woodbridge, and opened the Jerry Lewis in Carteret in 1972, where I learned the trade. My uncle worked at the Majestic in Perth Amboy, and for a short while after the State closed in 1971, my dad worked at the Royal in Perth Amboy.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

Not to be a kill joy by any means, but mhvbear’s comment is exactly the reason why theatres like the Ziegfeld are in danger of going away forever. Brand new movie, just released a few days ago, and less than 100 people in an 1100+ seat theatre.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

rcdt55b, I wish someday, this ol projectionist of almost 37 years could somehow pay a visit and see the projection booth. My wife works the Christmas show every year as a dresser for the Rockettes. I saw the show a few weeks ago, on the 8th. Great as always. I found myself several times looking back up to the portholes. I was 8 rows from the stage. Funny how you tend to do that when your a projectionist.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Oct 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thats an expensive lease. Such a shame. I, along with my father worked as projectionists here in the late 70’s/early80’s.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

Yup. Thats the Clearview I know, (and use to work for).

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

I hear you Bob. Ive always cared too much also, and now look where it got me. A projectionist with 37 years expierience and digital puts me out of work. I miss running film.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It hurts me to hear a great person like Bob have a dissappointing time at any film presentation. I know he gave me many thumbs up when I showed Jaws back in June at the Count Basie. I wanted to attend but was working a concert in Lakewood at the stadium. If my families situation was better I would love to be one of the projectionists here, having 37 years expierience, but my financial situation prohibits me at this time. Best of luck to Rob & Mitchell.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Oh how I wish Giles.

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markp commented about Cottage View Drive In to be replaced with a Wal-Mart on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Looked like a rather nice drive in. Nice marquee. Sad to see another one biting the dust. Call me old fashioned, but I miss drive-ins, huge old movie palaces and 35mm film. All this progress, you can keep it.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

Now lets hope they actually have someone who knows how to thread 70mm. I last ran 70mm myself back in 1989. Since then all these chains have gotten rid of union projectionists who knew how to do it and replaced them with managers and popcorn poppers. And if they are going to platter it, oh my, take your eye off it for one minute and you can splice the soundtrack backwards and not even realize it. I for one and going to sit back and wait for all the comments here and the Village East theatre page as well once the film starts.

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markp commented about Director supporting efforts to maximize number of 70mm showings of '"The Master" across the country on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

I must say it is refreshing to see the passion for film here, especially 70MM. As a projectionist for the past 37 years, and who is in his waning days as a film projectionist (6 days a month) I do agree with TerryWade. I last ran 70MM in 1989, “The Abyss” and had show some others prior to that. But those theatres were all union projection staffed, and we all knew what we were doing. As Terry stated half these popcorn kids didnt even do 35MM correct, and that in part is what led to this whole digital fiasco. (Yes I realize there were other factors as well, such as print costs etc.) And as also stated, I think many theatres that had 70MM equipment have probably trashed it all by now. I myself have a pair of Century JJ2 sitting in my mom’s garage, but efforts to find a home for them the past few years have been futile at best. And they came from a theatre that had closed in the early 2000’s so work would be needed to get them up & running again. I hope this can begin a comeback for 70MM. We shall see.

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markp commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Aug 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

Ed, somewhere here on CT, I saw an old studio ad someone posted for another theatre from the early/mid 70’s. Under Manhattan I remember was listed Loews Victoria 125th St. Maybe thats how the photographer meant to refer to it?

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markp commented about ArcLight Sherman Oaks on Aug 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

Zubi, if thats progress, then I think I’ll stick with old school.

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markp commented about State Theater on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Even after all these years, I miss this theatre. It was where I saw my very first movie and where my father worked for years till its closing.

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markp commented about ArcLight Sherman Oaks on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Being from New Jersey, this may seem to be a stupid question, but…in the movie “Valley Girl” (1983) they show a Sherman Oaks Galleria at the closing credits. Is this the same Sherman Oaks Galleria, or has it been remodeled or expanded.

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markp commented about Rolling Acres Cinema on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

I was in Ohio last week visiting, and went by this mall. The entire mall is closed and vacant including the theatre. Only store still in operation is the former JCPenney outlet store.

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markp commented about Century Aurora on Jul 25, 2012 at 5:34 am

As someone who has worked continuously for the past 36 years in the industry, from single screen to multiplexes, I cant see how this theatre could ever be reopened. I know myself, I would never want to step foot in there. I think Cinemark should just cut their losses, and as sad and horrific this incident was, they should just level the complex and move on. Just one mans opinion.

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markp commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thank you Vito. Its how I was trained by my dad. Yes we all did have fun in the booths, and we have memories that no one today will ever have. I did good at City Center and it really wasnt bad. My back however had other ideas. Its been pretty good the past 3 or so years, but I never know when it will go out again. Im glad I had the pleasure to work with you for all those years. Take care.

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markp commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

Hi Vito. Hope all is well. Its Mark P. from the old Amboys and City Center. I just lost my job a month ago to digital. 36 years in the booth, along with the 55 my departed dad did isnt too bad I guess. Take care.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

I have always said a nice 4 screen drive-in would look mighty nice on this spot. 2 larger screens by the river, 2 smaller ones by the old circle. Bet it would be a gold mine. Open it up from say early April till maybe Halloween.

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markp commented about Ocean Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

Opening header needs to be updated. The theatre was twinned in 1985 and was opened until at least 1990 if memory serves me.

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markp commented about Paramount Theater on Jul 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

I was working at the Prudential Center arena for the NBA draft about 2 weeks ago and passed both the Paramount and Adams Theatres in Newark. (Did not have time to get to the Proctors) The Paramount is indeed all boarded up. There is a dollar type of store in what looks to be the lobby of the Adams. If I am in town again (maybe July 20 – 21 for Jennifer Lopez concert) I will try to find out more on both venues.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

An article in todays Star Ledger talks about this theatre and shows a picture of a 23 year old with the projector. They have 6000 foot reels and looks like a newer model simplex and xenon. I guess the old E-7 and Peerless have been put to rest. Also, the kid is holdind his cell phone while threading the projector. Its no wonder I’m out of a job after 36 years.

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markp commented about Harvest Moon Drive-In on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

Unless someone else has taken over operation of this drive-in, status should be changed to “Closed”.