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JonStan, The last time I was in there was a few years back. At that time, some equipment was removed, some screens removed, and some seats removed, but for the most part, and in talking to people who have been in there since, it is still 95% intact. Just rotting away.
51 weeks at the now demolished Rivoli. We will never ever again see anything like that. And in 70MM none the less.
Another one passes on. Rest peacefully. Perhaps you will meet my dad or some of the other projectionists who have passed before you.
I remember when I cleaned the screens here back in the early 2000’s. Was a real nice place then. I agree with the above post by Ed S. that the other theatre in town they own is kind of crappy, as far as screen size, parking etc. But as he said, thats the Dolans. I had first hand expierience with their stupidity.
MikeRogers, I couldn’t agree with you more. As the last union projectionist left working here in Jersey, I loved those days of the old huge singles and twins, when movies still sold out 6 to 8 weeks after opening. I work in a 10-plex today and after 1 week the movies are dead. Its been a long 35 year run for me, and I must say, the old days were the best.
I must say I agree with just about everyone above. I work for an independant theatre owner, and I could see it was slower than usual this summer. I think all the above points about product, price etc are valid, price especially. Look at RickWolfe. Business UP. Maybe its because many people are in the same situation as myself and my wife (who has been unemployed most of the year). You make a choice as to pay the mortgage, or spend $80.00 when all is said and done to see a crappy movie, in a crappy theatre, with crappy projection. Im just sayin.
And WHY is it that they insist on making all the kids movies in 3D?? Little kids who go to see “Toy Story” or any movie like that could care less about 3D and wearing glasses. They want to see Woody and Buzz. And if were subjecting these small kids to 3D, the next generation will be nothing but a bunch of cross-eyed folks ALL wearing glasses just to see straight.
I could have told you this was coming. To those who INSIST Film is dead, better wait just a while longer.
Open in 87 and closed in 2008. A very short shelf life indeed.
I love it when I hear all these horror stories about shoddy projection. When Clearview got rid of the unions in 2004 (myself included) that was the last time you had a chance of seeing the picture come up “in frame” or not half on the floor. Sounds to me like the kids had a scope aperture with a flat lens. But sadly, as mentioned above, the good ol days are gone forever. At least I worked in the business when projectionists were respected, not like today where I’m looked at as a liability.
We visit relatives every year in Ohio and pass Warren. Will definitly have to check it out. And stay around for another 60.
I remember when this opened at the Planfield Drive-In listed above. The movie played on the indoor and outdoor screens. UA was big on that up till the time they twinned the indoor. The crowds were so huge that Oak Tree Road, a two lane road with no shoulders had to be closed on several occasions because of the people entering and exiting. This went on for almost a month. Something I believe we will never see again.
Whats this I read? Mr Fencsak wishing for film instead of digital? Oh finally, at last, he has seen the light. You dont know how happy that makes me Justin. I am a film man and have been for over 34 years. I wish 70MM would come back, but I guess I really going out on a limb for that one.
The 2760 seat Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey has been listed on there for about a year. Completely renovated (except the stage area rigging). $3.8 million
As i seem to recall, this theatre in its early days ran adult movies.
This was NEVER under the Loews banner. Also as I recall, the above mentioned Little Cinema ran adult movies, while the Willowbrook ran mainstream. After the renaming as a quad, all 4 cinemas ran mainstream.
If only I wasn’t working 13 hours this Saturday, I would be there to see one of my all time favorite movies, “The Graduate” which I first saw in a movie theatre at age 13 in July 1972. I would have also been able to finally meet Mitchell and the gang.
I wonder if this JLC twin was laid out like the one I worked at back in the mid to late 70’s. One theatre was blue, the other red, with the concession stand in the middle of the lobby, prohibiting people from crossing over.
Man as someone who’s been in the business over 34 years, and as a kid went with my father when he was a projectionist, I would LOVE to see intermissions come back. But in todays world of AMC and Regal pencil pushers (to name a few) it will never happen. As the owner of the 10-plex where I work says, crowd control in these multiplexes would prohibit an intermission from ever happening. As I have said many, many times, that’s what’s wrong with the business today.
39 years ago this month the doors closed forever.
In the old days when union projectionists were respected. Now its nothing but popcorn poppers runing the booths. Very sad William, very sad.
I feel the same way William. Although I am an east coast boy, so many of the theatres I ran the booths for are gone. I have a lot of great memories from my 33+ years. Todays theatres and booths will NEVER rival what we have had, and what we have lost.
I always take good care of the prints, because I, like you, am a film man. Have no use for this digital crap. And no, no lenses, however, I run the print with a flat lens using the scope aperture, and I get a nice decent size 1:37 ratio. We do what we must to make it right. Someday I would like to meet you and maybe we can go see the Ritz in Elizabeth, another beauty that would be great for films.
And of course, I will be the projectionist :–)
I’m not from New York City, but central New Jersey. I currently work in a modern 10-plex, and I run festivals at a 1926 movie theatre the way it was done years ago. I started in the business as a teenager in 1976 following in my fathers footsteps. I have been an IATSE member for 31 years. I have also been trying to get a historic theatre outside of NYC restored for movies. They also have original equipment, including carbon arcs.