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Local news station WABC7 in New York is reporting that there is an electrical fire burning in the basement of the hall and the building is full of smoke.
Thank you so much. I would really enjoy that.
Thank you rcdt55b. I’m sure she will be asked to return. It will give her a break from her other job a few blocks awy, Motown the Musical. On another note, I’m hoping to someday be able to meet the legend that is rcdt55b, as one projectionist to another.
Craig, please keep us posted. My father worked there as a projectionist in the 60’s and very early 70’s.
Surprised it lasted this long, considering they haven’t put out adult movies on film since the early/mid 90’s.
And as a side note, after tonight my wife will have completed her 6th season as a dresser for the Rockettes at the hall on the Christmas Show.
Mike(Saps)and rcdt55b, I mentioned back in Nov when I saw the Christmas show the night before it opened how annoying those seams were in the digital panels. I don’t know where you were sitting, but from the 2nd row from the stage it was bad. I was grinding my teeth the entire time, because I routinely install these at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ and we always take care to make sure that doesn’t happen. I being a projectionist for almost 38 years (until digital put me out of work this past May) would love to have seen all this on film. But as we are finding out, film is dead, and if the Hall no longer has its “sheet” than there is no hope for any change. I would just hope in the future they try harder to eliminate the visible seams on the digital screen.
Judging by the looks of the cover photo, this was probably a large single screen at one time that was cut up into 4.
RHETT52, you describe conditions from 10 years ago. I know everything you say to be true, as the district manager at that time, who fired or got rid of people who knew and cared about the business (like my wife) was more into making sure his “buddies” were taken care of, so he could keep his job for a long time. Sad to say, but that mentality seems to be alive and well in all movie theatres today, chains or indies.
WalterK, Thanks for the kind words about my comments. I am very passionate about the old movie theatres and especially one I or my father and uncle (and many others from the old projectionists union) worked in. Although I post about being retired, Im being a bit sarcastic. See Im only 55 and I was put out of work in projection by digital. I have a ways to go yet, and now I work as a stagehand, mostly in Newark NJ Prudential Center. And if it might help you possible remember my father, his first name was Joe and came from a large family in town whose last name started with Pusi. (maybe that helps.
Merry Christmas to all movie and theatre lovers out there. This is the first Christmas Eve/Day in 37 years that Im not spending it in a projection room. This ol projectionist has been retired by digital projection at age 54. Its been a great run. Everyone be safe and enjoy your holidays.
Is this the theatre that was on the news last night about the ceiling falling onto patrons during a performance?
Looks to have a very short season if their last weekend was Labor Day. Pretty big expense putting in 2 barco projectors that will only be used a few months each year.
robboehm, if I had the money, Id buy it and make it a drive in again.
Exactly Stephenvb. The Jerry Lewis model was for smaller size theatres. I know the twin my father and uncle worked at as projectionists seated 290 in each theatre. They had a great idea but letting people into the business who had no knowledge of running a theatre, and expanding way too fast is what killed them.
Some killer double features back in the day. 12/14/73, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Man of LaMancha” That’s over 5 ½ hours of viewing. I also love how “MAS*H” came back 3 times in 6 month period between 9/70 and 4/71. The good old days…..
Was just up this way a month ago to visit my buddy in Shamokin. I pass the Hess station all the time as I take highway 61 into Shamokin.
Seems a bit odd that this theatre had 600 seats for a single screen. Most, if not all Jerry Lewis singles were 350 seats or less. The twins were usually 600 seats.
Thank you Ken, Ross and Stephen. With my wifes next paycheck, from none other than Radio City, a Christmas present for me.
Hi Ross. Just a question, and I think its on topic, is the Cinema Treasures book still in print? Any ideas where to get it? Ive checked big and small book stores, with no luck. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Very good post WalterK. My dad who was a projectionist there ran the movies on the last night. After that he went to work at the State Theatre in Woodbridge until that closed in 1971, then the Royal in Perth Amboy for a year, and finally back in Carteret to open the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in 1972.
Steven, its a shame some people have no respect for others. Ive always enjoyed your fathers comments and photos. My father was a long time projectionist here in New Jersey. He would have loved this site, but sadly passed away 20 years ago. I am sorry to hear of your dads passing.
I heard earlier this year, don’t know how true it is, that all 15/70 Imax will be gone by mid 2014.
I too also love the pictures (although they make me sick) of the the theatre. With that said, does anyone have photos of this partially destroyed staircase that’s mentioned in the article or the above post?
Thanks much AlAverez. As luck would have it I am now working, but have made a note of how to get there in the future. Thanks again.