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micohen. I was always in the booth so I dont remember seeing people on the bleachers but that is what they were for. A Drive-in in New Hampshire has the same thing. I do remember seeing people there on them. Sometimes they just want to sit out in the open.
Point#1 correct. Point#2 A lot of people still did visit the cocession stand believe it or not. Point#3 Many times I saw the place packed. There were a lot of sneak ins though. But how many people can you really hide. Point#4 You really only need 1 of age person to drive. Point#5 Bingo. Big killer. By the way, all the equipment from Westbury went upstate to another Drive in under renovation.
Yes, the theater sign is still up. Just covered with a church sign. The entrance is all overgrown.
Most people wonder about that all the time. In most theaters, especially the ones with a lot of screens, you really dont have time to watch the movies. All projectionist today have more than one job. At most theaters, the pay is not bad but you share the booth with 2 or 3 other people so you only get around 20-30 hours a week. The one hour changeovers are that way only because you put 3 small reels together on a larger reel. It cuts down on the changeovers. You usually do it that way if you know the movie is going to stay for a while. Also, finding the cue marks is not always so easy. I worked a screening room one time and did a screening of little mermaid I think. At the end of one of the reels, it was an underwater scene. There were bubbles everywhere. I could not see either set of cue marks. They blended in with the bubbles. So the next show, I marked the frames with stripes so I would not miss it again.
A lot of theaters did have the bells but some did not. You could tell by watching the reel, when you were getting near the end. Each machine had 2 portholes. One for the projector, and one for the projectionist. The pedastals were never really bolted down. The four bolts at the bottom of the pedastal are used to level the equipment. They are so heavy that there really is no chance for it to move. The pedastal holds the lamphouse, projector head, and soundhead. Together they weigh about 450 pound. The platers started being used sometime in the 70’s I think. There are never any idiotic questions about this subject. Most people never now how the old booths work.
OConnolly, Before platters, 2 machines were used. There are 2 sets of cue marks at the end of each reel. The projectionist would watch near the end of the reel for them. When the first set would pass, he or she would turn on the motor for the next machine. When the second set would pass (about 8 seconds later) they would press a button that would changeover the picture and sound at the same exact time. You would never notice the change. Some houses still use changeovers.
Rhett, If you know someone who works there, you should ask them to show you the original ceiling. If you do, you will fall off the latter. It’s amazing. When you go up, the first things you see are the original projection booth portholes. I pulled out some newspaper surrounding the ports. Roosevelt was giving a speech somewhere. Other than a few missing (extremely expensive and huge) light fixtures, everything else is there and basically untouched. It’s disgusting to see it hidden like that.
Thats right. Santa appeared at the floral too. Man, he is everywhere.
Every Christmas eve morning they had a free show with cartoons and a movie. After the show, they would call ticket numbers and give out prizes on stage.
That is very true. We get way more life out of the bulbs at my theater. Its all in the way you care for them. Like a car engine, its the starting of the bulb that degrades them. We light the bulbs at the start of the first show and never shut them down till midnight. Also each machine has it’s own exhaust. The cooler you keep them the longer they last. We use 1000 watt bulbs at my theater. You usually get around 2000 hours out of them. We average around 7000 hours. Even at 7000 hours, we get 16FL in the center with around 14FL at the sides. Also when bulbs get older it will change the color of the light on the screen. A brand new bulb will burn nice and white. As it ages, it gets a brownish tint to it.
You have to understand something very important about Xenon bulbs and lamphouses. If you run a xenon bulb below the proper amperage, you decrease the life of the bulb. To change the power output of the bulb, you change the amperage not the voltage. The voltage remains at around 25 volts DC. A 2000 watt bulb, like they use at oceanside, runs at around 75 amps DC. It may save electricity (pennies maybe) but you will kill the bulb. You change the brightness of the light on the screen by moving the bulb closer or further away from the reflector inside the lamphouse. Bulbs should always be run at full power. As far as burning the screen, it does not matter how close the projector is to the screen. What matters is how big the screen is. The more area of screen you have to cover, the darker the light is. Oceanside runs the bulbs at full power. They just run them until they burn out or explode.
The building has been cursed since it closed. It sat for about 10 years before the marquee came down from being hit so many times. It became a carpet store around 1999 but never opened after they did a big renovation. It is now a martial arts supply store which still has not opened since the awnings were put on. Dont think it will ever be used.
It is a cash cow. A bad smelling one though.
I have been hearing that Digital Cinema will be at every theater for 12 years now. If you are telling me that it will replace every screen in every theater, it will not happen. Digital Cinema is not film. You will always be able to tell the difference. I have seen the real Digital Cinema. I am not talking about the cheap imitations.
I agree with Vito. One of the major problems with DLP is who will pay for it. If you make theater owner pay for it, you put all the independent theaters out of business. The theater owners definitely have nothing to gain because DLP is not going to attract more people to the movies. He is also right about possibly shared film and video. They will never replace film completely.
The presentation is horrible at Oceanside. I should know, I work in the booth. All the equipment needs to be udgraded. The light on the screen is not even half the brightness it should be. The screens are wrinkled also. The place may be clean, but that does not make up for bad presentations.
Digital still has a very long way to go. Until I see some major improvements I won’t be preparing to switch over in my theater anytime soon.
I’m sure Joe would know but I thought Port Washington was Clearviews first theater.
Movieman007 is right, 4 ¼ oh sorry 4 ½ screens.
There are 2 long narrow hellish screens in this hellhole building. Trust me its not very nice inside. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Clearview cinemas runs Millburn.
Millburn was quaded around 1999
Rhett, There are 2 problems with the masking issues. The first problem is that a lot, if not most of the theaters, do not have movable maskings so 1:85 flat fits fine but scope gets chopped off. The second problem is that clearview and other chains are using non union operaters (Managers) to run the booth instead of real union projectionists. They go in, start the machine and walk away and assume everything is fine.
Automations and platters were the begining of the end for projectionists. I’m talking about the quality of the picture. Cost is an issue too. It will never look like film. There have been too many issues and problems with digital projection. Yes it looks good, but will never be as good as film. The whole transition to digital was supposed to start happening years ago. They were so up on doing it in the begining. Now I hear less about it then before. I,m not saying this just as a projectionist. I am saying this as a service tech, projectionist, and someone who has worked with and worked on digital projection. I do not see it being widespread any time soon.