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rcdt55b commented about Hempstead Theatre on Jan 14, 2005 at 6:23 pm

I,m not sure why it closed but first they cut the DMV space in half. Then a while later they kicked them out completely. Hopefully they saved the dome.

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rcdt55b commented about Hempstead Theatre on Jan 14, 2005 at 2:51 pm

The dome was still intact well into the 90’s. Then when DMV closed in the late 90’s I think a church bought it. What a suprise, a church bying an old theater.

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rcdt55b commented about Sayville Theater on Jan 14, 2005 at 2:40 pm

It’s all about the money today.

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rcdt55b commented about Bellmore The Movies on Jan 14, 2005 at 2:35 pm

I know they did renovate the theater and the booth but I never heard about a lightning strike.

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rcdt55b commented about Bellerose Theater on Jan 14, 2005 at 2:19 pm

It was always a problem with this theater location as far as the projection union was concerned. Even though it may technically be Nassau county, the city union covered it. I grew up and still live in Floral Park. We have the same problem. Floral Park is split between Queens and Nassau. Luckily, the Floral was definitely in Nassau (er, or was it)…… Just kidding

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rcdt55b commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2005 at 9:03 pm

Vito, some of us still take pride in being a projectionist.

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rcdt55b commented about Angelika Film Center on Dec 12, 2004 at 8:38 am

The Quad cinema has been an art house since it opened and continues to do very well.

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rcdt55b commented about Quad Cinema on Dec 11, 2004 at 10:08 pm

When the Quad first opened, they used overseas projectors. They were not very good. In 1989, they did a massive overhaul. All new american made equipment. Today, there are no problem with presentation. The last time they lost a show was over 2 years ago.

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rcdt55b commented about Weirs Drive-In on Dec 10, 2004 at 10:29 am

Still going strong today.

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rcdt55b commented about Westbury Drive-In on Dec 9, 2004 at 9:12 am

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Westbury Drive-In on Dec 8, 2004 at 11:02 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Skyway Drive-In on Dec 8, 2004 at 10:47 pm

Yes, the theater sign is still up. Just covered with a church sign. The entrance is all overgrown.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 8, 2004 at 12:07 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 8, 2004 at 8:16 am

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 7, 2004 at 8:56 am

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Dec 7, 2004 at 8:45 am

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Dec 6, 2004 at 10:06 pm

Thats right. Santa appeared at the floral too. Man, he is everywhere.

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rcdt55b commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Dec 6, 2004 at 9:53 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 6, 2004 at 9:04 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 6, 2004 at 8:41 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Bellerose Theater on Dec 5, 2004 at 11:33 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Main Street Cinemas on Dec 5, 2004 at 11:21 pm

It is a cash cow. A bad smelling one though.

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rcdt55b commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 4, 2004 at 10:27 pm

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 4, 2004 at 7:36 am

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.

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rcdt55b commented about Oceanside Twin on Dec 4, 2004 at 7:29 am

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.