AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 10:33 pm

In NY $25 -40 HOUR WITH OT BEFORE AND AFTER MIDNIGHT ..25%MATCHING RETIERMENT ……HEALTH INS …HOLIDAY DOUBLE TIME…..AND ON AND ON

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Depends on many different things. How many screens, type of theater, etc…Anywhere between $10 and $25 an hour. Responsibilities entail anything that has to do with the presentation of the film. Starting with making up the prints to actually showing them. Maintaining the equipment. Adding and taking off trailers. Troubleshooting problems. There is a lot of different equipment in the booth. I would love to see a concession person change a 7000 Watt xenon bulb that can take your face apart if it explodes. Its happened. There are a lot of things people dont know about that projectionists are responsible for. Most people think we just thread the film and push the button.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on January 7, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Ok, now I am curious. What did or does a union projectionist make an hour? And what responibilities does the job entail?

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 5:10 pm

The unions arent the ones charging the ridiculous prices to go see the movies. They didnt lower any of the prices when they got rid of the union either. They just lowered their standard of presentation.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 2:58 pm

That may be very true but union greed put theater chains in this position as well if not more the mom and pop theaters!

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm

This theater WAS a union theater and it is still here. It wasnt until they pulled out the union that the problems began. I didnt hear any complaints before that about presentation issues. Now all of a sudden the complaints start. This isnt just this theater either. Presentation declined when the qualified operators were pulled out.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 12:06 pm

If this theater was a union theater it would be closed!

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Thats even more ridiculous than hoffa’s statements.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 11:23 am

UNIONS ARE THE REASON MANY OF THESE SMALLER THEATERS ARE GONE!

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 11:06 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 7, 2007 at 11:04 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

Scott
Scott on January 7, 2007 at 9:27 am

At the rist of throwing more gas on the fire, could someone explain why a union projectionist can work a projector and handle film properly and a non-union projectionist cannot? Seems like that is a skill that could be passed to someone regardless of whether they belong to a union.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on January 7, 2007 at 8:03 am

Any more word about if and when AMC is going to close the Uptown? I saw DREAMGIRLS last weekend there myself and noticed the scratched print…. something that wouldn’t have happened with a real projectionist and would have never been tolerated in the past. It is a great and rare venue, it is too bad the people who own it do not appreciate it.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on January 7, 2007 at 2:09 am

Norelco.. I was wondering how long it would take for you to response to jhoffa post, and it wasn’t long. Well said indeed.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 6, 2007 at 9:30 am

I’m wondering what an idiot like that is basing his comments on. He obviously knows nothing about the projectionists job. Morons like that are the ones that dont complain about the scratched prints and bad presentations. Are you happy spending your 10 bucks or so and another 15 on popcorn knowing that the theater owners removed the projectionist because stupid people like you dont care about real movie presentation? Sounds like it to me.

carolgrau
carolgrau on January 6, 2007 at 8:20 am

Boy what an idiot you are, What planet are you from? pensions and medial ha ha ha. The only pensions and meds. we ever got was the ones we paid for ourselves. Theatre owners are by far the cheapest owners out there, I know my own dad was one.Companies today want to hog all the profits for themselves and to hell with the employees. So really there are no bennifits anymore. So go watch your interupted movie asshole, and know if a union projectionist was in the booth you would most likely watch a perfect movie.
Norelco

Jhoffa
Jhoffa on January 5, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I for one am happy to know that I am no longer subsidizing the cushy pensions and medical plans of the union projectionists. This will only increase my pleasure at tonight’s showing of Dreamgirls.

JSA
JSA on January 2, 2007 at 5:59 pm

JodarMovieFan,

The Cinerama Dome at Arclight in Hollywood has DP. It is very impressive on their giant curved screen. A large percentage of their features last year were screened in digital format. As far as I can tell, among the few recent non-digital presentations at the Dome were “A Scanner Darkly” and “Flags of Our Fathers”.

Regards,

JSA

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 2, 2007 at 7:39 am

Unfortunately, They will not get it fixed. The problem is film handling. The so called projectionists that they have now do not know how to handle film. Once they got rid of the union, the presentation went downhill. It will continue to suffer until the place closes.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 2, 2007 at 6:25 am

This past Saturday, 12/30, we caught the 7:20pm show of Dreamgirls. I timed my arrival to park my car in a space, in front of the theater, just as patrons were leaving :) Given the success it has had in limited runs, I had expected a greater turn out at the Uptown. There was a line that stretched the block, but was not enough to fill the house. The film was warmly received but not lively and somewhat restrained given some of the production numbers and standout performance by Jennifer Hudson. Probably the make up of the patrons had something to do with it. A good decision by the manager to tear stubs while we were in standing line to get in made theater entry and seating much faster and efficient.

The presentation, itself, was good up to a point. The curtain was opened wide enough at the beginning to facilitate the preshow ad slides. Then it was closed and opened wide before the movie started, which was an unexpected surprise! The sound was good with decent surrounds. Midway through the movie, there was that annoying black line that ran down the middle of the screen, which I recall seeing when I saw the last Star Wars movie there. On a screen as tall and wide as the Uptown, such a prominent black streak is especially annoying and irritating. If they had had digital projection here as they did at NYC’s Ziegfeld, I’m sure the presentation would have been far better. But I’m curious as to how, or even if DP projects on the curved screen at the Arclight in Hollywood, as it would need to here to fill the screen.

Overall, my experience for this show was better than the last several times. I am perplexed as to why there was that seemingly same black streak during the movie. Is it part of the projection system maybe? If so, they need to get it fixed. If its due to print handling, then they need to do a better job at taking care of their prints. If they can fix that problem, then catching event films here would make me a regular patron again.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on November 23, 2006 at 8:26 am

Besides going there and seeing what the interior looks like. Does anyone have pictures of the interior or the exterior of the Uptown at night?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 23, 2006 at 7:20 am

Well, it wasn’t a huge crowd because Flags of Our Fathers wasn’t popular nationwide. It was in its 4th week at the Uptown and had already been dropped from whatever multiplexes likely had run it, such as the Georgetown and downtown.

If people want to see the Uptown survive as a daily movie house, you need to go to the Uptown and see them there!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 22, 2006 at 8:08 pm

HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE IN THE THEATER WHEN YOU WENT?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 22, 2006 at 6:14 pm

You didn’t seem to realize the attraction is the Uptown’s giant screen, and the balcony. That’s why it has survived all these years. It won’t be twinned.

I started attending when it was the Circle Uptown. Circle, Cineplex Odeon, and Loews all respected the house. Loews closed the Avalon and the Cinema, and wasn’t keen on full time projectionists, but they had excellent staff. They were polishing the brass on the doors, and using the curtain at the screen.

Two Saturdays ago, I enjoyed Flags of the Fathers. The presentation was excellent- projection, sound, and the curtain was used before and after the movie. The staff however, did appear and act underwhelming. This was the first time in 21 years that I’ve been attending when there wasn’t a professional staff. AMC can do better.

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on November 22, 2006 at 5:24 pm

HowardBHaas…

I go to the Uptown OFTEN.. why do you ask??

I am looking forward to see Bobby again this weekend…. Being in media, I saw a press showing several weeks ago, and found it to be a VERY good movie… maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely entertaining if you want a true feel of the country during the time.. A true period piece with a real all star cast…

Despite what people have said here about projection and whatnot, the Uptown is still the best in DC and is a place to take people from out of town since single screen large houses are so rare.

I hope AMC holds on to it.