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markp commented about Atco Drive-In on Jun 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

The Amboys Multiplex, also own ed by National Amusements and on the site of the former Amboys Drive in is also for sale. Our building has yet to be demolished, having closed on May 25, 2005. Also on 39.5 acres.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

The Basie still has its 35MM connected, (last used 1/13/2015), but we do mostly DCP or Blu-ray as well.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Yes, mostly concerts. I wont know till a few days before if its 35 or DCP. I ran it there 3 years ago and it was 35mm. Now, not sure. Will keep you posted.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:41 am

Just curious, are you getting a print or DCP ? Im running it on June 24 at the Count Basie Theatre and trying to figure out what I mighy expect

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markp commented about Majestic Theater on Jun 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I passed it about 2 weeks ago on my way to NYC on the bus. Gonna seem strange to see an empty lot. Looks like nothing much going on at the Ritz these days.

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markp commented about Union County Performing Arts Center on May 31, 2015 at 5:05 am

Was there as the projectionist last night to run 1927’s Wings on the updated projection equipment. Nice to be back there after 15 years.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on May 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I think LuisV has a great idea. Now if only the right people would see it.

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markp commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on May 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Drove by this place today for the first time in a long time. The marquee by the highway still bears clearview cinemas on it. So Bow tie never bothered to change it, and now this cine grand outfit hasnt done anything either. I hate to see what the inside of the theatres look like, or what the presentation looks like.

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markp commented about State Theater on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

met Irv not long ago and gave him some insight as to how the 2nd floor was laid out. He, like you, is a very nice gentleman. I just ordered my copy yesterday. Btw, nothing much going on at the Ritz lately. Just passed by it on Tuesday.

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markp commented about General Cinema Essex Green I-III on May 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Their so-called flagship theatre, ( you must remember we are talking about the 60’s and 70’s) was the Menlo Park Cinema in Edison NJ (one screen ‘60 –'76, two screens '76 –'91)

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markp commented about Wellmont Theatre on May 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

As someone who works here on occasion to load in/out shows, I can tell you this place does huge business. But oh what a pain in the a** to load gear in.

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markp commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on May 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

THis theatre, and its sister twin the Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ, both opened on Dec 7, 1979. But this one lasted 10 years longer. The Amboys closed in late May 2005 after the floor in the lobby collapsed. As mentioned above, its a shame as these were some of the last non-stadium theatres left. Im not really a fan of stadium or digital, but its an evil thats here to stay.

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markp commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

I wish them well, from a projectionist with over 39 years expierience.

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markp commented about Mahoning Valley Cinema on Apr 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Might you be the same BruceCopio who worked for General Cinema years ago??

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markp commented about Broad Street Cinema on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. In 1995, I became the full time projectionist at the Middlebrook Galleria, a few miles down the road. These days I an a stagehand, having just celebrated 35 years in the IATSE local. And I am the house projectionist at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank since 2005. I always wanted to run my own theatre. Even had blueprints drawn up for a twin, but it never happened.

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markp commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

Thanks Ed Solero. It sounds similar to what Loews did to the Jersey in Jersey City N.J.

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markp commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

With all the damage you see in different photos, Im sorry to say it will just be way too much to restore this place. And a question, how did RKO triple this place? Under the balconies?

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I for one dont care (well I really do) who was responsible for saving the Kings Theatre. The point is that it was saved, and is back in business. You should be glad you have a company running it who knows what theyre doing. We here in Jersey have the Loews Jersey which needs a ton of work, and the Ritz in Elizabeth whose owner spent millions restoring it, and now it sits there doing nothing. We can only hope someone takes them over and they return to their former glory.

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markp commented about Imperial Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I was in this theatre about a year ago. My buddy is good friends with the owner. He took us to the back and upstairs and the auditorium walls and ceilling are intact. Also went up to what was a balcony and projection room.

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markp commented about Bala Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

The longer it sits, the worse the situation will get.

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markp commented about Multi-Media Arts Center on Apr 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I was in Montclair yesterday working at the Wellmont, and passed this place. As was just mentioned, it it definitely closed, and sadly looks ready for demolishon. The sad part is that the Royal up the street was in mint condition when it was torn down years ago and made into a parking lot.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Apr 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Already autotuned. Thanks.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

So sad to hear. I was a projectionist here from 1980 till 1983.

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markp commented about Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

John, I think National left one or two houses equipped with 35mm, just in case. I worked for an independant who did the same thing when he converted. And at the Count Basie where I am projectionist, we have a christie digital and our 2 simplex reel to reel projectors. I made sure they didnt remove then.

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Thanks so much Matt. And Mike, I would go in a heart beat, but I am loading out a religious show Sat till well after 8 pm.