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markp commented about Olympic Theatre faces final curtain on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Nato is a joke. I worked at a theatre whose owner was the state president. It was nothing more than a reason for them to get together and enjoy a good meal.

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markp commented about Parkchester community seeks to preserve 74-year-old theater on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Im hoping they win. Its time these theatres stay open and not destroyed or turned into retail.

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markp commented about Shorter trailers coming soon on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

In my early days of projection, 76 thru say 80, we only ran 1, maybe 2 trailers at the most. The entire pre show ran 5 mins at best. I haven’t been to see a movie in almost 2 years, the last time seeing the latest James Bond flick at an AMC theatre in Edison NJ. The pre show ran 33 mins. Yes you read that right, 33 mins. Its something you never forget, and never want to go thru again.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Jan 26, 2014 at 3:33 am

walterk, its not bad. I miss projection though. Stagehand work has taken a toll on me, since Ive had a bad back the past 12 years, probably from carrying all those film cans. And yess, all my relatives went to high school in town. And with 13 of them Im sure you couldn’t miss em.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Jan 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Thank you Peter. And Im glad to see you still running movies. I do miss it a little. You don’t do a job for almost 38 years and not miss it. Are you going to convert to digital? It is my understanding that some companies already have stopped releasing movies on film. I miss the days of changeovers. Although I have been told to accept progress, I don’t see why theatres (especially independents) had to switch over. There was nothing wrong with film, other than the fact that most theatres used teenagers instead of professionals like me. But that’s all in the past. I hope you can keep film going.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Jan 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm

My my a we bit touchy are we. I said recently, as in about a month ago. I don’t go into town much, and haven’t been in the theatre since I stopped working there in 1983. Good luck with your shows and movies. Im no longer a projectionist since digital put me out of work. Im a stagehand now working at the Newark arena and really don’t miss movies or theatres that much anymore. Oh and I just turned 55 and still have 20/20 vision and I don’t need glasses. Just sayin.

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markp commented about Westfield Cinema on Jan 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I know it was open until at least Feb 1992 when I went with a long time friend to see a movie here before she moved out of state.

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markp commented about Woodbridge Theatre on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

When you drive around back, you can still see the old stagehouse where the screen would be stored if a stage show was going on.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Menlo Park 12 on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

The GCC which I worked at for almost 15 years was across the street and was demolished after this opened in late 1991.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Drove by here recently. Looks pretty dead.

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markp commented about Menlo Park Twin Cinema on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I was working there at the time. I remember putting up the letters on the marquee. We had many issues with those big red letters blowing off.

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markp commented about Big Cinemas Movie City 8 on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

This theatre now for several weeks has not had any listings of showtimes in the Friday Star Ledger. Is it still open?

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Drove by this place today on the way home from Red Bank. Interesting to see that someone is now vandalizing the roof top a/c units, just like what happened late in 2013 at the All Jersey Multiplex in Newark. You could also see numerous tire tracks in the snow in the unplowed parking lot. Copper must be paying a lot these days I guess.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Jan 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

DARCYDT, I worked for an independent operator in Nj for years. All the while he complained how the union projectionist contract kept forcing him to raise his prices. Well guess what, after he got rid of the union, prices still went up. Just the nature of the beast.

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markp commented about Looking for theater for sale on Jan 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I know at some point last year the Forum Theatre in Metuchen NJ was for sale. Again if run properly it could be a money maker. When I last worked there years ago, it was a great neighborhood movie house. I believe its listed on this site as Forum Theatre Arts Center.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 4, 2014 at 4:45 am

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.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thank you so much. I would really enjoy that.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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.

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markp commented about Fords Cinema on Dec 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Craig, please keep us posted. My father worked there as a projectionist in the 60’s and very early 70’s.

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markp commented about Baltimore's last adult movie theater closes on Dec 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Surprised it lasted this long, considering they haven’t put out adult movies on film since the early/mid 90’s.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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.

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markp commented about Eric 4 Feasterville on Dec 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Judging by the looks of the cover photo, this was probably a large single screen at one time that was cut up into 4.

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markp commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Dec 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Dec 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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.