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One option could be to put a dividing wall across the front of the balcony. Make it a twin cinema and then he can again show movies. With 2 screens even if one movie is doing poorly the other one might be ok. And you would have a larger cinema downstairs and a smaller one upstairs. I floated this idea around back in the late 70’s/early 80’s when both my father and I were the projectionists here. The owners at that time were getting ready to retire and did not want to put that kind of money into the place.
Never gonna happen at Radio City as long as cablevision owns it.
Im hoping my wife or someone can help me with the whole cut and paste thing so I can view the video. Im not good when it comes to that.
And thanks to Mike (saps) for the suggestion of the curtain photo. With that said, lets all leave it there now and forever, as this is how we want to remember our Ziegfeld.
AMC PRIME is the same thing as REGAL RPX. Just another reason for them to charge the public more money.
While this is very sad, I am so glad that I got to experience 70MM in this great venue one last time when I saw “Interstellar” there in 2014. It is a shame this beautiful theater is closing, but times and peoples habits have changed. As hdtv267 said above, people today go where the recliners and all the bells and whistles are. As much as I hate to admit it, my wife and I are guilty of the same thing. You will never be forgotten Ziegfeld Theatre.
We finished the run of Hateful 8 on thursday night, Jan 7. I am very proud to sat that the print went out in the same pristine condition it arrived in back on Dec 23.
I highly doubt it HowardBHaas. As the house projectionist I can almost guarentee they with be digital or blu ray. Too much money to ship the film and pay me to inspect them. With the other format all I do is start them. I dont even load them. Yup, welcome to the world of digital.
Gee the print is already scratched? Amazing. Im projecting it at the E Walk in NYC and it doesnt have a scratch yet. Good ol AMC.
Al Alvarez, Im glad you enjoyed the quality presentation on screen. Im a little disappointed there is no top or bottom masking but the tech did a good job to make the plate look good. Im taking great pain to make sure that print stays in the condition it is now. I am only there for 2 weeks as the projectionist, but so far our theatre is one of only a handful, and the only one in NYC with no problems. I hope to keep it that way.
The only problem with using the top down masking would be that you would have lost a lot of the side of the frame. 70MM is supposed to look like a piece of ribbon on the screen. Wide and stretched out. And its funny you mention “Far and Away.” That was the last 70mm I ran until this week.
Theatre was built on fill in 1979. Time to sue had long passed by.
I have two comments to make Cinedelphia. One, I am one of 2 projectionists at the Regal E Walk in NYC for the 70mm run. No theatre is equipped for top and bottom masking as no one has used 70 in years. Lenses were all built brand new for this movie. And as far as the equipment couldnt fit, thats BS. If they ran 35 in this theatre they can run 70. Same size equipment. AMC has been having issues all over. They lost a show at Lincoln Square. My theatre has had the best reviews in NYC. And we are showing it in the second largest house in the complex.
I was just talking about this place with someone today. I was in here twice in my life, both on school trips. The first time to see “Doctor Doolittle” when it was a single. Then a while later “Oliver” after it was twinned.
I worked at City Center for a short time after the retrofit. They did a quality job. Moved the screen up about 30 feet closer and lost 120 seats, but it was nice. Havent been there in 10 years since I left.
Thank you NYer. I will post on here if I get it.
70MM installed for “Hateful 8”. I am awaiting word on if I will be one of the projectionists there for the run.
Yup. And I cant wait to see how long it takes for the dopes running the booth will blow up the print. I applied to 3 different companies looking for PROFESSIONAL projectionists with 70MM expierience. (which I had from the 80’s and 90’s) But no response, except from one one who told me he hired students from a vocational school. Yeah, Im sure theyre gonna know what their doing. Yup this ol timer is just gonna sit back and watch the horror stories light up the internet.
In my early days as a projectionist, I worked in some older theatres that we did the same thing. It was because the theatres did not install masking motors so the projectionist could operate it from the booth.
I was told, but could not confirm, that only 3 theatres in NYC getting it in 70. Lincoln Square, E Walk and Village East
Glad you had a great time. Village East is getting it. I applied to be projectionist since they were looking for people with expierience, (39 years) and I had run 70MM in the 80’s and 90’s. I was told they hired kids from a vocational school. Lets watch that $15,000.00 print get trashed the first weekend.
I had a gentleman from Boston Light and Sound contact me but the work was in Boston for 3 weeks. Everything I would make would b e spent on hotel, etc. If it was NYC then thats a different story.
And here I am a 39 year veteran of projection who ran numerous 70MM shows in the 80’s and early 90’s, and I sit home unemployed and a part time stage hand. Damn digital.
I was the screen cleaner for clearview for a few years from about 1997 till 2004. I must have cleaned many of the screens in your theatres.
rcdt55b, yes you described what I was seeing perfectly. Thats exactly what I said to the folks I was with, that it looked like 3 sections. Every time I leave, I always look up to the booth and always wish, although I know never possible, what it would be like to see the booth. My projection career of 38 years ended 2 years ago when digital took over. Now Im just a stagehand. Have a good show run.