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Speaking of THE LONGEST YARD it is amazing that the semi pro football team here the Augusta Eagles were used as extras in the film are here almost every showing to try and spot themselves in the film.One donated his MEAN MACHINE jersery to show behind the concessionstand.We lock it in the safe at night.One night a fellow and lady offered me $10.00 to let them in after THE LONGEST YARD sold out.WE always left a few empty seats and i thought real hard about doing so $10.00 was alot of money in them days.
Some of the ballplayers / extras i think were a little upset to see that they ended up on the cutting floor in Hollywood.That’s life i told them.
JOHN MACKEY has all the girls dressed up in costume for SNOW WHITE.Thankgoodness he doesn’t have the doormen dressed in some silly outfit. Wearing a female cheerleading dress for THE LONGEST YARD was enough for any guy.
Well, i never thought i would be putting TONY CURTIS' name on a marquee.Hasn’t he retired. Sure enought in COLUMBIA ONE we have THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN. It really looks like a winner. Oh, I am joking it died a quick death.
I am getting a little miffed about us picking up second run from GEORGIA THEATRES.We are ABC THEATRES and here comes CARRIE to be booked into COLUMBIA ONE after it playing at MASTERS 4. I guess if we get any business it will be because of JOHN TRAVOLTA.
Yes it was a Plitt theatre.Charles Bruni and myself were thinking if we went to UGA we could transfer to this theatre as assistants never thinking i am sure they probably had one or two.It had beautiful huge glass entry way .
I think in 1983 i was working at GCC’s GEORGIA SQUARE CINEMAS and remembered that THE PALACE played NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN 007.with SEAN CONNERY and Athens native KIM BASSINGER. They certainly played up the Athens connection and you can not blame them.
COLUMBIA TWO is showing SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with new PG version for kids. I guess they cut some bad words out.
OMEN 2 opens at the IMPERIAL one weeknight on the last show some lady comes out after the last show raising cain that Mark Barkley cut off the credits and that she knew someone on the credits.Boy, you Projectionists were so safe up in the booth. When i look back on it in those days the end credits did not run 10 minutes or more like they do today.
THE HIDING PLACE opens to huge crowds and i mean weekday night sellouts. Unheard of for the most part.By then John Mackey was gone and Mr.Tinney was running the show. Well, either he was too cheap to put more girls on or did not expect large weeknight sell outs. He really teed me off sticking me behind the Concession stand. For the record this 1975 release ran 145 minutes and was about a true story of two Dutch Christian sisters hiding Jews from the Nazi Concentration camps. Produced by Billy Graham.Which explained to me the LARGE turn outs from all the churches.Most likely, they bought tickets though their churches orbox office. It was something.
Oct. 1974 We have a roadshow on JEREMIAH JOHNSON. Which meant a checker was there for every show counting heads in the theatre and at night emptying out the ticket chopper and counting every stub.
HOT POTATOE opens withJIM KELLY there is some smoke coming some old wiring so the FIRE DEPARTMENT is called.In the morning paper it shows a fire truck under the marquee saying HOT PATATOE.
Big snow storm or at least for Augusta. 3 inches maybe less. I call in Mr.Tinney said of course we are opening up. IN COLUMBIA TWO we were playing the animated Ralph Bashki’s LORD OF THE RINGS. NO one showed up for whatever was playing on COLUMBIA ONE,but yes we had a few for RINGS. NO 9;00 p.m. shows.
BY watching it i mean Paul Adams had a TV in the booth, to make it clear see above story on Mr.Adams. I COULD SEE PAPILLON on tv or on the screen .WILD.
HONEST TO GOODNESS DEPARTMENT..
We are playing PAPILLON right now, probably 3rd or 4th run and guess what? It is playing on the CBS NIGHT AT THE MOVIES on channel 12 here in Augusta.No wonder we only have about six folks inside. Hey. You cannot make it up. I can walk up to the booth and watch it and walk over to the big glass window in COLUMBIA TWO and watch it. only in the theatre business.
Another truck movie HIGH BALLIN' with Peter Fonda and Jerry Reed. we played CONVOY and also SMOKEY AND HE BANDIT what is it about my theatre and all these trucker films. HIGH BALLIN' will play in COLUMBIA TWO.
Richard Nixon ran PATTON so many times they stopped counting.
There was BON AIR DRIVE IN Orangeburg S.C. If anyone has any info on it.
PERIMETER MALL 1 2 AND 3
NOW SHOWING WALT DISNEY’S THE BEARS AND I
FOR PETE’S SAKE
ON ANY SUNDAY
ALL CINEMAS EVERY DAY $1.25 until 2:30 The cinemas had a SMOKING LOGE..ART GALLERY..ACRES OF FREE PARKING. about 1974.
Don’t ever think you can get fired from a job. I did. NOV. 9 1979.
Mr. Tinney had a wednesday evening employees meeting and i did not make it. Did not call. NOTHING. In my mind i had been to every Mr Tinney employees meeting since 1974. I MEAN i HAD HEARD IT ALL!!!!!!
AT the time was in college and working part time for local newsweekly.With, serious dreams of the WASHINGTON POST calling. So i missed the meeting.That night i came in to open up, we had about 30 MINUTE talk AND I could tell he really DID NOT WANT TO FIRE ME, because of all the guys with the keys he knew i was always there. But he had no choice. HE REALLY DID NOT.While all my other theatres buddies quit on their own.I was fired.My only real regret is that i never had a chance to get all the one sheets i had saved over the years. I heard when Mr Tinney quit the man that replaced him as city manager threw every one sheet in the trash. what a butt head.
Charles, Tommy and me have decided to quit hitting the bars after work. Charles' girlfriend can get cheap beer on post FORT GORDON, I told them lets chip in and buy it we could stash it behind the screen in COLUMBIA ONE. About 10;30 OR SO i could walk down bag some up and have it iced up and just sit in the lobby after the show is over and just relax.
Well, we sit up a date they go to the post and buy it. i meet them at the theatre only to find Mr.Tinney in the office doing paper work. So i walk in some small talk, excuse myself to the restroom run like heck to the COLUMBIA ONE exit and let Chuck IN. Walk, back up. more small talk. i leave. i bet Mr. Tinney was thinking what the heck was that about. It was two cases of BUD.
We are playing THE MARX BROTHERS COCONUTS and HORSE FEATHERS they did great at NATIONAL HILLS a few years earlier. I told Mr. Tinney they would do well here. That kind of LATE SHOW is just fun to work.No problems.
You never forget some people, Paul Adams was such a man. Retired Army.Ran movies in the Army,so when he retired he got his Union card and went to work. All my theatre operators i knew were about four guys all about all of our theatres,Drive-ins too,were run by UNION pROJECTIONISTS.He was there with the sound guys getting the systems ready. worked with his relief man, Bob Gordon to get ready for opening night. I was there when he brought in a big lazy chair and color TV. Wow< i had never seen such a set up.
Plenty of sundays i could catch some of the ball games when the shows got in. color tv was great.However, when GCC OPENED at the mall Mr.Adams sent there. i don’t think he was too happy about it because COLUMBIA SQUARE was so close to his house. But you go where the union says. So THE COLOR TV moved out to the mall. In a few short years i would find myself back with Mr. Adams working for GCC.
They found out the A.C. DUCT over the platter in COLUMBIA TWO was REALLY SCREWING up the film on the platter. the answer? GOT a piece of cardboard and taped it up to send the air in a different direction. Wonder if some 17 year old kid would have thought that up because,Sadly, that is what is running most of the booths today. Mr ADAMS was replaced by Wave Ballard who would one day replace Mr Adams at the MALL.
Yeah, I KNOW , not NO.
REGAL CINEMAS !!! So thankful i worked for ABC/PLITT and GCC .No way could i ever work for these folks just ask any manager,and if he or she has the guts, you will no what i mean.
How come someone from Atlanta has not written on all the WEIS cinemas in your city. Albert Weis had Savannah all wrapped up.Had screens in Augusta and Macon. He was a big player in your city during the 70’s. Just asking.
When I worked at GCC’s GEORGIA SQUARE MALL CINEMAS,I had to run up to AKERS MILL. I think THE TWILIGHT ZONE was Playing and i want to say OCTOPUSSY was also there. I did go over to the AMC,because I had never been to an AMC since ATHENS and AUGUSTA never had them. I was really impressed and could not believe AKERS MILL was still open.Wasn’t it in almost walking distance of AKERS MILL?