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carolgrau commented about Senate Theater on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

My favorite Harrisburg, Pa. theatre was the State on Locust street. Then the Senate, Harrisburg Drive-In, Hill, Trans Lux, Carlise theatre, Keystone Drive-in, Silver Springs Drive-In, Penway, Colonial, and of course the Hershey Community Theatre, what a beauty that one was… Uptown came next and they hadd a nice booth at the Scottish Rites Cathederal.. My wosrt were. Rialto, Star Art, and the old Grand on Derry Street…

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carolgrau commented about Senate Theater on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:05 am

Being the son and nephew of theatre owners I remember the xxx debate very well.. People would ask why we did'nt run family movies, I would tell them they would be the only ones to show up..Plus the percentage film companies charged on top of a huge deposit, we just could'nt make it.. Whereas you paid $200.00 a week to rent an xxx and all the money after the $200.00 was profit..I did'nt like running them, but they did put alot of food on the table and paid the bills..

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carolgrau commented about Rio Theatre on Feb 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I was just starting to run movies at the time the Rio was about to close. My dad took me there twice, my Uncle was the projectionist, I always remember it being real neat and clean…Never worked this one…

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carolgrau commented about Rio Theatre on Feb 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I was just starting to run movies at the time the Rio was about to close. My dad took me there twice, my Uncle was the projectionist, I always remember it being real neat and clean…Never worked this one…

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carolgrau commented about Sebastian Theater on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

There is also a small neighborhood theatre in Millersburg,Pa. that is a reverse theatre.. I worked it a few times, but can’t remembeer the name of it…Owned by the Troutman family of the cinema center family…

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carolgrau commented about Senate Theater on Feb 9, 2010 at 4:50 am

My Pal John, You make me laugh buddy..Funny thing is I don’t remember much anymore,, But when your in a booth day in and day out you tend to remember what you were running.. I can even tell you what every theatre in Pittsburgh, had in it’s booths…Don’t ask the name of who I was with last night….

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carolgrau commented about Colonial Theatre on Feb 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

What a dump,, Was run by an idiot manager named John, can’t remermber his last name. Nice booth, 2 Brenkart BX100’s and Peerless magnarc lamps, Old RCA soundheads, and of course RCA amps… The thetra itself was like a dump, really left go… I remember going to work and John would hand you 2 boxes, one had positive and one had negative carbon butts.. That had to last your shift, we destroyed alot of carbon savers… Was real sad to see it go downhill the way it did.. I worked there in it’s hetday and ran greeat movies,

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carolgrau commented about Centre Theater on Feb 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Nice photos of the old booth,, Good old Brenkart Enarc Lamps, they were what I learned to run movies with in Pa… Old classic Simplex projectors and Brenkart enarc lamps… I also remember running Star Wars in the Warner in Pittsburgh, Pa. A few years later the Warner would be gone,, What a shame…

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carolgrau commented about Senate Theater on Feb 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

I had the honor of being a projectionist at all the Harrisburg, area theatres and drive-in’s, what great memories you and John S. have brought me today.. thank you pal….

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carolgrau commented about Mount Holly Theatre on Feb 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

This theatre was owned by Helen and Richard Jones, they also had Silver Springs Drive-In, as well as a hotel in Mexico.. I worked for them a long time..

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carolgrau commented about Thirty years ago was the night HE came home! on Feb 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I ran Halloween in the Colonial Theatre in Harrisburg,Pa. The booth was painted black and the only light was a 15 wattt bulb in the middle of the ceiling.. I remember being so scared I actually chewed a hole in my shirtsleeve.. Funny now , but was'nt then.. Plus I lived near the Harrisburg State Hospital…Every little sound made me jump…

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carolgrau commented about Byham Theatre on Jan 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

Your right Ed sorry.. I di know all the time I was a projectionist at the Fulton IU had to go i the Theatre off of Sixth Ave. We went into the lobby up a incline towards the main entrnce to the auditorium and up on the right side was a stairwell that led to the balcony and to the booth.. I left there in 84 and can’t remember any street names witch is obvious.. Once again sorry…

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carolgrau commented about Byham Theatre on Jan 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Wrong answer,,, The entrance to the Fulton was on 6th street. The Mini entrance was on Blvd Of The Allies.. To get to the Mini booth you had to go down to the high rise. up to the third floor through a hallway the down one flight of steps.. The booth door was on the first landing… The Fulton was one of my regular jobs and I know I went in through the entrance on 6th, just as all the customers did…

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carolgrau commented about Strand Theater on Dec 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm

The story is a well known fact with people familliar with the Warner in Pittsburgh, Pa. The one projectionist named Whitey had died in the upstairs booth..For years after that you would feel icy cold air and get a blast of fresh cigar smoke.. He had smoked cigars all his life… One day his long time friend came by to visit me,, When allm of a sudden the air got cold and you could smell a strong odor of cigar smoke..I was rewinding a 40 minute reel of film and Whitey’s friend said WHITEY if that’s you turn off the rewinder… You could see the switch go into the off possition and his friend who was very old and took forever to get up there made it down to the lobby and out the front doors in seconds…He himself died 2 weeks later…

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carolgrau commented about Strand Theater on Dec 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Yeah, Patsy I do,, but they were not good ones for awhile,, I mean Mr. Zimmerman died and if I would'nt have been there , who knows.. I guess it was meant to be… But yes it was quite a gem…

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carolgrau commented about Strand Theater on Dec 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

IIt was a very nice Theatre, I worked the booth one night to help them out in a jam, more of an emergency.. But looked around after the show was over and was very impressed…

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carolgrau commented about Granada Theatre on Dec 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Longisland…Is there such a thing as the perfect Theatre? I mean even one that’s old, Shame is even though it'has been left to rot, it’s still probably better built than what you get today…

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carolgrau commented about Christie's DLP Cinema notches another customer win on Dec 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Chritie can’t even make regular projectors, they are high priced junk, so how are they supposed to make decent digital junk.

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carolgrau commented about AMC and Regal ban outside food from theaters on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

If those greedy bastards did'nt charge 10 arms and 15 legs for thier products they would not have to worry about it. I read in the paper a hew days ago a family of 4 cost $725.00 to go to a yankee game in NY.

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carolgrau commented about AMC and Regal ban outside food from theaters on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

If those greedy bastards did'nt charge 10 arms and 15 legs for thier products they would not have to worry about it. I read in the paper a hew days ago a family of 4 cost $725.00 to go to a yankee game in NY.

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carolgrau commented about Warner Theatre on Nov 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

The auditorium is gone, they tore it down, and redid it for store space.The Historical Society fought like mad to keep the lobby intact. They were very disapointed when they put an esculator right in the middle of the lobby. I am not sure if it’s still there, the last time I was there i don’t remember seeing it. I was surprised to find my old front door key still worked, but I just could'nt bring myself to go inside. It still hurts me alot.

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carolgrau commented about Warner Theatre on Nov 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

It’s now called the Warner Center and yes it was to be a tower mall but gladly it failed.

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carolgrau commented about Uptown Theatre on Nov 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm

How could anyone let this happen to such a one time beauty. Damn shame is what it is. My Dad had two theatres that had apartments in them. In fact the one the projection booth was in the kitchen. The tennants got mad because they could not have company over for dinner on movie night.

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carolgrau commented about Happy 50th, "Ben-Hur" on Nov 23, 2009 at 7:46 am

I remember seeing this movie at the State Theatre in Harrisburg, Pa.

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carolgrau commented about Embassy Theatre on Nov 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Poor place was doomed from the very start, to bad I’ll bet she was a beauty.