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Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Olden Theater on Jun 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Hi stillwagon. I was 19 years of age in 1971. I showed “Patton” at the Greenwood on my birthday in June of ‘71. I will be 56 next week. My memory is a little fuzzy after 35+ years. I remember the E-7’s, & the Amprex penthouses. The operator was a fairly young guy who wore glasses? He did call the machines “cameras”. One of the soft-core films was “Borlelro” or something like that. I think that it was the final Friday night in November, 1971.

Is there a Trenton Times newspaper archive to see what was playing? I’m very sorry if I offended you. The Olden was non-union at that time. That I do know.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Harvest Moon Drive-In on Jun 9, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Update: 2008. The Port drive-in now has a new owner. After many years, Bob & Darlene Crouse have retired. I have sold my interest in the Pike drive-in, & have acquired the ‘Port. This is a beautiful theatre. It was originally named “The Harvest Moon drive-in”. It was part of the Comerford chain. Here is the new web site: http://portdrivein.com Thanks, Crazy Bob.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about RKO Reade's Trent Theatre on Jun 28, 2007 at 7:07 am

No orchestra pit or elevator at the Trent in 1970-72, when I worked there. However,the Lincoln, did have them.

Some of the old projectionists were Frank Cook, Frank X. Cooper, & a man named Whalen.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Studio Theatre on Jun 28, 2007 at 6:47 am

I found the old Philadelphia Daily News article, dated May 25th, 1973.
It sure turned yellow since Steve gave it to me.
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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Baronet Theatre on May 6, 2007 at 4:19 pm

I had the honor to be hired to show Crispin Glover’s “What Is It?”, at the Baronet 5/4 & 5/5/2007. The Baronet is a change-over booth, and, still has two carbon arc lamps, and two projectors. His feature film came on five reels. The theatre had large crowds both nights.

Crispin did a live prensentation of his short stories, then then movie was shown. After that, the house lights came up, and Crispin came back out on the stage have a question and answer session. To top off the evening, he came out in the lobby to meet the patrons, and sign autographs.

I got to hang out with Crispin, and I’ll tell you the he is a genius, and just an all around nice person! He spent some time in the projection booth with us, and my wife took a picture of Crispin challenging me to arm wrestle!
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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Eric's Place Theatre on Apr 8, 2007 at 11:36 pm

I visited the Trans-Lux booth in early seventies. They were showing “The Last Picture Show”. I Remember the projectionist giving me a tour of the booth. He was a black man, and he said that he used to work in Atlantic City.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about AMC Palace on Apr 8, 2007 at 11:28 pm

I remember a large curved marquee. I visited the booth when they were showing “The Stewardesses” in single strip 3D. The Peerless Magnarcs had the new Diachroic reflectors. It was around 1971. I lived and breathed projectors back then. It’s still in my blood.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Studio Theatre on Apr 8, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Steve Weisberg was a projectionist at the Studio around 1972.It was XXX at that time.

He came down to Atlantic City in the Summer of 1973 and worked mostly at the Shore Theatre. I was working at the Ventnor, seven nights a week.

He gave me a newspaper article about how it was to work in a porno theatre. It showed a picture of him theading up an old Super Simplex projector.

His sister was the co-host of the Frank Rizzo show on WCAU-AM 1210.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Sam's Place One and Two on Apr 8, 2007 at 11:04 pm

I visited the booth in late 1971, and they were running “The French Connection”. They also ran a trailer for “A Clockwork Orange”. At that time, it was called the Cinema 19. The projectors were the blue Simplex 35/70’s.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Gap Theatre on Apr 7, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Here is the web site for the GAP. I put a few pictures on it.
http://gaptheatre.com/

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Ritz Theatre on Mar 31, 2007 at 6:09 am

I took this picture in October, 2006, and they were open at that time.
http://doctorgrooveband.com/ritz-10-2006.JPG

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Closed Circuit Telecasts: Later shown in 35MM format? on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:34 pm

In 1971, we had the Ali vs Fraizer fight on closed circuit tv at the RKO Trent theatre in Trenton, NJ. I once ran a film called “The Savage Is Loose”, staring George C. Scott. it was in 35mm, but I can’t recall a filmed version of the fight.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Delsea Drive-In on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Here’s a better link to the New York Times article:
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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Delsea Drive-In on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I could write a book about how I could write a book LOL! Are you from the UDITOA?

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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Delsea Drive-In on Mar 14, 2007 at 12:48 am

I could write a book about this place!

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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Absecon Drive-In on Mar 14, 2007 at 12:45 am

I ran the last film there in the summer of 1983. The FRANKS were trying to make it into a truck stop for casino buses. They had showers and sleeping bunks in the kitchen area, for the bus drivers. The films that we were showing were soft core porn. We charged 4.00 a carload, but the marquee said: 4.00 a load. I think that they were running out of letters.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Frank Theatres Towne Stadium 16 on Mar 14, 2007 at 12:30 am

I remember when it was the Towne Twin. It opened in Oct. 1969. The booth had Super Simplex & Peerless arc lamps. It was the first time I saw automated change overs. I must have watched Easy Rider a thousand times! It became the Towne 4 in 1973. That was the first time I ran platters. Below is a pic I took in September 1978. The next day the peeless came out to be replaced with Christe Xenolites. The sound system was University 35 watt mono.

http://doctorgrooveband.com/1978towne4.JPG

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Atlantic Drive-In on Mar 13, 2007 at 11:58 pm

I remember the motel was facing the BHP. The Kinney Shoe Store aka: Crazy Ned’s, was across the pike, between the circles, near Tilton Road.

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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Baronet Theatre on Mar 13, 2007 at 11:41 pm

I love grindhose B pictures. I worked at a few, back in the day. My concern is the upkeep of the historic 35mm projectors, & carbon arc lamps, at the Baronet. The last time I ran a show at the Baronet was 10-31-06. I have a feeling that a dvd projector is now being used?

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Beach Theatre on Mar 13, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Wow, I used to hang out at the Melody Lounge. Also Rum Point Pub, Tony Mart’s, Bayshores, The Dunes, Verona Lanes…. All after running a show. Those were the days!

The Beach burned late in 1982. The film was called “The Filthy Rich”. I believed that Samantha Fox was in it. I was interviewed by the Atlantic City Press a few days after the fire. The collum was called “Duffy’s People”.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Brunswick Theater on Mar 13, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Hi, Hal! Duuuddee…It’s hard to remeber the ‘70s…LOL. No, I never smoked any pot at the Brunswick. But I did at the Greenwood. Although I was considered a hippie in 1973 ie: I parked my white '65 econoline behind the Brunswick and slept in it when I had to run an evening show, and a matinee the nex day. I remember laying on my shag carpet listening to Steely Dan on WBUD, or was it my eight track? But seriously, I didn’t smoke even cigarettes or drink much back then. I was skinny and had long hair. If you look at the Asbury Baronet page, there is a pic. of me in 2006. I remember Bob Barker & his wife running the theatre. The main projectionist was Don Reynolds. Also a southern guy named Bill Smith filled in. The Brunswick was one of my favorite booths. You could look out the window onto the street out front, and you could see right into the conc. below through the spotlight port. The equipment was Super Simplex & Peerless Magnac carbon lamps.Also RCA tube sound. I must have met you, Hal. I sure miss the good old days!

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Becky's Drive-In on Oct 14, 2006 at 9:24 am

The second screen was added in 2005. It consists of 3 stacked shipping containers with a wood face. A seperate “pole barn” booth is used with a platter system. Beautiful, bright, picture. I heard that a permenent screen may be in the works.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Embassy Theatre on Sep 22, 2006 at 10:47 am

Thanks, Ken. My memory is not perfect, and needs refreshing from time to time. Just trying to remember anything from the ‘70s can be a challenge.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara commented about Ventnor Twin Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 8:59 pm

I once lived in one of the four apartments over the Ventnor. In the Summer of 1975 we played “Earthquake” in SensurounD. Everynight, it use to shake the dishes right out of our cupboards!

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Crazy Bob Madara commented about Tilton 9 Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 8:06 pm

The shopping center was there a short time before the Tilton was built. The department store was “MR. BIG”, before it became a “Jamesway”. The super market was called “Pantry Pride”. In front of the shopping center was a “Burger Chef”, was later called “Barney’s Reateaurant” I also remember an “Art Handler’s” appliance store.