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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The GCC which I worked at for almost 15 years was across the street and was demolished after this opened in late 1991.
Drove by here recently. Looks pretty dead.
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.
This theatre now for several weeks has not had any listings of showtimes in the Friday Star Ledger. Is it still open?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much. I would really enjoy that.
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.
Craig, please keep us posted. My father worked there as a projectionist in the 60’s and very early 70’s.
Surprised it lasted this long, considering they haven’t put out adult movies on film since the early/mid 90’s.
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.
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.
Judging by the looks of the cover photo, this was probably a large single screen at one time that was cut up into 4.
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.
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.
Merry Christmas to all movie and theatre lovers out there. This is the first Christmas Eve/Day in 37 years that Im not spending it in a projection room. This ol projectionist has been retired by digital projection at age 54. Its been a great run. Everyone be safe and enjoy your holidays.
Is this the theatre that was on the news last night about the ceiling falling onto patrons during a performance?