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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 2, 2015 at 5:19 am

I havent been by it in a few months, but there is a For Sale sign on the marquees. I have said many times this is the perfect sight for a 4 screen drive in.

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markp commented about Screening Zone on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

One correction. It was a twin. I know this because I cleaned the screens here in the 90’s when it was open.

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markp commented about Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

theatrefan, Im with you on that.

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markp commented about Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

theatrefan, thats exactly what happened in January. When they booked the film they asked if we have 35MM capabilities and when management said yes, we got it. Loved making those changeovers, especially after seeing it in 70MM at the Ziegfeld. We have the same set up for digital with the dvd player, scaler, etc. It is what it is.

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markp commented about Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

theatrefan, I appreciate the compliment. Believe me I wish I was still doing that job. Even at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ where I am the house projectionist, I run all digital. And the house stagehands set it all up. Thankfully when Im on a headset the lighting guy listens to me and tries to make it look classy. And I never close the dowser till everything reads zero. The last 35MM I ran was in January, “Interstellar.” Felt real good.

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markp commented about Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 26, 2015 at 7:11 am

theatrefan, its very easy fix. Whoever is doing the set up in the booth is just placing the cue in the wrong place. Happens when you have people who have no clue about showmanship. In a way Im glad Im out of the business. I was a very proud projectionist for 38 years. I always did my best to make the show look good, even in the days of automation.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Yes mdvoskin, there are some times it cant be helped I guess, especially in this day and age when no one is supporting film anymore. Its really sad.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

And here I sit with almost 40 years expierience as a projectionist, and I can tell you that no matter what condition the print is in, it can be made to look decent. In my early days working in dollar houses with double features, you always got lousey beat up prints, but I still put on the best I could. Im not being critical, Im just saying, that it hurts how my talents are wasting away while all I get is to run a digital projector, which requires no talent at all. Depressing

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markp commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 7, 2015 at 6:01 am

Its sister twin, the Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ is still standing 10 years after closing, slowly rotting away.

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markp commented about Loews Valenica Movie Palace, now the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, hosted a rare tour this summer. on Sep 2, 2015 at 4:52 am

I wish I had known. Would have loved to have gone.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas on Sep 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I Worked on a reno of an old Loews last summer. Sorry to say it will be AMC looking thru out. We put in new screens, new drapes, new carpet, new concession. You wont recognize it.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Aug 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

No problem walterk. And thank you for all your doing with the Ritz. Hope to see you soon.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for telling us how you really feel George, LOL. But serioiusly, I have to agree with you. The hall is a beautiful place and these shows are turning it into a mockery.

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markp commented about Macon, GA's Historic Douglass Theatre Goes Digital! on Aug 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

Nice to see that they kept the 35MM equipment.

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markp commented about AMC Bridgewater Commons on Aug 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Wait Im confused. This theatre is of 202/206/22. Essex Green is off 280.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

As well as a 38 year veteran projectionist like me.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Sony/Loews was succesful somewhat in the 90’s at least here in Jersey. As far as I know there are no union projectionists in any theatres anymore. Computers run the show now.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

theatrefan, you are right about amc and their maintenance. But in fairness, here in NJ, they have recently renovated the Mountainside and Freehold complexes. And as to Al Alvarez comment, yes managers and ushers have been trained, if you can call it that. I always took my job seriously. I would recieve prints from some of those theatres that couldnt even been run. Thats why the push for digital was so strong and put me out of work. IM sorry the guys in NYC sucked. But here in central Jersey we were true professionals. We were just lumped into one big group and pushed out by the big bean counters.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:02 am

It was more than likely the xenon bulb had reached its time aqnd needed to be changed. See in the old days a union projectionist like myself would have done it, but the bean counters cant cause they have to worry about getting the money, doing inventory, etc. These days with digital there is no one in the booth. So they call the technician who is also responsible for about 300 other theatres. Such is life in the digital world. I had a great 37 years as a FILM projectionist. Too bad it ended 2 years ago. Sorry your night was ruined.

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markp commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

And now in August 2015, American Signature Furniture is being demolished, and Hobby Lobby is being built.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I heard many years ago, and perhaps someone here can confirm it, that the owners of the building want a movie theatre here and years ago wouldnt let Cineplex (I believe) twin it or alter it. If this is the case, then theres hope another chain or operator will come along.

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markp commented about Jerry Lewis Cinemas on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:20 am

Wow, only open for one year.

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markp commented about Grand 16 on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Sorry to say this, but it looks like its getting to the point where its not safe to go to the movies anymore. Too many crazies out there.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Yes waltery and you found the old International Projectionist magazine that my father hid, and read many years ago.

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markp commented about Cinemark Hazlet 12 on Jul 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

Went here last night to Minions. Real nice job they did on the remodel. Nice open lobby, with a comfy seating area by the cafe. The electric recliners are awesome. Picture and sound was just right. Finally, sound that wasnt blasting. Definitely going back.