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Actually, to address the New Years Eve issue, for many years that I can remember, all the theatres in the radius of streets where the times square celebration takes place closed after 6 pm that day. Im not sure if it was mandated by the city, but I know it was for crowd control and such. You wouldn’t want a packed movie theatre emptying out at midnight into a crowd that big. That practice has been going on for years.
I know the one dad was projectionist at started running adult movies in Cinema 1 in 1974. They tried to keep the kids and family movies in Cinema 2. It was closed and out of business in 1985.
Chief Bob, are you sure they declared bankruptcy in 1980?? My dad and uncle were projectionists at a Jerry Lewis Twin in Carteret N.J. and by the beginning of 1974 they were under private ownership. Perhaps I am getting confused with Network Cinema Corp. who was the company under which JLC’s were.
When this theatre was built in the mall in the mid 70’s, the floors were all wood. I bet that wouldn’t fly today. I can remember if someone with heels was in one theatre, you could here them walking in the other theatre.
Was this the theatre used in the film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”? And was this the same mall used in the closing scene of the movie “Valley Girl”?
Photo of the Projection Room in 1985 after conversion from carbon arc to xenon.
Yes he was. Ed Grant, who spit in the faces of union projectionists when they picketed in front of his theatres up here in New Jersey. I remember him well. Pure….well, I’m not gonna say it here.
Was just out in Ohio this past week. Did not get a chance to go to this drive-in because it rained every night. Newspaper ads in the Akron-Beacon Journal stated that this drive in has all digital projection.
Maybe if the strip mall was there while the theatre was open it would have lasted longer. Was it the standard JLC twin scheme?? The one my father, uncle and I worked at in New Jersey was Blue in Cinema 1 and Red in Cinema 2. Each theatre seated 300.
Willburg145, you know that the Proctors also stands in Newark, not far from the Adams.
There was a rumor that AMC might take this one back because they sold East Hanover and that one will be closing.
I dont want to disagree with someone who might be from the area, but from the pictures I see on the news, A) how do they expect to get the theatre fixed in 2 days, and B) will there even be power or for that matter people in the area to go to the movies.
This theatre was possibly opened as an original Jerry Lewis Cinema in the 1970’s. Clearview did not take it over until 1998.
The weather channel is just now showing video of a tornado that they say hit the Moore warren Theatre, and from the video, it looks to be the same shot as the photo above.
Howard, I would enjoy anything at the Ziegfeld, but WHY would anyone want to see the new Gatsby, and in 3D no less?
You are so right Mikeoaklandpark. I just lost my full time job yesterday, as the last of the 6 screens in the theatre I worked at went digital. And my owner told me that theatres have to be done even sooner now. It was supposed to be the end of summer, but 20th Fox for one is running out of film stock. They may be able to release 1 or 2 more features on 35mm and thats it. Same for the other companies too. Very sad indeed. I was at this theatre back in the late 90’s when my buddy was manager up the road at the Mahoning Valley Cinema 8. Nice drice-in.
I"m planning on being there. Already took the day off from work. One of the very first movies I ever saw on the big screen, and years later I ran it in my early days as a projectionist.
moviebuff82, your weekly update of comments have fallen off dramatically. Everything ok?
The Boyd would be excellent. Another one would be the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey. Although it has been about 85% renovated by a real estate person who owns it, he only books the occasional spanish show. The theatre is 2 blocks from a train station, in the center of town, and can serve many different types of shows.
jojo, yes I am. Mark Pus…. should be enough for you to find me. My profile picture is of me threading a projector, mostly upper magazine. I see the paramount and the adams and proctors in Newark when I work at the new arena.
jojo, nice to hear about old union guys from the good old days. Although I am only 54, and have been a projectionist for the past 37 years, I enjoy reading about the days when my father was involved. I joined local 379, Perth Amboy, later 534, and most recently we merged with 21 in Newark. I am in my final days as a projectionist due to all the digital conversions. Its on to stagehand work for me. I will still get occasional reel to reel work at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Some of the more notable theatres I worked at were the Menlo Park Twin, Woodbridge Twin, Sayrewoods Theatre, Amboys Multiplex, Old Rahway Theatee, Linden Theatre and the Ritz in Elizabeth. Good old days indeed.
On my way to New York City this morning just after sunrise, the Turnpike was void of any traffic so I slowed to look at this theatre. It appears from the road that all of the roof top air condition units have been stripped of useable parts/copper, etc. All panels are removed and you can clearly see empty spaces within the units. No doubt rain water must pour in during storms. There is also a banner on the building “For Sale”
projectionist1, dying??? Its dead. I am a projectionist in New Jersey of 37 years. My deceased father was also a projectionist for over 55 years. Although our work was mostly indoor theatres, I have many fond memories too. Today I work in the last 6 plex still running 35mm until later this year when it goes all digital. Then I will only get work once a month or so in theatres doing film festivals and such. My main work these days is as a stagehand. The union up here tries to keep me busy. Its very sad how our profession has been destroyed over the years.
Just curious why the top header has it listed as 1 screen but the last photo in the photo section shows a picture that says A Walter Reade Twin Theatre. When was it twinned and how? Down the middle etc??
Tinseltoes, no need to be sorry. You are one of the more knowledgeable people on this site. I enjoy all your postings about things that happened 40, 50, 60 years ago. I only know this from working there. Otherwise, I would have thought the same like you did.