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NATIONAL HILLS STUPID MANAGER DEPARTMENT 1977
The concessionstand prices changed friday.Mr.Jordan was $16.00 short.
We are playing alot of concert movies.GIMME SHELTER > ALICE COOPER.I don’t think Mr Tinney is balancing the films. You know drama/ action etc. So far CONCERT MOVIES. With WBBQ getting the radio spots.
1977 I can’t believe we are playing THE GOODBYE GIRL at COLUMBIA SUQARE for $ 3.00 a seat and SOUTHGATE is charging 99 cents. thankgoodness they are at least 15 miles from COLUMBIA SQUARE. SOUTHGATE stated they are the dollar theatre here.
Southgate Cinema picks up BARRY LYNDON from the IMPERIAL . That classic movie will die in that neck of the woods.
RAY, I mentioned your theatre on theatres on military bases you getting the seats from the cinema at Fort Gordon. IT IS ON Cinema Treasures need more info on.
Speaking of THE LONGEST YARD it is amazing that the semi pro football team here the Augusta Eagles were used as extras in the film are here almost every showing to try and spot themselves in the film.One donated his MEAN MACHINE jersery to show behind the concessionstand.We lock it in the safe at night.One night a fellow and lady offered me $10.00 to let them in after THE LONGEST YARD sold out.WE always left a few empty seats and i thought real hard about doing so $10.00 was alot of money in them days.
Some of the ballplayers / extras i think were a little upset to see that they ended up on the cutting floor in Hollywood.That’s life i told them.
JOHN MACKEY has all the girls dressed up in costume for SNOW WHITE.Thankgoodness he doesn’t have the doormen dressed in some silly outfit. Wearing a female cheerleading dress for THE LONGEST YARD was enough for any guy.
Well, i never thought i would be putting TONY CURTIS' name on a marquee.Hasn’t he retired. Sure enought in COLUMBIA ONE we have THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN. It really looks like a winner. Oh, I am joking it died a quick death.
I am getting a little miffed about us picking up second run from GEORGIA THEATRES.We are ABC THEATRES and here comes CARRIE to be booked into COLUMBIA ONE after it playing at MASTERS 4. I guess if we get any business it will be because of JOHN TRAVOLTA.
Yes it was a Plitt theatre.Charles Bruni and myself were thinking if we went to UGA we could transfer to this theatre as assistants never thinking i am sure they probably had one or two.It had beautiful huge glass entry way .
I think in 1983 i was working at GCC’s GEORGIA SQUARE CINEMAS and remembered that THE PALACE played NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN 007.with SEAN CONNERY and Athens native KIM BASSINGER. They certainly played up the Athens connection and you can not blame them.
COLUMBIA TWO is showing SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with new PG version for kids. I guess they cut some bad words out.
OMEN 2 opens at the IMPERIAL one weeknight on the last show some lady comes out after the last show raising cain that Mark Barkley cut off the credits and that she knew someone on the credits.Boy, you Projectionists were so safe up in the booth. When i look back on it in those days the end credits did not run 10 minutes or more like they do today.
THE HIDING PLACE opens to huge crowds and i mean weekday night sellouts. Unheard of for the most part.By then John Mackey was gone and Mr.Tinney was running the show. Well, either he was too cheap to put more girls on or did not expect large weeknight sell outs. He really teed me off sticking me behind the Concession stand. For the record this 1975 release ran 145 minutes and was about a true story of two Dutch Christian sisters hiding Jews from the Nazi Concentration camps. Produced by Billy Graham.Which explained to me the LARGE turn outs from all the churches.Most likely, they bought tickets though their churches orbox office. It was something.
Oct. 1974 We have a roadshow on JEREMIAH JOHNSON. Which meant a checker was there for every show counting heads in the theatre and at night emptying out the ticket chopper and counting every stub.
HOT POTATOE opens withJIM KELLY there is some smoke coming some old wiring so the FIRE DEPARTMENT is called.In the morning paper it shows a fire truck under the marquee saying HOT PATATOE.
Big snow storm or at least for Augusta. 3 inches maybe less. I call in Mr.Tinney said of course we are opening up. IN COLUMBIA TWO we were playing the animated Ralph Bashki’s LORD OF THE RINGS. NO one showed up for whatever was playing on COLUMBIA ONE,but yes we had a few for RINGS. NO 9;00 p.m. shows.
BY watching it i mean Paul Adams had a TV in the booth, to make it clear see above story on Mr.Adams. I COULD SEE PAPILLON on tv or on the screen .WILD.
HONEST TO GOODNESS DEPARTMENT..
We are playing PAPILLON right now, probably 3rd or 4th run and guess what? It is playing on the CBS NIGHT AT THE MOVIES on channel 12 here in Augusta.No wonder we only have about six folks inside. Hey. You cannot make it up. I can walk up to the booth and watch it and walk over to the big glass window in COLUMBIA TWO and watch it. only in the theatre business.
Another truck movie HIGH BALLIN' with Peter Fonda and Jerry Reed. we played CONVOY and also SMOKEY AND HE BANDIT what is it about my theatre and all these trucker films. HIGH BALLIN' will play in COLUMBIA TWO.
Richard Nixon ran PATTON so many times they stopped counting.
There was BON AIR DRIVE IN Orangeburg S.C. If anyone has any info on it.
PERIMETER MALL 1 2 AND 3
NOW SHOWING WALT DISNEY’S THE BEARS AND I
FOR PETE’S SAKE
ON ANY SUNDAY
ALL CINEMAS EVERY DAY $1.25 until 2:30 The cinemas had a SMOKING LOGE..ART GALLERY..ACRES OF FREE PARKING. about 1974.
Don’t ever think you can get fired from a job. I did. NOV. 9 1979.
Mr. Tinney had a wednesday evening employees meeting and i did not make it. Did not call. NOTHING. In my mind i had been to every Mr Tinney employees meeting since 1974. I MEAN i HAD HEARD IT ALL!!!!!!
AT the time was in college and working part time for local newsweekly.With, serious dreams of the WASHINGTON POST calling. So i missed the meeting.That night i came in to open up, we had about 30 MINUTE talk AND I could tell he really DID NOT WANT TO FIRE ME, because of all the guys with the keys he knew i was always there. But he had no choice. HE REALLY DID NOT.While all my other theatres buddies quit on their own.I was fired.My only real regret is that i never had a chance to get all the one sheets i had saved over the years. I heard when Mr Tinney quit the man that replaced him as city manager threw every one sheet in the trash. what a butt head.