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markp commented about More digital projectors, coming to a theater near you on Jun 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

Yea. Digital. No comment.

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markp commented about Due to Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia passes law to protect public interiors on Jun 24, 2009 at 9:23 am

Great news for this one. Too late for many, many others.

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markp commented about Montauk Theatre on Jun 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I have scanned all the above posts, perhaps I missed it. The photos by Mickeymike are just wonderful. The place looks to be in great shape. My question is, is it still there or is it demolished??

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markp commented about Monogram wants to work with independent theaters on Jun 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

I’ve been preaching this since this whole digital thing came on board. I’m running a Simplex projector in one theatre from the 1940’s, and the thing never misses a beat. I also run this new digital crap, and if something ever goes wrong, where do you begin. Long live 35 and 70 MM.

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markp commented about San Pedro says "W.O.W." to $3 Movies in 78-year-old movie palace on Jun 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

What a great idea. This is exactly the type of promotions the industry needs. Its like a throw back to the old days. Good Luck with it.

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markp commented about AMC Bay Plaza 13 on Jun 15, 2009 at 5:32 am

This theatre was originally 10 screens under GCC. I remember going there in 1994 to see the first ever demonstration of D.T.S. Digital sound. While I was working for GCC when this theatre was being built, I remember there was a problem from nearby co-op city, in that someone kept shooting out the glass windows of the theatre. At the time it was built, it was rumored that this was GCC’s most expensive build to date at that time. And also it was rumored that with the rent what it was, the theatre would never clear a profit.

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markp commented about DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA on Jun 6, 2009 at 7:55 am

AWESOME !!!!!!!!!

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jun 6, 2009 at 7:52 am

To each his own. But just remember one thing JJD, in my day we had projectionists, people who knew how to make changeovers, trim carbon rods and the alike. These so-called projectionists today are nothing more than the kids who sell you your popcorn and just have to push one button. Nothing hard about that.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jun 5, 2009 at 7:08 am

Let me make this as clear and easy to understand for everyone. As a union projectionist for 34 years, the answer to larry 2’s question is…NO !!!!!!

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jun 5, 2009 at 5:12 am

Giles, no there hasn’t been a truce yet, not according to the owner I work for. And to all those including our good buddy justin who this digital thing is the next big wave, well when they were installing it at the place I work, the tech was saying theres already disputes about who can play what on which digital, and if you play this you breach this, so as I see it, these film companies, who along with companies like AMC and Regal are going to ruin yet another thing in this once proud movie industry. I just hope something breaks my way and the union can get me out before the bottom drops. As my owner said to me, after this summers wave of 3D, he’s going to rethink the whole thing. Boom!!!

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 2, 2009 at 5:16 am

I know I am going to get run over by saying this, but here goes…Al Alverez, Bill Heulbig and Movieguy718 have all just said in the prior 3 posts, exactly the same things I have been saying for many, many years. This is exactly whats wrong with the industry today. I’m sure I haven’t been doing this projection thing as long as Al, but still 34 years is a long time. I remember the days when you would never cancal a show for anyone, or anything. This idea of charging $ 3.00 extra for a pair of glasses you don’t even get to keep (I know, what else can you use them for, its just the principle of it) is pissing off so many people, its not even funny. I see it all day at the theatre I work at. And yes all this digital sound is way, way to loud. And trailers, even going back 30 years were always loud. I dont care what anyone says, the old days were way way better.

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markp commented about Controversy about whether new screens meet IMAX expectations on May 30, 2009 at 6:38 am

They didn’t follow that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I ran IMAX back in ‘04 and'05. THAT was IMAX, 15/70, Giant screen. But they wanted mini-max, or diet-max or imax-lite, or whatever you want to call it, so there. I don’t feel sorry for them. I’ve saiod before, this whole digital thing is just a passing fancy. You’re never going to completely knock out 35MM, and what they had with 15/70MM was just awesome. To me, now its like watching a movie on the big screen, then buy the DVD. With this new IMAX, its already the DVD. The damage is done, as far as I’m concerned.

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markp commented about DVD downturn panics film industry on May 30, 2009 at 6:31 am

Now I may be wrong here, but did these high paid executives ever stop to think that people just have the money to buy DVD’s ?? I mean you hear about people losing their jobs, their homes, it amazes me that the movie theatres with their high prices are still doing well. Like I said, I could be wrong, but in our family, putting food on the table is a little higher priority right now than buying a DVD.

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markp commented about New Park Cinemas on May 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

Thats the problem with a lot of these multiplexes today. You have these teenage projectionist wanna-bees, and you end up with piracy. All these companies wont hire union guys cause they say it costs too much, so they hire these kids for $8.00 an hour, and of course they want more money, so they do what they can to get it. You would never catch an old timer like me doing this. I have more brains then to get caught and lose my job.

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markp commented about Parts of iconic Mission Drive-In come down on May 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

AS I’ve said many, many times before. Another one bites the dust.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on May 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I agree with everything you said Jeff S. You do damage the lamps. Even today however. management seems to think they know it all, so I just go with the flow. I don’t like it, I just do it.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Bay Terrace 6 on May 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

dantop500, thats whats wrong with the entire industry today. Big companies like AMC and Regal are killing it. Give me the good old days, like when I started 34 years ago.

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markp commented about Keysville Drive-In on May 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

A feel good story in these down times. I wish them well.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on May 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

I have just read from some posts that there are projection problems here. I dont know, or care to get into a grudge match with people, but in regards to Jeff S above, you can “cut back” on light output on a Xenon bulb. As a projectionist for 34 years, I have had to do it in many of the independent theatres I worked at. They wanted to save some electric. All you had to do was go to the rectifier and crank down the amps from say 80 to 70 (or even 65). I always noticed the difference. Again, as he stated there is a diff between machines. It could be a reflector problem, a bulb focusing issue, or even alignment from the lamphouse to the projector. I know whwn I was there years ago, after Nelson just took it over, he told me he was going with dual projection. Does he have a matched pair, or is each one different? This can cause all sorts of problems. And I do hope these new owners make it work as it has in the past. I have been trying for 4 years to get the owner of the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. to do the same, but nothing comes about from it.

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markp commented about New attitude for saving South Jersey theaters on May 15, 2009 at 5:02 am

In response to ken mc…too late for many of the shore communities, Asbury Park, Seaside, Point Pleasant, AC as you mentioned, its a sin how they were all destroyed.
And to newt wallen…if my wife and I manage to scrape together enough to take a vacation, perhaps we will stop by the stone harbor 5 and finally meet you.

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markp commented about Hillsboro Cinema on May 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

One in the same.

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markp commented about New attitude for saving South Jersey theaters on May 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

So Newt, am I to understand that you now work for the theatre in Cape May?

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markp commented about New attitude for saving South Jersey theaters on May 13, 2009 at 9:07 am

What about the old theatres along the South Jersey shore?? Ventnor, Wildwood ( where so many have already been demolished ) Cape May ??

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markp commented about My career as a movie theater manager on May 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

Your name sounds very familiar. I was a worker in numerous positions from the old Menlo Park and Woodbridge Twin Cinemas. I eventually joined the IATSE local and worked as projectionist there. Do you remember Tony or Robert Rizzo, Bob Masarik or John Bortula?? Hows retirement treating you??

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markp commented about Regal Entertainment CFO Miles to become CEO on May 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

Lets how much this deufus screws things up.