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I can feel his pain. As a union projectionist for over 34 years, I have to wonder if I’ll still have a job in a few years. And even as I try to break into stagecraft, its mostly a waiting game right now because of the economy. Very scary indeed.
Number of seats for this theatre was 1500 as a single, and after twinning each theatre had 600.
This sounds so incredibly close to what happened to the Loews Route 18 theatre in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Opened in 1970, it to was twinned in 1973. It ended up with 2 nice 700 seat auditoriums, and large scope side masking screens, but the 2 Century JJ2 35/70MM projectors were removed, and 2 old Super Simplexes put in their place, along with 2 Christie platters. Sound was mono right up till the day it closed in Dec 1997.
Hope it gets sold soon, so perhaps then it can take off with shows and classic films.
I know the Fords Theatre quite well. As a child I went there often when my father was a projectionist. A few years ago when my wifes foot doctor leased space in one of the stores, I managed a peek inside. Construction items filled the auditorium space. And the shop keepers had told me that at that time (about 3 years ago) that the entire projection room had been stripped and everything trashed. As it sits right now, it looks nothing like a theatre, and I live in Woodbridge, so I wish them well. I hate to say it, but I think its just a pipe dream.
Same old boring crap. Digital, digital, digital, ra, ra, ra, big deal.
THIS, I like.
Wow Norelco, there actually is another person besides me who still does projection. Curious as to how long you have been doing it?? I’m currently in my 34th year. And I agree with you 100% on this whole digital thing, and the remakes too. Problem today is too many number crunchers work in the big chains, and hollywood has morons who cant think up anything original. Add to that that there are no more sub-run or dollar houses, everything today is push it out, 2 or 3 weeks, then off to DVD land.
If it were up to me, I say 35MM is the way they should be shown, but I know its fighting a losing battle, so why bother anymore.
Hello, RCDTJ, do you know if the load in includes wardrobe?? My wife works there as one of the setdressers.
Ra, ra, ra, so another one jumps on the digital bandwagon, big deal.
ALL of the pictures mentioned from both years were great. Nothing today comes close to any of them. What I wouldn’t give to be able to project and watch all of them on the big screen again in a true cinema treasure palace.
My father had a saying years ago before he passed on to that giant movie palace in the sky…“what goes around, comes around”. Imax is killing itself with dietmax, this whole digital thing to me, and many others is going to be a passing fancy, and I still believe film will live on in many formats. What we need are people to build theatres like Jon Lidoit mentions above. Huge curved screens. Something that you wont find in your local AMC or Regal.
I STILL say there’s nothing wrong with 35MM, or better yet, 70MM.
Great idea Al. Couldn’t agree with you more. BUT…never gonna happen. And that’s the sad part.
the end is near…..
Bring on the classics!!!!!
Enough said. This digital crap is going to put every last one of them out of business. Then we’ll be stuck with a country full of American Mutilation Cinemas, a.k.a. AMC.
Well RobertC, as one of the few remaining full-time union projectionists left, I can only only say, you really hit ALL points right on the money. And its so refreshing to hear someone else think this whole 3-D thing is just a passing fancy. I go around in circles with my owner, who totally thinks that digital is here to stay and 35mm ( or any other format, 70MM etc) is like that famous movie of yesteryear, “Gone With The Wind.”
I agree with ALL of the above.
Nice unique idea.
On this date, Sept 3rd, 1977, this theatre would once again close after being open for 3 months, to be split in half by General Cinema. All of its beauty would forever be lost by the senseless twinning of this theatre. Of course today, one couldn’t even tell it ever was a theatre, with the Irish Pub and other small retail spaces that are now there. 1977 was a rough year for this building. First Walter Reade closed it, forgot to have the water shut off, it flooded, General Cinema opened it, closed it, twinned it, and re-opened it in Nov of that year.
A ‘Casa-de-Fruitas’ farmers market occupies what was the lobby of this former theatre.
I agree with Love movies. Although I was never a big fan of his, Its gotten to the point where can we please just let the man rest in peace already.
Here in New Jersey, you NEVER see ads from individual theatre companies or indy’s anymore. All we get is a block studio ad that says type your zip code in on the web for theatres and showtimes. I remember back in the 70’s making up the weekly ads for GCC where we had 4 0r 5 of the area theatres in one ad with showtimes and price info. At the place I work, they wish more people would come, I say advertize, but they say its too expensive. Catch-22 all the way around.