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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.

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markp commented about Kings Theatre on May 12, 2009 at 9:22 am

I know all you theatre lovers like me are going to call me stupid, but a few weeks ago, when the mega millions was like 270 million dollars, I was hoping, wishing, dreaming that I would win, just so I could buy the Kings theatre, The Ritz in Elizabeth NJ and any other grand palaces left in this area, so people could enjoy them (after massive renovations of course) and save them forever from the wrecking ball.
O.K. go ahead, tell me I was stupid. But what a great dream it was.

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markp commented about The Golden Gate Theatre is in danger on May 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Its the going trend. We need a shopping center every ¼ mile, with a fast food joint and gas station in between, and the occasional pharmacy or bank stuck in there for good measure. Really really sick.

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markp commented about Wanted: A small town theater for sale or Lease on May 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

The Forum Theatre in Metuchen New Jersey is being renovated as we speak. The Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey has been renovated and I understand is now for sale. Both are listed here on CT.

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markp commented about "New" US 23 Drive-in Theatre will reopen for the season under new management on May 8 on Apr 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

Good Luck. This is great to read about. AND they are adding a screen. So much for all the talk about drive-ins being dead in the water. We need more like this.

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markp commented about Theater chain on the brain on Apr 30, 2009 at 11:38 am

What a shame. The once mighty empire is slowly being desolved.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Apr 28, 2009 at 6:02 am

Tonight at 7:30 ‘American Graffitti’ in Cinemascope on the giant screen. I’ll be the projectionist.

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markp commented about Lakeside Cinema on Apr 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

This is how a lot of the independants in the New York Northern New Jersey area got into the business in the first place. Put your money down, and Network Cinema Corporation, the company overseeing the franchises guided you along. The problem was Network took the money, expanded things too fast and poof!! by 1974 they were history. Then the mom and pops were free to rename the theatres whatever they wanted.

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markp commented about AMC and Cinemark might merge on Apr 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Just gonna be more theatres that AMC will screw up.

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markp commented about Woodbridge General Cinemas II on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Drove by today, and I can now offically say, that this no longer looks anything like a movie theatre. A classy building when it opened in 1964, that stayed that way, even after twinning, is now a mish-mosh of plaster, stone, windows, all jammed together. Its going to be a bunch of little resturants and shops. All I can say is it looks like crap.

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markp commented about Sayrewoods Theatre on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Many, many times, Marilyn Chambers would grace the giant screen. RIP Marilyn, you will be missed.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 21, 2009 at 6:30 am

An article in todays Star-Ledger talks of the theatres reopening. They are doing a childrens show in June. It also speaks of them wanting to run films again. I wonder who they will get to do the old carbon arcs and change-overs? I’m one of the few, if not the only person left in this area who knows how to do that. And I did work in this venue prior to the current owners.

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markp commented about Movie theaters are doing boffo business on Apr 20, 2009 at 7:08 am

Don’t get me wrong longislandmovies, I hope the summer will be big as well, since I work for an independant theatre owner. All I’m saying is that in the 70’s when I started, movies would run ALL summer, now they come out, and for the most part one, two weeks and it off to the next flavor of the month. I just don’t care for todays movie business, that’s all. Give me the old days.