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I actually had the pleasure of running it at the split GCC Menlo Park Twin. 800 seats sold out every show day after day. The 70MM rocked. 10 years later, I had the pleasure to run the last 70MM film there in 1989, “The Abyss.”
9 months for renovation of a 4 screen theatre seems a little long. They can build a whole new complex from the ground up in less time.
I dont want to be a pessimist, but its awful hard to make money with anything that seats 200.
Beautiful story and photos.
Watch these 2 bite the dust soon.
Really awesome pictures. She needs to rescued soon or it may be too late. Looks to be heading down the same road as Loews Kings in Brooklyn N.Y. Hopefully someday she can see a rebirth.
I miss this theatre, as well as the Shore Twins a few blocks away. It just doesn’t seem the same in Wildwood anymore without them.
Yet another one bites the dust.
I said years ago that TCM should try something like this at indoor venues. Not just any indoor venue, but real treasures, such as the Ziegfeld in New York, the Lafayette in Suffern N.Y., the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. Big theatres, with big screens, the way movies should be shown. Perhaps someday this can become reality.
And those 18 shoeboxes are exactly the reason intermissions will never come back as Howard suggested. As my owner said, where do you put the people? Multiplexes have ruined everything, in this persons opinion.
That’s a cablevision thing Howard, and thats the only reason those 2 theatres are still Clearview. If cablevision ever loses the franchise rights down there, those theatres will be sold quicker than you can say boo.
Just another sorry sign of the times.
Just back from a visit to family out this way. The theatre is most definitly closed, as is the entire mall. Only J.C. Penney and Sears remain, only because they own the stores. A May auction of the mall got no bidders at all. A shame too, since photos show it being a rather nice mall, but my relatives said crime in the area killed it years ago.
The once mighty Redstone empire will soon be history.
I am very surprised that Clearview has the theatres Justin speaks of still in their fold. 5 years ago when they got rid of all us union projectionists, they said they only wanted theatres in a cablevision area, meaning it had to be IN a cablevision supplied area, not comcast or patriot or any other company. I guess over the past 5 years they changed their way of thinking, because in 2004, I remember they got rid of Edison and Woodbridge because Comcast was the cable supplier.
AND…most important, his movies were fun AND entertaining without all the bells and whistles we have today.
I remember when the theatres I was working at as a projectionist was going to get any of his movies, the manager would order extra stock and have on extra staff. His movies were in those days boxoffice gold, at least where I worked.
We need MORE around the country, espescially here in New Jersey !!!
Last saw this theatre about 10 years ago. I often said what a gem it would be be again if it were to reopen as a multi-purpose venue.
Theatres 2, 3, and 4 have digital projection.
I dont blame you one bit MPol. I keep hoping that one day I can somehow get the owner of the Ritz in Elizabeth NJ to show movies again, classics, in a big 2700 seat theatre. I will never give up hope that things will change someday.
Its just going to continue until they find a way to kill theatres all together. The world is headed in a direction where there will never be a reason to leave your house. You can now work from home, shop from home, download music and video from home, its just never going to end. And that’s very sad.
I know I’m in the minority here, but it would be a shame for the Montauk to be demolished. Looking at the slide show on its link, it looks to be in terrific shape considering it was an adult movie house for years. At least in the case of the Ritz that I posted about above, the current owner has completely renovated it. It just needs someone who can bring it to life. People say no one will come to Elizabeth, but they said the same thing about New Brunswick 21 years ago, and now look at it. The State Theatre is one of New Jerseys finest. With the right shows, movies etc, people will come. I’ve been to the Ritz several times over the past 4 years and I feel safe there day or night. The same thing can happen to the Montauk, if only the right people cared.
I don’t know what you plan to do (movies, stage shows etc.) but the 2700 seat Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, completely remodeled is supposedly for sale, or I guess could be leased. 908-352-7315 or www.ritztheatre.net Good luck with whatever you get.
I agree longislandmovies. And I also like the way CinemarkFan thinks up above as well.