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markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Mar 21, 2009 at 6:19 am

And to my friend christophersepp, I wake up every day hoping things go back to the way they once were, but as you said, I think its just a pipe dream.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Mar 21, 2009 at 6:13 am

What other theatres in Edison, Justin??? You dont mean that hunk of junk on Oak Tree Road that Clearview used to run, that now shows Bollywood films on 6 of the 8 screens?? And I like the theatre in Menlo Park. I remember when it was built, I was there for 3 weeks helping to install all the screens. What that theatre needs is some TLC, which they wont get from AMC.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m sorry screeningroom, because for me as the house projectionist, it means not only a days pay lost, but also more important, the joy of running reel-to-reel the way film should be shown. The problem is that the sponser only gave the theatre so much money to work with. I’ve been told that to ship the film prints back and forth costs a lot, and it chews the budget up. I agree that if its advertised as a FILM series, then it should be shown on FILM. But most of todays public, except for us true film and palace lovers here on CT, most people today dont know or care if its film or video. And thats really the true sadness of it all.

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markp commented about Fox Theatre on Mar 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Barry M,
When you get to be as old as I am, and worked in more theatres than you could imagine, sometimes dates become a blur. You were right. The theatre closed on Feb 2, 1980. I looked back in my numerous logs and realized my mistake. Sorry.

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markp commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

It would be great if Warner brothers would strike a few new prints of Woodstock and run them in some old large palaces like the Ziegfeld in New York, the Ritz in Elizabeth New Jersey, and even the Montauk in Passaic New Jersey. I’ll bet if it was advertized the right way you could pack these houses. And do it on the 40th anniversary weekend in August. Maybe even tie in with Q104.3 in the city. Just a thought.

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markp commented about Don't give up on the Colonial Theatre on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

Does anyone have any photo’s so we could see how bad the damage is?

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markp commented about Movieworld Douglaston on Mar 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Columbia won’t allow it. Its the same at the joint I work at here in New Jersey. I think after 4 weeks they will allow bargain days, but by then the movie is dead anyway.

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markp commented about Movie theater's 'secret' room makes reel magic on Mar 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

Oh I know my friend Vito will run circles around me. Still its nice for me to be able to say I ran a single screen, a multiplex and I ran them with pride. Even today, as times change, I still try my best, with what I am given to put on a 100% perfect presentation.

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markp commented about Movie theater's 'secret' room makes reel magic on Mar 10, 2009 at 8:26 am

7 years. Think of how I feel after 34 years. I started with 20 min reels, then 60 min reels, then platters, next IMAX, now digital. AND I’m only 50 years old. Think of what else I may see in my lifetime.

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markp commented about Couple brings classic theater downtown on Mar 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

Now this is an idea I like. I’d like to see more theatres do this.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I know you’re not blaming me Bob, and believe me I’m not taking it that way. I can only tell them what to do, how to do, and hope they do. Beyond that, Oh well…

As I said elsewhere here on CT, if the Ritz in Elizabeth ever gets going, and I have a say in the projection, well I will bring in anyone who wants to help do it right. From start to finish.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

I was just informed this morning that “Titanic” will now be a DVD and not 35MM. Sorry folks.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 7:39 am

Again Bob, this venues main fare is stage. And I don’t think they have a bonafide film programmer. They are given a very small budget to work with, and try to make it work. I know part of the problem is the cost of shipping the films. And I agree with you about Zhivago. I remember running it when I first became a projectionist in ‘76. What I did with that intermission, and curtains , it was remarkable. And I know the Union County Arts Center also ran it a few years back, and had a decent print. But I am just the house projectionist, and do what I can, with what I have.

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markp commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on Mar 9, 2009 at 7:13 am

Exactly 5 years ago this weekend, March 7, Clearview kicked the union projectionists out of this theatre and Edison, and with it, the best presentations they would ever have. I can only imagine what it must be like now, 5 years later.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 7:05 am

Unfortunately Bob, I had no choice but to show it in 1.85 because I do not have the lens selection to do 1.33 or 1.37. It makes me sick as well, but you must remember, this is a stage venue, that only does this once a year, and even that, all the movies are not 35mm, some are DVD. I just ran ‘Robin Hood’ from 1938 and ‘Dial M for Murder’ 1954 yesterday. I made it look as good as I could. I tried using the back-up from the ‘scope’ lens with the scope aperture, but I ended up with picture all over the place. I even tried the scope aperture with the flat lens, but to no avail. So I went with what fit the screen. But I will say this, not to toot my own horn, but man my changeovers were crisp.

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markp commented about Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre closed permanently on Mar 7, 2009 at 6:22 am

Sad to see. Lets hope it gets a new lease on life. It may take a ‘miracle’. (no pun intended) We dont need more condos office buildings and shopping centers. And as far as NA starting out only in the drive-in business, the way things are going over there, they might be in the theatre business much longer.

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markp commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

Good for you Denny Pine, I wish I could do the same. Unfortunately, the union has me working in 2 of those multi’s, but you know, the mortgage has to be paid. But I agree, give me the good old days, like last night when I ran a 35MM print of “Citizen Kane” in a restored 1500 seat theatre. 20 min reels and changeovers, now thats movies.

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markp commented about Vintage ticket machines for sale on Mar 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

Looks to be one of those ‘automaticket’ machines that were popular in the 60’s and 70’s.

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markp commented about Kings Plaza 6 Theaters on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:10 am

Yes I do remember (and miss) those double features. And the one you saw in 1974 was typical of that era, where a new movie would be doubled with one from 6 months to a year earlier. (sometimes even 2 or 3 years earlier) Some other classic ‘double features’ from that time include, “The Graduate” & “Carnal Knowledge”, “The French Connection” & “MAS*H”, and “Bullitt” & “Bonnie and Clyde”. When the theatres were short on films to run, they could always count on these, and others to get them thru.

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markp commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:02 am

No pun intended, but lets hope a “miracle” happens before cash strapped Sumner sells the land to some developer who’s going to put up more useless condos or another unnecesary shopping plaza. Todays kids look at you like youre from outer space when you say ‘drive-in movies’ or even ‘single screen theatres’. All they know are these damn 18 and 24 plexes.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Mar 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

It is something to think that a festival like Woodstock could never happen again, not in todays world. And yes the promoters had no idea what was coming because that festival had been going on for a few years with maybe a few thousand people showing up over the 3 days. But in 1969, it was like all the planets aligned and we all know the result from the great movie that was to follow. What I wouldn’t give to see it on the big screen again in 35MM stereo.

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markp commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

Its funny how this theatre was an RKO from the start, and yet was built similar to many Jery Lewis theatres from the early 70’s. I remember the twin my late father worked at in Carteret N.J. The left theatre was blue and the right theatre was red. The concession stand was built right across the lobby, so there was no way to cross from one side to the other. This was helpful later in the decade after JL was out of the business and the theatre started showing soft porn in the blue theatre (which they called the adult side, the other theatre was the family side.) It finally closed in 1984, but man that place was fun, alot like your sounded like.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Feb 26, 2009 at 6:40 am

I couldn’t agree with you more on BOTH statements Peter. Only one thing however. Having worked for them for almost 8 years, Clearview is HARDLY a major chain. They are a major chain wanna be, who unfortunately sucked up a lot of the beautifully run independent theatres you speak of. I know people are going to say former union projectionist with a grudge, but I have been in the business for over 33 years and I have seen what works and what doesn’t. And these big megaplexes have ruined the whole industry.

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markp commented about Loew's Troy Hills on Feb 26, 2009 at 6:21 am

This theatre, I believe, was almost identical in size and style to the Loew’s Route 18 (which also was twinned in 1973) in East Brunswick, N.J.

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markp commented about Cinema closure brings sadness on Feb 25, 2009 at 5:22 am

Isn’t that the case most of the time pamajestic? And I totally agree with you about film. Its going to take a LONG time for them to totally get rid of it, if they ever do.