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markp commented about Park Layne Drive-In Theatre closes on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Probably like everything else, the land got expensive, and somebody is going to build condo’s or stores. Why else would it close? Oh, I forgot, everyone wants to see movies in “digital projection” now at the sheetrock multiplex near you.

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markp commented about United Palace on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Somebody heard you. It is now called the “United Palace” and will show up as such on the recent comments section.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

And I agree, the Union County Arts Center is another beauty. I remember working there in its last days when it was porno. I have seen the before and after.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

You know JackS124, I’m hoping someday my efforts will pay off, but I am trying to get the owners of the Ritz in Elizabeth to put on movie series and other stuff. I know they have completely renovated the entire theatre, now its just a matter of geeting shows and people. I hope this happens, because this is a place that has been saved.

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markp commented about Challenge issued to those hating how things turned out on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:39 pm

With all due respect longislandmovies, I agree with all your above points, however, maybe on long island the union projectionists would not concede, but here in New Jersey, I know (because it happened where I was working), we kept giving back and giving back, until finally it was almost not worth going to work. And the theatres ended up closing anyway. Over here what killed our downtown palaces was A) shopping malls with theatres, and B) the politicians let all the downtowns go to hell, so no one went anymore. I hate it that all the great places my dad worked in when I was a kid are gone. Only now do people realize this, but as always its to damn late.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Yes JackS124, I would like that too, especially since I was the last union projectionist to work there back in 1983. I have many fond memories of the place. We both have fond memories of another theatre you visited, and I worked at, the old Jerry Lewis Twin in Carteret.

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markp commented about Hillsborough Cinemas on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:40 am

Yes. I believe the owner closed the single in 1994 or 95 and opened the 10-plex in late 2000.

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markp commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:41 am

This theatre, a single screen its entire life seated 1700 people. In its final years, they showed XXX movies at midnight on Friday & Saturday and the money they made from that paid their expenses for the entire week. The sad thing was, those were the biggest crowds they had all week too.

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markp commented about Hillsborough Cinemas on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:35 am

This theatre has 10 screens. 6 are stadium seating, and the 4 smallest theatres are sloped. Nice size screens in all theatres as well as digital sound. The owner of this theatre once owned a single screen theater by the same name on the other side of town.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:20 am

The last 2 we are doing in 35MM is Sunday May 4. Singin in the Rain at 2P.M. and Woodstock at 7P.M. They have “Ray” on the 6th of May, but that is DVD and I’m not there for those.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:05 am

Hey Peter, I guess after that last changeover you could finally sit and enjoy what was left of the movie. I did the same thing last night in Red Bank, after the last reel of “The Big Lebowski” was on. I finally sat and watched. When we do movies down there, the speaker on stage always reminds people to turn the phones off. And last night, with a ¾ full house, not one ring.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:59 am

Boy, that brand spanking new print of “The Big Lebowski” looked great last night. I was the first to project it, in good old 35MM, I might add (the way it SHOULD be). And the intro by “The Dude” whom the movie was loosely based on was also great. What a fun night. And the sound was awesome.

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markp commented about Best Buy Theater on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Just by looking at these bookings, you could see how the movie business was changing in the 80’s. Pictures in the early 80’s were running 19, 20, 21 weeks or more, whereas in the late 80’s, the most you could get was 7 weeks. And you were lucky to get that.

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markp commented about New drive-in theater to open in Davenport this summer on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm

So according to the youtube video, this drive-in is starting out from scratch. A brand spanking new drive-in. Good Luck with it. I wish we could get them back here in jersey, like we did years ago. The only we have is over 2 hours away.

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markp commented about NuWilshire currently an eyesore in Santa Monica on Apr 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’m not sure, but is the Fabian in Paterson N.J. still sitting there rotting away? And what about the Montauk in Passaic N.J., another one I think is rotting away as well.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Apr 13, 2008 at 6:54 am

All valid points, Chris, however, over my 33 years as a projectionist, there are many theatres I worked in that suffered the same fate. I wished I could have saved them too. But the sad truth is, in todays world, new is in, old is out. Look what happened in New York City over the years. And like you up in Paramus, down here in Woodbridge, do we really need anymore office buildings, or condo’s? It is sad, because these places they build to watch movies in today are nothing more than ‘sheetrock closets’. No charm, no nothing. As far as saving your tenplex, I think even if you won the mega-millions, you still would be out of luck. Chances are the decision has been made about this buildings fate, good or bad, and its only a matter of time…

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markp commented about Majestic Theater on Apr 12, 2008 at 10:08 am

I guess this theatre, in its day, would have been the main competitor for the Carlton Theatre up the street, now known as the Count Basie Theatre.

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markp commented about Movieworld Douglaston on Apr 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

Since we can’t post on the “Fair Theatre” site anymore, I thought since this place recently closed, I noticed in todays New York Post, April 12, 2008, that both the Movieland Douglaston is still listed as ‘closed’ and now the Fair Theatre is listed as ‘closed’ also. The last true “grindhouse” within the 5 boroughs is gone, as well as Movieland and Ridgewood. Man they’re dropping like flies.

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markp commented about Belvedere Theatre on Apr 11, 2008 at 5:40 am

What the hell is the world coming to???

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markp commented about Belvedere Theatre on Apr 11, 2008 at 5:25 am

I was wondering the same thing. It sounds like he was.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 10, 2008 at 6:24 am

I’m sorry Howard, but when it comes to Clearview, there’s a nerve that gets pinched every time. As far as Al’s comment, it is that incompetence he speaks of by a rotten few, that ruined the job for people like me. Most of the chains and independents are all sharing the booth these days. You both have to forgive me, but 33 years on the job will do this to a person.

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markp commented about Fox Theater on Apr 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

I am assuming it was un-triplexed. Also, not showing movies until 2020 would include old time movie festivals as well?

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I can’t see how they wouldn’t use union projectionists. Local 306 is one of the last strong projectionists unions. But, given how Jimmy D and his band of pencil pushers got rid of the rest of us, (including myself) I would not put it past them that they tried manager/operator, especially that night the boob manager said the focus was bad because they were projecting reel-to-reel. Give me a break. My 15 year old daughter could have come up with a better excuse, and she knows nothing about projection.

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markp commented about Mahoning Drive-In on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I remember passing this drive-in many times when I would visit my buddy who managed the nearby Mahoning Valley Cinema 8. He told me the place did great business all summer long. Of course that was over 6 years ago, but I hope this place keeps going.

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markp commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm

G. Feret, I think they are getting May 22 because many theatres will probably be doing either 8 P.M. or 10 P.M. shows on thursday night. I know the theater I work in will probably get it on 2 screens (both 35MM) and I’m sure if given the oppertunity, the owner will run shows on thursday night. Also, couldn’t agree with you more about Karen Allen. Don’t know why she wasn’t around in #2 or 3.