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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 9, 2009 at 10:47 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 12:15 pm

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 10:39 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 10:13 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 10:05 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 9:22 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 2:28 pm

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 11:08 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 9:10 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 9:02 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 8:46 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 9:11 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 9:40 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 9:21 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 8:22 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.

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markp commented about Washington Theatre reopens on Feb 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Hi joni. I am a projectionist from here in central New Jersey. I hope you guys make it. I have been sick of late, but if I get time I would like to come visit. After working so many booths the past 33 years, I still like to see new ones. Maybe I’ll try the trek in a few weeks.

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markp commented about A night at the Mar-Va Theater on Feb 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm

We need more of these around the country!!

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markp commented about Loew's Gates Theatre on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

I know it was a long time ago, and I scanned thru all the above posts, perhaps I missed it, but isn’t this theatre one the few that Loew’s walked away from after the great blackout of 1977? As I remember reading, they just never showed up again after the power returned.

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markp commented about Washington Theatre reopens on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:46 am

Nice to see this place still around. I know that over the past 15 to 20 years its been under numerous ownerships and closed for long periods of time. Good Luck. It will be nice for someone to say ‘see you can make money with a twin’.

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markp commented about Theaters sued for not providing captioned Films on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

You are right Ken. The independant theatre owner I work for had to put out a boat load of money for the hearing inpaired system (10 screens) and in the 5+ years I’ve worked there, I can recall about maybe 10 people requsting it. Do the math, that’s 2 people a year. A most expensive outlay. Now he is faced with putting in at least one digital projector, so as to keep up with everyone else.

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markp commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

With regards to the very first post at the top of this page, there was a film made about that raft expedition. I remember the theatre my late father was projectionist at ran it in 1974 I believe. If memory serves me, I think it was called “The RA Expedition.” I have tried to find this on video for years, but there seems to be no record of this film. It was very interesting how they trekked across on just a small raft.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Feb 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm

WOW Christophersepp, you said everything that just couldn’t bring myself to type. You are right on several accounts, the biggest one being, AMC doesn’t want anything less than 15 to 20 screens. End of story. (too bad for the rest of us) And as the independant owner I work for always says, 90% of the ill’s in todays movie business is because of AMC. They were the ones who introduced 20-plexes, they were the ones who brought about stadium seating. And they are the ones who are pushing for the elimination of film and having digital projection and dietmax (or minimax or whatever the hell you want to call it, but it isn’t IMAX). I have been in the business for over 30 years, and I can tell you, I hate it now, the only time I get pleasure is the occasional film fest at the Count Basie in Red Bank. Reel-to-reel and changeovers, on 20 minute reels. Movies the way they were meant to be.

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markp commented about SF Silver Screen for sale on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:16 am

Somewhere on the tube it was shipped in should be the size on a label or written with a sharpie marker.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:15 am

The funny thing Bill is that after Regal bailed out on Columbia Park, it became a $ 2.00 house for a while, then Pheonix came in and its first run again. I often have tried to figure out how you get to that place. Maybe there’s a secret passageway. (ha-ha)

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markp commented about Entertainment Agency offers fundraising help nationwide on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

Try contacting the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey, a beautifully restored 2770 seat theatre that sits virtually empty. 908-352-7315 or 908-352-7469.