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I just hope and pray that cablevision doesn’t screw this place up, like they do to everything else they get their hands on.
As of early 2008, theatre is being converted into either a church, or a community center.
Triangle-Liggett Theatre Service was a film booking company, while Snaper Circuit was a independent theatre owner, who by the way ran everything he leased or owned into the ground, until they closed or had to be demolished.
Sorry it took so long to get back to the site wbrozas, but I was having internet problems. I do indeed remember old local 379, Perth Amboy, (my first local). Everything you left the business for came to pass, manager/operator and the alike. I currently work a multiplex out in Hillsborough N.J. and I hate it. And I’m only 49 years old, so you know I don’t share some of the memories that you do, or someone like my father (god rest his soul) had. I always said, I wish I was born sooner, so I could have had those great memories too. I’m new to this whole internet thing, so bear with me. I work a lot between projection and stage, so I don’t always have time to check my e-mail. But feel free to send along whatever you like to “
It is a shame that this grand hall is under the control of cablevision. Everything they get their hands on turns to *&$@#!. Just look at the wiz, and how about a few years ago when they wouldn’t carry the yes network. Watch in a few years what will happen to the Beacon Theatre. They know nothing about the entertainment business, and anybody they have that does, usually gets the axe. I should know…
To Bob Furmanek…Wonderful photos…lets hope this grand palace somehow finds a way to survive any wrecking balls and gets a new lease on life.
I can only hope and pray that yet another grand old palace does not bite the dust. Enough with all the damn condos. Save the great palaces from destruction!!!!!!!!!!
Very true what Larry Goldsmith said about Mann Theatres. The 2 National General Fox Theatres we had here in central N.J. ( Union and Woodbridge) were both gone by 1982. Woodbridge closed in 1979, torn down, became Levitz Furniture, (itself now bankrupt) and Union became Chuck E. Cheesey, opps I mean cheese.
This theatre was smaller than its sister twin, the Fox in Woodbridge, N.J. which had seating for almost 1700. Both theatres opened at the same time, but the Woodbridge location closed sooner, on Feb 2, 1979.
I am curious wbrozas, if you were a member of the old projectionists local 485 from union county? My dad was a member of the old local 379 in Perth Amboy for 55 years. ( He too has sadly passed away). I have many memories of the old State theatre in Woodbridge where he worked for years, until it closed in 1971. Perhaps you remember the Ritz in Elizabeth. It is being refurbished, and I am helping to restore the projection room. The other theatre you mention, the Liberty is being turned into a community center. Its too bad all the old timers like yourself are out of the business. This is exactly whats wrong with the movie theatres of today.
Not sure, but I don’t think this house was ever a triplex. I know in its last days it ran XXX porno.
I know Jerry Kampo from years ago. My dad and I were projectionists with him in the same IATSE local. My dad would always tell me how the business agent would BEG projectionists to go there, and many of them would have rather had their legs cut off. I never had the pleasure of working there (thank god). I had enough fun at the Forum in Metuchen, the Royal in Perth Amboy, and the Sayrewoods in Old Bridge.
This theatre was twinned in 1975 by General Cinema. I know this because its sister twin in Old Bridge N.J. (then Madison Twp.) the Madison Cinema was twinned at the same time. I don’t know how the Arcadian turned out, but the Madison became two long narrow theatres with 400 seats each, and the screens were only about 18 feet wide, with a projection throw of about 85 feet. Horrible to watch any movie there. Madison was demolished in 1989.
Sounds like the stories my dad would tell me. Great stuff.
I started as an apprentice for local 379 in central N.J. in 1976. I have been a projectionist now for 33 years. My father who passed on in 1993 was a projectionist for 55 years. ( He passed on 10 months after he retired from the booth). I now work in the only remaining union booth in our local (now 534). It is also shared by management. I remember and love the days of carbon arc, 20 minute reels, and actually making a changeover, not using these platters of today. Back then, you were a projectionist, now we are but film threaders. I too am being trained in the area of stagecraft, because once digital projection comes along, my days in the booth are over.
I had the pleasure of working at the now demolished Menlo Park Twin Cinema in Edison, N.J. for all 3 Star Wars movies. The lines, the crowds, the continuous sell-outs. Its something I still picture in my mind even today. Truly a great time in a different era.
As a projectionist of 33 years, I certainly had some interesting times in some fading grindhouses ( and adult movie houses ) during the late 70’s and into the 80’s. The one lone grindhouse I worked in that closed in the mid 80’s opened at 1pm and closed at 1am. The adult theatre I worked at until 1989 opened at 11am and closed at 1am. Those were interesting times to say the least.
HERE, HERE, I couldn’t agree with you more LuisV, lets get those darn ‘sheetrock palace’ multiplexes outta here!!
Worked here as a projectionist from 1980 until 1983. Was the last union projectionist along with my father who worked here. Theatre started doing live stage in fall of 1983, at which time our union picketed (unsucessfully) to get work. Was a thriveing movie house right up to the day it was sold in June of 83. The old projection equipment, projectors, peerless carbon lamphouses and sound system all came from the State Theatre in Woodbridge, N.J. in 1971 after it closed.
Although I am only 49 years old, I have been a UNION projectionist for almost 33 years. (3 appentice, stated out doing summer matinees in 1975,and 30 as a full member.) I have worked in many theatres over the tears, from 1 to 18 screens. My father was a UNION projectionist for 55 years, before passing on to that big movie palace in the heavens. I remember when he needed a license to project in Perth Amboy N.J. Everyone above makes points that are all true. We had losers in our old local 379, but more so we had many, many good people who really cared, including myself. I really miss the old days of carbon arc and 20 minute reels. (Thankfully for me, they may actually return, as I am involved with restoring the projection room at the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, N.J.) It is not surprising however to see what has happened over the years. In the old days, (pre 1970) a lot of theatres were private owners with one screen. You needed a trained professional to run the equipment, especially with nitrate film (the burnable film). As safety film (the stuff used today) came in being, along with the now dreaded multiplex, a trained professional became expendable. The attitude of most of the big chains was, “well if we lose one screen, we have others.” Why do you think even today, look at the big theatres, they always have 1 or 2 older movies playing. All of the above, along with the huge influx of 3 month DVD releasing makes quality projection less and less important. As I posted elsewhere here on Cinema Treasures, just wait until digital cinema comes along, some of these manager-operators are going to find out what us hard working union guys have been going thru these past 25 years.
With respect to Joe Masher, I remember when the projectionist union tried to get work here in 1980 when the place first opened, and it was 5 screens from day 1.
Status should be changed to 10 screens. I know, I work there.
What a shame that no seats exist. With the opening of the Prudential Arena 2 blocks away, I had visions of this grand old palace coming back to life to entertain folks once more. I guess it was just wishful thinking.
I worked here briely as a projectionist in 1990, when things were already in a downslide. Had 2 screens, screen 1 was the bigger of the 2 theatres. Ran “teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in the spring of 1990, which seemed to be the last harrah for this theatre.
A small story in Monday, Jan 14 Star Ledger said that over the weekend the heavy winds blew part of the marquee onto the street below. No further info provided.