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The closest one is about 5 to 6 miles away, the AMC Menlo Park 12, and about 12 miles the other direction, the AMC Aviation 12. Menlo is about 17 years old, non-stadium, Aviation is about 2 years old, all stadium. There was a time, when I was a kid, that the Township of Woodbridge, ( 9 districts in all ) had the State in Woodbridge, the Fords Playhouse in Fords and the Iselin Theatre in Iselin, all about 3 miles apart from each other. Later on, Walter Reade built the Woodbridge Theatre, and National General built the Fox Theatre. We really had our choices during the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Question to RCDTJ…with projector 3 finally repaired, is this to suggest that FILMS may actually show here again in the future, perhaps as a premiere or something? Or am I just dreaming. Also. I will be here tomorrow to see the Christmas show. My wife is one of the many set dressers.
I get constant critisizm from the people I work with now. “Why do you need a schedule for each projector, its only 6 screens.” My answer…“do I ever start the wrong movie???…NO…End of discussion.”
Unheated, poor sound systems, uncomfortable seats. Sounds like some of the places my father worked at in the 60’s, and I worked at in the later 70’s.
This theatre was never a music makers theatre, thank god. It came under the General Cinema banner in june of 1977, the same time another former Walter Reade house, the Woodbridge was taken over by GCC. In the fall of 1977, both Seaview and Woodbridge were split in half. I know this because I worked at Woodbridge, and the constuction crew would tell us how Seaview was about a week behind Woodbridge. What they did in one theatre this week, the crew went to the other theatre the following week. First the wall studs, then the sheetrockers, and finally put the seats back in. Then we came in to do the screens, projection room, apertures, etc.
I wish them well. It would be nice to see these downtowns revived. I wish someone would build a small theatre complex in my downtown of Woodbridge, N.J. which has not had a movie theatre since 1971, when the State Theatre closed.
I"m not saying this as a long time IATSE union projectionist, but this is what happens when you have idiots making minimum wage and selling popcorn run the booth. This just shows you whats wrong in the entire industry today…too many chiefs, and no indians.
I couldn’t agree with you more newt, especially a big grand theatre, not these sheetrock cookie cutters they build today.
Pencil pushers as I like to call them.
I started in 1975 Al. And just to add to what you said, my father would say for years (before he went to that big movie palace in the sky) that T.V. would kill the theatres. Well…still waiting for that one too.
Yup, nothing like having those 12 screens all digital. Maybe they will follow the concept of the theatre that was posted about a week ago, and not even have a projection room. After all, if there are no REAL projectors, then you dont need a projection room. Just stick those those good old digitals right there in the auditorium.
Now you know CinemarkFan that would never happen.
What??? Digital projection isn’t installed in all 16 screens??? You mean they actually put in 35MM projectors??? Have mercy!!!!
I have been in some home theatres bigger than this.
Just to add to my above post. If it was the 20-plex across town from the above mentioned Ritz, why forget it, the line would be around the building. Once inside, you’re greeted with those high prices and lousey projection. And you know what? The people that go there don’t even notice, or care. That’s the real shame of it all.
Too bad newt wallen is right. Except for maybe the Lafayette in Suffurn N.Y. and Loews Jersey in Jersey City N.J. all the theatres that try to bring back the true movie going expierience are met with brick walls. You cant advertise, you can get decent prints of film, now they dont even want to reprint anymore, just put everything on that damn digital. And a cartoon and short subject? Unheard of. I had visions of doing this in Elizabeth N.J. at the Ritz Theatre, if it ever gets sold, and things get moving, but with the stories I hear, I just dont know. And its too bad because it would be great to do that in a 2800 seat house with a 38 foot wide screen. (And reel to reel changeovers, and carbon arc too!)
Sorry to hear of your loss newt. I’m sure something will come up, perhaps with a small independant chain.
Not to nit pick MikeRa, but theatres are not forced to card. Many of them do only because they dont want to be the one who gets caught letting in underage kids. The MPAA doesn’t care if you card or not. They just rate the film. I have been saying for years, they should keep the “G” “PG” which could cover your pre-teens till like age 16 or 17, bring back the “M” which could cover the group who wants to see Saw etc, the “R” would cover extreme violence or sex, and “NC-17” for what it is intended. But I’m just one fish in the ocean.
Todays Star Ledger had a full page story with a great shot of the auditorium, and about events leading up to this friday’s re-opening.
Today’s Star Ledger had a full page story with photo’s about the opening planned for this coming week.
You just gotta love it!!!!!
Couldn’t have said it any better CinemarkFan.
I remember you TomR, and yes the mall sure was in a hurry. I remember the next morning, which was a Sunday, how the mall had a crew out there taking down the marquee, which I and many others including you had our picture taken on just hours earlier. I have those photos in a frame on my bedroom wall as we post here today. I still remember when my dad filled in for Joe and Abe when the place was a single.
Here we go again…first the U.S., now the UK, next, the rest of the world!!!!! I still say, and I’m sure CinemarkFan will agree, (in fact I’m sure of it) give me good old 35MM or better yet, 70MM anyday, anytime, anywhere. Thats all I have to say about that!
How about a double feature of “Porky’s” and “Revenge of the Nerds” just for the hell of it.