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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Feb 7, 2009 at 9:07 am

Ahh Justin, quality non-union projectionists at their best. Mis-frames, shortened snipes, gotta love it. And the management too!! That’s an old trick to avoid having too many voids. Someone mispunched a ticket to the morning show, and sold it to you in the afternoon. No voids. Also against company policy. Those splices during the movie probably happened because they wound the film onto the platter too fast, and it snapped.

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markp commented about Commodore Cinemas on Feb 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

If its like what they did here in New Jersey, pick one: parking lot, retail store, office buildind, condos.
Id rather have the old time movie palace, thank you very much.

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markp commented about 3-D Revolution at movie theaters on Feb 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I actually remember those 3-D porns, The Stewarsesses I believe was one. As far as the whole 3-D thing, those who want to pay will pay, those who dont care will go to a traditional 2-D theatre. Myself, I agree with CinemarkFan, and he knows this, give me 70MM anytime, anyday, and it will stack up against the best. Check out those 2 screens he posted above. Now THAT’S how to watch a movie.

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markp commented about National Theatre on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

The point is as you say vhase, its not what played there years ago, its GONE, and thats the real sin here.

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markp commented about Cinepolis Parsippany on Jan 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

I’m sure Mr John J. Fink that Meredith did indeed have something to do with the projection getting better. After Clearview kicked all the union projectionists to the curb to save money, (i’ll get to that in a moment) they had the popcorn poppers running the booths. No one knew what they were doing. And as far as saving money, they kicked me out of my 10-plex where I was making $17.00 per hour, and hired 2 people, one at $13.00 and the other at $8.00 to run the place. Now math was never my strong point, but even I know that adds up to more than 17. AND they had problems galore, which made me smile from ear to ear. They deserve all they get.

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markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 27, 2009 at 7:52 am

Good Morning LuisV and East Coast Rocker,
Thanks for at least hearing me out about the Ritz Theatre. Its funny how with that one and the Paradise, money spent just to sit. Now as mrbillyc points out above, the State and Count Basie, 2 theatres I happen to work at from time to time are surviving. And in the case of the State 20 years ago, people said they were crazy, no one would come. So I believe, if only the correct non-profit could be formed (or found) to run the above mentioned theatres and the Kings and this sites Ridgewood, why then palaces would be saved for ours and future generations to enjoy. We just need the right people. Thats the hardest part.

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markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

As much I hate to say it LuisV, you’re right. The Kings especially is one that needs to be saved. About you’re point of people being in business to make money, how do you explain the owner of the beautifully restored Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth N.J. spending millions to renovate, then just lets it sit there and do nothing. I know of people who tried to help him get stage shows in there, and I personally worked on the projection room and offered to help get movie series and classics in there, but nothing happens. That to me is a waste of time and effort.

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markp commented about Woodbridge General Cinemas II on Jan 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

The building is being carved up into several shops and an Irish pub and resturant.

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markp commented about Johnny All Weather Drive-In on Jan 26, 2009 at 8:44 am

I remember when we had 2 of these here in new Jersey, the Plainfield-Edison Indoor/Outdoor and the Turnpike Indoor/Outdoor. What was great was after they twinned the indoors, they showed all different movies in and out. So if you went to an early indoor show, you could get out, move the car and watch the double feature showing outside. Great days, never to return again. How sad.

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markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 7:15 am

But again, after watching the NY 1 News video, only the facade would be protected. They could still destroy the interior, and then still no theatre. I am so sick of the ‘out with the old, in with the new’ attitude.

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markp commented about Showcase Cinema Erlanger on Jan 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Another of the once mighty Redstone empire bites the dust.

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markp commented about Drive-In theater start-up questions on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

A buddy of mine has 2 century JJ2 35/70MM projectors he wants to sell. Dont know for how much. Best bet is to go with dual projectors, 6000 foot reels and changeovers, rather than a platter system. Just my opinion, since thats what I prefer.

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markp commented about NCG Courtland Cinemas on Jan 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Another piece of the Redstone empire crumbling away….

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markp commented about Courtland Cinemas close on Jan 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

This seems to be heading the same way of the Circuit City retail chain, where they try in vain to sell off assets to stay afloat, then when that don’t work, it just gets shut down forever. One of the best run chains I ever worked for now seems headed for the scrap heap.

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markp commented about Courtland Cinemas close on Jan 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

The once mighty Redstone empire crumbling away slowly but surely.

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markp commented about 1940 silk movie promo banners photo link on Jan 20, 2009 at 8:13 am

You won’t see anything like that anymore. Too bad too, but they call that ‘progress’.

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markp commented about Eric Twin on Jan 20, 2009 at 8:11 am

I remember how hot that summer was because I was working at the General Cinema Woodbridge. It was still a single screen, to be twinned that fall. I worked also at the General Cinema Menlo Park Twin where we were showing “Star Wars”. The reason I remember the heat was because I always changed the marquee signs, and even at 10:00 at night it was blistering hot.

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markp commented about A look back at the year 1979: the year of science fiction on Jan 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Well you know Love movies, even today you will get a movie that has some staying power, I agree, but for the most part, it doesn’t happen to often. As far as Meteor, I remember this one because it was the last movie to play the Mann Fox Theatre in Woodbridge N.J., a beautiful 1700 seater, never twinned, 70MM equipped, curved screen, the works. I remember the demolishon as if it were yesterday.

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markp commented about A look back at the year 1979: the year of science fiction on Jan 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

I remember when we ran “Alien” and “Moonraker” at the old Menlo Park Twin in Edison N.J. It was the middle of AUGUST and we were still selling out almost 800 seats in each theatre, everyday. That’s when movies had legs, not like today when it cones out on a million screens and its dead in 2 weeks. I agree with lovemovies, those memories are great for me.

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markp commented about Horse became the show when it walked into an English cinema on Jan 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

Would have been great if they were showing “The Horse Whisperer.” I know lame joke, just couldn’t resist.

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markp commented about Chehalis Theatre closes on Jan 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

Well MPol, I know sheetrock is the order of the day, but I’ll take the old day any day. And as far as what RoxyVaudville said, he should know, since hes running a thatre in just that fashion. He and I have a mutual friend. I never met RoxyVaudville, but I heard his theatre is a jewel. And if you look up ‘Beach Cinema’ in Bradley Beach N.J., you will find another single screener showing 2nd run and doing just fine. The biggest problem today is the film companies dictate too much what can and cannot be done, and the theatres therefore cannot think outside the box.

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markp commented about Little Theatre on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

My old local was the same misterrick. I worked at 2 porn houses, and 2 General Cinemas, as well as an independent, all at the same time. One day here, one day there. Thats how us youngins used to make our money in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

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markp commented about Chehalis Theatre closes on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Both longislandmovies and MPol are right. Years ago the palaces were built with brick, mortar and plaster. Todays crackerboxes are built with sheetrock that gets more holes punched in it than termites can put in an old piece of wood. Ever see a newer plex get demolished? No time flat. Watch an old video of New york’s Roxy Theatre, or the old Penn Station. It took forever. (By the way it took 2 and ½ years to tear down the old penn, and only 18 months to put up its sorry replacement.)

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markp commented about New Metro to become Urban Outfitters on Jan 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

That would have been nice here to. But remember, I think the people in Michigan might care a little bit more about their treasures than most people in New York do. Look at the Loews Kings in Brooklyn. Its sitting there for over 30 years empty, yet except for those of us on this forum, nobody else cares. Thats the biggest reason these places get demolished or converted in the first place.

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markp commented about Chehalis Theatre on Jan 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

It could be a nice theatre to show art and foriegn films. Usually these single screeners do well that way.