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Aside from what we all said above, TheatreBuff1 hit the mark right on the head with the last comment. “There’s always going to be the strong need for that well-run theatre.” That’s been a lot of the problem with the entire movie industry in general. Too many people are in it who are not true showman, like what we had in the old days. I have worked in theatres where these owners don’t have a clue what it takes to run a movie theatre. And these big chains, I can tell you they all run with budgets and set limits on how many people they can have on a given shift. If it rains, or for some reason its extremely busy, and you wait on line forever, oh well. So the real problem is finding that “well-run” theatre. I don’t care if its AMC or Regal, or Clearview, they all have faults, and they are all watched over by nothing more than pencil pushers, not showman.
I couldn’t agree with you more TheatreBuff1. Politics had a huge part in it. Why have a movie theatre, when you can have a big soaring skyscraper or retail store instead? And don’t forget, T.V. didn’t help either. As for your other statement, I feel the same way you do, only in that my dad was an IA projectionist for 55 years, and started in the late 30’s. He got to expierience that which I wished I could, but did not. So I know how you feel, very sad and longing for the days of yesteryear.
Correct NYDave. Here in New Jersey, the Delsea Drive-in reopened after being closed for almost 20 years. And in Maryland and Texas, I believe some brand new ones were built in the last few years.
So many theatre I have seen torn down, with all their projection equipment still inside. In 33 years as an IA projectionist, I’ve seen and heard it all. (sadly more than I’d like)
From a drive-in to a garbage dump…that’s really really sad.
I’m sorry to hear they are not using the curtains, but as I’ve said before, that’s clearview for you. Anything Jimmy D and his band of pencil pushers gets their hands on, somehow gets ruined.
Wow, “Joe” and “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” I remember I had to be like 13 years old when my dad ran these 2 back in the early 70’s. Those were the days.
When I was first getting into the business as a union projectionist 33 years ago, I had the pleasure, though short, to work some of the old Walter Reade theatres still left. He had the right idea as far as screen masking. 2 motors instead of one. When we went from our “flat” ratio of 1.75:1 to our “scope” ratio of 2.35:1, we pushed one button on the booth wall, and the side maskings would open about 8 to 10 feet on each side, and the top masking came down about 2 to 3 feet. I know when I sat there and watched movies, and seeing that transformation from the trailers to the feature, I still get breathless thinking about it today. Oh yes, and by the way, this was in a sloped theatre, no balcony, and 1375 seats, with aisles along the outer wall, and ¼ of the way in from the outer wall, NO center aisle, the best viewing in any theatre. And as TheatreBuff1 stated above, we had a beautiful red curtain that opened and closed, no cheesey slides or trivia or any of the crap you see today, in all these modern sheetrock broom closets they build. So everyone wants to know whats wrong with the industry? Well, we’re all here on CT talking about the grand palaces of yesterday, you just got the answer.
To Ziegfeld Man: Once I can get the current owners to pony up some greenbacks, we will work on those classics for you, and you’ll have a choice of 1 of the 2770 seats. Hang in there.
To Bill Huelbig: Thank God the Fishers never allowed this place to be twinned!!! Could you imagine…
Well at least LuisV sort of understands where I’m coming from. As HowardBHass said today in an earlier post, saying former disgruntled employees do the bashing, I have long since moved on from my days with Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers. And I love old movie palaces as much as all of you. If not I wouldn’t have been in the business for the past 33 years. My point is that everything the Dolans seem to get their hands on turns to you know what. And if their Rainbow division ever gets sold as was talked about in the past, that will probably be the end of clearview. I know what it is to work with these people, trust me.
And I almost forgot, I am helping to restore movies to a historic theatre, the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J.
I was not bashing Howard, but you were not put out to the unemployment line like I was by this wonderful company. Thats why I feel this way. Give them 150% and they give you a pink slip. As long as Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers own this place, its in danger!!!
Knowing Clearview, don’t bet on it.
Is it possible, that almost 30 years later, something, ANYTHING, might finally be getting started to save this once grand treasure?
Lets hope they still have UNION projectionists running the classics, not like all the other clearviews in Ney York state and New Jersey, where they threw us out to the curb. Otherwise that new print will be trash reel quick
Tuesday March 18,2008, New York Post, movie times listing: Ridgewood Theatre, call theatre for schedule,….That’s all folks.
Basically the same things were said in the Post article. FINALLY, after 30 years could it be???…
No arguement here Luis. What we need here, and around the country is for not one more palace to ever be demolished again.
I read an article on page 2 of saturday March 15 New York Post, which states that the boro president of Brooklyn wants this theatre renovated by 2010. The city is supposed to be getting bids on the cost of renovation, in the neighborhood of $70 million. Lets hope it gets done this time. 30 years is long enough to wait.
As per ADA, they would have to put wheelchair spaces somewhere or face some hefty fines.
Its been 4 years since Clearview kicked us UNION projectionists out of here, but if memory serves me, the seat counts were as follows, (or pretty close)
Cinema 1 320 seats
Cinema 2 292
Cinema 3 265
Cinema 4 156
Cinema 5 193
Cinema 6 193
Cinema 7 155
Cinema 8 312
Cinema 9 292
Cinema 10 320
I remember when I was there with my partner, we always had 100% perfect projection. I don’t know what its like now, since I’ve been gone for the past 4 years. This is one theatre, that in all my 33 years of being a projectionist, that I can say I really miss working in. But Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers came in, and out we went. So I have moved on to other theatres, both film and stage, where I can say I am appreciated for what I do, not looked at as a liability, like it was here.
Actually Justin, they pay nothing. All those materials are provided to the theatres by the distributors. All the theatres have to do is request them.
Oh yes, you had to love those urban renewal projects of the 60’s. Just look at how many theatres were lost in New York City because of it.
Sorry to say passaic kid, but as former New York City mayor Ed Koch said in 1978, “ it never was,” and that’s the sad truth. The people and politicians of this once great town do not think in terms as “it was”, only in terms of “how it can be”, wouldn’t you agree? And
“how it can be” , quite frankly stinks.
Great job. Movies shown the way they were meant to be!!!!!!!