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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Sorry for the double entry. My mouse was accidentally hit by a spoon.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

There is NO common sense in the land of Jimmy Dolan.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

There is NO common sense in the land of Jimmy Dolan.

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markp commented about Everett faces tough road ahead on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Any updates? Whats going on? Will it reopen?

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markp commented about Local projectionist shares memories on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Well David, at least you found a place that has a curtain. So many of these places today run those damn advertisements before the movie, that just makes me want to leave and never come back.

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markp commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Going to get even worse if Regal ever decides to get rid of the union projectionists, like they did around the rest of the country.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I remember that night well as I was one of the projectionists working there that night. At that time we used to have 2 projectionists on each shift. Each of us would do 7 theatres, 1-7 & 8-14. “New Jack City” was playind in Cinemas 8 and 13. The melee broke out in Cinema 13, just as I was starting to thread up for the midnight show. This is probably the one incident which started Amboys eventual downward spiral.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 31, 2008 at 9:29 am

As a matter of fact Warren, I’m old enough and do remember that crap playing there in 1978. What a shame.

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markp commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on Mar 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

That’s great Jon, but for us true film lovers, and old time movie palace lovers, we just can’t justify calling this new sheetrock multiplex a Cinema Treasure. Sorry.

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markp commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 30, 2008 at 8:10 am

Lets all hope and pray this one gets saved NativeForestHiller. We don’t need another one going retail or condo. Why can’t people see that reportory and performing arts is the way to go?

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

What I meant Rory is exactly what you said. Not too many of us are left who can make reel-to-reel changeovers. In todays cinema world, candy sellers and popcorn poppers run the show, not trained professionals. As for the era its from looking old, give me that ANY time over all this digital crap their pushing. I like the old 35mm film look. Enjoy your trip here, and your movie.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

They would not have been able to get the print if they did not run it reel-to-reel, (the way ALL films should be shown). Many film companies want a signed waiver, stating that you will not platter the print. Now all you have to hope is that there is no clown in the projection room running the print, or else, so much for that new print.

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markp commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on Mar 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm

We would consider THIS a cinema treasure? I don’t think so.

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markp commented about Varsity Theater demolished on Mar 27, 2008 at 11:18 am

Too sad, in fact sickening bobosan

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markp commented about Varsity Theater demolished on Mar 27, 2008 at 8:08 am

Great job on the video bobosan. I’m no building expert, but I have to agree with Bob Jensen. I did not see any sort of weaknesses in those remaining walls. It looks like yet another case of would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. Too late now. By the way, is this area of theatre where the screen would have been?

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markp commented about Seeking partners to reopen Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Although I work in the industry as an IATSE projectionist and stagehand, I wish I had money to help. But I have viewed pictures of this glorious theatre on their CT site, and please please please, somebody step in and save it. NO MORE RETAIL, SAVE THIS CINEMA TREASURE!!!!!

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markp commented about Parsippany Cinema 12 on Mar 25, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Maybe DLP helped a little…but its still Clearview…

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markp commented about Sheridan Plaza gone on Mar 25, 2008 at 6:56 am

I find it funny how these demolition people get a nice piece of change to tear down these buildings, and if someone comes by to try and get some equipment, all of a sudden dollar signs start flashing like a giant strobe light. We had the same thing happen here in New Jersey a few years ago. A bunch of people, some non-profit maybe tried to get equipment out of a sixplex that was closed for almost a year. The landlord said “why should I” and a month later, we all watched it go down in a heap. It really is a sickening feeling.

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markp commented about Skyway Drive-In on Mar 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Good question. Also there must be long lines to hear confession.

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markp commented about Sayrewoods Theatre on Mar 24, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I worked here as a projectionist from March of 1980 till April of 1989.

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markp commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Bringing ANY theatre left in a downtown area would bring life back to these ares.

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markp commented about Skyway Drive-In on Mar 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Drive on up to the alter…

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markp commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Well…Thank you Ian M. Judge. FINALLY there is someone in this world, other than me, who gets this whole 35mm vs. digital thing, as well as having a REAL projectionist vs a popcorn popper running the films. Having been (and still am) an IATSE projectionist for 33 years, I can tell you that everything said above is 100% correct. These big chains care nothing about presentation, and everything about how much candy they can sell. I always give my all, and yet 4 years ago, while working for a chain here in the NY/NJ area (I won’t name them) and getting consistant mystery shopper screen scores of between 96 and 100%, my union was let go to save a buck. Now, they pay 2 people a combined salary more than what I made, and their films are constantly scratched, or even worse. Add to that starting an “R” rated movie to a house full of 6 year olds, and well you get the idea. I for one hope film stays around for a very long time.

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markp commented about The architecture of today's theaters on Mar 24, 2008 at 9:13 am

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.

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markp commented about The architecture of today's theaters on Mar 23, 2008 at 9:22 am

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.