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Yep, just another example of something, in this case something wonderful and beautiful, that Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers managed to screw up. Everything they get their hands on turns to !@#$. Can’t wait to see what they do to the newspaper Newsday.
The Sommerville Circle Twin, Rutgers Plaza Twin, and Brunswick Square Twin, were all built at the same time, around 1973 by General Cinema. The Circle was tripled in 1979, and Rutgers became a sixplex in 1984. Brunswick remained a twin until GCC closed it in the 90’s. I worked as a projectionist at the Circle and the Square, but not the 6.
Looked in todays Star Ledger, but did not see anything about the theatre. Is it opening this week?
Just to let you in on some inside scoop Justin, AMC recently slashed theatre budgets across the country. All the theatres lost their projection booth managers. They have all been either let go, or reassigned as regular house managers. Presentations should take a nose dive now. But don’t worry, if you’re not happy, they will give you a pass to come back. You will have already spent $10 to $12 at the concession stand. And THAT is all that matters to any of these big chains, AMC, clearview, regal, etc.
Looks close to the one we had here in New Jersey, the Menlo Park. Twinned in Sept 1976, it too did great business up till about 1989. Then the mall across the street was being renovated and a 12 screen Cineplex Odeon put us out of business. Ours was demolished in early 1992 for a Macoroni Grill. Ahh, those old GCC twins. They were the best.
Spielberg probably thinks like me. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The reason for the blurry projection is because this theatre. like all others, have managers running the projection room, the boxoffice, the candy stand, counting money, etc. Too many hats being worn, so all jobs suffer. And that’s the only reason why everyone thinks this DLP will be the end all cure all. We’ll wait and see. Enjoy your blockbusters. Me personally, after being in this business for 33 years, I have no desire to see any of these movies, and I ran and enjoyed the previous 3 Indy movies. Maybe Wall-E is one I’ll take in.
I would say you have a better chance of the “23” being sold to someone who will keep it a drive-in, than National with the twin. Those big coporations have no nostalga about history, and all that goes with it.
Well John, I can answer both questions for you, having last worked for clearview over 4 years ago. 1) digital is NOT idiot proof, and yes they will find a way to screw it up. (its clearview after all, you know Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers) and 2) the reason your movie was all screwed up is because these pencil pushers got rid of all the union guys 4 years ago. They don’t have anyone who knows how to run movies. And 3) lets not forget, AMC got rid of this theatre 10 years ago. They don’t get rid of something that easily.
Hey Jeff S, here’s one even better. If a theatre gets say 4 prints, and 1 is a back-up, never used or unsealed from the can, they destroy THAT first, because they don’t know what condition its in, then they go thru all the used ones, save about 100 and destroy the rest. What twisted logic that is. I would think it should be the other way around, but hey, what do I know, I’ve only been a projectionist for 33 years.
You are absolutely right Ziegfeld man. With Indy going to be on 5 to 7 screens at every multiplex in the city and suburbs, the Ziegfeld can’t possibly have it for more then 3 to 4 weeks. As I have been telling everyone I work with at my theatre, I’m sorry to say, but by July 4th, Indy will be pretty much gone, maybe running a screen here or there, but that’s it. In todays movie industry, its get out 9000 prints, run it, get 2 to 3 weeks out of it, and off to DVD we go. It makes me sick.
I’m not sure Clearview is going to spend the money to put in 5 digitals here, or anywhere, since a) they only have 1 installed in their other multi’s and b) there still is no clear cut standard as to which digital system is going to be the final one used in the future.
Amazing how the marquee has stood for 20 years.
That other marquee in the distance is of the old Loew’s Victoria 125th Street theatre, which later became the Victoria 5 theatres.
Wow! Did the quality of movies, for the most part, really tank in those last few years. Its no wonder it had to close.
Points well taken.
I saw this article in todays Star Ledger. They want to tear it down for condo’s. Give me a break.
I remember in my early years with GCC when I did the jobs on the floor, and later after I joined the projectionists union, always hearing from my DM about Northeast. He would always tell us how this theatre was one of the better grossing theatres in the entire circuit. Being here in N.J. we were in the same division, and I can say, this theatre was always the talk. It sounds really sad to hear what has become of it. Is it really so bad that its unhealthy to be near? And if so why do they leave it, or has it since been demolished and put to rest.
One more thing cindalla, while at work todat, I remembered that the Papermill Scene shop will be closing this summer. I hear they are selling off a lot of stuff. Perhaps they may have curtains. Good Luck to you and your school.
You got that right. Did you know the DVD’s are already made when the films are released? I laugh when everyone says Indy 4 is going to last ALL summer. I’ll bet it will be dead and out of gas by July 4th. Take that to the bank!!!
You would be wise to just call around to the different theatres in the area and see what type of response you get. I know the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. has been undergoing renovations for about 3 years now. I don’t know if and when they will be re-doing the stagehouse, but a call won’t hurt. Also, the Count Basie in Red Bank N.J. will be closing this summer for renovations. Again, I don’t know if the stagehouse is being done over, but a call won’t hurt. Hope this helps you out. Mayo Center in Morristown, and Union County Arts Center in Rahway are also other good bets.
I passed this place on Sunday May 4, 2008 on my way back from Red Bank. There is a large roll off container next to the lobby portion of the building. Wonder whats going on???
Too true Patsy, too true.
Another one bites the dust. Sad.
Sounds like a very interesting place. Movies, concerts and a weekend drive-in sure sounds multi-purpose to me. Perhaps this is something that could take off in other parts of the country, maybe even here in New Jersey.