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markp commented about Washington Theatre reopens on Feb 24, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Hi joni. I am a projectionist from here in central New Jersey. I hope you guys make it. I have been sick of late, but if I get time I would like to come visit. After working so many booths the past 33 years, I still like to see new ones. Maybe I’ll try the trek in a few weeks.

markp commented about A night at the Mar-Va Theater on Feb 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

We need more of these around the country!!

markp commented about Loew's Gates Theatre on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:54 am

I know it was a long time ago, and I scanned thru all the above posts, perhaps I missed it, but isn’t this theatre one the few that Loew’s walked away from after the great blackout of 1977? As I remember reading, they just never showed up again after the power returned.

markp commented about Washington Theatre reopens on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

Nice to see this place still around. I know that over the past 15 to 20 years its been under numerous ownerships and closed for long periods of time. Good Luck. It will be nice for someone to say ‘see you can make money with a twin’.

markp commented about Theaters sued for not providing captioned Films on Feb 23, 2009 at 5:55 am

You are right Ken. The independant theatre owner I work for had to put out a boat load of money for the hearing inpaired system (10 screens) and in the 5+ years I’ve worked there, I can recall about maybe 10 people requsting it. Do the math, that’s 2 people a year. A most expensive outlay. Now he is faced with putting in at least one digital projector, so as to keep up with everyone else.

markp commented about Loews Salem Avenue Cinemas on Feb 23, 2009 at 5:35 am

With regards to the very first post at the top of this page, there was a film made about that raft expedition. I remember the theatre my late father was projectionist at ran it in 1974 I believe. If memory serves me, I think it was called “The RA Expedition.” I have tried to find this on video for years, but there seems to be no record of this film. It was very interesting how they trekked across on just a small raft.

markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Feb 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

WOW Christophersepp, you said everything that just couldn’t bring myself to type. You are right on several accounts, the biggest one being, AMC doesn’t want anything less than 15 to 20 screens. End of story. (too bad for the rest of us) And as the independant owner I work for always says, 90% of the ill’s in todays movie business is because of AMC. They were the ones who introduced 20-plexes, they were the ones who brought about stadium seating. And they are the ones who are pushing for the elimination of film and having digital projection and dietmax (or minimax or whatever the hell you want to call it, but it isn’t IMAX). I have been in the business for over 30 years, and I can tell you, I hate it now, the only time I get pleasure is the occasional film fest at the Count Basie in Red Bank. Reel-to-reel and changeovers, on 20 minute reels. Movies the way they were meant to be.

markp commented about SF Silver Screen for sale on Feb 19, 2009 at 8:16 am

Somewhere on the tube it was shipped in should be the size on a label or written with a sharpie marker.

markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Feb 19, 2009 at 8:15 am

The funny thing Bill is that after Regal bailed out on Columbia Park, it became a $ 2.00 house for a while, then Pheonix came in and its first run again. I often have tried to figure out how you get to that place. Maybe there’s a secret passageway. (ha-ha)

markp commented about Entertainment Agency offers fundraising help nationwide on Feb 19, 2009 at 8:11 am

Try contacting the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey, a beautifully restored 2770 seat theatre that sits virtually empty. 908-352-7315 or 908-352-7469.

markp commented about Queens Theatre on Feb 19, 2009 at 7:01 am

I could be wrong, but during the 1980’s, if this was a porn theatre at that time, then this, along with the Earle in Jackson Heights, the Globe in the Bronx, The Polk, as well as the Cinema 9 and Sayrewoods in New Jersey were all run by the same person. I worked at the Sayrewoods, and I know every week we would shuffle the film around from one theatre to the next. He made a lot of money out of those places, I could tell you that.

markp commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:51 am

As much as it hurts to read Christophersepp’s comment above, I have been feeling his pain now for years. As an IA projectionist, who has run everything in a theatre, 16MM, 35MM, 70MM, IMAX, I can say that this is the future. Traditional is out, this stadium crap, with all that digital crap is in. And don’t even get me started on the newest rebirth of 3-D. I was around for the last one in the late 70’s that only lasted a few years. Wait until people realize they have to pay $ 3.00 to $ 5.00 more to see digital and 3-D. With this economy, the theatres should be thankful they have people coming at all. My wife who works on stage at various venues has been out of work since the beginning of the year. There are many more like us. And I at least have the privilidge to see this digital crap for free, and you know what? You can keep it. As I have said numerous times before, give me good ol 35 or 70MM anyday, anytime.

markp commented about Redstone may dodge debt bullet on Feb 18, 2009 at 5:37 am

I still cannot see how, with this economy, Redstone is going to come out of this without a major sell-off and closing of theatres. As my friend Tom mentioned above, here in New Jersey, several NA theatres have closed the past few years, including the Amboys (floor collapse) the All-Jersey in Newark, and the Atco. The only ones left now are Edgewater, Hazlet and West Windsor, as well as the Ritz in Haddonfield.
And in the past few years, Redstone has put an emphasis on the westchester area of New York. Its only been a few years since City Center opened in White Plains, and there already were seveal NA theatres in the area.

markp commented about Beacon Theatre reopens after $16 million restoration on Feb 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I must give credit, cablevision did a fabulous job renovating. I wonder if they might someday have movie premieres here like they do at the Zig, since this is over twice the size. It could really be a red carpet premiere here.

markp commented about Beacon Theatre on Feb 16, 2009 at 6:58 am

Glad to see this one back up and running. Hey LuisV, although nothing is happening now, the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. also has been restored.

markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Hello Peter,
Sorry to hear about the loss of the Lafayette. I never made it to your classics, because I was always working. Wish I could have seen them. You know I do some at the Count Basie in Red Bank, N.J. but they don’t always get film, as is the case next week with Dr. Zhivago, one of my all-time favorites. I just wish I could get the owner of the 2700 seat Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. to get the booth up and running, and then maybe classics could show there.
You could be proud, because I never once heard anything negative about what you did up there.
And if the Ritz ever gets going, please, bring your classics there.
Maybe I’ll meet you someday at the Basie. I just posted this years schedule on their CT site page. I’ll be doing all the 35MM.
Take Care.

markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Feb 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Here is the schedule for the upcoming ‘Take 9 Count Basie Theatre Foundation Film Series.’

Sun Feb 22 2:00pm Doctor Zhivago 1965 DVD
Wed Mar 4 7:30pm Citizen Kane 1941 35MM
Sun Mar 8 2:00pm Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 35MM
Sun Mar 8 7:30pm Dial M for Murder 1954 35MM
Tue Mar 31 7:30pm Cool Hand Luke 1967 DVD
Sat Apr 11 2:00pm Happy Feet 2006 DVD
Sat Apr 11 7:00pm Titanic 1997 35MM
Tue Apr 28 7:30pm American Graffitti 1973 35MM
Wed May 6 7:30pm Pretty in Pink 1986 35MM

More info can be found on the theatres website “”

markp commented about AMC Loews Palisades Center 21 on Feb 7, 2009 at 7:09 am

Corporate america at its best. Give them a coupon, we already got their money!!!

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

markp commented about Commodore Cinemas on Feb 5, 2009 at 7:44 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.

markp commented about 3-D Revolution at movie theaters on Feb 4, 2009 at 7:58 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.

markp commented about National Theatre on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

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

markp commented about Cinepolis Parsippany on Jan 31, 2009 at 7:40 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.

markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 27, 2009 at 5:52 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.

markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 8:47 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.