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markp commented about Alameda Theatre cuts corners with non-union workers on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I am an IATSE member now for almost 30 years. (33 if you count my apprenticeship). I remember when all we had in my local was projectionists. Now, I am the only one left who relies on it for income. And even with that, I share the booth with management. It is a 10 screen theatre I work in, and I must be honest, even though I give them 150%, they really don’t need me. And it pains me to say this, because my father was a projectionist for 55 years before passing on 15 years ago. He made a nice life for all of us, nice house, nice cars, etc. It is a sin the way we IATSE projectionists have been treated the last 15 to 20 years. But that’s what corporate america has done to every industry anyway, so why would it be different for us? Good luck in CA. I hope you are successful.

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markp commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm

It WAS beautiful, and its a sin that it was destroyed. This building, along with many other old palaces, were built of brick, mortar and plaster, not like these sheetrock screening rooms they build today.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Hello Justin. I’m curious of your age, only because its funny when you speak of movies having a long run, you think 2 months is long. When I first got into the business 30 some years ago, 6 to 8 months was a long time, and when my father, God rest his soul started in the late 30’s, movies would run for over a year sometimes. Its funny how each generation has its particulars. I’m not crazy about the whole batman thing, but you enjoy. For me, its more Wall*E and things of that nature.

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markp commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Good to know some people like Nolan and Spielberg still respect film, like I do. Like I’ve always said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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markp commented about Last night at Rialto on Jun 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Does anyone know what will become of the Rialto, and why has it closed?

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markp commented about Newton Theatre on Jun 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm

No listings in the Star Ledger. Is it open? And if it is how is business been so far?

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markp commented about Beach 4 Theatre on Jun 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm

What will happen after the one year lease is up? Will the foundation get more time to try and save this theare? As a non-profit, they should be allowed ample time to try and secure the funding neede to purchase and save this theatre.

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markp commented about After 30 years, GREASE is still the word! on Jun 13, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I remember running Grease that entire summer. We did not change a movie on that screen until the beginning of Nov. We were still selling out an 800 seat theatre up till Halloween that year. What a summer, what a movie.

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markp commented about Happy 15th anniversary, "Jurassic Park" and DTS!!! on Jun 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I remember 2 things about Jurassic Park that summer. 1) I was running it at a 14 screen theatre, and we had it on 2 screens, and we kept both prints until Thanksgiving, when we let go of one, and kept the other print until the following February. And 2) I was in Shamokin PA. that summer for a friends wedding, and I remember him taking me to now demolished Victoria theatre, and there were about 1400 people in this theatre that night. ( and this was 5 weeks after it opened)

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markp commented about Sony to offer HDTV events in movie theaters on May 28, 2008 at 4:16 am

Wouldn’t we all like to know. I’m sure it will be another excuse to jack em up, you know, new technology and all that stuff.

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markp commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on May 28, 2008 at 4:08 am

I got so excited, I meant to say SAYING, sorry.

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markp commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on May 28, 2008 at 4:02 am

Someone give Boczki a cigar!!! FINALLY someone who agrees with what I’ve been sating.

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markp commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on May 28, 2008 at 3:59 am

Yes Ed, ALL multiplexes are cold and soulless. Maybe THAT’S why we like our old treasures so much.

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markp commented about Avalon Theatre on May 23, 2008 at 5:25 am

Amazing to see a huge auditorium like that still intact in 2008. Everywhere I’ve worked, that would have been carved up into 4 or 6 screens by now. Truly a gem.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2008 at 5:21 am

Hi Ziegfeld Man, Movie534 here, as far as your above post, well you know where I stand on that. After 33 years in the booth, film is it for me. However, I am glad to here that you enjoyed the new Indy movie. I am getting ready for work now. I will be running 4 prints of it in the place I work at today. I may even be able to watch the last show, as it is the last one to start for the day. I wont be getting home till after 2 a.m., but if I see it, I’ll leave a post on how I liked it. Have a nice holiday weekend.

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markp commented about Squire Theater on May 21, 2008 at 6:51 am

Sorry to hear of your lousy expeirience Love Movies. But I can say I’m not surprised. I mean I worked for Clearview for almost 8 years before they canned the union, and you must remember, this chain is run by Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers. They only worry about making things look good for the stockholders. I remember all the rules and procedures they had back in the day, and not a one was followed. Plus, the guy who is now the district manager for your area is the biggest fool of all. He’s only there to help get rid of the union projectionists and make sure the concession prices keep going up to make the profit margins, and himself, look good.

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markp commented about My movie memories of summer 1978 on May 20, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Boy that list brings back memories. As an apprentice projectionist that year, I remember running film numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17. And most of them played for what seems forever, not just weeks, but months. Give me those days anytime.

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markp commented about Drive-In Super Monster-Rama September 12-13 on May 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm

You got that right Love Movies. I remember as a 13 year old my dad running “Frogs” and “Blacula” as a double feature. They were part of those old AIP low budget flicks made by Samual Z. Arkoff. They were cheaply made but boy were they fun to watch.

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markp commented about Pacific's Hastings 8 on May 18, 2008 at 6:07 am

I just viewed some of the photos posted on Cinematour and that huge auditorium sure brings back memories of some of the huge theatres we once had here in New Jersey. Nice wide room, with acres of seats, and how about all that carpeting in front of the screen before the first row of seats. Nowadays all we get are shoeboxes and tile floor (if we’re lucky).

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markp commented about My movie memories of summer 1978 on May 18, 2008 at 5:47 am

Do any of you remember what years did Disney do the “Summer Festivals” where each week they did a new double feature, one live action, and one animated. My memory seems to suggest it was 1976, 1977 and 1978, but I’m not sure. I do remember that it was when I was taking interest in following in my fathers footsteps and become a projectionist, so it had to be somewhere in this timeframe. Too bad disney does not do this anymore, but I guess with everyone owning the movies on DVD, no one would come.

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markp commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on May 18, 2008 at 5:39 am

It sounds to me like the Paradise as of now, is doing the same types of shows as the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J. That theatre underwent a complete restoration, and now sits empty except for the occasional spanish show that comes in. Yet, with proper management and promotion, that theatre could be as big as the New Jersey PAC in Newark, or the State in New Brunswick. For any of these big theatres to survive as performing arts, they need to be diverse, cater to all, and let people know youre out there. With the Paradise, its been documented in the newspapers, as with the Ritz, no one knows its there.

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markp commented about My movie memories of summer 1978 on May 18, 2008 at 5:19 am

Makes sense to me Bob. I remember when my dad was a projectionist, he told me the “summer” season in the movies was between June 15 and Labor Day. Now it seems like May 1st to July 4th and that it. What a difference 30 years makes.

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markp commented about My movie memories of summer 1978 on May 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Yeah, I remember that summer too. The theatre where I was working at the time was playing “Grease” in cinema 1 and “Heaven Can Wait” in cinema 2. And, we played both until mid October of that year. I remember how I was just getting the knack of the whole projection thing, (which I still do) and in my spare time talking on my CB radio. (anyone remember them?) I sit alot these days thinking of 1977, 78, 79, they were great movie years, and great for me personally.

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markp commented about Cinema 4 on May 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Looks to me Lost that it probably was 3 screens, and one of them was split to get four. Otherwise, why would you call it “Cine 3” when there are 4, unless their using “new” math, ha-ha.

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markp commented about Jerry Lewis Cinema on May 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Address for this theatre is Rte. 206 and Andrea Ave. It seated 350. Its function today is a gym. It was a single screen its entire life.