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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 9, 2008 at 6:23 am

In response to you macbear, and I am not picking on you or anything, but you must realize this, in the case of Loew’s Jersey, they use volunteers, some of which learned to operate projectors on the job, not from a trained person like me. In the case of the Ziegfeld, lets just say its cablevision, and leave it at that. As far as BAM, I have never been there. You also must remember that the projection equipment in use is old, and in some cases parts are not even made anymore. I know this was the case when I was attempting to restore the booth at the Ritz in Elizabeth, N.J. And as you said, film companies are not striking any new 35MM prints, because they all want digital, and this is how they will force everyone to get it.

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markp commented about NATO calls for equity for independent theaters on Oct 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Points well taken CinemarkFan, and I know someone who might know how to go about it. Also like the idea of a fansite, something similar to this here at CT, except devoted to film and the alike.

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markp commented about NATO calls for equity for independent theaters on Oct 8, 2008 at 9:43 am

You know CinemarkFan, this is really going to be one giant cluster-you-know-what. As I have been saying, and I’m sure you agree, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’

I’m off to work now, to run my 6 century 35MM projectors, which do a great job projecting the films we are showing.

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markp commented about Wall Street financing massive digital conversion program on Oct 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

CinemarkFan, if I’m ever lucky enough to be able to get to Chicago, I have to absolutely meet you. You speak my language.

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markp commented about Multiplex battles landlord over termination payment on Oct 7, 2008 at 7:41 pm

A similar situation happened a few years back in Akron Ohio at the Rolling Acres Mall. The entire mall is empty, except for a J.C.Penney outlet store and a triplex theatre originally built by GCC. As of this past August, only these 2 are left, as the Sears and Macys anchors closed up shop in the spring. The problem here was roudy teens, as well as stolen vehicles.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm

It amazes me how much hype goes into these weekends, then I read about all these projection problems. I know everyone here is volunteers, but I also know that up till a few years ago, there actually was a person who was a union projectionist running the films. After constantly banging his head against the wall with the people in charge, he left. Any wonder why the shows are the way they are? And to GabeDF, yes, carbons do get extremely hot. I know, because I ran them for the first 7 years I was in the union. I remember climbing those mountains, with film cans in arms. THOSE were great times. I would give anything to do carbons and changeovers again.

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markp commented about Wall Street financing massive digital conversion program on Oct 7, 2008 at 6:22 am

What a novel idea!!! Now I’ll be able to go to my local cinema and pay some inflated ticket price, to watch the same thing I can watch at home. And at home, I can do it by my fireplace. All I get in the theatre is rowdy kids running around. As Ken Layton, and CinemarkFan said, the little guy will be toast, and as a long time projectionist, give me 70MM anytime. That had superior picture and sound, long before all this digital projection and even digital sound was even thought of.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 7, 2008 at 6:15 am

I have to give you an A++++ CinemarkFan, you really did your homework. If you could get a groundswell behind you, some of us old time union projectionists might actually enjoy running movies again, instead of being relagated to a sheetrock multiplex, as is the case these days.

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markp commented about Islip Cinemas on Oct 5, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Everyone just take a deep breath and calm down. Its funny how much energy can be put into these blogs, now if you all worked together and put this much energy into making the theatre the best it can be…well now you would be on to something.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 5, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Showmanship…something I have been all about for all of my 33 years…taught to me by my father, an IA projectionist for over 55 years, before his passing 15 years ago. Hey CinemarkFan, if you ever need help here in Jersey, let me know. My projection booths have been known to be as clean as a hospital ward.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Forgot to mention, CinemarkFan, I like your choice of equipment. I ran Century JJ2 35/70MM projectors back in the 80’s and very early 90’s.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Hey CinemarkFan, if you ever want to get into the Jersey market, the 2772 seat Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, N.J. is for sale after a real estate mogul remodeled it. The arch opening is 50 feet. Can you imagine a 70MM film in a place like that. I can. I hope someone takes the place over, and maybe who knows…they might want a 50 year old union projectionist to run something like that.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 4, 2008 at 8:01 am

Here, here !!!!!!!

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 4, 2008 at 6:15 am

The only problem danpetitpas is that the art and indys will have to convert as well. And even worse, some companies now say they will not replace 35MM prints of older movies that do reportory houses. If this thing catches on like they hope, there will be no trace of film anywhere ever again.

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markp commented about Fox Theater deteriorates further on Oct 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

After 30 years of neglect, what else can we expect? Another one bites the dust. Truely sad.

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markp commented about Major Hollywood Studios behind major 3D digital rollout on Oct 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Well CinemarkFan, someone finally says the same thing I have for over a year now. I’ve been running 35MM for 33 years now, and up till the end of the 80’s, 70MM as well. I see nothing wrong with how things have been, but as you and danpetitpas point out, its all about the money, and putting the last of us union projectionists out on the streets. Time will tell if this digital thing will be the end-all-be-all. Some of us have our doubts.

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markp commented about ABBA Movie Musical saves theater on Oct 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Lets all hope it can keep going. 400 seats or 4000 seats, these treasures must find a way to survive.

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markp commented about Movie City 8 on Oct 1, 2008 at 8:01 am

The above heading should be updated. It now goes under the name of Movie City 8 and is now independently owned. Clearview gave this up over 3 years ago. Also, the main fare now is mostly Indian Movies.

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markp commented about Indian multiplexes bringing diversity to film business on Oct 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

The 8 screen Movie City in Edison N.J. shows mostly Indian movies now, especially since private ownership took it over about 3 years ago. Nowadays, you see maybe 1 or 2 mainstream movies, and the other 6 screens play Indian movies. Also what helps is the large Indian population in the 2 to 3 square mile area around this theatre.

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markp commented about The 25th Anniversary of "Brainstorm" on Oct 1, 2008 at 7:47 am

Ah yes, another of those rare 70MM films I had the privilige of doing at the old GCC Menlo Park Twin. Its hard to belive its been 25 years already, but then again, its been almost 17 years since that grand old palace was demolished.

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markp commented about Remembering Paul Newman on Sep 29, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I could not have said it better myself. I am about 8 years older than you, love movies, (born 1959), and my first Paul Newman movie was the above mentioned “Butch Cassidy”. When my dad was working those old grindhouses in the early 70’s, I remember one movie it seemed we always played was “Cool Hand Luke”. After that I was hooked on Newman. I agree with you about the future as well. Time will tell.

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markp commented about Remembering Cinerama Part IV on Sep 27, 2008 at 6:02 am

Great job. What history. I did notice however, that it appears the duration of the runs appear to be shorter than in parts 1 & 2. I did not see the 50, 60, 70 week runs as we did earlier. Still it had to be great to be able to expierience this in a large venue, with a giant bigger than life screen.

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markp commented about Ventnor Twin Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 5:29 am

Any news from the article posted here on CT Aug 15, about this place being saved or demolished? It would be a shame to see this or the Beach 4 in Cape May destroyed. I remember in my youth when theatres dotted the shore from Long Branch to Cape May. Now you could probably count on 2 hands the remaining buildings, and this one in Ventnor is a nice place. I was there many years ago.

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markp commented about The age of the roadshow on Sep 26, 2008 at 5:21 am

That’s the whole problem with movies today Warren. Nothing fits into todays mode of distribution other than blow out 5000 prints, get 2 weeks out of it, and off to DVD land we go. Maybe all these loser corporate dudes can take a lesson from all of us here on CT. “Anything old can be new again.” Wouldn’t that be something.

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markp commented about Independents find it tough going on Sep 24, 2008 at 6:06 am

I work for an independent here in New Jersey. We discuss this all the time. In the old days, (for me 1970’s and up) movies played on various runs, first, sub, dollar house etc. You would get double features at the dollar houses. Video was only Beta and VHS and not very popular. There were no computers or internet. Movies did not open on 4000 screens like they do today. The shelf life was longer for a film, it could and would return to your local cinema again, and people did not have all the other forces to keep them home like they do now (internet, cable, satellite etc). When my dad was still alive he dreamed of owning a movie theatre. I’m glad we never did, seeing how the business is today. Give it a few more years and the remaining indy’s will be pressed even harder to survive.