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Sorry to say passaic kid, but as former New York City mayor Ed Koch said in 1978, “ it never was,” and that’s the sad truth. The people and politicians of this once great town do not think in terms as “it was”, only in terms of “how it can be”, wouldn’t you agree? And
“how it can be” , quite frankly stinks.
Great job. Movies shown the way they were meant to be!!!!!!!
Another one bites the dust.
Hope somebody can save this treasure.
As Justin already knows, I couldn’t agree with you more Mark Campbell.
True Peter. By the way, how is Nelson, and how are your festivals up in the Layfayette going? Great I hope. Now if someday, I can figure out a way to get the owners of the Ritz in Elizabeth, N.J. to do something, there would be another Cinema Treasure showing ‘movies the way they were meant to be’.
So true jwr. And in todays multiplex, where there are very few true union projectionists left, nobody cares. All they have are kids and managers who have to count money running the booth, and as I’ve said many times, if you wear more than 1 hat, every job suffers. (framing and focus etc.)
I also worked here as a projectionist in the 80’s. General Cinema re-opened the place on June 10, 1977. Last 3 movies to play on the BIG screen, before closing in Sept 1977 for twinning were, “Rollercoaster”, in Sensuround, “Smokey and the Bandit”, and “The Last Remake of Beau Geste”.
Hey Mikeoaklandpark, don’t go to Wildwood now or you’ll lose your lunch. The old Shore Twins was demolished, and is just a big dirt lot. Only theatre left is the Strand which looks like hell from the boardwalk.
The fire occured during the removal of the theatre equipment. The crews were using torches and the walls put up during conversion to a twin caught fire.
Very bland is right. Was a twin from day one.
Went to see the second Flintstones movie here in the early 2000’s. Real nice place, although the 2nd screen is small. Good eats.
Function shold be changed. This place was demolished years ago.
This theatre was VERY long and narrow after twinning. My T.V. set at home had a bigger screen.
Lets all remember folks, this whole DLP thing is just going to save the film companies money. It aint going to diddly for the exhibitors and thats why they should just leave everything on 35mm like its been forever.
Nice going Charles. I love the days when we all watched for the “cue marks”. I’ve only been doing this for 33 years, and yes, I run those dang platters (hate em), but I remember my dad who was a projectionist for 55 years, before going to that cinema in the sky. Give me 20 minute reels and changeovers any day. Bravo to you and your theatre owners.
Hey Justin, I know the MPX system well. I ran it for a few months in 2004 at the City Center 15 Cinema DeLux in White plains N.Y. They converted a 455 seat house with stadium seating to a 325 seat house, took out all the front end seating, and moved the screen up 35 feet toward the booth. This new screen was huge, and all the extra speakers in both the rear of the auditorium and behind the new screen were killer.
Hey Memphis, take the advise of AlAlvarez and learn the floor as well. I have been a projectionist now for almost 33 years and for years the guys in my union would be telling me to get out. All the old timers have passed away, but here I am in the only unionized booth left in our local. While I have learned stagecraft, my true love is still projection, and I recently hooked up with a performing arts center that runs old classics on 20 min reels with changeovers. True projection. And I’m involved with another that is renovating and they are planning the same thing. As stated above, you’ll never be obsolete. I go to these 2 arts centers, and I am very much apprectiated for what I do. And THAT is what makes me vow to stick with projection.
As a union projectionist for almost 33 years, I may be old fashioned, and behind the times, but I just don’t see this whole digital thing taking off as fast as these big chains would like. With the economy tanking, we might see a repeat of years ago when Regal and AMC among others were in chapter 11. And lets not forget, when things get tough, and people cant eat, the first thing they cut out are resturants and movies. I’m also glad to read above from Giles that Indy 4 is going to be straight 35mm. Bravo Spielberg. And yes, I too would love to see 70mm back. Haven’t ran it since “The Abyss” in 1989.
Very well put BobT. It is that magic you speak of that seems to be missing in everyones life these days. My father, a projectionist for 55 years, before moving on to that movie palace in heaven always told me how I missed out on another great treasure, the Roxy, in New York City. And like you, I have seen many a great treasure from my youth fall to the wrecking ball. And yes, even as we speak here, our beloved Shea Stadium, home to those loveable Mets, will see the same fate in less than a year. How sad, how sad in deed.
Unfortunately, neither theatre 1 or 2 was ever THX certified. And to add to the above quotes, Cinema 1 was Dolby Stereo from the day it was twinned, and Cinema 2 got Dolby Stereo around late 1983 or early 1984.
Living here on the east coast (New Jersey), I never got out to see the National, but I can see by all the magnificent photo’s that you folks out there really lost a treasure. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it again, if this progress, you can have it!!!
Very true Warren, but also a sad testament to our society that no one except the good people here on CT care about old movies and classic movie palaces.
Today, March 8,2008, its raining again like it did in April 2007. I just heard that Bound Brook is under a flood warning. Lets hope it doesn’t get flooded out again.
I remember going to see a movie here probably in the late 1970’s. I remember the theatre was really wide, and not to long. The screen was huge. I also remember the theatre smelled really musty when I was there.