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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.
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.
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.
The building is being carved up into several shops and an Irish pub and resturant.
I remember when we had 2 of these here in new Jersey, the Plainfield-Edison Indoor/Outdoor and the Turnpike Indoor/Outdoor. What was great was after they twinned the indoors, they showed all different movies in and out. So if you went to an early indoor show, you could get out, move the car and watch the double feature showing outside. Great days, never to return again. How sad.
But again, after watching the NY 1 News video, only the facade would be protected. They could still destroy the interior, and then still no theatre. I am so sick of the ‘out with the old, in with the new’ attitude.
Another of the once mighty Redstone empire bites the dust.
A buddy of mine has 2 century JJ2 35/70MM projectors he wants to sell. Dont know for how much. Best bet is to go with dual projectors, 6000 foot reels and changeovers, rather than a platter system. Just my opinion, since thats what I prefer.
Another piece of the Redstone empire crumbling away….
This seems to be heading the same way of the Circuit City retail chain, where they try in vain to sell off assets to stay afloat, then when that don’t work, it just gets shut down forever. One of the best run chains I ever worked for now seems headed for the scrap heap.
The once mighty Redstone empire crumbling away slowly but surely.
You won’t see anything like that anymore. Too bad too, but they call that ‘progress’.
I remember how hot that summer was because I was working at the General Cinema Woodbridge. It was still a single screen, to be twinned that fall. I worked also at the General Cinema Menlo Park Twin where we were showing “Star Wars”. The reason I remember the heat was because I always changed the marquee signs, and even at 10:00 at night it was blistering hot.
Well you know Love movies, even today you will get a movie that has some staying power, I agree, but for the most part, it doesn’t happen to often. As far as Meteor, I remember this one because it was the last movie to play the Mann Fox Theatre in Woodbridge N.J., a beautiful 1700 seater, never twinned, 70MM equipped, curved screen, the works. I remember the demolishon as if it were yesterday.
I remember when we ran “Alien” and “Moonraker” at the old Menlo Park Twin in Edison N.J. It was the middle of AUGUST and we were still selling out almost 800 seats in each theatre, everyday. That’s when movies had legs, not like today when it cones out on a million screens and its dead in 2 weeks. I agree with lovemovies, those memories are great for me.
Would have been great if they were showing “The Horse Whisperer.” I know lame joke, just couldn’t resist.
Well MPol, I know sheetrock is the order of the day, but I’ll take the old day any day. And as far as what RoxyVaudville said, he should know, since hes running a thatre in just that fashion. He and I have a mutual friend. I never met RoxyVaudville, but I heard his theatre is a jewel. And if you look up ‘Beach Cinema’ in Bradley Beach N.J., you will find another single screener showing 2nd run and doing just fine. The biggest problem today is the film companies dictate too much what can and cannot be done, and the theatres therefore cannot think outside the box.
My old local was the same misterrick. I worked at 2 porn houses, and 2 General Cinemas, as well as an independent, all at the same time. One day here, one day there. Thats how us youngins used to make our money in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Both longislandmovies and MPol are right. Years ago the palaces were built with brick, mortar and plaster. Todays crackerboxes are built with sheetrock that gets more holes punched in it than termites can put in an old piece of wood. Ever see a newer plex get demolished? No time flat. Watch an old video of New york’s Roxy Theatre, or the old Penn Station. It took forever. (By the way it took 2 and ½ years to tear down the old penn, and only 18 months to put up its sorry replacement.)
That would have been nice here to. But remember, I think the people in Michigan might care a little bit more about their treasures than most people in New York do. Look at the Loews Kings in Brooklyn. Its sitting there for over 30 years empty, yet except for those of us on this forum, nobody else cares. Thats the biggest reason these places get demolished or converted in the first place.
It could be a nice theatre to show art and foriegn films. Usually these single screeners do well that way.
This theatre, when twinned many years ago actually turned out nice. The original balcony was one theatre and the orchestra was the other. That meant each theatre had a nice large screen. In its later years it was a little fray around the edges, but still in good shape. Its too bad everyone has the “twins cant make money anymore” attitude. Another treasure bites the dust.
Another one bites the dust. How sad.
and later on the Rivoli and the State. And the list goes on and on. For as big a city as New York is, they had no desire whatsoever to save anything old and historic, like say Chicago or St. Louis, or Oakland CA. In New York it was always out with the old, in with the new. Heck if it wasn’t for some last minute miracle, Radio City would have bit the dust in the late 70’s.
Beg your pardon there MikeRa, I assume since you work for AMC you are a non-union projectionist, I mean operator, but when I ran 70mm IMAX my theatres had complete digital sound. But as JodarMovieFan pointed out, everyone has been warned. And yes I am a UNION projectionist who has almost 34 years in the business.