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markp commented about Loew's State Theatre on Nov 12, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I agree with Rory, this place should have NEVER been split. My greatest memory of this place was just before it was twinned. I was on a school trip to see “Doctor Doolittle” with Rex Harrison, and our school was seated in the balcony. What a grand place that was. And to dave-bronx, I think they may refer to it as a ‘cross-section’, but I’m not sure.

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markp commented about Electric co. turns off drive-in power on Nov 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm

You could be right Scott, but in these trying times, I know I am always late with my electric bill, they threaten after maybe 45 to 60 days to turn me off, but never after 10.

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markp commented about Loew's State Theatre on Nov 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

Blue, red, whatever. I always find both Warren G’s and Lost Memories posts fascinating. The point here is, and always will be, that it was a SIN that this place was ever demolished in the first place. And that goes double for the Capitol.

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markp commented about Electric co. turns off drive-in power on Nov 12, 2008 at 8:27 am

Big business at its best. Always bullying the little guy.

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markp commented about The status of ushers on Nov 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Yes outafocus, those old GCC days were good. My twin had a Century JJ2 in Cinema 1 , and a Century “H” in Cinema 2. Did not have the Ashcrafts by them, we were Xenon. And I actually remember those Christmas ads that larry goldsmith mentions above. One more thing, do you remember when we cross-plugged the movie on the other screen? “Also Showing at this Theatre.” The 2 old union guys I worked with hated it when they had to change those trailers on the platters.

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markp commented about The growing scarcity of quality 35 mm prints for classic film screenings on Nov 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Man did Peter ever hit the nail on the head. Clearviews platter jockeys, dont I know them. The same bunch of little popcorn poppers that put me out of work 4 years ago. And I thought that if youre running classics, you cant platter them. At least thats what Ive been told by some very reliable people. And as far as Justin with his Blue-ray, he likes anything digital or high tech. If you read his posts from various North Jersey venues, you always see he cant wait for digital, and “oh theyre only showing it in 35mm” Give me 35mm and reel-to-reel anyday, anytime, anywhere.

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markp commented about The growing scarcity of quality 35 mm prints for classic film screenings on Nov 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Opps, my bad, I just noticed it was answered 2 posts above. You have to forgive me, I just got off work from the multiplex in which I am employed.

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markp commented about The growing scarcity of quality 35 mm prints for classic film screenings on Nov 10, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Yes Peter, I too was curious where longisland will be showing “Lawrence of Arabia”

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markp commented about The growing scarcity of quality 35 mm prints for classic film screenings on Nov 10, 2008 at 8:48 am

I agree with Ken. I would NEVER go to a rep house using digital. And as longisland said, most prints are not available in digital. And finally, companies like Warner Brothers, and the above mentioned Universal have said NO to striking anymore 35MM prints. When they’re gone, thats it. Which means in all likelyhood that given a few more years, retro cinemas will probably just fade away, just like all these big companies want 35MM to just fade away.

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markp commented about The status of ushers on Nov 8, 2008 at 7:36 am

I’m right behind you outafocus. As I stated above, 33 years and counting. I remember my first few years, when I was an apprentice in the IATSE union, and an usher. I worked usher for GCC and we had blue blazers, bowtie, just as you said. I have seen a lot of changes these past 33 years, and all I can say is the pencil pushers in these big chains ruined everything. As for me, I have my hopes pinned on an old palace that one day may do stage shows and concerts, and the occasional film festival, and thats where I plan to spend my remaining years. The multiplex is NO fun at all.

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markp commented about Former managers buy Ohio theater on Nov 7, 2008 at 5:06 am

I hope they make it. We need more people like them in the business.

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markp commented about The status of ushers on Nov 7, 2008 at 5:04 am

Also, how about the projectionists. When I would go with my father on a saturday afternoon to see a movie, I still remember when we went to the front of the line to get in the front doors, people would look, and my father would say “I’m the projectionist,” you would here the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahhhs’. Back in the day, everyone thought that was a cool job, which is one reason I followed in his footsteps 33 years ago. And the best part was, you got a cartoon, one trailer for an upcoming movie, and the movie. Not the 25 mins of trash you get today.

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markp commented about AMC opens Fork & Screen concept in KC on Nov 7, 2008 at 4:58 am

I agree with you CTCrouch, but also in todays world, with rising energy costs, etc, something they could also do is the opposite of what happened in the 70’s and 80’s. Instead of “adding” on, they could “subtract”. Simply demolish a wing of the building and eliminate theatres. If they are in a situation where theatres are on multiple floors, convert one floor to office space, rent it out, and get some guarenteed income. Sometimes they have to think outside the box.

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markp commented about Charlotte multiplex closes after one year on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:51 am

Typical of todays world. Costs to much to advertize, so they dont, then they fail.

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markp commented about Porn films burnt at 60-year-old drive-in on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:49 am

First, what a waste, I mean I worked in a porn theatre for 11 years. I have some old stuff in my possesion. As was stated, some of that stuff you probably cant find. Second, all that stuff was on safety film. They must have had some real good excellerent to get it to burn. All it probably did was molt into a big curled up blob.

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markp commented about City pins hopes on cinema project on Nov 5, 2008 at 7:19 am

Thank You, it would definitly be refreshing to have a downtown movie complex again.

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markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Nov 5, 2008 at 7:16 am

You got that right MPol.

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markp commented about City pins hopes on cinema project on Nov 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm

The closest one is about 5 to 6 miles away, the AMC Menlo Park 12, and about 12 miles the other direction, the AMC Aviation 12. Menlo is about 17 years old, non-stadium, Aviation is about 2 years old, all stadium. There was a time, when I was a kid, that the Township of Woodbridge, ( 9 districts in all ) had the State in Woodbridge, the Fords Playhouse in Fords and the Iselin Theatre in Iselin, all about 3 miles apart from each other. Later on, Walter Reade built the Woodbridge Theatre, and National General built the Fox Theatre. We really had our choices during the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:55 am

Question to RCDTJ…with projector 3 finally repaired, is this to suggest that FILMS may actually show here again in the future, perhaps as a premiere or something? Or am I just dreaming. Also. I will be here tomorrow to see the Christmas show. My wife is one of the many set dressers.

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markp commented about Utah theater switches movies on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:48 am

I get constant critisizm from the people I work with now. “Why do you need a schedule for each projector, its only 6 screens.” My answer…“do I ever start the wrong movie???…NO…End of discussion.”

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markp commented about Romanian moviegoing has fallen on hard times on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:45 am

Unheated, poor sound systems, uncomfortable seats. Sounds like some of the places my father worked at in the 60’s, and I worked at in the later 70’s.

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markp commented about Seaview Square Cinema on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:42 am

This theatre was never a music makers theatre, thank god. It came under the General Cinema banner in june of 1977, the same time another former Walter Reade house, the Woodbridge was taken over by GCC. In the fall of 1977, both Seaview and Woodbridge were split in half. I know this because I worked at Woodbridge, and the constuction crew would tell us how Seaview was about a week behind Woodbridge. What they did in one theatre this week, the crew went to the other theatre the following week. First the wall studs, then the sheetrockers, and finally put the seats back in. Then we came in to do the screens, projection room, apertures, etc.

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markp commented about City pins hopes on cinema project on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:32 am

I wish them well. It would be nice to see these downtowns revived. I wish someone would build a small theatre complex in my downtown of Woodbridge, N.J. which has not had a movie theatre since 1971, when the State Theatre closed.

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markp commented about Utah theater switches movies on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:29 am

I"m not saying this as a long time IATSE union projectionist, but this is what happens when you have idiots making minimum wage and selling popcorn run the booth. This just shows you whats wrong in the entire industry today…too many chiefs, and no indians.

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markp commented about Signs go up as well as prices on Oct 31, 2008 at 9:49 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more newt, especially a big grand theatre, not these sheetrock cookie cutters they build today.