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markp commented about Skyway Drive-In on Mar 24, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Good question. Also there must be long lines to hear confession.

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markp commented about Sayrewoods Theatre on Mar 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm

I worked here as a projectionist from March of 1980 till April of 1989.

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markp commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Bringing ANY theatre left in a downtown area would bring life back to these ares.

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markp commented about Skyway Drive-In on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Drive on up to the alter…

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markp commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Well…Thank you Ian M. Judge. FINALLY there is someone in this world, other than me, who gets this whole 35mm vs. digital thing, as well as having a REAL projectionist vs a popcorn popper running the films. Having been (and still am) an IATSE projectionist for 33 years, I can tell you that everything said above is 100% correct. These big chains care nothing about presentation, and everything about how much candy they can sell. I always give my all, and yet 4 years ago, while working for a chain here in the NY/NJ area (I won’t name them) and getting consistant mystery shopper screen scores of between 96 and 100%, my union was let go to save a buck. Now, they pay 2 people a combined salary more than what I made, and their films are constantly scratched, or even worse. Add to that starting an “R” rated movie to a house full of 6 year olds, and well you get the idea. I for one hope film stays around for a very long time.

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markp commented about The architecture of today's theaters on Mar 24, 2008 at 7:13 am

Aside from what we all said above, TheatreBuff1 hit the mark right on the head with the last comment. “There’s always going to be the strong need for that well-run theatre.” That’s been a lot of the problem with the entire movie industry in general. Too many people are in it who are not true showman, like what we had in the old days. I have worked in theatres where these owners don’t have a clue what it takes to run a movie theatre. And these big chains, I can tell you they all run with budgets and set limits on how many people they can have on a given shift. If it rains, or for some reason its extremely busy, and you wait on line forever, oh well. So the real problem is finding that “well-run” theatre. I don’t care if its AMC or Regal, or Clearview, they all have faults, and they are all watched over by nothing more than pencil pushers, not showman.

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markp commented about The architecture of today's theaters on Mar 23, 2008 at 7:22 am

I couldn’t agree with you more TheatreBuff1. Politics had a huge part in it. Why have a movie theatre, when you can have a big soaring skyscraper or retail store instead? And don’t forget, T.V. didn’t help either. As for your other statement, I feel the same way you do, only in that my dad was an IA projectionist for 55 years, and started in the late 30’s. He got to expierience that which I wished I could, but did not. So I know how you feel, very sad and longing for the days of yesteryear.

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markp commented about Overlook Drive-In on Mar 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Correct NYDave. Here in New Jersey, the Delsea Drive-in reopened after being closed for almost 20 years. And in Maryland and Texas, I believe some brand new ones were built in the last few years.

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markp commented about Sheridan Plaza 12 on Mar 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm

So many theatre I have seen torn down, with all their projection equipment still inside. In 33 years as an IA projectionist, I’ve seen and heard it all. (sadly more than I’d like)

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markp commented about I-44 Drive-In on Mar 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm

From a drive-in to a garbage dump…that’s really really sad.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I’m sorry to hear they are not using the curtains, but as I’ve said before, that’s clearview for you. Anything Jimmy D and his band of pencil pushers gets their hands on, somehow gets ruined.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 22, 2008 at 7:32 am

Wow, “Joe” and “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” I remember I had to be like 13 years old when my dad ran these 2 back in the early 70’s. Those were the days.

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markp commented about The architecture of today's theaters on Mar 22, 2008 at 6:24 am

When I was first getting into the business as a union projectionist 33 years ago, I had the pleasure, though short, to work some of the old Walter Reade theatres still left. He had the right idea as far as screen masking. 2 motors instead of one. When we went from our “flat” ratio of 1.75:1 to our “scope” ratio of 2.35:1, we pushed one button on the booth wall, and the side maskings would open about 8 to 10 feet on each side, and the top masking came down about 2 to 3 feet. I know when I sat there and watched movies, and seeing that transformation from the trailers to the feature, I still get breathless thinking about it today. Oh yes, and by the way, this was in a sloped theatre, no balcony, and 1375 seats, with aisles along the outer wall, and ¼ of the way in from the outer wall, NO center aisle, the best viewing in any theatre. And as TheatreBuff1 stated above, we had a beautiful red curtain that opened and closed, no cheesey slides or trivia or any of the crap you see today, in all these modern sheetrock broom closets they build. So everyone wants to know whats wrong with the industry? Well, we’re all here on CT talking about the grand palaces of yesterday, you just got the answer.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

To Ziegfeld Man: Once I can get the current owners to pony up some greenbacks, we will work on those classics for you, and you’ll have a choice of 1 of the 2770 seats. Hang in there.

To Bill Huelbig: Thank God the Fishers never allowed this place to be twinned!!! Could you imagine…

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Well at least LuisV sort of understands where I’m coming from. As HowardBHass said today in an earlier post, saying former disgruntled employees do the bashing, I have long since moved on from my days with Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers. And I love old movie palaces as much as all of you. If not I wouldn’t have been in the business for the past 33 years. My point is that everything the Dolans seem to get their hands on turns to you know what. And if their Rainbow division ever gets sold as was talked about in the past, that will probably be the end of clearview. I know what it is to work with these people, trust me.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 20, 2008 at 6:48 am

And I almost forgot, I am helping to restore movies to a historic theatre, the Ritz in Elizabeth N.J.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 20, 2008 at 6:46 am

I was not bashing Howard, but you were not put out to the unemployment line like I was by this wonderful company. Thats why I feel this way. Give them 150% and they give you a pink slip. As long as Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers own this place, its in danger!!!

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Knowing Clearview, don’t bet on it.

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markp commented about NYC once again seeking developer for Brooklyn's Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 19, 2008 at 8:59 am

Is it possible, that almost 30 years later, something, ANYTHING, might finally be getting started to save this once grand treasure?

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 19, 2008 at 8:55 am

Lets hope they still have UNION projectionists running the classics, not like all the other clearviews in Ney York state and New Jersey, where they threw us out to the curb. Otherwise that new print will be trash reel quick

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markp commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 18, 2008 at 7:15 am

Tuesday March 18,2008, New York Post, movie times listing: Ridgewood Theatre, call theatre for schedule,….That’s all folks.

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markp commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:42 am

Basically the same things were said in the Post article. FINALLY, after 30 years could it be???…

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markp commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 16, 2008 at 7:36 am

No arguement here Luis. What we need here, and around the country is for not one more palace to ever be demolished again.

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markp commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I read an article on page 2 of saturday March 15 New York Post, which states that the boro president of Brooklyn wants this theatre renovated by 2010. The city is supposed to be getting bids on the cost of renovation, in the neighborhood of $70 million. Lets hope it gets done this time. 30 years is long enough to wait.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:34 am

As per ADA, they would have to put wheelchair spaces somewhere or face some hefty fines.