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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Jan 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Drove by this place today on the way home from Red Bank. Interesting to see that someone is now vandalizing the roof top a/c units, just like what happened late in 2013 at the All Jersey Multiplex in Newark. You could also see numerous tire tracks in the snow in the unplowed parking lot. Copper must be paying a lot these days I guess.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Jan 14, 2014 at 5:37 am

DARCYDT, I worked for an independent operator in Nj for years. All the while he complained how the union projectionist contract kept forcing him to raise his prices. Well guess what, after he got rid of the union, prices still went up. Just the nature of the beast.

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markp commented about Looking for theater for sale on Jan 14, 2014 at 5:16 am

I know at some point last year the Forum Theatre in Metuchen NJ was for sale. Again if run properly it could be a money maker. When I last worked there years ago, it was a great neighborhood movie house. I believe its listed on this site as Forum Theatre Arts Center.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Local news station WABC7 in New York is reporting that there is an electrical fire burning in the basement of the hall and the building is full of smoke.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thank you so much. I would really enjoy that.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thank you rcdt55b. I’m sure she will be asked to return. It will give her a break from her other job a few blocks awy, Motown the Musical. On another note, I’m hoping to someday be able to meet the legend that is rcdt55b, as one projectionist to another.

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markp commented about Fords Cinema on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

Craig, please keep us posted. My father worked there as a projectionist in the 60’s and very early 70’s.

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markp commented about Baltimore's last adult movie theater closes on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

Surprised it lasted this long, considering they haven’t put out adult movies on film since the early/mid 90’s.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

And as a side note, after tonight my wife will have completed her 6th season as a dresser for the Rockettes at the hall on the Christmas Show.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

Mike(Saps)and rcdt55b, I mentioned back in Nov when I saw the Christmas show the night before it opened how annoying those seams were in the digital panels. I don’t know where you were sitting, but from the 2nd row from the stage it was bad. I was grinding my teeth the entire time, because I routinely install these at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ and we always take care to make sure that doesn’t happen. I being a projectionist for almost 38 years (until digital put me out of work this past May) would love to have seen all this on film. But as we are finding out, film is dead, and if the Hall no longer has its “sheet” than there is no hope for any change. I would just hope in the future they try harder to eliminate the visible seams on the digital screen.

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markp commented about Eric 4 Feasterville on Dec 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

Judging by the looks of the cover photo, this was probably a large single screen at one time that was cut up into 4.

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markp commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Dec 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

RHETT52, you describe conditions from 10 years ago. I know everything you say to be true, as the district manager at that time, who fired or got rid of people who knew and cared about the business (like my wife) was more into making sure his “buddies” were taken care of, so he could keep his job for a long time. Sad to say, but that mentality seems to be alive and well in all movie theatres today, chains or indies.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Dec 27, 2013 at 5:29 am

WalterK, Thanks for the kind words about my comments. I am very passionate about the old movie theatres and especially one I or my father and uncle (and many others from the old projectionists union) worked in. Although I post about being retired, Im being a bit sarcastic. See Im only 55 and I was put out of work in projection by digital. I have a ways to go yet, and now I work as a stagehand, mostly in Newark NJ Prudential Center. And if it might help you possible remember my father, his first name was Joe and came from a large family in town whose last name started with Pusi. (maybe that helps.

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markp commented about Merry Christmas from Cinema Treasures on Dec 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

Merry Christmas to all movie and theatre lovers out there. This is the first Christmas Eve/Day in 37 years that Im not spending it in a projection room. This ol projectionist has been retired by digital projection at age 54. Its been a great run. Everyone be safe and enjoy your holidays.

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markp commented about Apollo Victoria Theatre on Dec 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

Is this the theatre that was on the news last night about the ceiling falling onto patrons during a performance?

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markp commented about Lindsay Twin Drive-In on Dec 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Looks to have a very short season if their last weekend was Labor Day. Pretty big expense putting in 2 barco projectors that will only be used a few months each year.

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markp commented about Rocky Point Drive-In on Dec 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

robboehm, if I had the money, Id buy it and make it a drive in again.

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markp commented about Brunswick Cinema on Nov 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

Exactly Stephenvb. The Jerry Lewis model was for smaller size theatres. I know the twin my father and uncle worked at as projectionists seated 290 in each theatre. They had a great idea but letting people into the business who had no knowledge of running a theatre, and expanding way too fast is what killed them.

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markp commented about Fox Theater on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Some killer double features back in the day. 12/14/73, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Man of LaMancha” That’s over 5 ½ hours of viewing. I also love how “MAS*H” came back 3 times in 6 month period between 9/70 and 4/71. The good old days…..

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markp commented about Garden Theatre on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Was just up this way a month ago to visit my buddy in Shamokin. I pass the Hess station all the time as I take highway 61 into Shamokin.

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markp commented about Brunswick Cinema on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Seems a bit odd that this theatre had 600 seats for a single screen. Most, if not all Jerry Lewis singles were 350 seats or less. The twins were usually 600 seats.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thank you Ken, Ross and Stephen. With my wifes next paycheck, from none other than Radio City, a Christmas present for me.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 27, 2013 at 5:52 am

Hi Ross. Just a question, and I think its on topic, is the Cinema Treasures book still in print? Any ideas where to get it? Ive checked big and small book stores, with no luck. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Nov 27, 2013 at 5:48 am

Very good post WalterK. My dad who was a projectionist there ran the movies on the last night. After that he went to work at the State Theatre in Woodbridge until that closed in 1971, then the Royal in Perth Amboy for a year, and finally back in Carteret to open the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in 1972.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

Steven, its a shame some people have no respect for others. Ive always enjoyed your fathers comments and photos. My father was a long time projectionist here in New Jersey. He would have loved this site, but sadly passed away 20 years ago. I am sorry to hear of your dads passing.